With its gorgeous, dramatic landscape, Sedona is a worth a stop on your next road trip through the Southwestern United States. Here's why you should make time in your itinerary to check out this relatively small northern Arizona town.
Marvel at red rocks & take on natural water slides
Sedona is home to Red Rock State Park and Slide Rock State Park: at Red Rock, consider participating in a moonlight hike or a guided bird-watching walk; at Slide Rock, visitors can enjoy the natural water slides and take a dip in one of the park's swimming holes. Opportunities for fishing, picnicking, and hiking are also available. Kids ages 6-12 can participate in Arizona State Parks' Junior Ranger Program at either location.
Discover ancient cliff dwellings and modern churches built into red rock
Sedona's unique architecture gives a nod to its Southwestern locale and the surrounding landscape. Visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a uniquely modern design completed in 1956. Using influences from Frank Lloyd Wright and other Modern American architects, the building's geometric angles and large cross are integrated into the surrounding red rocks. The Chapel of the Holy Cross is located at 780 Chapel Rd. and definitely worth a peek. In search of something a big more historic? Journey south of Sedona to Montezuma Castle National Monument where travelers will find a series of cliff dwellings that are built high into the face of a cliff. Stroll down the short trail to get a glimpse of these impressive structures after learning about the area's history at the visitor center. The site is located off of I-17, approximately 25 miles south of Sedona.
Find your inner peace
Some people consider Sedona and the surrounding area to have special spiritual significance. One particularly peaceful spot is the Amitabha Stupa, a Buddhist structure perched in a park on the west side of town. A short hike leads to a unique monument that makes an ideal setting for prayer or meditation.
Stay in family-friendly hotels or a romantic resort & spa
Even though Sedona is a relatively small town—its population hovers around 10,000 people—you can find a wide variety of hotel options. Families will love the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona. In addition to family-friendly amenities like complimentary breakfast and an outdoor swimming pool, the hotel offers a series of large terraces that are open to all hotel guests and provide 360-degree views of Sedona's impressive landscape. Those seeking a quiet retreat can book a stay at the romantic L'Auberge de Sedona Resort & Spa, which offers guests luxurious spa treatments, upscale patio dining, and a chlorine-free, mineral-based heated pool.
This article was written by Sarah Vernetti, a Las Vegas-based freelance writer who loves exploring the Southwestern U.S. with her family. Follow her on Twitter @SarahVernettior visit her websitefor more.