I hope you enjoyed our stories, photos, and tips about Sedona this week! Before we move on to another topic, I’d like to leave you with one last story – my story! – about a recent trip to Sedona:
After many years of hearing the praises of Sedona, I finally took the plunge and went for a week in mid-May. I can't believe I waited this long! The drive from Phoenix to Sedona only takes about two hours and flies by with all the new sights to take in (loved seeing all the cacti). Once you hit the red rocks, you'll be blown away!
Entering Sedona by car is breathtaking. You will want to stop and take pictures along the way but I recommend waiting so the cars behind you don't get mad. You will have plenty of time for pictures when you plan an excursion or two (or three or four...). After attending a breakfast orientation at my resort, my decision was made. I would do a hot air balloon ride, an all day trip to the Grand Canyon, and a day trip to Jerome, AZ. Please keep in mind that these were my personal choices. There are so many things to do and see in Sedona (either on your own or by tour). Your options are endless.
I have to say that the highlight of my trip was the hot air balloon ride. It is something I can now mark off my bucket list. They picked me up at 4:30am and we were in the air by 7am. We floated for about an hour and fifteen minutes and then, once back on the ground, had breakfast and champagne courtesy of the hot air balloon company. What an unforgettable experience!
You can't go to Sedona without checking out the Grand Canyon! I had been there as a kid, but was dying to go back. No disappointments there! Had a wonderful day. I didn't want to do it on my own so I did go on a 12 hour tour. So worth it. A wonderful lunch at the El Tovar Hotel and even got to stop at a Navajo Reservation on our way back to Sedona.
Last, but not least, was my day trip to Jerome, AZ. I did this on my own as it is an easy, albeit curvy, drive up a mountain, about 40 minutes from Sedona. Lots of fun, eclectic shops and history here. I did more shopping than history. I even had a fabulous lunch of a hotdog wrapped in bacon with all kinds of yummy toppings with a side of flash fried spinach (a must).
I could write a novel about Sedona and all the fun stuff to do, see and eat (there are so many great restaurants). I can't wait to go back!
Hot air balloon ride
The Grand Canyon