9 days in Phoenix, Sedona & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

9 days in Phoenix, Sedona & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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9 days in Phoenix, Sedona & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
1
Phoenix
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Phoenix

3
nights
Phoenix

Phoenix ©
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Heritage Square Phoenix, Tempe Town Lake, Tempe Marketplace, and other attractions you added. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Boyce Thompson Arboretum and Lost Dutchman State Park. Explore Phoenix's surroundings by going to Fountain Park (in Fountain Hills), Superstition Mountain Museum (in Apache Junction) and Queen Creek Olive Mill (in Queen Creek). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Desert Botanical Garden, push the limits with an extreme tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Phoenix trip itinerary builder app .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Phoenix. In April in Phoenix, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 62°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sedona.

Things to do in Phoenix

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Tempe, Apache Junction, Scottsdale, Fountain Park, Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Highlights from your plan
Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Boyce Thompson Arboretum ©
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Lost Dutchman State Park ©
Lost Dutchman State Park

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Palatki Ruins, Red Rock State Park and Chapel of the Holy Cross. On the 14th (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of the Holy Cross, delve into the distant past at Palatki Ruins, immerse yourself in nature at Red Rock State Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Cathedral Rock, then see the world from above with a helicopter tour, and finally trek along Doe Mountain Trail. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Montezuma Well.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sedona trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Phoenix to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a shuttle. In April, Sedona is slightly colder than Phoenix - with highs of 72°F and lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Montezuma Well
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral Rock ©
Cathedral Rock
Doe Mountain Trail ©
Doe Mountain Trail
Montezuma Well ©
Montezuma Well

3
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): trek along Bright Angel Trail and then explore and take pictures at East Rim Drive. Keep things going the next day: get great views at Navajo Point, take some stellar pictures from Lipan Point, then take some stellar pictures from Yaki Point, and finally make a trip to Powell Point.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park road trip tool .

Drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Sedona in September, plan for little chillier days in Grand Canyon National Park, with highs around 75°F, while nights are colder with lows around 43°F. On the 9th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Lipan Point ©
Lipan Point
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Powell Point ©
Powell Point

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