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Day Trips & Scenic Drives from Sedona

Arizona is rich with interesting places to explore—from stunning slotted canyons and pine tree forests to ghost towns and the city lights of Phoenix. Central to the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff and Jerome, Sedona Real is the perfect place to start your AZ adventure.

If you’re looking for even more of what Arizona has to offer, contact our concierge team, we’re happy to help you plan a day trip that will help you get the most of your journey.

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The Grand Canyon

Take a jaw-dropping journey.

If you’re in Arizona and you’ve never seen it (or even if you have), you owe it to yourself to visit the Grand Canyon. There is no place in the world quite like it. Even if all you do is walk up to the edge of it, the drive is absolutely worth it.

If you need directions or would like help setting up a guided trip to the canyon, our concierge will be happy to help.

Know before you go:
  • Plan for about a 2 hour drive from Sedona to the Grand Canyon
  • There is an entry fee per vehicle
  • Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monument are on the same route
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Jerome

This little ghost town is big on fun.

There’s no place in the world quite like Jerome, Arizona. Known as America’s largest ghost town, Jerome was once a thriving mining town in the old days of the Wild West. These days it’s known as a fun, quirky little mountain-top village with lots of things to explore.

From wine tasting to haunted tours, to a thriving art scene and everything in between, Jerome makes a fun-filled day trip that you won’t want to miss.

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Flagstaff

Your playground in the pines.

Flagstaff, Arizona is a vibrant university town in the mountains that’s bursting with energy. The historic Downtown shopping and dining scene is charming and delicious.

And if you’re in the mood for some educational fun look no further than the Lowell Observatory for an upclose look at the stars or the Riordan Mansion for a glimpse of settler life frozen in time.

Know before you go:
  • Plan for a 1 hour drive from from Sedona to Flagstaff
  • While the 89A is a windy, mountainous road, it’s also a wonderfully scenic route
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Wupakti National Monument

Explore Native American architecture.

Arizona’s desert roots run deep. Just an hour’s drive from Sedona you’ll find the archeological wonder of Wupakti National Monument–home of over 800 Anasazi and Sinagua pueblos. On the way you’ll find plenty of sweeping vistas and views of the red rocks, once you arrive these impressive ruins will inspire photographer and philosopher alike.

Know before you go:
  • Plan for about a 1 hour drive from Sedona
  • Visit Sun-Saturday from 9:00-5:00 PM
  • Give yourself 2-3 hours to explore this monument
  • Excellent for a picnic lunch among the pinyon pines
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Montezuma’s Castle National Monument

History in the cliffs is calling.

Located just over a half hour’s drive away from Sedona, Montezuma’s Castle features a Sinagua pueblo ruin carved high into the wall of a cliff. Nearby you’ll find Montezuma’s Well, a desert oasis with additional cliff dwellings, the well features a variety of wildlife and wildflowers.

Know before you go:
  • Plan for about a half hour drive from Sedona
  • Visit Sun-Saturday from 8:00-5:00 PM
  • Give yourself 1-2 hours to explore this monument
  • Easy and walkable grounds, great for young and old
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Petrified Forest & The Painted Desert

Walk amongst ancient formations.

The Painted Desert is a vast rocky terrain that sprawls over more than 93,500 acres, and features rocks in a rainbow of colors–from deep lavenders and rich grays to reds, oranges, and even pinks. A large portion of the Painted Desert lies within the Navajo Nation, and stretches from Grand Canyon National Park where it joins in the east with the Petrified Forest National Park–one of the world’s largest and most vibrantly colored collections of petrified wood.

Know before you go:
  • Plan for a 2 hour drive from Sedona to the Painted Desert or 2.5 hours if you plan to see the Petrified Forest
  • At times the air glows with a pink mist or purple haze of desert dust
  • Elevations range from 4,500 to 6,500 feet
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Phoenix & Tucson

Try out the big city life

If the bright lights of the city are calling your name, head south to Phoenix where you’ll find an amazing array of culture, professional sporting events, dining options, and shopping centers.

Head a little farther south to Tucson to visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and soak up some amazing Mexican cuisine, quirky university town shopping, or beautiful hiking trails.

Know before you go:
  • Plan for a 2 hour drive from Sedona to Phoenix or a 3.5 hour drive to Tucson
  • We’re happy to help with planning activities, finding event tickets, or making restaurant reservations
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Sedona is a place that you have to see to believe. Many people who stay with us leave saying they’ve had the trip of a lifetime. We invite you to get a little taste of how much fun you’ll have when you visit.

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