The drive from Sky Harbor to Grand Canyon National Park will take 4 hours. What time are you arriving at the airport? Allow an extra hour to pick up luggage and get your rental vehicle. If you're flying in from the east coast your body clock will be off by 2-3 hours. When is this trip?
Sedona is a good halfway point and worthy of several days. What else are you planning for this vacation?
Arriving Phoenix and drive straight to GC so I guess you already have made a reservation for GC that night, so as RedRox already said, time of arrival is important. Right on the way is Montezuma Castle off I17.
Thanks so much for your quick responses!
We are staying at the Yavapai Lodge in Grand Canyon Village for 3 nights and then we are staying at Inn On Oak Creek in Sedona for 2 nights (so we won't stop in Sedona on the way to the Grand Canyon).
We haven't booked our flight yet. We are coming from Boston. Initially we were going to book our flight to Flagstaff but we know we'll have at least an hour layover before we get to Flagstaff so we figured instead of sitting in an airport why not do a direct flight to Phoenix and spend our what would be layover time driving to the Canyon and exploring..? We would take the earliest flight possible from Boston... at 5 or 6 in the morning so our flight would get into Phoenix around 9:30.
Any more thoughts?!
Maybe consider to stay 2 nights at GCNP and 3 nights in Sedona. You can see a lot with 2 nights Grand Canyon and 3 nights Sedona won't be too long. Staying Yavapai bring a flash light.... It very dark out there.
You've made the right decision about driving from PHX rather than Flying to Flag. I would also advise dropping a night at the GC and adding it to Sedona. No one is ever fully prepared for what they'll find at these two places, but most agree, Sedona needs and deserves more time given your overall window.
I'm not shorting the Grand Canyon. You could spend weeks there, but that would be a different trip and in different places that you'll visit on your first venture into the park. Sedona is easier to navigate, but requires more time.
Thanks for all your tips everyone! Really appreciate it!
Hi Waltham I am from Lynnfield planning similar trip. Did you want to include Montezuma's Castle and Well outside of camp Verde between Phoenix and Sedona? Outside Flag there's Wupatki among other sites that might enrich your trip or so it seems from my research. Heading ther myself late April. Local experts please correct me if I am wrong!!
Yes, Wupatki is a good place for a visit and so are Sunset Crater Volcano and Walnut Canyon NMs in tha area. And Cameron Trading post is at the junction of 64 and u89.