Sweeping red rock vistas, bubbling oak-lined creeks, ancient cliff dwellings and the breathtaking beauty of what can only be Sedona, Arizona – it’s no surprise that Sedona was ranked the “#1 Most Beautiful Place in America” by USA Weekend.
Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast, hopeless romantic, arts aficionado or serenity seeker, in Sedona you’ll find activities and adventures tailored just for you.
Sedona is much more than a simple getaway. Located in Arizona’s high desert, Sedona is nestled in a rugged canyon surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest. But the town is also the host of many luxurious accommodations, more than 80 impressive art galleries and unique shops, fine restaurants and exciting events and festivals.
It may be on the way to the Grand Canyon, but Sedona’s natural beauty, historic sites and metaphysical and spiritual hot spots have made it the ultimate destination for travelers from around the world.
A Place for All Seasons
An outdoor wonderland for nature lovers, Sedona has four mild seasons, bright clear skies and starlit nights. With an average high of 75° Fahrenheit (24° Celsius) and low of 46° Fahrenheit (8° Celsius), the climate is perfectly tailored for your personalized adventures.
Sedona is often called Red Rock Country because of its large red mountains that are named after distinct objects, like Coffeepot Rock, Bell Rock, Snoopy Rock and Cathedral Rock.
Discover your inner adventurer and get close to the area’s stunning red rock formations by trekking around more than 100 well-marked and maintained trails. A designated Bike Friendly Community, Sedona has bike lanes that take you along the Red Rock Scenic Byway, plus, there are more than 170 miles of trail for mountain bikers.
Hop on board a hot air balloon for a bird’s-eye view of the area. Wind your way through the Verde Canyon on a scenic railroad.
View Sedona’s scenery by zipping around on Segways.
Experience incredible backcountry sights by traveling to places not visible from the pavement via ATV or jeep.
Take a Drive
Day tours provide an inside look at a mining ghost town, mansionlike cliff dwellings, canyon sanctuaries made of swirling sandstone and a lake with 2,000 miles of shoreline, among other nearby locations.
Another no-to-be-missed spot is Sedona’s beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, which is considered one of America’s “Top 10 Scenic Drives.”
Wine & Dine
Whether your cuisine of choice is French, Italian, Asian, Mexican, Southwestern or classic American, you’ll be sure to satisfy your cravings in Sedona.
Try local culinary delights, including prickly pear margaritas, a bison burger and chile-dusted cactus fries. Enhance your experience with superb service, whether dining indoors, on the patio or creekside.
A trip to the region would not be complete without a tour of the area’s vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms, as well as a sampling of locally crafted brews.
There are a number of ways to reach this exquisite destination. If you fly into Phoenix, enjoy the short 90-minute scenic drive on State Route 179, the first – and only – designated All American Byway in Arizona. The nearly 10-mile Red Rock Scenic Byway was chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation as a “destination unto itself.” You can also reach Sedona by utilizing the town’s scenic, full-service mountaintop airport.
Plan Your Stay
Create your own itineraries to experience Sedona your way. There is so much to do that you will need at least three days. Take a sampling of all of the above and stay a while! View sample itineraries by going to www.MySedona.com and clicking on “What To Do.”
(Brought to you by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, (800) 288-7336, www.MySedona.com.)