I arrive in Phoenix at 4:00pm. Time difference is 3 hours behind my time. There's really not much I wanted to see in the Phoenix area. More of what I want to do is in the Sedona area. Hot air ballon ride, Montezuma's Castle,Chapel of the Holy Cross, Jerome, Oak Creek Village,Oak Creek Canyon, Slade Rock. Maybe a guided excursion to the back country (if my back can make it). Wanting some turquoise jewlery.....and good food!
Where in Karen's post does it indicate she plans "to move on quickly." She might want to stay for a week or two, which as is often said about another place, is far too little time to see it all. And why recommend trying to find a hotel in Anthem of all places when she asked for Phoenix/Scottsdale. It is nothing more than a very, very remote bedroom community with very little to do other than go to the grocery store and go home to cook dinner for the family.
Karen: How long do you want to visit Phx/Scottsdale? Of the hundreds of things to do/see/eat and drink there, what do you have on your wish list? What do you consider a moderate price so we can help narrow your choices?
In that case you need to get to Sedona as soon as possible. The jeep tour should be at the top of your list. But to be honest, with only two nights at Sedona, you won't be able to do it all anyway.
Do you have your lodging booked at the GCNP yet? If not, you need to do that RIGHT NOW.
The drive from PHX to Sedona takes 2 hours. So if you land at 4PM, you could pick up a car and be on the road and in Sedona by 7PM, in the daylight. It would be a long travel day, but you'll wake up in Sedona the next morning and from that moment on, your vacation will begin.
Don, the OP has several messages tagged into other threads. Not surprised that you missed them.
So in that case you could have simply replied about Scottsdale without questioning my advice.
I used to advise people who needed a quick place to spend a night to stay at Metrocenter. Not anymore. Anywhere above Loop 101 is better and Anthem is about the farthest north without driving for another hour to Camp Verde.
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