With a unique balance of adventure and romance, the quaint town of Sedona is well worth a visit. Its surrounding national parks offer an outdoor playground, and the town itself serves as a relaxing retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here’s what not to miss on your next trip to Sedona.
With magnificent red rock formations like Cathedral Rock and Devil’s Bridge, Sedona boasts numerous breathtaking views. Cycling, horseback riding, off-road driving, and hiking are all options here. Choose the one that best fits your comfort level and explore the area’s best natural parks. The Sedona Golf Course at the Village of Oak Creek is also another way to enjoy the amazing outdoors if a rugged hike does not appeal to you.
Slide Rock State Park is Mother Nature’s version of a water slide park. The water has worn away the red sandstone to create a natural water slide that drops down into a swimming hole. The cool rushing waters perfectly counteract the heat of an Arizona summer. With an affordable entrance fee of just $20 per vehicle, expect a wait and crowds during the high season.
Many places are considered sacred and spiritual in Sedona. From the Buddhist Amitabha Stupa Peace Park to the Methodist Chapel of the Holy Cross, a church built straight into the mountains’ red rock you’ll find meditation and peace to be a natural outcome of your vacation. Even regular lookouts become sacred destinations, as their stunning views of the red landscape and open skies inspire a sense of awe at what nature has created.
Shopping in Sedona
If shopping is on your agenda, a visit to the Kachina House and its Native American arts and crafts should definitely be on your list. Other places to consider include Mystical Bazaar, the Hike House, and the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Supporting the local artisans here helps perpetuate Sedona’s arts and culture.
What to Eat and Where to Stay
Sedona features several different restaurants to satisfy nearly every palate, from the five-star L’Auberge Restaurant to the casual Sedona Bike & Bean. One of the more interesting restaurants is the Haunted Hamburger. This spot certainly has a story to tell, as its name comes from a series of curious and frightening events that occurred while the owners were renovating. From disappearing hammers to slamming doors to ghostly images, here you can let your imagination run wild while satisfying your growling stomach.
L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek is considered one of the most elegant and romantic settings in Sedona. When you dine al fresco under the trees and along the creek here, you’ll be filled with peace, contemplation, and exquisite food. If you’re staying at the L’Auberge de Sedona Hotel, don’t miss this experience.
Needless to say, Sedona is a great place to get away for a short or long vacation. Thanks to its natural surroundings and local culture, it’s a neverending resource for beauty and inspiration.
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