Booked our trip to Sedona in February and now finally we can say "We'll be there next month"! I'm a big fan of tripadvisor and have spent the last 7 months lurking on the forum pages trying to come up with a list of things to do & see. We are arriving on Saturday, 10/8 (Columbus Day Wknd), so because the crowds will probably be higher, we want to have somewhat of a schedule so we don't waste time deciding what we want to do once we get there.
Day 1 Arrive PHX around 12:30. Drive to VOC, check in to hotel, visit Chapel and hit the grocery store.
Day 2 Pink Jeep BA tour 9am, lunch at Tii Gavo at Enchantment, Doe Mountain hike, time permitting- stop at Red Rock Crossing for some photos.
Day 3 One couple morning balloon ride/other couple morning mountain bike ride. Afternoon-Tlaquepaque. Attempt sunset from airport mesa.
Day 4 **Here's where the advice is needed** ????????? in morning, afternoon & dinner in Jerome
(possibilities here are- driving to Prescott, going to Montezuma Castle or perhaps a morning hike in Sedona).
Day 5 Oak Creek Vista/West Fork Trail hike in morning and free time in afternoon (most likely we'll have someone suggest an activity while we're in Sedona that would interest us, so we want to leave time open for it).
Day 6 **second advice needed day** Leave for 2 nights in Scottsdale before flying home. We could do Montezuma Castle on the way if we haven't already gone there, or if we have, is it worth the extra miles to stop in Carefree instead of heading right to Scottsdale?
Thanks in advance for your help, and to all who've contributed to the forum in the past. It's been a pleasure to plan this trip and I'm sure the only thing that will be better is when we actually get to experience everything we've heard about!
(P.S. Sister in law is in charge of restaurants, she's compiled a great list from the recommendations on this site)