Sedona, Arizona is a stunningly scenic town in northern Arizona famous for its unforgettable red sandstone rock formations, restaurants, resorts, and outdoor adventure opportunities. Many of the almost 5 million annual visitors come for the sunshine, sightseeing, and vibrant art scene, but there are plenty of great ways to spend your time.
First, there is the extensive trail system. Hiking is one of the most popular things to do in Sedona, Arizona. For a memorable view and a good stretch of the legs, take time to visit Devil’s Bridge. One of the most well-known red rock formations in Sedona, Devil’s Bridge is accessed via a 2-mile round trip hike (longer options exist by using alternate trailheads) that includes about 400 feet of elevation gain. The highlight at the trail’s end is the largest natural arch in the Sedona area. The views from on top are unforgettable and well worth the effort.
Jeep tours are another way to add some adventure to your Sedona vacation. Explore the backcountry in the comfort of a specialized four-wheel-drive vehicle, bouncing down exciting dirt roads, cruising over slickrock, and learning the stories behind the history of the region and the fun names for many of the iconic rock formations.
Then there’s the excellent restaurants and wineries that abound in the region. Sedona is well-known for its Southwestern cuisine and the neighboring Verde Valley is gaining a reputation as a source of top-quality wines. For those foodies who enjoy the culinary element of their travel experience, Sedona is sure to check all the boxes
Finally, a mere two-hour drive to the north lies one of the world’s most famous landscapes: the Grand Canyon. Whether it’s gazing over the edge from the South Rim or descending into the “Big Ditch” on one of many hiking trails, this Wonder of the World is a must-do day trip to add to your Sedona itinerary. If you’d like to make the most of your time, consider a guided tour of the Grand Canyon. Local guide companies will ensure you hit all of the highlights and not waste time searching for parking a trying to navigate park maps. And Grand Canyon hiking guides will lead you on a safe and enjoyable adventure below the rim if you’re seeking that extra thrill.
Sedona and the surrounding region offer many fantastic opportunities to fill up an entire vacation with family or friends. But if trying to plan every little component of your trip seems overwhelming, a tour company such as Four Season Guides offers all-inclusive trips that include Sedona and Grand Canyon. You just handle getting to Arizona and they will take care of the rest: hotel accommodations, guided hiking tours, arranging a jeep adventure, all meals, park entrance fees, ground transportation, and licensed, professional guide for the duration of the multi-day tour. All you have to do is show up ready to explore and have fun!