Extra day in the Phoenix area? Spend it in Sedona. The 2+ hour drive up Interstate 17 is well worth the effort. We left early and stopped by Montezuma Castle. Imaging the community of Sinagua Indians living and working in this cliff side dwelling was an experience complete with a bald eagle "fly over".
At some point in the drive, Interstate 17, lined with prickly pears and saguros,turned into the Yellow Brick Road and Emerald City was before our eyes. No emeralds but HUGE red rocks. The views were magnificent and we took advantage of several photo opportunities; including the Red Rock Information Center and the Chapel of the Holy Cross.
If you collect Indian crafts, visit The Kachina House. A kind woman showed us various Indian kachinas and explained the process used to make horse hair pottery. I particularly enjoyed learning about the wedding vases.
We didn't have time to visit all of the shopping areas. There are many! The Hummimgbird House made the cut and we browsed a trinket shop on the way out of town. After one last red rock picture, we headed back to Phoenix. The sun was going down and the saguroro cacti along the highway seemed to be saying "Goodnight and Come again!". I believe we will. SS