- Land in Phoenix, drive to Flagstaff (2.5 hours) (drive the whole way in awe of the scenery… jaw dropped and wowing all to yourself in the car)
- Head from Flagstaff to Tusayan (1.25 hours) (*be sure to check directions in advance since cell/gps is unreliable)
- Check into hotel (I stayed at Holiday Inn Express), before excitedly running towards your car and for the canyon
- Drive to the Information Center on the Southern Rim, park and walk up to Mather Point.
- Watch the sunset from Mather Point (surrounded by the other visitors who are also oooh-ing and ahhh-ing at the colors) (*pro tip? Just enjoy it – the pictures don’t even do the scenery any justice)
- Eat dinner, go to bed early so you can get up early and go check things out before it gets busy!
- Watch sunrise walking from Mather Point to Yavapai Point
- Walk the Rim Trail through the Trail of Time to see the geological displays
- Stop at the Hopi House and check out the displays, jewelry, pottery, and art
- Walk about 45 minutes down the Bright Angel Trail before heading back up to the Rim Trail and checking out Lookout Studio
- Hop on the shuttle back to the Visitor’s Center.
- Grab lunch, before hopping in to the car and driving East towards Cameron
- Make stops (Tusayan Museum and Ruins and the Grandview were two of my favorites) along the east route towards the Desert View Entrance Station (towards Rt 64)
- Stop at Little Colorado Gorge along Rt 64
- Drive to Cameron and stop for Navajo frybread at the Cameron Trading Post
- Head towards Sedona, AZ via Rt 89