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Your Ultimate Travel Guide for Sedona

Taking a trip to a magical realm seems like something that can only happen in a fairytale. And yet, it's entirely plausible.

Located in the Verde Valley region of Arizona, the city of Sedona is hidden between gorgeous red rocks and striking lush landscapes. It's a place unlike any other, proving that it's really all about the location.

If you're thinking of planning a trip to the spiritual town, we've got you covered. Check out our quick Sedona travel guide for a taste of what's in store during your visit.

Woman out of focus in the foreground with Sedona mountains in focus in the background

When to Visit Sedona

Sedona offers stunning views year round, so there's no bad time to visit. That being said, the springtime is by far the best time to visit Sedona. From the stunning scenery to the ideal temperatures, you can't go wrong visiting Sedona anytime between March and May.

March though May isn't just the best time to visit Sedona, it's also the busiest time. Expect plenty of crowds no matter what you do. If you'd like to avoid hoards of people as much as possible, we suggest

visiting during the winter season.

The weather is a bit chillier, though

you won't have to book all your activities

several months in advance.

Aerial overview of Sedona on a cloudy day

Where to Stay in Sedona

Sedona boasts an array of scenic hotels all in varying price points. No matter your budget, you can find accommodation that works for you. Here are a few of our favorites:


From entire homes to private bedrooms, Airbnb offers a wide selection to accommodate all types of travelers. From luxury suites to zen garden apartments, here is a list of our favorite Sedona Airbnb's on a budget.

Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas

Located in the hustle and bustle of Uptown Sedona, this Best Western overs a gorgeous overlook of the city's majestic red rocks. Rooms start at $300 per night, though that's a bargain, especially given how convenient the location is.

Orchards Inn

Starting at $199, you're bound to find an affordable room with a view at Orchards Inn. This spot is perfect for hikers, as it's located right next to the Oak Creek Canyon. After a long day of exploring, unwind at one of Uptown's wine tasting venues.

Briar Patch Inn

Prefer a cabin to a hotel room? Briar Patch Inn has got you covered. This quaint stay will inspire you to rekindle your relationship with nature, starting at just $200 a night. In the evening, take in the gorgeous starry sky. Maybe you'll even see a shooting star?

Starry night sky over gorgeous pool and home in Sedona

What to Do in Sedona

Whether you hope to indulge in a lavish spa weekend or aim to immerse yourself in nature, Sedona offers a wide variety of activities to participate in on your trip.

Take a Hike

Sedona's red rocks are nothing short of breathtaking. The best way to experience their natural beauty is by hiking up and around them. There is an abundance of trails all around Sedona, though making your way up Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock will offer up some picturesque views of the city.

Finding trails to roam down is relatively easy, but if you'd like to plan out your hikes a little better, we recommend downloading the app AllTrails. It's the ultimate trail guide right in the palm of your hand.

Go Wine Tasting

Most may not think of wine tasting as something to do in Sedona, but the city is home to some fabulous wineries worth enjoying. Most offer a tantalizing selection of locally crafted red and whites you'll find yourself wanting to take home. The good news is you absolutely can snag a glass for the road.

Head Out on a Pink Jeep Tour

The Pink Jeep Tours are everywhere in Sedona. You'll see at least six driving up and down State Route 89A on any given day. Experience some off-roading through canyons or opt for a more scenic tour to take in all Sedona has to offer. The choice is yours!

Visit a Crystal Shop

Known for being a somewhat spiritual town, Sedona offers plenty of crystal shops for those who are interested in the metaphysical. Not only do these stores have some stunning healing gems for you to browse through, many also offer tarot card readings, aura photos, and much, much more.

Woman sitting on edge of red rock after climbing up it in Sedona

Where to Eat in Sedona

Hoping for Mexican food? Sedona's got it. Want some burgers and fries? You bet. Thinking of going somewhere more upscale? You can find it all in Sedona. Here are a few of our favorite restaurants:

Oaxaca Restaurant

Nestled in a scenic spot in Uptown Sedona, Oaxaca Restaurant has a menu filled with traditional and modern Mexican food the whole family will love. You can't go wrong with their cactus tacos.

Sound Bites Grill

For lunch with a view that won't cost you an arm and a leg, opt for Sound Bites Grill. Located on the edge of Uptown Sedona, you'll be seated on a scenic overlook of the town. Better yet, they offer an entirely vegan menu for those who are living the plant-based lifestyle.

Butterfly Burger

Butterfly Burger offers burgers made with 100 percent butterflies... only kidding. Created by Chef Lisa Dah, this whimsical joint is nothing short of a couture burger lounge. With a menu that features seductive salads, spellbinding sides, and spirited libations, deciding what to devour first will be the toughest decision you'll make during your entire trip.

The Hudson

Established in 2015, the Hudson is an industrial chic restaurant that also offers food with a view. Treat yourself to one of their house specials along with a glass of wine, because you know you deserve it.

A couple sitting in lawn chairs on a cliffside while cheersing with their wine glasses in Sedona

What to Pack for a Trip to Sedona

What to pack for your Sedona trip depends on when you visit, how long you plan on staying, and what you plan on doing. No matter when you go or what you do, it's important to pack layers. Because it's a desert, there's often a drastic change in temperature between the morning, afternoon, and evening.

Having a swimsuit on hand is always nice, along with some hiking shoes and clothes. Even if you're having a spa weekend, chances are you'll want to explore a few of the trails.

Don't be afraid to toss in some nicer clothes for when you go out to eat, though even a sturdy pair of jeans will work for your night out in Sedona.

Why You Should Visit Sedona

Sedona is the ultimate escape. It truly offers something for everyone, often at a price point you can't realistically find elsewhere. Simply being surrounded by the beauty of this red rocks county will cure any sort of life burnout you've been experiencing as of late. Get lost in Sedona to find yourself.

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