Sedona's unique red rock formations lend it an otherworldliness that lures travelers from near and far. But there's more to the city than its enviable, iconic natural heritage. Time in Sedona is restorative, whatever you choose to do. But if you tap into the vortexes, you may unlock an even deeper level of spiritual upliftment. This town is capable of magic. Visitor demographics run the gamut from solo travelers to families and couples, and you can experience a fulfilling itinerary whether you're around for 24 hours or 24 days.
So you've got just a day in Sedona. It's not ideal, but it's better than no time at all in this Arizonan city, and there are plenty of options depending on your interests. You could book an unforgettable hot air balloon ride over red rock buttes with Arizona Balloon Works or explore Sedona's best vineyards. If you're into golfing, Oakcreek Country Club's remarkably scenic championship course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and Sr. Admire the art at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village before fine dining at the Yavapai Restaurant with its magnificent Boynton Canyon views.
A full weekend trip to Sedona can fit in quite a bit. The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a mandatory stop. The architecture alone is worth the trip, but the spectacular views are the icing on the cake. Go in the morning, and you'll encounter fewer fellow tourists. If you're keen on a particular restaurant like Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill, be sure to make a reservation. Reserve one of your nights for stargazing—Sedona is an International Dark Sky Community. And schedule one of your mornings or afternoons for the gorgeous Devil's Bridge hike. Stay at central Amara Resort and Spa.
Woohoo, you have a whole week in the area. You know what that means, right? Day trips! Grand Canyon is a no-brainer. Check out Jerome, the country's largest ghost town, explore Verde Valley's multi-use trails, breathe the alpine air in Flagstaff, and marvel at ancient Montezuma Castle National Monument. When you're back in town, you have to hop aboard one of Sedona's famous pink jeeps to go off-roading.
Few things are more romantic than going horseback riding with a significant other. Head for Mogollon Rim, where you and your date can hit the historic trails at golden hour. Have what some would call orgasmic food at Elote Cafe before getting couple's massages at one of the finest spa establishments in town. If you have wiggle room in your budget, splash out for a helicopter tour.
When it feels like your every waking minute is consumed by the corporate world, it might be time to take stock and create healthy boundaries between work and play. Set time aside for Red Rock Crossing, a short (only one mile long) but sweet hike involving a river crossing in water shoes. Dine at The Hudson and get a stress-busting massage at Namti Spa.
Sedona has loads of family-friendly attractions. Splash about at Slide Rock State Park, have a picnic by the creek, or check out Blazin' M Ranch, where pioneer living comes to the fore and vintage tractor rides are common. Wrangle every member of your household for a group pic by Sedona Olde Time Photos. Ride the railroad or book a UFO tour and see if you can find E.T.
Sedona's calendar is jam-packed with annual events, from the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival in March to the Sedona Yoga Festival later that same month. The 4th of July Wet Fest and the Sedona Hummingbird Festival are summer highlights, and Cinco de Mayo is a big deal here too. In October, the Sedona Arts Festival is top of mind. To make the most of your time in the city, rent a car or motorbike.
Going it alone in Sedona? Awesome. You have no one's interests to cater to but your own. Plus, solo traveling doesn't have to mean you're alone. Sedona has plenty of community events to meet friendly folks, and you can sign up for group hikes or join group jeep tours. Take a self-guided driving tour and begin at Coconino National Forest South Gateway Visitors Center—you need a parking permit from here.
If you're desperate for some sense of grounding, a transformative paradigm shift, and healing, Sedona's spiritual offerings may do the trick. Some folks believe that the red rocks here produce special cosmic forces. These vortexes are bubbling with energy. Airport Mesa and Bell Rock are just two significant sites for this phenomenon. Too kooky? You might want to meditate at the top of Cathedral Rock instead.
Sedona is known for its outdoor adventures. The city has over 100 miles of trails. The Hike House can suggest the best walks for you, but the Courthouse Butte Loop Trail is super popular, FYI. Mountain biking in the fast dirt is awesome, and the best time to ride is March to May and September to November.