Top 10 Best Things to Do in Sedona, Arizona

Amazing Activities & Attractions in Sedona

Cathedral Rock by Adam Baker via Wikipedia cc

Bucket List: Top 11 Best Things to See and Do in Sedona, Arizona

It’s without a doubt that Sedona is one of the most visually remarkable tourist destinations boasting its red rock formations, canyons, and scenic drives. Furthermore, there are loads of best things to do in Sedona, Arizona, such as visiting wineries or experiencing the local culture.

So to know more about the Red Rock Country, here are the 10 best things to do in Sedona, Arizona.

Sedona Heritage Museum

Sedona Heritage Museum photo via FB Page
Sedona Heritage Museum photo via FB Page

A great stop for some history and heritage, the Sedona Heritage Museum features artifacts from the town’s origin and farming days. The site is located in Jordan Historical Park on a 4.8-acre oasis and was established in 1998. Today, the museum offers historic themes exhibits, history-themed programs, annual special events, and special activities for children.

Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock by Adam Baker via Wikipedia cc
Cathedral Rock by Adam Baker via Wikipedia cc

A must-visit for the adrenaline junkies, the Cathedral Rock is an excellent place for hiking with equally breathtaking views. The site is a natural sandstone butte and one of the most photograph attractions in Arizona. Heading through the Cathedral Rock Trail is steep but short and best viewed during sunset as the sunlight reflects on the rock textures.

Devil’s Bridge Trail

Devil's Bridge Trail by Clay Banks via Unsplash
Devil’s Bridge Trail by Clay Banks via Unsplash

If you’re looking for an extra adventurous trip, the Devil’s Bridge Trail is the place for you. Hiking to the Devils Bridge is manageable despite its name and a must-do when visiting Sedona. The hike elevates 400 to 500 feet, featuring magnificent red rock views and a great place for photo ops on top of the Devil’s Bridge.

Red Rock Scenic Byway

Red Rock Scenic Byway public domain via Wikimedia cc
Red Rock Scenic Byway public domain via Wikimedia cc

Also known as the State Route 179, the Red Rock Scenic Byway is another natural treasure to see in Sedona. It is located on the north-south state highway and regarded as All-American Road, featuring sandstone and red rock formations. The scenic drive runs for 23.32 km and is worthwhile passing by.

Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek flowing through Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona AZ with vibrant fall colors and reflection by Ray Redstone via Wikipedia cc
Oak Creek flowing through Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona AZ with vibrant fall colors and reflection By Ray Redstone – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

Apart from red rock formations, the beautiful town of Sedona offers an enchanting and scenic view of Oak Creek Canyon. The site is around 19 km long, featuring a stream from the Verde River surrounded by stunning rock formations. Whether you like hiking or looking for a place to cool off this summer, this is the place to go.

Verde Valley Wine Trail

Verde Valley Wine Trail
Verde Valley Wine Trail

For a more off-the-beaten-path and sommelier experience, head to the Verde Valley Wine Trail featuring vines and vineyards. The wineries are in Northern Arizona, an ideal place to explore the town’s rich history, beautiful culture, and excellent local wines.

Palatki Heritage Site

Cave painting at Palatki Heritage Site near Sedona, Arizona by Mfield via Wikimedia cc
Cave painting at Palatki Heritage Site near Sedona, Arizona By Medfield, Matthew Field, http://www.photography.mattfield.com – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, cc

Another impressive natural wonder that Sedona offers, the Palatki Heritage Site, is an archeological site and park that means red house. It will take a short hike to see the Sinagua ruins with incredibly preserved wall paintings and two separate ancient cliff dwellings constructed in 1100 to 1400 CE.

Chapel of the Holy Cross

Chapel of the Holy Cross by Bernard Spragg via Wikimedia cc
Chapel of the Holy Cross By Bernard Spragg. NZ from Christchurch, New Zealand – Chapel of the Holy Cross. Sedona., CC0, cc

Combining beautiful scenery and peacefulness, the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a must-visit in Sedona. The Roman Catholic Church was built right on the sandstone butte featuring a 27.4 m high iron cross, gray-colored glass, and one of the unique sanctuaries in town.

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village photo via Fb page
Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village photo via Fb page

A charming and fascinating attraction in town, the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is an outdoor market filled with cobblestone walkways, ornamental arches, art galleries, and craft shops. The site displays the art and soul of Sedona inspired by the traditional Mexican village, where visitors can have an intimate fine dining experience and grab local finds.

Boynton Canyon

Boynton Canyon Trail, Sedona, Arizona by davidpinter via Wikimedia cc
Boynton Canyon Trail, Sedona, Arizona By davidpinter, CC BY 3.0, cc

Considered by many visitors as the most forceful vortexes in Sedona, the Boynton Canyon combines feminine and masculine energies. It is accessible through the Deadman’s Pass Trail, turn left where the picturesque view of the vortex unveils. Also, you can opt to stay at the fancy resort near the area to get an up-close look at the Boynton Canyon.

References

  • 15 Best Things to Do in Sedona (AZ), The Crazy Tourist
  • Law, (2020), 20 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Sedona, Planetware

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