Sedona, known for its energy and beauty, sits amid the red rocks of Arizona, and remains a draw for its shops, galleries, eateries and new age services that make the town so unique.
Planning a trip of your own? Here's what you need to know:
- Definitely rent a car. The freedom of being able to road trip to different areas of Sedona and surrounding is invaluable. Plus, taxis and public transportation don’t really exist in the area.
- To park in any of the Arizona State Parks parks you need a $5 permit. They are easy to get (either at your resort/hotel or at any state park entrance).
- Boynton Canyon trail is a fantastic 2.5 mile (each way) hike that takes you deep into a Red Rock canyon with gorgeous vistas. It’s also the site of one of Sedona’s vortexes. Wear hiking shoes -- these trails are not paved and very uneven.
- Jerome is a really cool old mining town about 35 minutes outside Sedona, tucked up in the mountains. Formerly an old ghost town left abandoned following the copper mining heyday, it’s now the Haight-Ashbury of the Sedona area. It’s an artist colony and popular biker hangout. It's definitely worth an afternoon. (And I hear it is always booked on Halloween, as it’s a haunted town.)
- Sedona is an expensive town in which to eat. Be prepared to pay a little bit extra. But keep in mind that meals are almost always accompanied by some of the best views in the world.
- Flying in Phoenix and making the 2.5-hour drive up to Sedona is likely going to be cheaper than flying into Flagstaff.