Red Rocks And Romance In Sedona
The fall in the East Coast is getting chilly and we start to miss the sun and warm weather. If you are looking for a place where to extend your summer, I can suggest to spend a weekend in Sedona. It’s one of the most amazing naturals wonders I have seen in North America.
Just 2 hour drive from Phoenix, Arizona and you have arrived to Sedona. Red rocks as far as eye can see, full of incredible colors and textures. This town looks like the perfect movie set and you have a feeling like being in the wild west. We arrived just on time for the sunset and with the changing light and colors the rocks looked even more surreal. The colors change from light pink to violet and bright red. Oh my, Arizona definitely has one of the most spectacular sunsets.
Not sure if Sedona is the right spot for you? It has something for everyone, if you are into yoga and meditations, this place will fascinate you. If you love nature and hiking, oh yes, it’s a hikers paradise. If you are in the mood for romantic weekend, luxury spa visits, great sunsets and art galleries? You can find it all in Sedona. You can be as lazy or active as you want, there are plenty of options for all tastes.
We decided to spend a day hiking and started with the Devils Bridge. Moderate 45 min hike will bring you to the largest natural sandstone arch in Sedona. Once you get to the top, the scenery is absolutely breathtaking. This is a great hike and well worth the effort. If you want to avoid loads of other hikers, go early in the morning, you will be rewarded not just with peacefulness for yourself, but as well the best lighting for your photos.
Another little easier hike is Soldiers Pass that will lead you to Devils Kitchen sinkhole, 50 foot deep sinkhole formed in the 1880s by collapse of sandstone cavern. The trail then goes to “Seven Sacred Pools” a series of descending creek bed pools naturally carved in the slick rock. Walking the red rocks feels like being on a movie set, the surroundings are so pretty and look surreal.
Want to have a little more adventure? Explore off-road sites with one of Sedona’s jeep tours. We liked and suggest the Pink Jeep Tours. They offer more than 8 trails to choose from, we picked the Broken Arrow 2h jeep tour and it was awesome. Lot’s of entertainment and education, stunning scenery and little adrenalin while going up and down the steep hills. This is a “must do” while in Sedona.
If you are in for a special adventure, go for a helicopter tour. To see Sedona from the air is an incredible experience. It was the first time ever I was in a helicopter, it’s such an amazing feeling to get so close to the rocks and fly through the canyons and see them up close. The tour usually comes with a pretty steep price, but we were lucky to get it completely free. The 15 min helicopter tour tour costed us 0$ but 90 minutes of our time. Want to know how? Drop us a message.
Where to stay in Sedona:
Sedona is fairly popular destination all year round so make sure you book a hotel well in advance. We booked it last minute and had to take whatever was left. And it’s not even worth mentioning here.
Where to eat:
Casa Sedona – great place for romantic dinner. Just 8 tables. Bring your own wine. $$$
Picazzo’s – great for fresh salads and flatbreads $$
Coffee Pot Restaurant – all you need for a good hearty breakfast before a hike. Choose one of 101 omelette’s on the menu. $
Barking Frog – we loved the Prickly Pear Margarita and Cactus fries $$
Red Rock BBQ – if you are in the mood for good pulled pork sandwich, this is the place. $$
If you are looking for your next mild weather travel destination, look no further. Sedona is a small town blessed with an abundance of scenic beauty and makes a perfect weekend getaway. Our weekend here was little too short and we have to leave something for the next time. I will be back for a sunrise hot air balloon ride, its supposed to be an incredible experience.
Have you been to Sedona? Do you have any special places or activities to suggest?