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Grand Canyon Alternatives: The Mesmerizing Sedona


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Sedona is a little known desert town in Arizona. It occupies the county line between Coconino and Yavapai counties in the northern Verde Valley region, and unfortunately, its beauty gets constantly overshadowed by the popularity of the Grand Canyon.

Sedona’s main attraction is, of course, the city’s breath-taking array of red sandstone formations.

These huge sandstones are simply out of this world, especially during the sunrise and sunset when they appear to glow in brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the sun.

But the city of Sedona isn’t only surrounded by these glorious red-rock buttes and steep canyon walls. It also harbors flawless pine forests, while the city is blessed with mild and inviting climate to round up your experience.

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Places To See

Dramatic sandstone formations you simply MUST visit are Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock. These are perfect for photographers and enlightenment-seekers, while the modernist Chapel of the Holy Cross that is built into rust-colored rocks is also a must for your Sedona itinerary.

Oak Creek Canyon is adorned with hundreds of hiking and mountain biking trails, while the ones who are seeking beautiful sites for camping and fishing won’t be disappointed either.

There’s Slide Rock State Park named for its famous natural water chutes that is great for swimming and other water activities, while those who are into Native American petroglyphs can enjoy this piece of history in the Coconino National Forest heritage sites V Bar V, Palatki and Honanki.

Sedona also offers:

  • a vibrant arts community
  • new age shops
  • spas
  • bird-watching sites
  • picnic-friendly sites

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