You are likely to get better answers if we know something about your interests. Are you into hiking, taking Jeep tours, hot air balloon rides, railroad, shopping, art galleries, like to see Indian ruins, etc. etc? Do you want a room with a view, prefer B&Bs, just want a decent place to sleep, etc.?
As a start, I suggest that you look through previous posts on this forum and the Phoenix forum. Lots of people are doing what you would like to do. There is lots of good information to be read.
BTW, Sedona is spelled with only one "n" :-)
I would definetly recommend doing a pink jeep tour in Sedona, they are so much fun. My suggestion is to start in Pheonix drive to Sedona and then to the Grand Canyon, spend a few nights at each place to minimize the driving, although it is not far from point to point.
Hotels....while in Sedona, we stayed at the Sedona Rouge and LOVED it. If you want to stay inside the GC, I would book now, those hotels get sold out fast.
Have fun, its a great trip.
Sedona (spelled w/1 N) is 40 mins from Flagstaff then Flagstaff via 180 to GC s rim is 1 hr 20 mins dependant on weather and traffic. You might consider spending 2 nights in Scottsdale, 3 in Sedona and 3 in Flagstaff or 2 in Flagstaff and 1 night at the GC s rim.
You can easily do Sedona to GC s rim in 1 long day taking scenic 89a to Flagstaff. Other things to consider are the Phx Zoo, Botanical Gardens. Consider a Pink Jeep Tour or horseback riding. Hike bell rock take a drive up to the Sedona airport which has some awesome views.
Around Flagstaff is Walnut canyon, Wupatki/Sunset crater absolutely beautiful with a dusting of snow, Petrified Forres/Painted Desert, Lowell Observatory, Downtown Flagstaff, the Museum of Northern arizona, and the Grand Canyon Rail Way in Williams. It all just depends on the weather which has been funky recently.
is a great interactive map of places to visit in arizona.
See my recomendation for where to stay on the "spiritual trip to Sedona" thread--somewhere in the near vicinity of this thread. :)
We stayed at the Clairdon in Pheonix and thougth it was very cool and if you don't stay there eat there it is amazing and I am pretty particular with food coming from NYC. Def. go to Sedona and take the pink jeep tour and spend at least 1 day hiking, it is breath taking!
We just returned from AZ last week. We based in Phoenix at a condo, but spent 2 nights in Flagstaff. We basically spent a few days in the Phoenix area to relax. We did hike Camelback Mountain (do it in the morning), checked out Old Town Scottsdale; they have a free trolley system with free water! Husbands also did the Commerative Air Force flight museum in Mesa where you can go onto a B-17, while we girls did more shopping.
We headed up to the Grand Canyon, stopping at Montezuma's Castle - very interesting if you like history and learning about the ruins. We checked into our hotel in Flagstaff so we could leave our luggage as we headed out to the GC. We did a helicopter flight over the GC (unbelieveable, but pricey), saw the I-Max film in Tuscayan, which we thought was pretty good, though I've read others that didn't care for it so much. We didn't have much time to walk in the park, but did Mather Point, El Tovar and headed back to Flagstaff in time to see the sunset at the Watchtower area. It would have been nice to have more time to walk down a trail into the canyon -oh well, next time.
Stopped at the Cameron Trading Post for a late dinner and tried the Navajo Taco - order the mini if you just want a taste - it was plenty big for 4 of us to have a nice size piece. The Navajo stew was pretty good, but I had to add a lot of pepper and salt. The fry bread is yummy.
Next day we drove thru Oak Creek Canyon, on down to Sedona for the 9am Ancient Ruins Pink Jeep Tour. I would definitely recommend one of their tours and hope to return to do it again - just be sure to take wet wipes - you get a nice thin layer of red dirt all over - had to wash my hair 3 times to get it all out. We drove up Airport Rd. for a grand view of Sedona and the valley and also drove up to the Church. Stopped at the McDonald's just to take a picture of the only arches that are not golden, but turquoise. Ate at Wildflower Bread Company.
Returned to Flagstaff to go to the Lowell Observatory - pretty neat if you've never done it - go at night so you can look thru the BIG telescope.
Ate at Coco's in both Flagstaff and Phoenix, not fancy, but the steak we had was tasty and very tender. They have a wide menu - something to satisfy everyone. Be sure to save room for desert - wonderful pies - we took one home.
Our one disappointment was the Verde Canyon Railroad. They only go 10-15 MPH - very slow. We were in 1st class, the couch seats are a little too low to get a good view out the window and we were miserable as the car was not cool at all. They need to keep it cooler or put more fans down the entire length of the car to keep everyone cool. It was cooler out in the open air car due to the breeze. We couldn't wait for it to end - 4 hours was way too long and if you have kids I think they'll get bored quickly. The prices they charge are way too much to be that uncomfortable for 4 hours.
Also, I'd skip Tuzigoot - no Ranger to tell you anything, it is self-guided and is a replica, not actual ruins and out in full sun - very hot. ($5 per person)
We ate at the Haunted Hamburger in Jerome prior to the train ride. Burgers are pretty good and big, but our waitress needs to find another job. Would rather have spent more time in Jerome than riding the train.
That's about it, spent the last day washing clothes and getting ready to return home. If we had more time I would do a 2nd Jeep Tour or a walking tour of Sedona or hiking in the area. Be sure to stop at the Oak Creek Canyon turn out where you can get great pictures of the length of the canyon (opens at 8-4 or 5 and is on the right heading up the Flagstaff).
Hope this helps a little. Have a wonderful time - we would definitely return to AZ as we didn't get to Prescott, Tuscon, the Apache Trail or the Roosevelt Dam, Lake Mead, etc.
Glad you had a good trip.
Just a note on Tuzigoot it is an actual ruin most of it has crumbled and there is one section that is "restored" so you can see how that part of the building looked but it is in full sun.
Sorry if my info is incorrect, but we were told it was a recreation and frankly it looked like it - if time is short I would skip it. Just noticed the original poster will be there in Nov., so the full sun probably won't present a problem.