Sedona is one of my favorite places on planet earth! A magical place in the Arizona desert, surrounded by red rock formations. I put together our itinerary along with a few stories + tips from our desert adventure.
Starting Point: Phoenix
We flew into Phoenix a bit late so we decided to stay one night at the JW Marriot. It worked out well to get a good nights sleep so we could head out early in the morning for Sedona.
Day 2: Sedona
Driving into Sedona, on highway 179, is my favorite! You come around a corner and BOOM – red rocks! The landscape is much different than the desert of Phoenix ( and way better in my opinion 🙂 ).
We started our day by hiking West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon.
This trail is very easy. It follows oak creek, in a large slot canyon. There are 13 river crossings and it is relatively flat.
One of my favorite parts of the trail – the trees! They are massive (the above photo does not do it justice)! This trail combines trees + water + canyon walls…you really can’t beat it for how easy + accessible it is.
After our hike, we enjoyed amazing Southwestern food at Javelina Cantina. And with some awesome views of the red rocks on the patio. I’d recommend the prickly pear cactus margarita! Top-notch!
Day 3 – Sedona + Jerome
One of my favorite ways to start my day in Sedona – at Creekside Coffee. On one side of the shop, it is all windows, looking out onto the red rocks. (drool emoji) If that wasn’t enough, the coffee + food is delicious. You HAVE to get their avocado toast! I’ve tried to replicate this at home…just not the same. Get it!
After the best avocado toast of my life, we were off to Jerome. Jerome is about 30 minutes west of Sedona. A cute, European-vibe town, built high on top of Cleopatra Hill. It is a historic copper mining town, full of ghosts. 🙂 This won’t be a shock to any of you, but my favorite place there is the saloon. Funny bartenders + pool + cheap red wine…can’t go wrong!
(My dad enjoying at 25.4 oz can of Foster’s Lager…day drunk).
Jerome…a must-see town if you are in the Sedona area. You won’t regret it!
After Jerome, we made our way back to Sedona and hiked Red Rock Crossing. Another fairly easy hike, following a creek, with beautiful views of Cathedral Rock.
This is another hike I would recommend, especially if you have kids. There were several families there swimming + picnicking. A fun spot!
We wrapped up our day with one of my favorite spots in all of Sedona – Airport Vortex! A vortex is a place where the earth is exceptionally alive with energy. Airport Vortex is where you can get a 360 degree view of the entire town. It’s breathtaking!
Final Day – Phoenix
And that wraps our Sedona trip! My top three favorites from this trip:
- Creekside coffee – I’m obsessed.
- Airport Vortex – pure magic!
- Getting day drunk in Jerome. 🙂