8 days in Scottsdale, Sedona & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

8 days in Scottsdale, Sedona & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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8 days in Scottsdale, Sedona & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Scottsdale
1
Scottsdale
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Sedona
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Scottsdale

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Scottsdale

Scottsdale ©
Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. On the 21st (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Taliesin West, take in nature's colorful creations at Desert Botanical Garden, and then take in the awesome beauty at Camelback Mountain. On the next day, stroll around Papago Park and then walk around South Mountain Park.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Scottsdale itinerary planning site .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Scottsdale. In May, daily temperatures in Scottsdale can reach 93°F, while at night they dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Sedona.

Things to do in Scottsdale

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Phoenix
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Desert Botanical Garden ©
Desert Botanical Garden
Taliesin West ©
Taliesin West
Camelback Mountain ©
Camelback Mountain

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nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
You've now added Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): see Off-Road Tours, explore and take pictures at Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179), and then explore the striking landscape at Bell Rock.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sedona trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Scottsdale to Sedona in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a bus. Traveling from Scottsdale in May, things will get little chillier in Sedona: highs are around 78°F and lows about 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

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Bell Rock ©
Bell Rock
Off-Road Tours

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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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, historic sites, wildlife, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in breathtaking views at Grand Canyon South Rim, enjoy breathtaking views from Desert View Watchtower, get outside with Bar 10 Ranch Activities, and get great views at Lipan Point.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park takes 2.5 hours. While traveling from Sedona, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

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