If you are planning your first visit to Sedona, Arizona, you may be wondering what there is to do. The answer is, a lot, but if you’ve never been there before, it’s good to have some tips so you can create a fun and entertainment itinerary before you go. Of the many things you’ll discover to do in Sedona, Arizona, these are the top ten we recommend.
1. Go to Airport Mesa
Visit Airport Mesa at sunrise or sunset to enjoy the most beautiful displays nature has to offer. For starters, this location offers magnificent panoramic views. The views are amplified by the unique games of the sun near its sunrise and sunset with vivid colors that you will not find anywhere else. Be prepared to take photos or videos so that you can share your amazing visual experiences with others when you return. The views are well worth the trip.
2. Visit the Red Rock Magic Cart
Cars are fun and exciting wherever you find them, but there is something more special about RRMT. Taking the trolley gives you a great tour of Sedona and its surroundings, and you will see the entire city in a short amount of time. The tram runs through the city and gives you a chance to see some unique restaurants, shops, and other areas that are noted on the narrated tours offered by the tram operators.
3. Take a jeep tour
One of the best ways to have a unique Sedona adventure is to sign up for a Jeep Tour. Some of the topics are themed and guided by a guide so you don’t miss out on the best things on Jeep Trails. These tours are especially exciting for history buffs because you can tour the ancient ruins or take the Soldier’s Pass Trail and have the option of either driving the Jeep yourself or having a chauffeur-guide around the area.
4. Walk the Bell Rock Pathway
Sedona is full of incredible hiking trails. This is not the most challenging trail in the area, but it is not the easiest either. It is more on the middle line in difficulty. The local scenery along the way is truly amazing, but you will want to make sure you have a good pair of walking shoes, clothing that is light and comfortable, and you will need to bring water to stay hydrated.
5. Take an ATV tour of Red Rock
Everyone visiting Sedona should take a tour of Red Rock. There are several different tour options available via Jeep or ATV. This is one of the best rated tours in the area. You can drive an ATV as you follow a guide through the Arizona desert west of the city. You will have the time of your life and see interesting scenery and maybe even a lizard or other wildlife while you are there.
6. Visit the Amitabha stupa
This is one of Sedona’s most popular tourist attractions. Amitabha Stupa is a Buddhist shrine that is open every day from dawn to dusk. There is no charge to visit the sanctuary. The scenery around the sanctuary is beautiful, so you will want to take a lot of photos.
7. Have a spiritual experience in the Vortexes.
There are people who travel to Sedona just for the purpose of visiting the Vortexes. What are they? They are cyclones of energy that arise from the earth. Anyone close to them can feel their energy. The vortices are found near a collection of interestingly shaped rock formations that are believed to emit this special energy. It is free to visit this attraction.
8. Pass by the Village of Arts and Crafts of Tlaquepaque
This is a free activity and you will find the town located at the intersection of routes 89A and 179. It is a huge open-air shopping center with the shape and theme of a Mexican town. It’s like entering a traditional Mexican town with stucco walls, mosaic fountains, and cobblestone streets. You will find a variety of art galleries, old and new age shops, and a host of interesting places to eat.
9. Visit the Palatki heritage site
This historic site features ancient cliff dwellings that show visitors what the Hopi Indian tribe was like that lived there from the ages of 1150 to 1350. These cave dwellings are the largest in the area and are complete with pictographs and tours. Guided tours that tell the story of the ancient peoples that once inhabited the caves.
10. Relax in the famous Sedona Spas
There are many spas in Sedona. You can find anything from a basic massage to salt scrubs to more advanced spa treatments and therapies. Some feature Native American-inspired treatments, others are new-age, but all are relaxing and rejuvenating.