Planning Your Time
- Where to Go
- The Best of the Valley of the Sun
- Wild West Adventure
- Let Scottsdale Rock Your World
- Finding Water in the Sonoran Desert
- Spring Training
- Arizona Family Road Trip
- Phoenix Points of Pride
- Southwestern Culture and Heritage
- Nocturnal Scottsdale
- Exploring Phoenix’s Architecture
- Unexpected Arizona
- Desert Chic
- Chilly Drinks and Cool Eats in Scottsdale
Sedona makes a terrific weekend getaway, offering natural beauty and some interesting sites within a relatively compact area. The city has grown with its legions of tourists in mind, and its pedestrian-friendly shopping areas, delicious restaurants, and impressively diverse galleries—all surrounded by the red rocks—make exploring the town hassle-free.
Couples yearning for a quick romantic trip with minimal stress can easily pop up from Phoenix for an overnight stay at one of Sedona’s charming resorts that overlook Oak Creek. More adventurous travelers, though, may want to stay two or three nights in order to enjoy the natural attractions and historic sites throughout the Verde Valley.
No matter what time of year you visit, Sedona’s landscape fails to disappoint. Spring wildflowers and autumn leaves are irresistible incentives, not to mention balmy temperatures. Summer, on the other hand, is quite warm, with highs in the mid- to high-90s, but it cools off considerably at night. The occasional light snow in winter and annual holiday-light events make a winter trip to Sedona a compelling option.
© Jeff Ficker from Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona, 1st edition