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Insider’s Guide

Soak up all there is to see in Sedona. Take it from the locals—there’s more than meets the eye in this stunning desert setting. Experience dramatic canyons and authentic culture, then wine and dine in charming Uptown. Our recommendations will have you breaking in your hiking boots and satisfying your appetites with the best of the Southwest.

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Crazy Colors in the Canyons

Autumn is a natural spectacle, even in the Southwest. As summer fades to a sepia tone, Sedona comes to life with rich colors and the smell of wood-burning stoves. Despite being in the desert, leaf peeping is a full-blown activity on canyon hiking paths.

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Take A Trip to the Grand Canyon

There are so many different ways to experience one of the seven natural world wonders. It's the perfect day trip from Sedona, since it’s only a 2-hour drive to the South Rim. Once at the Grand Canyon you can either drive to the overlooks yourself or take part in a Pink Jeep or helicopter tour and let the impressions dazzle you. Definitely consider bringing a picnic basket along, as there are many beautiful places to have lunch overlooking the Grand Canyon. Visit GrandCanyon.com for more information on activities, attractions and things to do while visiting.

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Top 5 Attractions in the Southwest

We love to hear where are guests are coming from and where they are headed after leaving Sedona. We find that many times guests have planned a trip of the Southwest United States and Sedona is just a stop along the way. If you are looking for a scenic and majestic trip through the Southwest, here are some “hot spot” stops that our guests have recommended.

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One Day in Sedona: Adventure Seekers

Looking to maximize your one day in Sedona? While just one day in Sedona is not enough to see and experience all there is that this little red rock town offers, it’s perfect for getting a taste – and we’re sure you’ll be back soon for more!

For the adventurer looking to get your adrenaline pumping or just a little fresh air and vitamin d, we have the day for you.

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The Road to Orchards: I17 North from Phoenix

The road to Orchards Inn is beautiful, no matter how you get here. Various routes wind through the American Southwest, and take you through breathtaking landscapes, iconic points of interest and past quaint shops and eateries.

We decided to start a series that would focus on the vast options to get to Orchards Inn and Sedona throughout Arizona. We begin our Road to Orchards series with the most popular route, North on Interstate 17. These Sedona directions are arguably the most popular because many of our guests fly into Phoenix International Sky Harbor Airport or travel the short distance from their homes in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson and other Central and Southern Arizona cities.

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Things To Do In Sedona: Visit The Vortexes

The iconic vortexes in Sedona are powerful, transformational energy centers that are found in specific locations throughout Red Rock Country. These “vortexes” are geomagnetic points in nature where electromagnetic earth energy is said to swirl and effect the surrounding area, promoting balance, spiritual intuitiveness and healing to those who come in contact with them. The three most common types of vortexes are magnetic (feminine energy), electrical (masculine energy) and balanced vortexes.

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13 Pet Friendly Restaurants in Sedona

Sedona is a pet friendly town! From the fresh water in Oak Creek to the Red Rock trails and all the sidewalks in between, dogs have a blast in Sedona. We have shaded trails to keep their pads cool in the summer and sunny trails to keep everyone warm in the winter.

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