Welcome To Sedona.
Start with scenery that makes your heart leap. Sedona nestles among a geological wonderland. Multi-hued stone formations jut upwards from the high desert floor creating a vivid, mesmerizing setting that changes hourly with the light. When USA Weekend compiled their Most Beautiful Places in America list, Sedona claimed the top spot.
Surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land, visitors have instant access to recreational activities. Trails for hiking and biking, along with bouncy jeep tracks, weave among the bristling forest of pinnacles, spires, buttes and domes. Yet, you’re never far from the indulgences of town.
Sedona is equal parts rugged, equal parts resort. Regarded by Native Americans as sacred, Sedona continues to be recognized as a place of healing and spiritual renewal. Many come to experience the vortex energy centers of Sedona. Others want to prowl the 40-plus art galleries lining the streets, or to receive soothing treatments from the dozens of spa facilities. Most recently, with its nearby vineyards and tasting rooms,Sedona has emerged as a destination for wine enthusiasts.
The perfect destination should seem exotic yet feel like coming home. That is the very definition of Sedona, a small town blessed with an abundance of scenic beauty. Come experience it for yourself.
If Sedona has a kindred spirit it’s the Grand Canyon
The two geological marvels are both “bucket list” destinations for people all over the world. Millions of visitors come for scenery that’s dazzlingly unique. See a photo of either the Grand Canyon or Sedona and you can’t mistake it for anywhere else. Yet photos don’t begin to do these Arizona icons justice. They must be experienced in person.
It’s hard to imagine traveling to the Southwest and not visiting Grand Canyon or Sedona. So why not do both? We believe when you have one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World in your backyard, take advantage of it. By making Sedona your base camp for a Grand Canyon expedition, you’ll enjoy a much wider array of creature comforts. In Sedona you’ll find more places to stay and eat, not to mention spas, shops, galleries and more.
Sedona sits approximately 100 miles south of the Grand Canyon and it’s a spectacular journey. If you prefer to let someone else do the driving so you can relax and take in the sights, several companies launch guided Grand Canyon tours from Sedona.
At Grand Canyon National Park designated overlooks provide visitors with awe-inspiring views. Walk along the rim in Grand Canyon Village. Snap a photo of mule riders moseying towards the river and peer into the abyss to hear what secrets are echoed there.
Then it’s time to come back home to Sedona, where all the incredible sights are just outside your door. Blessed with a beauty that’s epic yet intimate, grandiose yet personal, people seem to make a very special connection to Sedona. No overlooks or mule rides are required.
If you’re wondering where to spend a portion of your holiday season there’s something you should know. Sedona is the Arizona equivalent of Santa’s lap.
Both are comfortable and inviting. They both possess an air of magic. And everyone wants to visit them this time of year.
The holidays always seem to bring out the best in us. Sentiment pushes aside cynicism and we open our hearts and try to be better people. Sedona has that same impact on visitors—and residents—all year round. It touches the part of us that believes, that celebrates, that embraces joy. Here we can surrender to a childlike zeal—the kind we once knew before we worried about what other people might think.
It has to do with the staggering, jaw-dropping, breath-stealing beauty of Sedona. It’s one of those places that seem impossible…until you’re actually here and seeing it for yourself. And if this miracle can exist, why can’t another? And another? Anything seems possible in this rugged yet refined wonderland.
So it is no surprise that Sedona has become such a highly desirable destination for friends and families to gather at this time of year. Holiday memories are the ones we seem to hold on to the tightest. We like to gather as many as possible.
Make this holiday season the one your family talks about for years to come. Spend some time amid the graceful sandstone formations of Sedona that are as red, one suddenly notices, as Santa’s rosy, jolly cheeks.
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