Sedona, AZ and the Grand Canyon- itinerary
Sedona, AZ and the Grand Canyon- itinerary
Sedona, AZ is simply beautiful. The glow of the red rocks at sunset, the easy accessibility of fantastic hiking and biking trails, petroglyphs, ancient Indian cliff dwellings, and the nice weather make this a great family destination. Just a short drive from Sedona, you’ll also be able to check the Grand Canyon off your bucket list.
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The best way to experience the scenery of Sedona’s red rock formations is to explore this fantastic landscape on its trails. All of the hikes in this itinerary are rated easy and provide an enjoyable short walk to incredible vistas. If you’d like a longer hike, these hikes have both shorter and longer options. Something for everyone!
The itinerary also includes recommended stops on the way to the Grand Canyon and details for making the most of your time at the Grand Canyon National Park. This is a one week itinerary with 1-2 nights at the Grand Canyon National Park.
This 39 page Sedona and Grand Canyon National Park itinerary includes:
Where To Stay
Where to stay including specific apartments and hotels located in the best area of Sedona
The lodging choices for each destination have been carefully selected for their ideal location, price point, safety, and proximity to the day’s activities. We tell you the best area to stay so you can minimize driving or walking distances and maximize your moments having fun. Knowing what part of town to stay in is a huge part of making a trip a success, and that’s hard to do when you are not familiar with a destination. We save you time and energy by doing all the research for you.
Where To Eat
Restaurant recommendations (including the largest and yummiest cinnamon roll in town)
Local dining establishments are highlighted. The kind where children are welcome but isn't necessarily a restaurant geared primarily towards kids. You won't find many restaurant chains in our itineraries, just good local food mirroring the destination's culture. This could mean a food truck, a pizza place, or a nice sit-down restaurant, but always delicious. If there are any local brews, specialty foods, wines, or coffee houses around, we'll mention those too.
Where To Play
Easy family-friendly hikes with the most bang for the effort
The best creek to cool off after a hike
A walk through ancient pueblo cliff dwellings
A detailed road trip to the Grand Canyon National Park for 2 nights (with recommended in-park lodging, dining, and activity recommendations)
A walk through lava fields at Sunset Crater National Monument
A visit to Native American ruins at Wupatki National Monument
The organization of each day has been thoughtfully planned in order to group activities together by proximity, ideal time of day to visit, and the best nearby dining choices. It’s all been laid out for you, along with directions, maps, travel tips, links to more info, and more. We cover the most worthwhile activities to do in a destination (based on our own family’s reviews) without forgetting that vacations are meant to be fun and relaxing, not a list to be checked off while hauling around whining children.
You’ll find plenty of outdoor activities for the family as well as cultural and historical sites unique to the destination. Many itineraries include easy hikes, bike rides, and float trips that have been selected for their kid-friendly length and ease of difficulty as well as their scenic beauty. (Always worth it!) We are all about getting families outdoors so we include as much fresh air as we can in our itineraries, whether it is a day-long trek in a national park or just the location of a fantastic playground perfect for a break from sightseeing.
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