Sedona, Arizona – If the two-hour scenic drive from Scottsdale up to this small rocky city was any indication of its startling beauty, then I knew we were in for a treat. On all of our trips in the past year, we prefer to explore the various places we visit by foot. And this was the case, nonetheless, as Sedona provides some of the most breathtaking views if you can hike up one of its many trails in Red Rock Country. Nonetheless, walking in unfamiliar areas will open your eyes to new tucked away gems and you are guaranteed to discover so much more.
The only other time I had ever visually experienced the beauty of the American desert was vicariously through the western movies my father watches, and in reality it was just as remarkable…minus John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. It is no surprise then that Sedona was discovered by Hollywood in the 1950s. Its unparalleled beauty and unique Red Rock backdrop attracted movie producers that used Sedona as the setting for numerous films and this long history is clearly displayed as you stroll along the Sedona streets.
Today, tourism is Sedona’s primary industry attracting over 4 million visitors a year – second only to the Grand Canyon (upcoming blog & final pit stop on this desert road trip), as Arizona’s most visited destination.
We stayed at a cozy spot on Highway 89A in the heart of Uptown Sedona, Orchards Inn, overlooking Oak Creek Canyon and providing sweeping panoramic views of the red rocks themselves in all of their fiery glory.
Although, state route 89A serves as the main street through town, walking around was quite pleasant as we were amidst all the hustle and bustle of eclectic shops, galleries, restaurants and tourist attractions. 1.5 days was definitely not enough time to explore everything Sedona has to offer, so Sedona, hopefully one day, we shall meet again…
Images by J ♡ J. Data linked to sources.