Best dining experience and view in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area is the rooftop dining and patio at Orange Sky, called Orange Sky because you can watch the sunset while having dinner http://www.talkingstickresort.com/orange-sky-restaurant.aspx , Best old west family experience is the Verde Canyon Railway http://verdecanyonrr.com/gallery/ Dinner and a show after the train ride at Blazin M Ranch is amazing and a lot of fun for the family http://blazinm.com/ , If time is a concern, Sedona is a must and much closer than the Grand Canyon. Two of the best ways to see Sedona and the surrounding Oak Creek area is by air where you will hover in front of ancient cliff side Indian dwellings and around the beautiful rock formations not accessible by paved roads at a reasonable price http://www.sedonatours.us/offer/5154/Hog-Wild-Helicopter-Tour-from-Sedona#.VlAtZHarRMw , or by jeep tour, the best is Pink Jeep tours. a very comfortable off road tour of Sedona and the surrounding Oak Creek Canyon with views and stories that will simply astonish you! https://www.pinkjeeptourssedona.com/pink-jeep-tours-sedona-az/ These are all full day round trips from the Phoenix area. If you want to know where to stay while outside of Phoenix, let me know. I have some great places in mind. I really hope you will do some or all of these as you will be here the best time of the year. I may have more ideas so watch for updates.