All You Need to Know for a Weekend Getaway to Sedona

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Advisor - Laura Tye
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Laura Tye

  • Sedona

  • Nature Escapes

  • Arizona

  • City Travel

  • Outdoors

  • Mountains

  • Hiking

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Sedona, Arizona is one of my favorite places on earth! From the second you see the gorgeous red rock landscape you feel like you've been transported to a place like no other. Filled with epic hikes, gourmet restaurants and endless adventure activities, Sedona is the perfect spot for a weekend getaway.

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Day 1: Arrive in Sedona

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You'll most likely be driving from either Phoenix or Flagstaff so a relaxing afternoon is perfect for your first day! Relax at the hotel pool, or visit the various shops and art galleries around town. Plan on an early dinner (Mesa Grill is one we highly recommend) then head to the Sedona Airport scenic lookout for one of the best sunsets you will ever see! It does get crowded so go early for parking. Head back to the hotel and get a good night's sleep because day two is a busy one!

Day 2: Breakfast and hike

Hike in Sedona

Start day two with breakfast at one of my favorite spots, Wildflower! From here head out to what I think is the best hike in Sedona, Devil's Bridge. This is without a doubt one of the most iconic spots in town and can't be missed. The hike is 4 miles roundtrip from the main parking area but if you have a 4x4 vehicle you can cut that time in half by parking at the trailhead. Just be warned the road is incredibly rough. The hike is fairly moderate but does have a steep climb at the end. Trust me it's well worth it for the view at the top!

After your hike I'd recommend lunch at one of the many spots in town. A couple of favorites I love are Creekside American Bistro and 89Agave Cantina!

Spend the afternoon at Slide Rock State Park. This is a Sedona must see especially if traveling with kids! Bring your swimsuit to enjoy a dip in the crystal clear (but cold!) water and try sliding down the natural water slide.

Finish your day with dinner at one of my favorite spots in town, Hideaway House. Ask for a table on the patio and enjoy the view and the delicious pizza.

Day 3: The Pink Jeep Tour

pink jeep through desert mountain road

Day 3 starts with a definite must do in Sedona! The Pink Jeep tour! You'll meet your ride in town and then head off for some serious off roading fun. This tour is super informative, a great way to explore some off the beaten path things you wouldn't otherwise see, and a great thrill ride.

Spend the afternoon on my other favorite hike, Soldier's pass trail. This 4.5 mile out and back trail has some of the most unique landscapes you'll find in Sedona and a hidden cave! Definitely back water as there is not much shade on this route.

Finish your day with dinner at an iconic Sedona spot, Elote Cafe. This place is extremely popular so I definitely recommend making reservations several weeks ahead of time.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Sedona. For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Kayla Zimmerman’s guide, Bachelorette Weekend in Scottsdale, AZ.