Sedona, Arizona has long attracted visitors from around the world for its beautiful scenery and powerful vortexes that are said to be conducive to healing, meditation and self-exploration.
Once again, the open road calls, and I am road tripping through Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado, with the music turned up (Paul Simon’s “Graceland” obviously) and the spirits high. I have long wanted to visit Sedona to experience it’s natural beauty and energy fields. The Arizona desert town (near Flagstaff) is surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls, pine forests, and includes a vibrant arts community (the town’s outskirts, numerous trailheads access Red Rock State Park). The town itself bustles with art galleries and expensive gourmet restaurants, and it’s easy to take day trips into Phoenix or even to the Grand Canyon, but plenty of people, once they get to Sedona, just want to commune with nature and soak up the serene vibes.
Things Not to Miss in Sedona
• Hiking near the most notable red-rock buttes such as Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Bear Mountain and Courthouse Rock
• Seeking out the vortexes
• Oak Creek Canyon
• Shopping at Tlaquepaque
• Browsing the art galleries and shops along Highway 89A
Stay: El Portal Sedona, Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa, Forest Houses Resort, L’Auberge de Sedona, Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa, The Inn on Oak Creek
Eat: Barking Frog Grille, Che-Ah-Chi, Oaxaca Restaurant, The Heartline Café
There are plenty of ways to find magic here, but if you are looking to deepen your experience…
- Vortex Hunting – Those seeking a truly enlightening experience, should head to one of Sedona’s many renowned mystical vortex locations. Pack some hiking boots and check out this map, or book a guided tour.
- Crystal Shopping – There’s a seemingly never-ending supply of crystal stores in Sedona; visit Mystical Bazaar, or Crystal Magic. Unsure which stone to go with? The overarching opinion from shop employees is buy quartz—it is a kind of do-it-all stone which may help manifest ones intentions.
- Mystical Adventures – If you’re feeling extra open-minded and you’re hoping to discover more on your trip than just a few new crystals, swing by the Center for the New Age.
- Restorative Jaunts – Not just about shamans and otherworldly adventures, Sedona also offers a truly relaxing and retreat-like experience for visitors. The opulence of L’Auberge de Sedona Resort & Spa cannot be underestimated; Sedona also offers a ton of options for yoga, but you’ll definitely want to find yourself on one of the area’s many hiking trails to really explore and unlock the majestic beauty of Sedona’s iconic red rocks.
Author: Carrie Mitchell
Carrie A. Mitchell is the founder of L’Aventure Travel, the host of the Suitcase Sojourn Podcast, and author of the children’s travel book “To Be We”. Carrie is a global travel and hospitality expert who works with publications, brands and entertainment outlets on a number of travel related projects, from marketing consulting to editorial coverage to hosting & producing content for the web, TV and podcasts. She is always seeking to learn from people and places around the world, and share through her cultural exploration (40+ countries and counting)