Sedona, Arizona is thought to be one of the most peaceful cities in the whole world. The city is encompassed by giant red rock formations that are bound to make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside with inspiration, as well as give you an enormous sense of tranquility during your time there. Here are the best things to do in Sedona, Arizona.
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Pink Jeep Tours
The Pink Keep Tours in Sedona are perfect for those who want to add a little adventure into their vacations! These easily spotted bright vehicles take their passengers out into the Sedona outback to see some of the city’s famous red rock formations up close, and to venture down into some of the steep trails for a heart racing experience. The Broken Arrow tour takes people on a all-jeep drive for some rough and rowdy fun, while the Wrangler Roundup splits the tour time between a jeep ride and a horseback ride.
Hike Cathedral Rock
The hike up to Cathedral Rock is more of a leisure one than a challenging one, as it can be done by people of all fitness levels in just about an hour. The path goes up some red dirt trails and large rocks, and give a view of the Sedona surroundings that is to die for. Cathedral Rock is one of the area’s most recognized rock formations and is worth every bit of effort that it takes to see and climb it. Be sure to photograph the whole way up, as the sights only get better with height!
Oak Creek Canyon
Oak Creek Canyon is one of the state’s most popular canyons aside from the world-famous Grand Canyon. One of the best ways to see it in all its beauty is to take the drive from Sedona to Flagstaff, or vice-versa, and stop along the way to do some hiking, have a picnic, or even a day or two of camping. The best times of year to go are in the spring and the fall, as those months are more comfortable for doing outdoors things in Arizona.
Walk Devil's Bridge
From the Devil’s Bridge parking area, a round trip hike out to the bridge itself is only about two miles and doesn’t require a lot of strenuous walking. This is one of the best hikes that you can do in the Sedona area, as the formation is unlike anything else you’ll see! Once you get on the bridge it can get pretty steep, but the views are remarkable and completely breathtaking.
Shop and Dine on Main Street
For tourists who enjoy a nice afternoon stroll down a quaint and cultured street, Main Street in the downtown Sedona area is the perfect place to do so. There are lots of different gift shops and art galleries to look at, as well as restaurants for both fine and casual dining. It’s a fun place to stretch your legs while doing a little shopping, and the background scenery of the famous red rocks make it a very peaceful experience.
Sedona Star Gazing
Due to the fact that Sedona has virtually no light at night, no pollution, and is based at a higher altitude, makes it dark and a perfect location for star gazing. One of the most popular activities for families to do in the red rock city is to take a astronomy tour with the Sedona Star Gazing company. These sky-experts will guide you through an evening of educational fun while getting to use a telescope and admire some of the most beautiful star sights that you will see in your lifetime. The organization has been featured in a number of national media pieces by newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal and National Geographic.
Sedona Trolley Tour
If you’re walking around on main street, you might see these big red trolleys drive by. These are fun tours that only take a couple hours and riders get to learn all about Sedona and the city’s history, as well as how the region has changed over the years. The drivers are typically long time locals and offer a lot of extra tidbit information that you might not hear anywhere else!
Vortexes are thought to be areas that emit high levels of natural energy, which makes them prime hot spots for paranormal activity and heightened spiritual awareness. There are several vortexes in the Sedona area, and many visitors like to map them out and either hike or walk to them. Fortunately, many vortex spots are in some of the popular hiking areas that you might pass anyway, so why not go on your own vortex treasure hunt?
Slide Rock State Park
Slide Rock Park is more than just a place to sight see, but it’s an incredible experience where people can pick apples, see historic buildings, and go down the natural rock water slide into the water for a dip! It costs money to get in per car, but nearly everyone who decides to go in says it’s well worth it. The best time of year to go is during the summer for swimming, but the spring and fall are very nice too.