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Introduction

Sedona - Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, Arizona

Sedona - Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, Arizona

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Known as Red Rock Country, Sedona is one of Arizona's most praised tourist areas, probably because it offers so many options for all types of visitors. For the hiker, there are numerous hikes from easy to down-right draining. For the photographer, Sedona's red rocks practically glow in the light. For the arts and craft lover, Sedona has an amazing number of shops along it's pretty main street. And finally those looking for metaphysical enlightenment can hit one of the many crystal shops and then hike out to an energy vortex.

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Sights and Activities

Outdoor pursuits like hiking, fishing and mountain biking are very popular in Sedona. Crescent Moon recreation area offers amazing views of Cathedral Rock and Castle Rock, while ot the north Oak Creek Canyon has hiking opportunities. To park your car at any of the many parks to hike, you will need to purchase a Red Rock Pass. The passes are $5 for a single day, $15 for a week or $20 for the year. More details on the red rock pass can be found at the official website.

Sedona is home to many vortexes, places where spiritual and metaphysical energy are concentrated, giving those who experience them emotional insights, unbounded joy and physical well-being. There are a number of tours that will take you to one of the vortex sites, or you can hike there on your own. The Visit Sedona site offers more information on the vortexes, and the visitor information office offers maps to the vortexes. And yes, they are called vortexes, not vortices, in Sedona.

The Crescent Moon Ranch is a picnic area which offers some of the best photo ops of the nearby Cathedral Rock reflected in Oak Creek. Entry is $7 per vehicle. The Ranch is down the Upper Red Rock road is Crescent Moon ranch.

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Events and Festivals

June sees the Festival of Native American Culture, including a film festival, music and dance festival, fine arts and crafts festival.

October has the Sedona Arts Festival, one of the top art festivals in the USA.

For a full listing of events, check out the Event Calendar at Visit Sedona.

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Getting There

By Car

Highway 89A runs from Highway 17 into Sedona through Oak Creek Canyon. It includes many switch-backs as it snakes up and down the canyon, and is a truly beautiful drive.

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Getting Around

By Car

Many international rental companies have a wide selection of rental cars and these include Hertz, Avis, Dollar, Thrifty, Enterprise, Budget and Alamo/National. Most companies will require you are at least 25 years of age, although younger people might be able to rent cars at slightly higher rates and with some insurance differences as well. A national driver's license is usually enough, but an additional international one is recommended. Also note that it usually costs more to include lots of other extra things. For example extra drivers, GPS, the first full tank, SLI (Supplemental Liability Insurance), PAI (Personal Accident Insurance, usually covered already at home), road assistance/service plan, and drop-off costs for one-way rentals.
If you want to book a car, it is recommended that you book your car before arriving in the USA. This is almost always (much) cheaper compared to just showing up. Also, try and book with a so-called 'broker', which usually works together with a few or many car rental companies and can offer the best deal. Some examples include Holidayautos, Holidaycars and Sunny Cars. Some of the cheapest deals to book from Europe, includes Drive-USA, which also has a German version.

For more information and tips about renting cars and campers, additional costs, insurance, traffic rules, scenic routes and getting maps and fuel it is advised to check the USA Getting Around section.

By Public Transport

Road Runner offers bus service in Sedona.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Lodge at Sedona-A Luxury B&B Inn125 Kallof PlaceGuesthouse-

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 34.855699
  • Longitude: -111.764017

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