We never thought too much about Sedona, Arizona as a vacation spot. We were lucky enough to fit in a visit during our family road trip, and it turned out to be one of my favorite places in the world. If you aren’t familiar, Sedona is a desert town which attracts hikers, bikers, artists, and festival goers, as well as those seeking spiritual vortexes (more on this below) retreats, or just getaways. Sedona is a perfect place to clear your mind, explore, and enjoy the unique scenery, especially if you aren’t from this area!
Here are some of the top reasons I think Sedona, Arizona should be on your bucket list:
- The red rocks
There are many different rock formations to see in and outside of Sedona which are so unique from anywhere else in the world. Cathedral Rock, Devil’s Bridge Trail, and Bell Rock are just a few. Many require a hike (of differing levels) to see. Depending on your physical ability, I would definitely recommend that you explore as much as you can. There are also many local jeep tours that take you to some of the most famous areas and stop for pictures. You can also drive to many of the formations yourself!
- Cultural sites
Sedona has some really cool cultural sites to explore. One of our favorites was The Chapel of the Holy Cross. Located up on a hill overlooking Verde Valley, it has an awesome view. The stained glass windows are breathtaking. Pro tip- we got there early and almost had the place to ourselves!
- The unique culture and arts scene
Sedona has the cutest downtown area, with various music, crafts, and art shops. We were able to walk through town and find some amazing local artists. Sedona also hosts an International Film Festival if you are interested (typically around February).
While we visited Sedona, we learned of Sedona’s spiritual vortexes (we passed several spirituality shops) which are said to inspire, heal, and rejuvenate. It wasn’t uncommon to see several individuals meditating, doing yoga, or just enjoying the sites at several areas in Sedona. Whether you believe in spiritual vortexes or not, there’s no denying the views aren’t breathtaking.
- The drive from Sedona to the Grand Canyon
Sedona also has one of the most beautiful drives I’ve ever experienced in my life. The drive through Sedona (on the way to the Grand Canyon) is literally breathtaking. There are tons of pull offs to snap pictures and enjoy the views.
Definitely consider adding Sedona, Arizona to your bucket list!