Arizona's Most Underrated Road Trip--the Drive from Phoenix to Sedona

Perhaps one of Arizona's most underrated road trips, the drive north from Phoenix to Sedona is one of my favorite drives you can take! This Southwest, road trip travel post is inspired by my partnership with Toyota and featuring our adventure in the 2017 Toyota Yaris iA!

I have always felt some sort of cosmic pull to the desert, and when I turned eighteen and moved to Arizona I knew I had made the right decision. The Southwest has always fascinated me even from a young age. Cacti, snakes, red rocks, canyons, the hot hot heat, and everything that comes with living in Phoenix has always intrigued me. When I first made the somewhat short road trip from Phoenix to Sedona, that feeling of belonging in the desert only intensified that much more.

Sedona is unlike any other place I have ever visited. Beautiful, vibrant red canyons and buttes surrounded by numerous pine forests and the cleanest and most refreshing air in all of Arizona.

My first road trip to Sedona, back in 2008, was with my mom while she was visiting me while I was studying at Arizona State University and pursuing my bachelor's degree. My mom flew in from Boston to spend time with me during one of my school breaks, and we rented a car and made our way a few hours north of campus and discovered one of my favorite new places in Arizona--which was Sedona. The very first time I laid my eyes on the red rocks I felt mesmerized, and it was love at first sight! 

Last week, Adam and I ventured up north for another road trip to visit Sedona and we had a great time. We packed up everything we needed for our overnight trip into the trunk of our 2017 Toyota Yaris iA, and plugged in the address to our hotel in the Yaris GPS system. 

Our day trip headed up north was a breeze with all of the technical features of the Yaris! 

We were able to keep all of our electronics charged with the USB ports build right into the car, and we were both able to charge a full battery for both of our phones on the drive up (which was great, because we took so many pictures and Snapchats once we reached the red rocks and pulled over to park on the side of the road!) I was also pleased that I was able to use the Bluetooth technology built into our Yaris, since I had my Arizona road trip playlist rearing and ready to go on my iPhone! 

After a couple of hours on the road, we pulled off the freeway for a quick pit stop so we could grab a snack and use the bathroom. Then we jumped back into the Yaris and safely finished our road trip on the freeway thanks to the help of all of the safety features we've been known to rely on like the Yaris' Active Safety System, and the Low-Speed Pre-Collision System that helps scan the road ahead for potential vehicle collisions (which really comes in handy with all of the Sedona tourism traffic!) 

Once we finally reached downtown Sedona, we were able to walk around and explore all of our favorite shops and restaurants while admiring the gorgeous unobstructed views of the red rocks! After a day of exploring, we checked into our hotel and spent the night so we could get some rest after our fun day trip. The next morning, we filled up our tank and headed back on the road and arrived home later that morning after just a couple of hours on the road. 

The short trip from Phoenix to Sedona is truly a beautiful one, and it's such a quick trip that it can even be done in one day if you do not want to spend the night and cough up the cash for a hotel! Being such a short drive from the city, Sedona is a great way to escape the heat and get a change of scenery from Greater Phoenix. Enjoy yourself exploring the beauty of the red rocks in Sedona, and cool off from the heat of downtown Phoenix. 

Do yourself a favor and plan to make the drive to Sedona your next road trip from Phoenix. Everyone should visit Sedona at least once, and if you are an Arizona native we recommend you try to visit at least once or twice a year! And if you're looking for an economical option for your next road trip vehicle, check out the Toyota Yaris! Click here to learn more about the 2017 Toyota Yaris iA

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Special thank you to Ariel Miles for photography assistance!


  1. This trip looks AMAZINGLY gorgeous. I love to do road trips. But, hubby doesn't love them as much as I do. I am jealous of the views and vista on your trip. If I am ever on that side, I live in MD, I would love to add this on my bucket list.

    Thrifting Diva

  2. Oh my gosh, this all looks so beautiful! I am dying to go back to Arizona. We used to visit my grandparents there when I was younger, and I LOVED it! xx

  3. What a fun road trip! Never been to Arizona!!!

  4. The last time I took a trip from Phoenix to Sedona I was a teenager. I'd love to revisit the route and taking in all it's splendor. It's such a wonderful feeling to put a small travel bag in the trunk of a car and head off on a new adventure. For you it looks like such a spectacular trip in a brand new Toyota! :-)

  5. Love this roadtrip! I've had the pleasure of taking is a couple of times now, and still can't wait to do it again.

  6. Nothing beats a road trip to Sedona! I am in looooove with your photos - the backdrop of Sedona, the car, your outfits! All so colorful and really unique shots!

  7. I've always wanted to travel to Arizona! Need to make that happen soon!


  8. This is such a great post, and takes me back to the time when I was visiting my aunt, who lives in Phoenix, and we made the drive to Sedona for a fun day trip. I love your beautiful, colorful photos too!

  9. I live in Scottsdale so we go to Sedona a lot as well, fun to get away from the heat and see some new stuff! Plus our dog loves road trips lol

  10. I have been to these parts of Arizona but have never done this drive. The landscape looks breathtaking!

  11. I love that road trip photo...I'm heading up to Sedona tomorrow.


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