Sedona is a town in Arizona, United States of America, 120 miles north of Phoenix. Known for its beauty and serene setting amidst the beautiful Red Rocks, the town is famous for its vibrant arts community with nearly 100 art galleries and events including the Sedona International Film Festival, Sedona Arts Festival and the Sedona Jazz Festival. It offers excellent outdoor adventures, including mountain biking, hiking and off-roading. Sedona is surprisingly sprawling, with Oak Creek to the south, West Sedona and Uptown Sedona each providing great views, hikes, dining and arts.
Sedona is located approximately 90 minutes north of Phoenix, Arizona. From Phoenix, take I-17 north to the Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon exit, where you turn west onto SR 179. The Village of Oak Creek is seven miles down this road, and Sedona is another seven.
From Flagstaff, Sedona is also reachable from I-17, but by far the most spectacular route is down Oak Creek Canyon via Hwy 89A. Drive carefully, as the switchbacks and falling red rocks can give quite a white-knuckle ride, but the view is well worth it.
Hwy-179 is designated as an All America Road by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Hwy-179 is currently undergoing road improvements. Visitors may experience minor traffic delays.
Sedona is a great walking town, but a bike or car is necessary to access trail heads and most destinations. The free RoadRunner transit rotates from Uptown to the Hillside Plaza to Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.
By guided tour
A number of companies provide guided tours (by bus, trolley or Jeep) of Sedona that include transportation from the surrounding areas. Some companies will provide bus travel from nearby towns while others begin in Sedona. Some will provide just a brief tour with small stops, while others may take you on a hike, and arrange all your meals.
- Hydros Adventures Tours, 928-310-8141.  Offers one day and overnight hiking, rafting, backpacking, and adventure tours to Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Northern Arizona, and Southern Utah. Pickups in Phoenix, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon area.
- CenterFocus Experiences, +1-928-301-3211.  An outdoor adventure guide company based in the Sedona area. They offer hiking and backpacking trips to the Grand Canyon and Havasupai, as well as rock climbing, canyoneering, archaeology and astronomy tours in the Sedona, Arizona area.
Sedona is home to a bustling downtown and vibrant arts community, but the real attraction is the surreal, red rock landscape, visible from anywhere in town.
- Chapel of the Holy Cross 780 Chapel Rd (928) 282-4069 This unique chapel built into the rock offers great views.
- Oakcreek Country Club 690 Bell Rock Blvd Sedona, AZ 888-703-9489
- Desert Canyon Scenic Loop
- Red Rocks and Sycamore Canyon Scenic Loop
- Canyons, creeks, mountains, forests, spiritual vortexes, hikes and mountain biking trails surround the area. To hike one needs a Red Rock Pass from the Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center (Red Rock Pass - $5dy/$10wk/$20 yr - needed to park at the trail head, hiking is free to all). For a challenge, try Cathedral Rock. It's steep, but the view is unparalleled. For a more laid back stroll, park near the end of Verde Valley School Road, and walk the rest of the way to Oak Creek Crossing. Other notable hikes and walks include Broken Arrow, Bell Rock, Soldier's Pass, Devil's Bridge.
- Sedona Driving This is a gorgeous area and driving around gives you great views of the rocks.
- Beautiful views start on Arizona's First All-American Road, the Red Rock Scenic Byway  also known as the gateway to Red Rock Country; it starts soon after you exit I-!7 and ends in Sedona. Near the beginning of this National Scenic Byway (south of the Village of Oak Creek on SR 179), there's the Coconino National Forest Visitor Center; stop there and get free maps and lots of red rock country information.
- Chapel Road, visit chapel carved into rocks with great views.
- Boynton Canyon (Enchantment Resort) - pretty drive up Half-High road and left at Enchantment resort. Nice hike up Boynton Canyon, or 1 mile past resort, at Doe Mountain.
- Oak Creek Canyon - follow 89A through Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon. Very cool in summer months July - September. Views are not really spectacular, but unusual to be in a pine forest with a running river in Arizona. Hike West Fork of Oak Creek, for an easy well marked 2.5mi hike, along a very tranquil stream.</do>
- Broken Arrow Trail Seaton Ave, Sedona Hwy 179, 2 miles before bridge, right at ''Broken-Arrow'' sign, park at trail head. Follow easy 2 mile hike to Chicken Point. Well marked trail (follow the cairns). Beautiful views. Do early in the morning before Pink Jeeps - which start around 8AM.
- Cathedral Rock Trail Cathedral Rock Rd, Sedona Hwy 179, 3 miles before '''Y''', left at Cathedral Rock Rd, 2 mile to park. 0.8mi steep climb to vortex and beautiful views. Great at sunset. Beats Airport Mesa.
- Sedona is famous as the home of five New Age vortices, areas where the Earth's magnetism is said to have special properties. Vortexes are located at Bell Rock, Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock, Boynton Canyon, and Schnebly Hill. You can take a vortex tour from one of many local guides, or hike to the sites yourself. Look for cairns marking the vortex sites.
- Jeep rentals for serious off-road driving is popular. If you have four wheel drive, Schnebley Hill Road at sunset provides excellent views.
- A Spa for You Sedona Day Spa & Massage 28 Kayenta Court off 89A @Southwest Drive (928) 282-3895 email@example.com http://www.aspaforyou.com 7AM – 9PM daily $95 and upOffers individually created signature massage, body treatments and Japanese facial massage to re-kindle, nurture and balance your natural healing rhythms.
- Just north of Sedona on 89A is Slide Rock State Park, which offers swimming and a slide rock.
- Pink Jeep Tours 204 N Highway 89A 928-282-5000 http://www.pinkjeep.com/ A fun way to see the red rocks if you're not in to hiking.
- Sedona Trolley Tours 928-282-4211 $10 http://www.sedonatrolley.comThe best first thing to do in Sedona is to take the Sedona Trolley. They have two routes. One is the City Highlights Tour and the other is Scenic Canyon Tour.
- M Diamond Ranch 928-202-1730 http://www.mdiamondranch.com Horse back rides and cowboy cookouts. Real western history and heritage at a 100 year old working cattle ranch. Transportation provided to and from Sedona.
Sedona specializes in local Native American arts and crafts, international galleries and New Age shops (aura readings, healing crystals, vortex information) in addition to the usual tourist shopping. A few stores sell shirts dyed in genuine Sedona red rock.
- Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village 336 Highway 179 http://www.tlaq.com Full of restaurants and artsy shops. If you must take a break from enjoying the outdoors, this is the place to do it.
- Hozho Plaza 311 N. Hwy 89A contains international and local art galleries.
- Main Street Sedona Uptown Sedona, AZ 86339 (928) 204-2390
When it comes to dining, Sedona has an exceptional choice of style, atmosphere, decor and flavor developed for tourists from around the world. Many of the restaurants in Sedona are rated among the best restaurants in Arizona, and several have earned national acclaim.
- Picazzo Pizza 1855 W Hwy 89A 928-282-4140 http://www.pizzapicazzo.comVery good food, Pizza choices are too numerous to mention.
- Wildflower Bread Company Shops at Pinon Pointe, Hwy 179/89A (928) 204-2223 (928) 204-9449 Opened 18 months, and definitely raised the bar for affordable dining in Sedona. Great food at affordable prices. Great views of the red rocks. Nice comfortable fireplace on a winters' day. Very central location (at the '''Y''')
- Simon's Hot Dogs 2050 Yavapai Dr, Inside of the Oak Creek Brewery (928)496-0266 http://www.simon-hot-dogs.com The Best Gourmet Beef and Vegetarian Hot Dogs in all Southwest of Arizona.
- Casa Bonita 164 Coffee Pot Dr # H (928) 282-2728 http://www.casabonitaaz.com/ They offer a 10% discount if you are staying at a few selected hotels in the area. Just show your room key.
- Coffee Pot Restaurant 2050 South west Drive (928) 282-6626 A local institution that has been featured on the Travel Channel, Food Network, etc. With a view of Coffee Pot Rock, this historic family-friendly place offers 101 omelets and southwestern favorites. Open for breakfast and lunch only. Includes a small curio shop.
- Cowboy Club Grille 241 N Hwy 89A (928) 282-4200 Very central and very popular steak house. Good atmosphere, food is pretty good. Really don't understand why so popular, but on a weekend plan on a 45minute wait during evening hours for a table (reservations excepted).
- D'Lish Very Vegetarian 3190 W Highway 89A # 300 (928) 203-9393 http://www.dlishsedona.com Creative vegetarian food served deli-style.
- Javelina Cantina 928.203.9514 928.282.2636 http://www.javelinacantina.com/ Large portions of average American-Mexican food with an excellent view from the balcony.
- Ken’s Creekside Restaurant 251 Hwy 179 Creekside Plaza (928) 282-1705 Amazing food and friendly service. The peach cobbler is heavenly!
- Szechuan Restaurant & Martini Bar 1350 W Hwy 89A #21 (928) 282-9288
- Fournos Restaurant 3000 W Hwy 89A West Sedona 928.282.3331 Dinner $25 5-star Chef Ivan Flowers creates delicious Mediterranean-Italian cuisine in a fun casual atmosphere. Cash & checks only.
- PJ's Village Pub 40 W Cortez Dr # 7, (928) 284-2250, . Very local feel.
- Days Inn 2991 W Hwy 89A (928) 282-9166 http://www.daysinnsedona.com/ 4:00 PM 11:00 AM Swimming pool and jacuzzi. Free continental breakfast.
- Penrose Inn Bed and Breakfast 250 Red Butte Dr. 928-284-3030 http://www.thepenrose.comArguably one of the best. The service, amenities, and delicious, hot breakfasts are miles above average. Their view of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte is unmatched.
- Sky Ranch Lodge 1105 Airport Rd Left at the Y from 179 to 89A South, then left at Airport Rd and up a mile 928.282.6400 http://www.skyranchlodge.com/ 3PM 11AM 75-189 Scenic views from Airport Mesa, pet friendly. Nice grounds. Quiet. Older property but well maintained. Reasonable prices.
- El Portal Sedona Luxury Hacienda and Restaurant 95 Portal Ln off of Hwy 179 928-203-9405 http://www.elportalsedona.com 3PM-6PM 11PM $200-399 34* 51.757' 111* 45.883'The architecture and adobe construction of El Portal is completely authentic. Nowhere else in Sedona will you find a luxury inn or hotel with 18-inch thick adobe walls— walls that provide both quiet and history. It's truly an architectural masterpiece. Twelve spacious rooms have been created in accordance with the simplicity and function of turn-of-the-century architecture.
- Enchantment Resort 525 Boynton Canyon Rd 928-282-2900 http://www.enchantmentresort.comPricey, but very nice.
- The Sedona Dream Maker Bed and Breakfast 322 Dreammaker Way 928-284-0172 http://www.sedonadreammaker.com An extraordinary B&B made of logs and love in a luxury log home.
- Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa REDS restaurant 2250 W Hwy 89A North on Hwy 17 to Hwy 260 to Hwy 89A 928 203 4111 http://www.sedonarouge.com 3PM 11AM 175 to 225 77 Room boutique hotel & spa located in West Sedona.
- Rancho Sedona RV Park 135 Bear Wallow Lane +1-800-970-7280 http://www.ranchosedona.com/Full hookups with 50 amp service.
- Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon to the North
- Phoenix to the South
- The historic mining town of Jerome (Arizona) to the Southwest
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