All right! We’re back and ready to rock and roll.
No seriously. Sedona is Red Rock country and one thing you have to do if you go out there is a jeep tour. They are awesome! We used Pink Jeep Tours and they did a great job. Our driver was awesome aaaand super informative.
Sedona is the 6th International Dark-Sky Community in the US and one of only 8 worldwide!!! So don’t forget to enjoy the stars at night. We did not make it out but I have been told they have a great observatory. Chris and I enjoyed touring the town on the adorable trolley tour. Toot Toot!
One of my favorite stops was the Chapel of the Holy Cross.
I also enjoyed the many rock configurations including Snoopy Rock.
The tour guides on the trolley talked about the 4 vortexes that Sedona is known for and that draw in huge crowds every year. Make sure to stop by the Red Rock Visitor Center before you head out. They can give you maps, suggestions, and you can buy your Parking pass there. Make sure to take at least one hike. There’s no better way to enjoy the beauty of nature than to stroll through it.
After a long day of tours and hiking we decided to relax with a margarita and a great view for dinner. Open Range Grill and Tavern has a fabulous view and if the weather is nice I definitely recommend sitting outside on the patio. Another great spot for a view and a good meal is 89 Agave.
The next couple of days we took it slow. We wandered around Main Street for a good long while. On top of being known for the red rocks and night sky views, Sedona is a very artistically cultured city. You will find sculptures and artwork everywhere you turn. Make sure to check out Tlaquepaque (pronounced T-lockey-pockey). Say that 5 times fast lol. This shopping center is a work of art in itself. It is surrounded by magnificent oak trees, paved in cobble stone and structured by stucco. We very much enjoyed sitting outside while listening to a couple of local musicians, sipping margaritas, and munching on chips and salsa. Can you tell I’m a Texan?
We were lucky in our timing and made it to the local farmers market early in our trip. I loooooove farmer’s markets. We found all sorts of great goodies for breakfast and snacks. Fresh bread, free range eggs, homemade jellies, and cold pressed apple juice. Drool
Before heading back to Phoenix we visited the Palatki Ruins. The Palatki heritage site has a set of ancient cliff dwellings in the red sandstone cliffs. There are pictographs and petroglyphs along the walls, including some that predate the cliff dwellings. There is a small amount of walking along primitive steps involved to see the ruins so be sure to bring good shoes.
After visiting Palatki we headed back to Phoenix and our home sweet home. It was a great trip with great memories. I hope you enjoyed reading about Sedona and found some ideas for your next trip. Please let me and other readers know if you have any suggestions on things to do in Sedona and don’t forget to subscribe to The Girl and the Coconut for more adventures.
Post Script – If you decide to follow this Grand Canyon/Sedona trip I recommend staying the night in Williams before driving to Sedona. By the time we got done eating dinner and got on the road it was getting dark. You have to drive through the Coconino National forest to get from Williams to Sedona. Towards the end IT IS WINDY. I’m not a huge fan of driving unfamiliar twisty roads in the dark. Plus it’s a lovely drive that you will enjoy much more if you go during the day.