The Ultimate Sedona, Arizona Travel Guide

If you have never visited Sedona, Arizona, you need to put it on your list. This is my absolute favorite place to visit. It’s where I had my honeymoon because there is no place more relaxing and zen than Sedona, Arizona. Sedona is located near Flagstaff, about a two-hour drive from Phoenix. Here is my list of where to stay, eat visit when visiting Sedona.

where to stay

Enchantment resort //  Talk about the most dramatic red rocks of Sedona’s. Boynton Canyon will set the tone for an experience beyond comparison. Yes, this is a Enchantment Resort is a little pricer but there isn’t a more beautiful hotel to stay in. The spa, the food, and hiking is the best of the best. The Mii Amo spa is the only spa I go to in Sedona. It is ranked as the #1 destination resort spa by Travel + Leisure for two years in a row.

Sedona Rouge // A unique desert oasis that is only 3 miles from downtown Sedona. Decorated in rich, warm colors, this residence exudes class.

Airbnb// What I love about Airbnb is that it is so much cheaper than the other two options I mentioned. Staying in a resort is fabulous but there is something special about being a home that makes the time in Sedona even more relaxing. So here are a few of my favorite I have found. ONE/ TWO/ THREE

where to eat

Elote Cafe // one of the best Mexican & Southwest restaurants that I’ve ever been to in my life. It is a must-eat spot, but make sure to get there early because there is always a wait.

Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill // this the spot to go for a scenic stunning dinner, with floor-to-ceiling looking out at the Sedona red rocks. The “Pollo al Rustico” wood-fired chicken dish was featured on Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise and is a must-try.

Coffee Pot Restaurant & Gift Shop // A local favorite and an iconic establishment for tourists, the Coffee Pot is a fun spot for breakfast when visiting Sedona. A very unique spot and considered a landmark in West Sedona since the days when classic Western movies were filmed there. Stop by for some eggs benedict, Belgium waffles, or one of their famous 101 omelets. 

the activities

Pink Jeep tour // if it is your first time to Sedona then you must check out the famous Pink jeep Tour. You get to see Sedona’s iconic red rocks and while your pink jeep crawls over rough terrain. It’s definitely perfect if you are looking to see a lot Sedona in a short amount of time.

Visit a Vortex // you can not visit Sedona without visiting a vortex. What is a Vortex? Well, from what I’ve learned is a Vortex is a place in nature where the earth is exceptionally alive with energy. I’m not sure how I feel about it all but I do think that it is all part of the experience of Sedona. I found a great Sedona vortex map that will guide you to 4 of the major Sedona vortex sites: Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Boynton Canyon and Airport Mesa– all must-see spots.

Chapel of the Holy Cross // you may want to make a pit stop at Chapel of the Holy Cross, which is known as one of Sedona’s architectural landmark.  This beautiful Catholic church is set directly into the red rock landscape. It is one of the spots in Sedona that is so magical and offers spectacular views of Sedona.

Red Rock Scenic Byway // if you are looking for more of a chill day consider driving the Red Rock Scenic Byway . Take the 14-mile drive on the on ( AZ-179 ) to see some of the popular Sedona views. Byway winds through the charming village of Oak Creek which is home to many of the sites you want to see on your trip ( Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock).

Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village // located in downtown Sedona, Tlaquepaque is filled with some of the best Southwest arts and craft shops around. One of my go-to spots is the Chai Spot. A magical chai lounge where you will find the most unique and delicious Chai drinks you’ve ever had. Don’t miss out when you are there.

The Hiking

Cathedral Rock // this 1.2 mile hike takes you up to the base of Cathedral Rock and is considered a difficult hike. Why? Well, it is a short hike but a steep hike, and is known to be crowded with people. This hike is one of those happy challenges that you’ll be happy you completed in the end.

Devils Bridge // this is probably the most popular trail in Sedona that leads to a massive sandstone arch you get to walk across. It is a 4 mile round trip and is considered a fairly easy hike. Since is it so popular make sure to get there early and avoid the rush of the other hikers.

Soldier Pass // the trail is 4.5 miles out and back and involves a little climbing, so I would say it is a moderate hike. This hike allows you to see many different viewpoints along the way. But the big reason to hike here is to see the stair-stepped Seven Apache Pools and The Devil’s Sinkhole. The sinkhole is currently 150 feet wide and 50 feet deep, and continually growing due to the dissolving of limestone. And the Seven Sacred Pools is the second feature you will come to on your hike. These pools were naturally carved out and are considered a crucial water source for the surrounding wildlife.

There you have it my list of things to see in Sedona and all the top things to do. I love a good travel guide, so I hope you find this handy when planning your trip to Sedona. Growing up in Scottsdale, Arizona I considered Sedona my second home. So comment below with any Sedona travel questions you have and I will do my best to answer them.

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