Sedona is known for its beauty and magnificent red-rock setting. With over 4 million people visiting each year, it's one of the most popular destinations in Arizona, second only to the Grand Canyon.
There is always something to do in Sedona, whether it's a music festival, art exhibition or new age event. Visit for annual festivals or enjoy a weekly selection of local events.
The city is a haven for new age practitioners who are drawn to its unique location on four vortices. Whether you are planning a long vacation or a short break, there are lots of terrific reasons to visit Sedona.
Amazing rock formations, unique wildlife and fabulous panoramic vistas attract thousands of visitors to Sedona each year. The city is close to the Red Rock State Park and surrounded by the Coconino National Forest - if you experience a sense of deja-vu it's probably because Sedona's stunning red rock backdrop has appeared in over 70 films!
Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village is a unique complex that is home to over 45 specialty shops and 19 galleries. Created in the image of an authentic Mexican market over 40 years ago, Tlaquepaque is now one of Sedona's best-loved attractions.
Walking, hiking and mountain biking are popular pursuits - particularly near some of the most distinctive red-rock buttes like Cathedral Rock, Bear Mountain, Bell Rock and Courthouse Rock
The town hosts several major events and festivals each year including the Sedona Arts Festival, the Sedona Jazz Festival, and the Sedona International Film Festival.
Locals are known for their liberal attitude and visitors from around the globe always receive a warm welcome. New age culture is a predominant feature of the city - try alternative therapies and treatments or simply explore new-age philosophies.
Sedona took top place when USA Weekend compiled its list of the Most Beautiful Places in America, and you'll find activities to appeal to every age group.
Many famous western films including '3.10 to Yuma', 'Apache', 'Broken Arrow' and 'The Comancheros' feature scenes that were shot in and around Sedona. Take your camera or smartphone, pick your spot and create a lasting memory of your visit to Red Rock Country.
Drive to the nearby town of Jerome to sample wines created by Tool, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer frontman, Maynard James Keenan. While you may not spot the man himself, the superb Verde Valley wines are reason enough for a visit to Caduceus Cellars winery.
This striking chapel is built directly into the rock face, and it's one of the town's most recognizable landmarks. Worth a visit for the spectacular views of the red rocks.
Sedona is famous for its new age vortices and each is marked by a stone cairn. Try a guided tour or hike to Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock, Boynton Canyon, Bell Rock or Schnebly Hill.
Take a thrilling jeep tour of Broken Arrow trail. Enjoy an exhilarating ride down the Devil's Staircase and the amazing views of Cathedral Rock, one of America's most recognizable landmarks.
Sedona has a temperate semi-arid climate with warm to hot summers and mild winters. The city can be very hot in summer with temperatures reaching the mid-90s. Spring and Fall are peak travel seasons in Sedona and visitors enjoy temperatures ranging from 65F to 83F between April and June and September and November. Winter is another great time for a vacation in Sedona. Nights may be cold but festive events and illuminations at Tlaquepaque and at the Los Abrigados Resort ensure that there is still plenty of fun to be had in the city. It occasionally snows in Sedona but skiers and snowboarders can find abundant snow, great facilities and marked slopes at nearby Flagstaff.
Owing to the fact Sedona is only served by one small local airport, many visitors fly to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (IATA: PHX). The shuttle bus service from the airport to Sedona takes 3 hours. Many people choose to rent a car - it's just a 90-minute drive from the airport, and you can go directly to your hotel or apartment.
Although there are no trains to Sedona, there are regular Amtrak services to Phoenix from most major cities in the US. Travelers can then board a train from Phoenix to Flagstaff. Arizona Shuttle runs a bus service between Flagstaff and Sedona.
A car is a real advantage for any trip to Sedona, whether you are arriving in Phoenix by plane and intend to rent a car or whether you are driving from another part of the country. Drivers can take Interstate 17 north from Phoenix and then Exit 298 for Sedona-Oak Creek Canyon. It's then just 7 miles on State Road 179 to Oak Creek Village and then another 7 miles from there to Sedona - SR 179 is Arizona's first "All-American Road" and this scenic route is considered an attraction in itself. You can also take the I-17 from Flagstaff or choose Highway 89A - the view is spectacular, but the road's multiple switchbacks, minimal shoulder area, and steep drops require careful driving.
It is possible to travel to Sedona by bus from many major cities using services provided by national carriers like Greyhound. However, there are likely to be several changes en-route and most buses stop at Phoenix Airport to allow passengers to take the Arizona Shuttle service for the final leg of their journey.
Accommodation is plentiful and ranges from budget to luxury. Most of Sedona's upmarket spa hotels can be found along the banks of Oak Creek and on the mountainsides. The Enchantment Resort, Hyatt Pinon Pointe, and Sedona Golf Resort are popular with golfers who want to be near Canyon Mesa Country Club and Oak Creek Country Club as well as visitors who want easy access to the city's unique arts and entertainment venues. Affordable Uptown hotels are ideal for families and groups - you'll still have spectacular views and be close to most of the main landmarks and attractions.
Uptown Sedona – the Uptown area is located near Bear Wallow Canyon. Notable landmarks include the Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center and many of the city's galleries, restaurants and shops can be found here.
Oak Creek – the Oak Creek district is south of the city center. Expect to find everything from luxurious spa resorts to rustic cabin accommodation in an area that's defined by the waterfalls and creeks of the Oak Creek Canyon river gorge.
West Sedona – there really isn't a part of the city that doesn't boast impressive views and exciting attractions. West Sedona is more residential than Uptown or Oak Creek and is a great choice for visitors who want a home from home experience.
Sedona isn't a big city but it is fairly spread out. Local shuttle services ferry passengers to Phoenix Airport or Red Rock State Park and most can be boarded at the Chapel of the Holy Cross. There is also a trolly service which is a must for visitors.
Taxis are available, but they can prove an expensive way to get around. Many of the best trails can just as easily be reached by car or shuttle bus.
Whether you plan a long or short stay, a car can make a big difference. You can organize trips to iconic landmarks like the Grand Canyon or simply see the city at your own pace. Car rental offices can be found at Phoenix Airport as well as Phoenix and Flagstaff.
While Sedona may not be the first choice for designer shopping, you'll find arts and crafts, Native American art, crystals, new age art, quirky boutiques in abundance. The town isn't particularly expensive, and the cost of living is comparable to other cities in the state.
Satisfy your craving for crystals or pick up unique pieces by artisans at Tlaquepaque. This exceptional shopping and gallery complex offers a wide range of options in a beautiful setting. Look out for t-shirts and clothing that have been dyed red using the region's famous rocks.
While you'll discover dozens of organic stores and food shops, Sedona isn't somewhere that has been taken over by supermarket chains. However, you can pick up food and basics from Bashas in Coffee Pot Drive or from Whole Foods Market on W State Road 89A.
Dining in Sedona is big news, you'll find restaurants offering hearty family fare as well as nationally acclaimed establishments specializing in international cuisine. Enjoy affordable meals at Picazzo Pizza or push the boat out at Shugrues where you'll love the view from the patio.
Try one of the 101 types of omelet offered by the famous Coffee Pot Restaurant on South West Drive. This friendly, historic establishment is a local institution that has appeared on the Food Network and the Travel Channel. Tuck into sizzling steaks at the Cowboy Club Grille on N Hwy 89A or sample some of the best gourmet hot dogs in Arizona at Simon's Hot Dogs which you'll find inside the Oak Creek Brewery on Yavapai Drive.