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.
Sedona didn’t invent summer. It just perfected it.
Perched at 4,500 feet elevation and located at the mouth of Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona’s delicious high desert climate makes the ideal environment for a full out summer escape. Sitting amid a fantasy-land of red rock formations only enhances the adventure. Because summer, when done right, is larger than life. It is a celebration, a triumph of the carefree spirit and a sneer at responsibility.
That season-long dance in the sun is rooted deep within us. Remember that great last day of school feeling when you were a kid? The final bell rang, the doors swung open and you and your classmates ran screaming and shrieking through the halls. There wasn’t a minute to spare because summer waited just outside. The whole languid season stretched before you and the possibilities seemed endless.
Don’t be surprised if a visit to Sedona rekindles that sense of unbridled joy. All the pieces are in place. Surrounded by nearly 2 million acres of national forest, this is a land of wide open spaces and dramatic scenery. Radiant sunshine is soothed by shady woodland canopies. Trails ramble off in all directions. Mesas and mountains rise in the distance. Clear streams tumble from the high country forming deep pools for swimming, fishing or just lounging beside. At the end of warm action-packed days come cool star-laden nights. The possibilities really are endless.
It’s the kind of summer you once cherished and most important of all, it’s exactly the kind you want your own children to experience. Instead of being tethered to computer screens and video games, Sedona gives them a chance to be free-range children again.
Many destinations tout their “family-friendly” credentials. Often, that’s just code for bored parents. Sedona caters not just to the small fry, but to the entire family. Although set amid a natural playground of epic proportions, Sedona also serves as a welcome oasis of luxury and comfort. That element is always appreciated by grownup members of the clan. Sedona possesses the charm of a small town, but with an air of sophistication that comes from decades as a premier arts destination.
Lodging includes plush resorts with world-class spas, elegant motels and inns, beautiful cabins in the woods and vintage motor courts. Restaurants and wineries, galleries and shops are just a few of the adult diversions to be enjoyed when the fun moves indoors. This might not be often since summer is meant to be spent outside.
The days are long and you’ll want every hour to sample the delights of this magical area. Lace up your hiking books. Hop on a mountain bike. Unlimber the fishing pole. Pack the picnic basket. Jump in a jeep. Saddle a horse. Climb aboard a hot air balloon. Gather to celebrate the sunset. And whatever you do, don’t forget the swimming trunks.
Sedona didn’t invent summer. It just carefully preserved the greatest summer you ever had and held onto it for you. Come experience it again. And bring the whole family.
SEDONA Visitors Guide:
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