Named one of the 10 most beautiful places in America by USA Today. Sedona is one of the country’s best places to visit to get a break from everyday life. The only problem? There’s so much to see and do in Sedona, it’s hard to decide what to fit into an itinerary. Sedona’s red rock formations, canyons and ancient rouge-colored buttes that were home to early American Indians have become popular destinations for outdoor enthusiasts, artists, and wellness aficionados. Here’s a quick guide on some of the best things to see and do with 7 days in Sedona.
Day 1: Outdoor Adventures
The best way to see the true beauty of Sedona is to get outside to enjoy it. There’s never a bad time to get outside in Sedona, even in winter. With a little research or help from our concierge or local Chamber Forest Service, you can easily plan a self-guided tour of the red rocks. The key here is to know what want. If you want an easy hike where the focus is on photography opportunities, let them know in advance. If you’re looking for a hiking challenge, be clear about that upfront. Also, hikers are able to stay overnight by camping out at one of the many designated campgrounds—and the forest service can help with this, too.
Day 2: Wellness & Spas
Sedona is one of the world’s most famous retreat destinations for spas, wellness and healing. Treat yourself on your final day in Sedona by unplugging and connecting in a different way at a world class spa, where you can book treatments like body wraps and healing facials. Some offer additional activities like aqua aerobics, yoga, mountain biking and cooking classes. You can have your own Masseuse come your vacation rental and enjoy a poolside massage. Check with our concierge to review options and book an appointment.
Day 3: Arts & Culture
Sedona is an epicenter of the arts in the Southwest, and a trip to Sedona should include a day learning about its rich cultural history. You should start your educational arts excursion at the Sedona Arts Center, a nonprofit arts center with an on-site gallery that hosts workshops, classes and retreats in a variety of artistic mediums like painting, photography, ceramics and visual arts. Check out the center’s fine art gallery, open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the year except Thanksgiving and Christmas. The gallery also hosts live artist demonstrations almost daily, where you can meet local artists, watch them create original pieces, and ask them questions about their processes. Be sure to check out the many galleries all within walking distance.
Day 4: Jerome Loop
Drive north to State Route 89A and climb the twisting road up Cleopatra Hill. There is a spectacular setting of Jerome, an early mining, then ghost, eventually hippie and now, arts and crafts community. Here, discover Jerome State Historical Park and Jerome Historical Society Mine Museum. When gold and copper deposits dwindled, Jerome AZ became a veritable ghost town with about 50 residents that stayed behind. Although Jerome is now a treasured tourist magnet, comprised of artists, writers, unique boutique shops, wine bars, quaint dining spots and amazing views across the Verde Valley. Its appearance has not changed much in the last 100 years. Many of the old buildings from the late 1890s still stand. They are occupied by proprietors while many structures are fragment relics from its very early days. Because Jerome was built on the side of a hill, gravity and erosion has caused building to slide down the 30 degree slope. Tourists can enjoy walking among the buildings of historical significance. They can also shop for art treasures and dining on outside patios overlooking the views.
Day 5: Up, Up and Away!
A truly magical feeling sailing gently with the wind and experiencing an “areal natures walk.” Sedona natural wonder and wildlife sightings will delight you. Experience the splendor of gliding over Mothers Nature’s own beautiful, panoramic red rock country. Enjoy a hot air balloon flight with Red Rock Balloon Adventures. Looking for a little faster paced adventure? Try a scenic helicopter tour of Sedona with Sedona Air Tours. Enjoy a brilliant sunset while flying parallel to the red rock formations.
Day 6: Verde Valley Wine Trail
Located in beautiful Northern Arizona, the Verde Valley Wine Trail invites wine enthusiasts to experience a destination rich in history, beauty, and the production of exquisite Arizona wines.
Day 7: Day of Rest
You have had a busy week, so why not spend the day around your private pool & spa? You can plan your next vacation to Sedona. Perhaps 7 Days in Sedona can turn to 14 days!