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Top 20 Countdown: Best Attractions in Sedona

Sedona is one of the most visually stunning destinations in the United States. The area is known as a spiritual center with a number of energy vortexes in the surrounding hills and valleys. Attractions in the area range from hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and scenic drives to architecture and spiritual retreats. This is a designated Dark Sky Community and the number of stars that are visible at night is truly spectacular. Use the city of Sedona as a base and explore all that this unique area has to offer.


01 Uptown Sedona

The Uptown Sedona section of the city is the old part of town where you will find restaurants, tourist shops, galleries, and boutiques. This is a convenient place to base yourself if you are staying in Sedona as you can easily walk to places to eat and shop. Parking is fairly full here on weekends and staying in a hotel will guarantee you a parking spot.


02 Oak Creek Canyon Scenic Drive

A view of the Oak Creek Canyon Sedona

Take a scenic drive through the dramatic rock formations, towering cliffs, and deep forests along Highway 89A. The road follows Oak Creek before dramatically climbing out of the canyon on a twisting path with switchbacks. Narrow sections of road and steep drops mean that you will probably want to drive this road during the daytime. There are a number of spectacular hikes including the West Fork Trail.

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03 Chapel of the Holy Cross

Chapel of the Holy Cross sitting on a plateau of red rock

This is one of the most iconic sites in Sedona and is a popular place to get married. The chapel sits perched on a small plateau of red rock half-way up a dramatic cliff. The building was constructed in 1956 by a pupil of the famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. A 90-foot cross dominates the glass front of the chapel.

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04 Hiking in Sedona

Hikers on Canyon hikes in Sedona

Hiking is one of the most popular activities in the Sedona region, and people travel from all over the United States to hike through the stunning scenery of the region. Canyon hikes offer relatively flat trails with the cliffs towering high above you. The majority of the hikes are less than three miles long making it possible for most people to enjoy a hike in the area. There are a few challenging multi-day hikes for those wanting to push themselves and to escape from the crowds.

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05 Jeep Tour of Sedona

A number of Jeep Tour operators can be found in Uptown Sedona, and you should be able to find the perfect tour to suit your needs. The open-air Jeeps can take visitors to areas that can't be explored with a normal vehicle. Be prepared for a bumpy but fun ride into the wilderness. The drivers are very knowledgeable about the area and will share stories along the way about the Geology and History of the region.


06 Bell Rock

Bell Rock is just South of Sedona, near the village of Oak Creek. This Bell shaped rock formation is a popular stop for tourists to take photographs and explore the area around the rock. You can walk around the base of the rock or scramble up the sides for a short distance. A fun mountain bike trail starts at the base of the rock.


07 Boynton Canyon

The number one reason to visit Boynton Canyon is to hike the 6.1-mile in-an-out Boynton Canyon Trail. Hike through the canyon to enjoy a mix of vegetation such as large pine trees and shrubland. There is an energy vortex near the start of the trail, and it is the easiest energy vortex to reach as it doesn't require hiking or climbing. Those that don't want to hike or go to the energy vortex can head to the Enchantment Resort. This luxury resort is a great place to stay, but you can just go there to enjoy a meal at one of their excellent restaurants that offer views over the canyon.


08 Grand Canyon Day Trip

An overhead view of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a 2.5-hour drive from Sedona. Take a day-trip to experience one of the most famous sites in the United States. You can drive by yourself or take a guided tour to the Grand Canyon. A guided tour allows you to sit back and relax while the guide takes you to the best viewpoints of the Grand Canyon. You can upgrade your tour to include a helicopter flight over the canyon.

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09 Slide Rock State Park

Small rock pools in Slide Rock State Park, Sedona

People flock to Slide Rock State Park in the summer months to cool off in the series of small rock pools. Oak Creek flows over small waterfalls which create a natural water slide. Take care as the rock is hard and you can easily get a few bumps and bruises along the way.

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10 Cathedral Rock

Classic view of the Cathedral Rock in Sedona

This is the attraction that brings people the world over to Sedona. Cathedral Rock is the most photographed site in the Sedona area. You can reach the mountain on Highway 179, or you can drive to Red Rock Crossing Site to take in the classic view of Cathedral Rock. Those wanting to climb Cathedral Rock will find a hiking trail that leads up to the saddle section and provides incredible views of the area. You will need rock climbing equipment to reach the peak of Cathedral rock. This mountain is considered to be one of the most important energy vortexes in the area.

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11 Palatki ruins

Palatki ruins and red rock cliffs on a sunny spring day on a hiking trail near the enchantment reosrt, near Sedona, arizona

Discover the ancient world of the Sinagua people at the Palatki Ruins. Nestled in the red rock cliffs, these well-preserved ruins and rock art sites offer a glimpse into a civilization that thrived over a thousand years ago. The guided tours available provide insightful historical context, making it a must-visit for history enthusiasts and those curious about the native cultures of the Southwest.


12 Airport Mesa

View from Airport Mesa in Sedona at sunset in Arizona, USA

For a panoramic view that captures the essence of Sedona's beauty, head to Airport Mesa. Not only is it a perfect spot for photographers, but it's also known as one of Sedona's energy vortexes. Visitors often feel a sense of peace and rejuvenation here. The mesa is easily accessible, making it a popular spot for both sunrise and sunset viewings, where the play of light on the red rocks is nothing short of magical.


13 Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village

SEDONA, ARIZONA, UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 8, 2017: Arch Gate Entrance to Tlaquepaque Hispanic Arts and Crafts Village Autumn Sky Photography /

Step into the charming Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, a delightful recreation of a Mexican village right in the heart of Sedona. Wander through its cobblestone streets lined with galleries, boutiques, and unique artisan shops. Whether you're looking for fine art, handcrafted jewelry, or just a pleasant stroll among picturesque buildings and courtyards, Tlaquepaque offers a cultural experience that contrasts beautifully with the natural surroundings of Sedona.


14 Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park

Amitabha Stupa, Buddha Statue and Prayer Flags with Distant Red Rock Landscape in Peace Park, Sedona Arizona

>Find tranquility at the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park, a spiritual sanctuary set against Sedona's stunning backdrop. This peaceful space is ideal for meditation, prayer, or simply a quiet moment to soak in the serene atmosphere. The stupa, a symbol of enlightenment, is surrounded by natural beauty, making it a unique spot for reflection and spiritual connection.


15 Red Rock State Park

Red Rock Canyon State Park features scenic desert cliffs, buttes and spectacular rock formations. The park is located where the southern tip of the Sierra Nevada converges with the El Paso Mountains.

Red Rock State Park is a nature lover's paradise, offering more than just stunning scenery. This 286-acre park is a conservation area that protects the rich ecosystems of the region. With a network of interconnected trails, visitors can hike, bird-watch, and enjoy educational programs about the local environment. The park's centerpiece, Cathedral Rock, presents an awe-inspiring sight and is a favorite among photographers and nature enthusiasts alike


16 Self-guided wildlife safari in Red Rock State Park

Sedona's wild heart beats strongest in the sprawling expanse of Red Rock State Park. Here, a self-guided wildlife safari awaits the intrepid explorer. Traverse the park's diverse ecosystems to spot javelina, mule deer, and coyotes in their natural habitat. Birdwatchers will delight in the vibrant avian life along Oak Creek, making every moment an opportunity for discovery.


17 Retail therapy at Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art

For those who find solace in the beauty of art, Sedona offers a sanctuary at the Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art. This gallery showcases an impressive collection of nearly 100 living artists, ranging from classical to contemporary masterpieces. Whether you're an avid collector or simply appreciate the finer things in life, a visit here is sure to inspire and enchant.


18 Tiny house living experience

Imagine waking up to the majestic views of Sedona's red rocks, all from the cozy comfort of a tiny house. This unique lodging option offers a minimalist lifestyle without sacrificing luxury, allowing you to connect with nature on a deeper level. It's an intimate retreat that promises peace, privacy, and an unforgettable experience in the heart of the desert.


19 Golfing in Red Rock Country

Tee off in one of the most visually stunning settings imaginable. Sedona's golf courses offer not just challenging play but also panoramic views of the surrounding red rocks. Each course is designed to harmonize with the natural landscape, providing a golfing experience that is as breathtaking as it is unique. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a casual player, golfing in Sedona is an absolute must-do.


20 Spa day at L'Auberge Sedona

After days filled with adventure, a spa day at L'Auberge Sedona is the perfect way to rejuvenate your body and spirit. Choose from a wide array of treatments, from deep-tissue massages to seasonal specialties, all designed to harmonize with Sedona's natural healing energies. Surrounded by the tranquility of Oak Creek, it's a sanctuary where peace and pampering go hand in hand.


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