From the stunning red rock canyons of Sedona to the lush banks of the Verde River, this Arizona valley is a must-visit destination for artists, adventurers and leisure seekers in need of tranquility. Bringing together modern culinary and artistic offerings, luxurious amenities and a rich historical tradition means there’s truly something for everyone.
Sedona, long known as one of the world’s premier “spiritual vortexes,” draws visitors from across the globe to bask in the area’s aura of healing and renewal. If a more concrete approach to relaxation is in your future, the dozens of spas in town should do the trick. The small town’s stunning backdrop has served for decades as a magnet for artists, so visiting the numerous galleries, as well as sleek modern restaurants, will ensure you’re busy during your stay.
Sedona — An Arty Town
Time your visit right and you’ll kick off the month alongside the locals at the First Friday Art Walk, when the town comes out to celebrate. You might even get lucky enough to find yourself taking in the visual feast along with one of the famous celebrities that call this unique landscape home.
Venture outside of town and you will be rewarded with an equally exciting array of attractions. Try the Verde Valley Archaeological Center and Montezuma Castle National Monument for insight into thousand-year-old cliff dwellings. And don’t skip on a tour of the nearby ghost town of Jerome. Once billed as the “wickedest town in the West,” the preserved enclave entices visitors to explore the still-standing saloons and copper mines of a by-gone era. There are miles of hiking trails to explore just outside of town, but those looking for a truly singular perspective should take a sunrise outing through the gorges and buttes in a hot air balloon.
Lush Verde Valley
Located just 27 miles south of Sedona, Camp Verde sits on the banks of the Verde River and is home to rafting, fishing, bird watching and enough hiking trails to keep the outdoorsman in the family happy. The area’s vineyards are another well-kept secret, with regular tastings and tours designed to give visitors a true taste of Arizona vintages. The must-see Out of Africa Wildlife Park ranks high among the most unique wildlife experiences in the country, with the great beasts of the Serengeti (and many more) on full display.
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For More Information:
Sedona Verde Valley Tourism Council
Arizona Office of Tourism