Famous for its vibrant art scene, iconic red rocks, supposedly healing vortexes, and breathtaking hikes, Sedona is without a doubt one of the most beautiful spots in the US. Just outside the edges of the Sonoran desert, in the heart of Arizona, you’ll find this small yet charming town. Sedona is a very popular day trip destinations for locals from nearby cities, including Phoenix, Vegas, Flagstaff, and more. Over Labour Day weekend this year my family and I took a day trip up to Sedona from Phoenix – so, to help out any of you planning to do something similar, this post will be a one day itinerary to Sedona. Throughout it I’ll essentially be showing you how to have the perfect day in the charming Arizona town, starting with an exciting activity in the morning and in the evening some serene sightseeing.
9AM – Chapel of the Holy Cross
Start off your day at the Chapel of the Holy Cross for some sightseeing. Constructed in the late 1950s, this church is definitely one of the prettiest in the entire state. Approaching the church you’ll see that it is actually built into a mountain, making it a stunning photo-op and giving it great views from the top. The interior of the church as well is just as beautiful as its outside and surroundings, with impressive stained glass overlooking scenic views. Spend your time here obviously taking tons of photos, and if you’re religious, even try attending a service at this church.
11:30AM – Pink Jeep Tour
Next, head on a Pink Jeep tour throughout the canyons of Sedona. One of the most popular activities to do while in the town, Pink Jeep Tours take visitors on a two hour off-road ride through parts of Sedona’s rocks that are closed to the public. They definitely aren’t for everyone, as they’re pretty rough and bumpy at times (though the views are definitely worth it!). Personally I’ve never been on one of these tours, but my friend who has told me that they’re a lot of fun!
(5 min walk)
1PM – Oaxaca
Just a five minute walk away from the drop-off spot for jeep touring you’ll find Oaxaca, a relaxed Mexican restaurant. This spot serves tons of authentic Mexican dishes for pretty reasonable prices, making for a great lunch spot. If this restaurant doesn’t seem like your thing though, there’s tons of other cafés and restaurants around to chose from serving many different types of cuisine.
2PM – Uptown Sedona
After lunch, spend some time exploring Sedona’s main neighbourhood. Uptown Sedona is home to many unique, homey, and interesting shops, selling everything from meditation crystals to dirt shirts (literally made of dirt!). As I mentioned earlier, there are also many places serving food throughout this area, including some that would definitely make for good places to stop at for a quick after-lunch desert!
3PM – Hike
Sedona is known for its amazing hikes and trails, so if you’re into hiking a visit to the town wouldn’t be complete without checking out the nature surrounding Sedona. Some of the most popular spots in the town include the four “vortexes”, Airport Mesa, Bell Rock, Boynton Canyon, and Cathedral Rock. There are also many hiking “hidden gems” of Sedona, or spots that are less popular yet just as amazing (or even better) than the most well known trails. Of course, hiking isn’t everyone’s thing, whether it’s because they’re just not up for a hike or it’s simply just too hot to hike during their visit (often during June-August months!). If you don’t feel like hiking, opt for a visit to one of Sedona’s many art galleries full of tons of local paintings, sculptures, and more.
(5 min drive from Uptown Sedona)
5PM – Oak Creek Canyon
End off your day in the car, with a scenic drive down Oak Creek Canyon. This road, considered one of the best drives in America, has stunning scenery totally different than what you’ll find back in Sedona. Green forest areas, peaceful creekside scenes, and magnificent canyon views are what you’ll find throughout this drive. Either stay in your car during the ride and maybe play some of your favourite music, or pull over somewhere down the ride and get out the car and experience the area for yourself.
That’s all for my one day itinerary to Sedona, I hope you enjoyed!
Thanks for reading.