What was originally the name of the local postmaster's wife has quickly evolved to be synonymous with unbelievable natural beauty. Attracting more than 5 million visitors annually, Sedona has become an international destination for travelers from all corners of the earth. Some say the beauty is from the power of nature in the form of energy vortexes that have been abundant in the area for centuries. In fact, man has been known to live amongst the red rocks of Sedona for more than 1,000 years.
Located less than 90 minutes from downtown Phoenix, Sedona is worlds apart from the large desert city. While Scottsdale has now become most deservedly known for its world class resorts, spas, and golf, and Phoenix for the Suns, Coyotes, Cardinals and Diamondbacks, and Cave Creek for its Wild Western roots, their eclectic neighbor to the North, Sedona, has become known for its spectacular beauty, art galleries and New Age Spiritualism. After adding golf, several unique resorts, and great hiking trails, Sedona is truly a must visit destination in Arizona.
Best of all, Sedona is very easy to get to from Phoenix. Drive North on I-17 and take exit 298, turn left after exiting and you can't miss it just a few miles down the road on Hwy 179. After driving through the Village of Oak Creek with two of the area's golf courses, Sedona Golf Resort and Oak Creek Country Club, you'll drive a few more scenic miles into Sedona itself. Although you may want to stop at the Wild Flower Bread Company on the left as it is one of my favorite bakeries in Arizona. After leaving the Village of Oak Creek and if you can take your eyes off the red rocks (we suggest the driver does so) you'll immediately notice the artistic and eclectic flair of the community with colorful shops, galleries, and quaint shopping areas such as Tlaquepaque.
After crossing the actual Oak Creek (not to be confused with the Village of Oak Creek that we mentioned earlier) and climbing a small hill, you'll have to make your first major decision in Sedona - left or right? Often called the "Y", it is where Hwy 179 meets with 89A. It's actually a roundabout now.
To the right - Sedona's main shopping destination with galleries, restaurants, jeep tour offices, motels & cabins - most within easy walking distance once you find a place to park (often on side streets on the left side). It is also the way to the scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon and slide rock national park as well as numerous hiking trails.
To the left - More shopping, resorts such as Enchantment Resort in Boynton Canyon. Several more places to hike and the Sedona Airport, movies theaters, and more restaurants. Seven Canyons golf club is also located in this part of town just a few miles north of 89A.
Regardless of whether you choose left or right (you'll probably choose both during your visit), there is plenty to see and do in Sedona - just make sure you bring a camera!
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