When I told people about my girl's trip to Scottsdale, Arizona, they said the same thing, "You HAVE to visit Sedona." I'm going to be honest, climbing hot rocks in 110° weather isn't at the top of the list of things I want to do on vacation. But it didn't take long to realize why this city is a cult-favorite. Here are ten photos that will *hopefully* make you want to visit Sedona, Arizona too.
Sedona is two hour drive from Scottsdale, so we woke up early, stopped at Chick-Fil-A, and hit the road.
Our first stop was Cathedral Rock National Park - one of Sedona's most famous hiking trails for the sweeping 360 skyline views.
Cathedral Rock is also one of Sedona's four main energy vortexes - known for their healing and spiritual energy.
They say it's called a vortex because the of the strength of the energy swirling around the area... so much so that many of the trees along the trail were twisted - almost like something out of Harry Potter.
All along the trail, there were people meditating, doing yoga, and soaking in the energy. So naturally, we had to join.
From there, it's on to my favorite part of the day, lunch (and vino). Even the food is beautiful here. We chose The Hudson because of the gorgeous red rock views, and it was casual enough for a post-hike meal.
They had everything from salads to burgers, and everyone left happy (and very full).
Our next stop was the adorable Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. There were tons of cute little shops with local and handmade items, but I was busy swooning over the serious Moroccan vibes.
Call us crazy, but we couldn't leave without bringing back all the crystals. We visited a few healing shops in Sedona (take all my money), but our favorite was twenty minutes away in Cottonwood - Jim and Ellen's Rock Shop. They have a huge selection of crystals, and they're not marked up as much as the shops in Sedona.
Despite my resistance to wake up early and go hiking in the hot Arizona sun, Sedona is one of my favorite side-trips to date. I'll definitely be back... just maybe not in the middle of summer.