I will be in Phoenix for a conference early in April. On a Friday afternoon, I will be landing in Phoenix not until about 4pm. I can't tell from other TA forums, primarily from a safety perspective, the time of day getting out of Phoenix on a Friday afternoon and the elk and curvy road conditions which route is the safer bet? My thought after plenty of research is Flagstaff on I-17, stay the night, then drive down 89 on Saturday to explore and enjoy the beauty of Sedona. Take all day for that and head back to Phoenix by Saturday evening. Thoughts? Ideas on usual traffic, daylight hours, safety of traveling alone for sightseeing, hiking, etc. Suggestions of must visit or must stay places while in Flagstaff for the evening and early morning? Do I need a 4 wheel drive for any of the travel?