I'm looking for a town on the way from grand canyons to phoenix to stay in for a night.?

We are going to be driving from tucson to grand canyons, leaving early in the morning and then we would need to be back in Phoenix for the weekend. What is a good place to stay that would be about half way from grand canyon to phoenix? How long is the drive in each direction? Kind of urgent to get an answers...thanx!

Update:

I'm going from tuscon to the grand canyon but returning to phoenix.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Flagstaff is definitely the place that you are looking for. It is located right on your route and is about a 2 hour drive from Phoenix and a 1.5 hour drive from the canyon. Flagstaff has many lodging and eating options as well as an interesting historic downtown area with shops, galleries and often live music on weekends. Good places to eat include Beaver Street Brewery (on Beaver Street south of the old train depot), Oreganos Pizza (along South Milton near NAU), Bun Huggers Burgers (South Milton on way into town) and Crystal Creek Sandwiches (near Bun Huggers). Cafe Express is a great place downtown for breakfast.

    Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon is a pretty place and a nice destination in its own right, but it is not along the main route from Phx to Flag and has much smaller, slower roads going both in and out. Going from Phx to the canyon via Sedona would probably add close to an hour to your driving and you will have fewer eating and lodging options (especially cheaper ones).

    Keep in mind that if you hit Phoenix around rush hour on a weekday (6:30-9AM and 3:30-6:30PM, you could add a good 30-40 minutes or more to your trip).

    Also as a poster above notes, keep in mind that Flagstaff and the South Rim are at 7000 feet elevation and so they often get snow storms and cold temps well into April (still a nice and much less crowded time to visit the canyon though). This another good reason to avoid the Sedona/Oak Creek route which you definitely don't want to drive in icy conditions.

    Source(s): Arizona resident and frequent Grand Canyon visitor and hiker. Grew up in Flagstaff and have driven between Flag, the Canyon, Phx and Sedona many times.
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  • 1 decade ago

    Stay in Sedona. It is just a little way off I-17, A little expensive and about a two hour drive south of the Grand Canyon. From Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon is about a 1 hr 15 min drive. But give your self some time. The Grand Canyon is big place and take all day to see it. Another place would be Williams just about 1hr south on interstate 40. Watch the weather as it is nothing like Phoenix. It set up at 7500ft and in the winter it can be very cold and snowy.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Flagstaff or Williams, Az is your superb guess. they're close to to sedona. (15 miles?) and williams is 60 miles from the GC and Flagstaff is approximately seventy 5. i do no longer think of you could stay close to the grand canyon using fact maximum places get booked far in enhance. in case you desire to do something in Phoenix, i could advise the Heard Museum.

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  • 1 decade ago

    If you want to spend some time in the place, then go to Sedona, but if you just want an overnight stop, stay in Flagstaff. Sedona's gorgeous, but it's also expensive. Flagstaff is a great town, has a wonderful Downtown area with some great nightlife, and has very reasonable motels and hotels, including one of the better youth hostels out there.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Flagstaff!!!

    Your trip is only a one day drive, about 7 hours, but Flagstaff is well worth the time you'll spend there.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Camp Verde is a good place.

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  • sam
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    1 decade ago

    Sedona! For sure!

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