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Touring Sedona, Arizona

Updated on September 2, 2018
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Randi has lived all over the map but most recently she has been settled in Mesa, Arizona and is truly enjoying exploring its offers.

Sedona is in the Northern part of Arizona. It is It is most famous for its red rock formation. The red sandstone glows a brilliant orange in the sunlight and forms an amazing background for many activities. Hiking will definitely put you right in the middle of all of this beauty, but almost every other activity in Sedona will give you an amazing view.

Sedona is only two hours south of the Grand Canyon and two hours north of Phoenix. If you are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon, you can easily plan a side trip to Sedona.

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Different Ways to Tour Sedona

In order to be able to get the most of your Sedona experience, you may want to consider a professional tour guide. There are several; ways you can do this. There are shuttles and buses to take you around for a small fee. The drivers will point out the interesting spots and provide a running commentary, pointing out the interesting spots.You can also rent a jeep to take on your own or one with a guide, take a helicopter ride or take a guided hike to experience any of the different sights Sedona has to offer. There is even a night tour to see the stars which are abundant and startlingly clear!

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A pleasant surprise I found when looking for an exit!Gardens like these can be found all around Sedona.A kinetic sculpture.
A pleasant surprise I found when looking for an exit!
A pleasant surprise I found when looking for an exit! | Source
Gardens like these can be found all around Sedona.
Gardens like these can be found all around Sedona. | Source
A kinetic sculpture.
A kinetic sculpture. | Source

Downtown Sedona.

Downtown Sedona is a collection of shops, restaurants and galleries, all nestled into the red rock. It is a mixture of New Age metaphysical shops, art galleries, coffee shops and more. The streets are filled with all kinds of people, including tourists and authentic cowboys. There are many photographers and artists set up on the street because no matter what direction you turn in, there is always a spectacular view! While the Southwest flavor is apparent, there is also an eclectic feel to the city. There are amazing sculptures and colors everywhere you go. They bring style to the streets, restaurants and shops! Walking down the streets of Sedona, offers you a treat for your senses: a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains, the enticing aroma of homemade fudge, music being played on oversized street instruments and unique trinkets to admire!

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Hiking in Sedona, Az

This paragraph could easily be many pages long. Suffice it to say that Sedona has an abundance of hikes ranging from easy to difficult, short to long and scenic to....well... scenic. You can hike in several different areas including: Red Rock State Park, Devil's Bridge, The West Fork Trail and Cathedral Rock. Everywhere you go in Sedona, you will find hiking books, pictures and maps. All of the trails are rated and directions are easy to come by. Some trails may require a different vehicle as the terrain can be rough. There may be a fee in certain areas. Most trails have a registry so they can keep track of its hikers. Be sure to sign in. Remember it is very dry and warm. Bring plenty of water and stay hydrated. No matter where you hike, you will have a beautiful view. If you are not much of a hiker, there are many scenic walks, as well!

Hikes in Sedona, Az.

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The famous Devil's Bridge (natural bridge!)The base of Cathedral Trail.
The famous Devil's Bridge (natural bridge!)
The famous Devil's Bridge (natural bridge!) | Source
The base of Cathedral Trail.
The base of Cathedral Trail. | Source

Slide Rock.

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Beautiful Slide Rock Park!Artists setting up where you would likely see swimmers getting ready to slide!
Beautiful Slide Rock Park!
Beautiful Slide Rock Park! | Source
Artists setting up where you would likely see swimmers getting ready to slide!
Artists setting up where you would likely see swimmers getting ready to slide! | Source

Don't Miss Slide Rock Park!

Imagine sitting amongst these beautiful red rock formations with cool breezes and flowing water. It doesn't get much better than this! Well, actually, it does! Imagine with just a slight push, you slide into the water. In fact, you can slip, slide and, essentially "cliff dive" as much as you like. As long as you remember to wear clothing that you won't mind getting saturated with red clay and shoes that will keep you from slipping too much, you can have a blast here.

If you are less adventurous and don't want to swim, it is still a beautiful park to visit and walk around. There is a Slide Rock Market on the grounds where you can buy snacks and souvenirs!

Shopping in Sedona.

Shopping in Sedona is more like a sightseeing trip. The downtown area consists of many galleries, Native American Crafts, boutiques and one of a kind shops. If you so desire, you can have your picture taken professionally as a lasting souvenir.There is a very unique stop called Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. It is located a bit off the beaten track but on your way if you are going to Slide Rock or hiking the Devil's Bridge. It is a replica of the town of Guadalajara in Mexico.

You can also find typical fast food restaurants and grocery stores near by.

Anywhere in Sedona can be a good place to stop and breathe.
Anywhere in Sedona can be a good place to stop and breathe. | Source

Spiritual Sedona

Sedona has a world wide reputation as a spiritual mecca. It is home to about 15-20 vortexes in a 5-10 mile radius. This attracts many artists, shamans and spiritual sages who come to experience this combination of beauty, power and energy. As you hike or walk through town, you will feel the energy surrounding you. There are shops filled with spiritual and Metaphysical services. When you enter, you are surrounded by beautiful colors, warm scents and inviting, knowledgeable people.


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    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you sui much fir stopping by my hub, Hankscita. Although it's only a few hours away from us, this was my first visit there! We came away from there, trying to figure out just what we needed to do in order to live there! If you gave the c chance, definitely check it out! Thanks so much for the follow!

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      Sandy 

      4 years ago from Florida

      I've always wanted to visit Sedona. I think I'm afraid I'll end up wanting to move there because I've heard such great things about the area. Great Hub

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Aww, thank you so much, lyricwriter! I am truly flattered! It was my first visit there. We drove away thinking we could go back there......permanently. I also went to Prescott and loved it there. The whole area is beautiful!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 

      5 years ago from West Virginia

      Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, interesting, and shared. When I lived in Casa Grande, I visited Sedona, beautiful country. I only drove through, never had the time to really visit. You did a wonderful job of describing this hot spot in Arizona. Great useful article, amazing pics! I want to walk across that! Probably a good thing I didn't see that! Best wishes always!

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Faith! It is truly lovely there! I appreciate the votes and share!

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      Thanks for taking us on a beautiful tour of Sedona! Very informative hub here and loved all of the beauty found there in the pictures included.

      Voted up++++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Hey, Frank! Thank you for stopping by! If you ever come to AZ, be sure to look me up! :)

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      Thank you btrbell for sharing this guide of Sedona Arizona with us.. comprehensive and detailed.. never been there but hey you never know :)

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Joelle. So sorry you had a grey day! They are so rare here. Wasn't that a cool trip you took? We also did the Grand Canyon and Prescott on this one. You have a great day, as well!

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, drbj! We didn't make it to the Devil's Bridge this trip but I am definitely going back to hike it!

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      kidscrafts 

      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great information, Randi! I went to a conference in Phoenix almost two years ago and couldn't resist to see the Grand Canyon and on our way back to Phoenix, my husband and stopped in Sedona. Unfortunately, it was a grey day!

      I love the colours of the earth and the rocks. The vegetation is so special to that area as well! A great discovery!

      Thank you for sharing your sunny pictures!

      Have a great day!

    • btrbell profile imageAUTHOR

      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Carol! we had a great time! So sorry we weren't able to see you, though! I will come back!

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      Randi Benlulu 

      5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Thank you, Bill! It was a fun trip! When you get to Arizona on your to do list, make sure it is winter and make sure to let Carol and I know. We'll make sure you see it all! :)

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      Good information, Randi, and I love your photos, particularly the image of the Devil's Bridge. That one really drew me in.

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      carol stanley 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Nice job Randi, and I do love Sedona. I went there for an art seminar and we did west fork...not easy walking on the rocks across the streams. Sounds like you had a lovely time. Hope to see you sometime in the near future...

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've never been to Arizona, Randi! It's on a to do list that just keeps getting longer. Thanks for the brief tour and information my friend....looks like an article that should be pitched to magazines to me. :)

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