It’s undeniable; Arizona is unlike anywhere else on earth.My journey to the untouched beauty of the American Southwest was extra special, as part of a 3-generation girl’s trip with my mama, aunt and grandma along for the ride. I encourage you to venture beyond the legendary Grand Canyon to Sedona, a magical town filled with art galleries, shopping, and dining galore. Nestled amid pine tree forests of Flagstaff to the North and deserts of Phoenix to the south, Sedona offers an elegant intersection of striking red sandstone formations. Whether visiting for the hiking, sightseeing, or gallery hopping, you are sure to be astounded by the breathtaking vistas and serene vibes of the area.
Disclaimer: This was five years ago before I owned and operated more than a point and shoot camera, so play nice 🙂
Sedona Bucket List
- Hike through the remarkable fiery red-rock buttes, pinnacles, spirals, and domes.
Be sure to check out Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Bear Mountain and Courthouse Rock along the way.Over millions of years, layers of sandstone and limestone were left in the area by a receeding ocean. Iron oxide eventually covered the grains of sandstone and, in a natural process, rust formed.2. Catch positive vibes radiating off the magical “vortexes” Sedona is believed by Native Americans to sit among energy vortexes–centers of intense spiritual energy that facilitate healing and meditation. 3. Eat rattlesnake!Mmmm tastes like chicken!4. Bask in the stunning pink sunset. The evenings are best spent stargazing, a unique experience given the absence of interference from city lights.
5. Make friends with a prickly cactus. 6. Go on a shopping spree at Tlaquepaque for unique Native American jewelry, crafts, and murals.7. Seek out the 16-mile Oak Creek Canyon gorge and overlook.
8. Soak up sun at a luxury resort in Scottsdale.*If you’re so lucky as to be traveling with your glamorous, high class mother*Enjoy a milder climate than the rest of Arizona in the spring and fall with highs in the 60s to low 80s. Beware, summer can get toasty with highs in the 90s and no beach to escape to. 9. Meet a quirky local cowboy.
10. Visit Montezuma Castle National MonumentLocated near Camp Verde, Arizona, this five-level, 20 room cliff dwelling nestled into a limestone recess above Beaver Creek served as a high-rise apartment building for prehistoric Sinagua Indians over 600 years ago. Now over to you, do you have a favorite destination in the American Southwest?