Sedona

3-DAY Sedona, Arizona ITINERARY

Sedona is an Arizona desert town near Flagstaff that's surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. It's noted for its mild climate and vibrant arts community. Uptown Sedona is dense with New Age shops, spas and art galleries. On the town's outskirts, numerous trail-heads access Red Rock State Park, which offers bird-watching, hiking and picnicking spots, per Google.

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Must do, must see, must try:

A SIGHT TO BEHOLD

Marvel at one of the seven wonders of the worth - The Grand Canyon.

FOOD MUST: TRADITIONAL SW FLAVORS

Follow your nose to homemade tamales.

THE FORCE

Prepare to be one with nature as you zone into the energy vortexes.

The 3-Day Sedona Itinerary

ACCOMMODATIONS

AirBnB close to town in West Sedona

Hotel: Kimpton Amara Resort & Spa ($$$), Sedona Summit Resort ($$)

CLIMATE

Visit between March through May when it's warm but not scorching and everything is in full bloom; also a great time for hiking. September to November are also nice and the weather is mild. 

TRANSPORTATION

The itinerary pieces activities together that are walk-able, but Lyft to the outskirts or take the local trolley. Renting a car is a nice option as well and not over-priced.

ENVIRONMENT

Language is English

Currency: US Dollar

LIFESTYLE

Fun city that offers a lot of activities and food options that won't break your budget. The atmosphere is ideal for any type of trip - friends reunion, romantic getaway or a family vacation. Lots of other tourists to see the Grand Canyon.

Sedona attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year due to it's close proximity to the Grand Canyon. Besides the UFO sightings, Sedona offers beautiful scenic views (a lot of them), energy vortexes and historical significance while enjoying a nice hike.

Pack In Your Bag: binoculars

Day one

Early flight, check-in to hotel and drop off bags

10 AM - The Sedona Trolley - Tour A; time spent is 1 hour, $15

  • Shop and tour the Uptown Sedona on Arizona State Route 89A, where the trolley dropped you off

1 PM - Lunch: Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits ($$, American) - try the cactus fries

3 PM - Pink Jeep Tours - Broken Arrow Tour; time spent is 2 hours, $110

  • Bring a hat, sunscreen and water and wear closed-toe shoes​

Back to the hotel to clean off

7:00 - PM Dinner & Drinks: Mariposa ($$$, Latin Steakhouse)

Find a nice spot with drink in hand and star gaze

Day Two

7:30 AM - Ultimate Grand Canyon Day Trip From Flagstaff or Sedona; time spent is 12 hours, $152​

  • Sights Include: East & South Rim Canyon views, Painted Desert, Native American ruins, volcanic lava flow fields, Sunset Crater and more

  • Closed-toe shoes, sunscreen and a hat are recommended

  • Lunch at historic Cameron Trading Post on a Navajo reservation

Day Options: visit the Verde Valley Wine Trail or a healing spa

Dinner at the hotel Southwestern restaurant and relax at in the saltwater pool with drinks

Day Three

Early morning hike at Honanki Heritage Site or Palatki Heritage Site; time spent is 2-3 hours

Walk over to Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village for craft shopping, art galleries and more

Check out from the hotel, late flight

Goodbye Sedona. ​Head home.

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MY TRAVELS

The Grand Canyon is a natural wonder that I hope everyone has the opportunity to see. It is breath taking, and glorious and makes you feel like a teeny-tiny ant. There are no words to explain how much I enjoyed this trip and being able to experience the Grand Canyon. You could sit for hours on the ledge just looking into the canyon and beyond. The red dirt is really something too, and it gets everywhere so get ready to bring home an unwanted tourist gift. This is a place you must see and experience for yourself.

Favorite experience was the Pink Jeep Tour and when I go back, I'm doing this again. You get strapped into a mega Jeep, and yes it's pink, and you tackle the terrain of Sedona. Straight up a hill till you feel like you'll flip back, straight down to the point you have to brace yourself against the seat. It's a roller-coaster of a ride to a hidden spot for you to explore parts of the red rock formations. Great moment was describing the rocks and trying to make characters out of them. 

Least favorite experience was the dry heat. Which isn't really Sedona's fault, but coming from a humid, wet-logged city my eyes dried out and were irritated and my skin was dry. If you live someone similar, I'd advise you to bring eye-drop with you everywhere and a little lotion. Other than that, the weather was very enjoyable. 

Food was delicious with it's southwestern flare. The drinks were interesting with cactus infused waters or local honey. Energy vortex's are...something, but in a good way. Enjoy your trip!

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