We are unexpectedly heading to Salt Lake City in mid-September. Because I have never been to the Grand Canyon, my husband and I (early 60s) have decided to try to take a few days to see some sights before heading to SLC. It looks like flying into Phoenix is our best bet, so we plan to spend one night there and then rent a car to drive through Sedona on our way to the Grand Canyon. We know we don't have much time but would like to spend two nights (Sat/Sun) in Sedona. What are top suggestions for "must do/see?"
I am also looking into accommodations and it seems like that is a busy time and we may not be able to get park hotel rooms for our 2 nights at the Grand Canyon. We wouldn't want to make Sedona our home base for seeing the GC because we need to continue north to SLC. Any suggestions for alternatives would be much appreciated.