Sedona, Arizona is a small but vibrant city that attracts outdoor lovers, new agers and anyone looking to explore some of the most beautiful spots in the Southwest. You can make Sedona your main destination or make a side trip here when visiting other nearby attractions, such as The Grand Canyon or Las Vegas.
- Outdoors Attractions -Some of the most popular spots near Sedona are Oak Creek Canyon, a beautiful gorge with incredible red rocks, waterfalls and stream. Cathedral Rock is perhaps the best example of the area’s stunning rock formations. A popular hike leads you from Devil’s Bridge Trail to Cathedral Rock. Driving along Red Rock Scenic Byway, AKA SR 179 will provide you with many scenic spots where you’ll want to pull over and take some photos.
- Shopping -The center of Sedona has many gift shops, art galleries, new age bookstores and other places to shop and browse. Many of these are on Main Street. If you’re interested in things like crystals and books on spirituality, you’ll enjoy Sedona Crystal Vortex and Mystical Bazaar. Some of the leading art galleries include Son Silver West Gallery, Renee Taylor Gallery and Sedona Hummingbird Gallery. The Sedona Arts Center is a good place to stop for information about the local arts community.
- Sedona Tours -Companies that will take you on tours of Sedona’s breathtaking scenery include Arizona Safari Jeep Tours and Red Rock Jeep Tours for seeing the landscape in a rugged jeep; Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures if you want to spend a day fly fishing under the guidance of experts; Red Rock Magic Trolley, which lets you experience “the magic of Sedona” 7 days per week with tours in their quaint trolley.
- See Sedona From Above -Sedona is even more dramatic from the sky. Northern Light Balloon Expeditions offers balloon rides, while Sedona Air Tours and Arizona Helicopter Adventures lets you see the desert and rocks from a helicopter.
Dining and Nightlife
Sedona offers surprisingly eclectic choices for a small city when it comes to restaurants and nightlife. The following are just a few examples.
- The Hudson, on State Route 179, specializes in healthy meat, fish and vegetarian dishes. This casual restaurant, which just opened in 2015, serves lunch and dinner, also has a bar and a patio with stunning views.
- L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek is a beautiful restaurant that blends nicely with its creekside location. It’s part of a spa and resort, but you can enjoy the delicious food whether you’re staying here or not. The menu offers many seafood and contemporary American dishes, with a prix fixe dinner menu.
- Pisa Lisa, on West Highway 89A, is a good choice for casual but high quality pizza and Italian cooking. Authentic wood fired pizza of all varieties, including vegetarian and gluten-free are the specialties here.
- You expect to find great Mexican food in a Southwestern town, and one place you can find it in Sedona is 89Agave, uptown on N. Highway 89A. The menu includes street tacos, burritos, tamales, fajitas and chimichangas, as well as a full bar menu with organic margaritas.
- Cafe Jose Restaurant, in Safeway Plaza on West Highway 89A, combines the traditional American diner with Mexican dishes (with a few other traditions thrown in). Here you can get breakfast, lunch or dinner and everything from burgers and fries to huevos rancheros and Cuban-style sandwiches.
For nightlife, you can stop in some of the area’s lively pubs, such as Hoppy Grape Lounge at Sedona Wine & Beer Company on W. Hwy 89A, where you can often hear music while enjoying craft beers and wine or Mooney’s Irish Pub on Hwy 179.
Sedona also has some distinctive local theater groups, such as Encore Theater Sedona and Sedona Dream Theater. If you enjoy oldies, you can hear them all night long at the 50’s and 60’s Graffiti Gold Show, an award-winning show that’s been playing in Sedona for 10 years.
Where to Stay
Sedona has lots of places to stay, including some quaint little inns, economy hotels and full service resorts. Resorts with spas and healing treatments are especially popular here.
For resorts, you have Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, with amenities such as a pool, fitness center, tennis courts, spa and an excellent restaurant and bar. Many rooms also have great views of the mountains. Another fine resort is Poco Diablo Resort Sedona, a luxurious resort near downtown Sedona whose features include an executive golf course.
Sedona Real Inn and Suites, a few miles from uptown Sedona on Arroyo Pinon Drive, offers attractive Southwestern style architecture, large rooms and attentive service.
Budget offerings in the area include Days Inn Sedona on Hwy 89A W, Sugar Loaf Lodge on W. SR 89A, a reasonable motel on the highway; and The Views Inn Sedona, on E. Cortez Drive, which is located in the village of Oak Creek, a short drive from Sedona.
Bed & Breakfasts are also easy to find in Sedona, such as The Canyon Wren on N. Hwy 89A, which specializes in romantic cabins for two; The Penrose B & B, on Red Butte Dr., which has amazing views of red rocks; and Cozy Cactus Bed and Breakfast on Canyon Circle Drive, another cozy B & B with great views in the village of Oak Creek.