Sedona Shines with Accolades

By: Roger Naylor

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October 23, 2017

See how Red Rock Country tops many ‘best of’ lists.

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Roger Naylor

Roger Naylor

Roger Naylor is a travel writer who hates to travel. At least anywhere beyond his beloved Arizona. He specializes in lonely hiking trails, twisting back roads, diners with fresh burgers sizzling on the grill, small towns, ghost towns and pie. His work appears weekly in the Arizona Republic. He has contributed to Arizona Highways, USA Today, Western Art & Architecture, Go Escape, Route 66 Magazine and dozens more. He is the author of Boots & Burgers: An Arizona Handbook for Hungry Hikers and Arizona Kicks on Route 66. He lives in Cottonwood, Arizona and can be reached through his website,

Trying to describe the staggering diversity of Sedona is an impossible task.

The town, its landscape and the energy draw a remarkably wide range of visitors. They come for different reasons, seeking to fulfill different needs, yet Sedona always manages to deliver.

Have any doubt? Then ponder just a few of the accolades and awards that have been showered on Sedona. The town is the shining star of so many lists, studies and articles – and these are only the ones published within the past year.

Find Your Spiritual Side in Sedona

Long recognized for its spiritual energy and healing powers, Sedona has the ability to impact visitors in a positive way. The town was included in articles such as “Sacred Sites that Will Awaken the Traveler in You,” “World’s Best Religious Sites for a Spiritual Awakening,” “The United States’ Most Mystical Places to Visit,” “9 Most Zen U.S. Destinations” and “25 Beautiful Places in the World to Find Peace of Mind.”

Sedona’s Stunning Landscape

It’s the natural beauty that wows first-time visitors. Those soaring monoliths of red sandstone carved by the ages and wrapped in nearly 2 million acres of national forest land make for an eye-popping landscape. Publications agree; they include Sedona in such articles as “The 50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America,” “The 12 Best Places to See the Sunset Around the World,” “U.S. Destinations with the Best Views” and “America’s 25 Most Scenic Byways.”

Travel with Family and Friends to Sedona

You’ll have a blast in Sedona no matter who you choose, or don’t choose, for a traveling companion, as evidenced by these features: “12 of the Best Vacation Destinations for You and Your Best Friends,” “Best Honeymoon Destinations in the U.S.,” “10 Amazing Places to Travel with Your Mom,” “Top 5 Pet Friendly Destinations in the Southwest” and “Best Places to Travel Solo.”

Get Outside in Sedona

Sedona inspires activities. It pulls you outdoors to experience the beauty firsthand. Follow the advice of these experts and sample all that there is to do amid the red rocks: “The 15 Most Scenic Bike Trails Across America,” “10 Spectacular Hot Air Balloon Rides in the World,” “5 Fun Half Marathons to Try,” “10 Destinations for Your Yoga Travel Bucket List,” “Best Road Trips in America” and “Best Places in the World for Stargazing.”

Spas and Wellness Retreats in Sedona

If you’re looking for something quieter, maybe with a little pampering involved, you’ve come to the right place. When it comes to renewal and rejuvenation, Sedona practically invented the concept. The town is featured in such articles as “The Top 10 Domestic Destination Spas,” “15 U.S. Resorts Where Nature Will Recharge You,” “11 Spring Break Wellness Trips That Can Help You Hit the Refresh Button,” “15 Spa Weekends That Will Leave You Rejuvenated and Refreshed” and “18 Places You Should Go to Recharge.”

Plan the Perfect Travel Itinerary in Sedona

No wonder travel experts find such a wealth of material to work with when they’re writing about Sedona; the possibilities are endless. A visit to the shining star of Sedona can be anything you want.

This can be a simple getaway (“15 of the Most Relaxing Spots in America”), an epic journey (“Top 25 Destinations in the U.S.”), a magical escape with your special someone (“Top Romantic Places to Go on Valentine’s Day”), a way to break free of winter’s dreary grip (“6 Easy, Warm Getaways to Take When You’re Craving Sunshine”) or a chance to have an adventure on your own (“28 Incredible Middle-of-Nowhere Getaways for a Solo Escape”).

Reconnect with the people that are important in your life or simply find your way back to yourself. Sedona provides the setting and energy to make it easy. What a place to rediscover the person you always wanted to become.

Don’t be surprised if you feel especially welcome here. Sedona was named as one of “The 10 Friendliest Cities in the U.S.” And it happens to be in one of the “Happiest States in the U.S.” Imagine waking up to this scenery, this climate and this artistic spirit every single day. What a very different life you could have. So if you decide to make the visit a permanent one, you’ll be choosing wisely.

After all, Sedona also made the list as one of the “Best Places to Retire in the U.S.”


(Brought to you by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau and contributor Roger Naylor, (800) 288-7336,

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