Sweeping red rock vistas. Bubbling oak-lined creeks. Ancient cliff dwellings. The breathtaking beauty of what can only be Sedona, Arizona.

It is no surprise Sedona was ranked the “#1 Most Beautiful Place in America” by USA Weekend.

The Beauty of Sedona

Nestled in a rugged canyon surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest, Sedona – located in North Central Arizona – hosts many luxurious accommodations, unique shops, impressive art galleries, fine restaurants and exciting events and festivals.

Biker8x11 rev.jpgSedona is also home to beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, which is considered one of America’s top 10 scenic drives.

Sedona is often called Red Rock Country because of its large red mountains that are named after distinct objects, such as Coffeepot, Bell, Snoopy and Cathedral rocks.

Sedona may be on the way to the Grand Canyon, but its natural beauty, historic sites and metaphysical and spiritual hot spots have made it the ultimate destination for travelers from around the world.

The Arts and Dining in Sedona

Sedona is home to more than 80 fine art galleries and boutiques.

Couple creekside rev.jpgAnd 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, tangy cactus fries and an old-fashioned cowboy-style steak. Your experience will be enhanced by superb service, whether dining indoors, on the patio or creekside.

Sedona Outdoor Adventures

An outdoor wonderland for nature lovers, Sedona has four mild seasons, bright clear skies (and starlit nights), numerous trails for hiking and biking, land tours, world-class golf and air adventures in planes, helicopters and balloons.

With average highs of 75° F/24° C and lows of 46° F/8° C, the climate is perfect for your personalized adventures.

Discover your inner adventurer and get close to Sedona’s stunning beauty by trekking around more than 100 well-marked and maintained trails. Or bike Sedona, which is a designated Bike Friendly Community.

FamilySegwayrev.jpgBoard a hot-air balloon for a bird’s-eye view of the area. Take an off-road tour that leads to secret wilderness areas of incredible purity. Zip around Sedona on Segways. Explore the area on a day tour that provides an inside look at a mining ghost town, as well as views of mansion-like dwellings, canyon sanctuaries made of swirling sandstone and a lake with 2,000 miles of shoreline, among other nearby attractions.

Planning Your Sedona Trip

Create your own itineraries to experience Sedona your way. Sedona is centrally located, allowing for easy access to the Verde Valley and Northern Arizona.

Whether you’re interested in nature, Native American history, the spiritual and healing side of Sedona or the bustling arts and culture of this eclectic town, there is so much to do that you will need at least three days to experience it all.

Or try all of the above and stay a while! You can view sample itineraries by going to MySedona.com and clicking on “What To Do.”

There are a number of ways to reach this exquisite destination, including flying into Phoenix and taking a short 90-minute scenic drive on State Route 179, the first-and-only designated All American Byway in Arizona.

This nearly 10-mile Red Rock Scenic Byway was chosen by the U.S. Department of Transportation as a “destination unto itself.”

You can also utilize Sedona’s scenic, full-service mountaintop airport.

For more information on visiting the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona, go to the Sedona Chamber of Commerce’s website, MySedona.com, or call (800) 288-7336.

(Brought to you by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, (800) 288-7336, www.mysedona.com.)