Sedona, Arizona, is one of the most beautiful places in our country. I had visited a few times in the past but this was the first time bringing the kids. Even though they are 10, 7 and 3, they all totally appreciated the scenery.
Sedona is about two hours north of Phoenix. We decided to drive up with my extended family on a whim when the forecast was 118 degrees and we were desperate to cool off. Sedona had a high of 86 and our plans were made. The drive from the Phoenix area to Sedona is gorgeous. You wind through the mountains and drive past cute little towns in the valleys. Once you arrive in Sedona you approach the famous red rock formations that just take your breath away.
Sedona is broken up into different sections. There are the resorts and spas, the national parks, the main drag and Tlaquepaque. Tlaquepaque is like an artists village with restaurants, galleries and shops.
Oak Creek Brewery is a fun stop for lunch.
When in Arizona, you always must have a Prickly Pear Margarita.
Tlaquepaque is a quaint spot with fountains, live music and just a really cool vibe.
After you've gotten a bite to eat, it's time to move on to the National Forest. There are many spots to park and go on a a trail.
Before we drove back, we stopped at Starbucks for treats. Yes, this is the view at Starbucks! Photos really don't do Sedona justice!
On the drive home the clouds rolled in and Sedona became moody and a completely different feeling than the bright blue skies when we arrived.
The next time I am in Sedona it will be for a lot longer than a day trip. I can't wait to go back and explore more!
For more information, go to VisitArizona.com.