Despite being only 26 miles from Flagstaff it takes over an hour to get to Sedona. Checking the weather ahead of time we knew it was going to be a good 10 degrees hotter there, and it was expected to be around 76F. As we set off early and it was cool in Flagstaff I packed my walking jacket but opted for jeans, white t-shirt, pink cardigan and boots. Steve wore walking trousers, a cashmere jumper and Timberland boots. We also took our walking boots just in case we fancied taking one of the trails rather than just browsing the shops.
If you decide to park up and walk you will need to buy a $5 park pass which then entitles you to leave the car in any of the designated parking areas. These passes are available everywhere and often at the parking area itself. However, if you plan just to stop and take photos you don't need a pass but don't wander away from your car or you will be penalised!
In Sedona you can pick up free maps of the town and walking paths as well as book numerous trips by 4×4 or helicopter to see the beauty of the Grand Canyon. TOP TIP: There are lots of tourist shops along the main entry road and this is a place that promotes well-being, healing, readings, massage etc. But the place Jim recommend was even more beautiful and called Tlaquepaque – still in town but off the main through-road. The journey there was stunning as you drive down through Oak Creek Canyon, descending a few thousand feet in the process. Everywhere you look is a photo opportunity but it's not that easy to take them as the road twists and turns and is busy.
Again when it came to finding the perfect lunchtime spot Jim's local knowledge was invaluable he pointed us to Enchantment Resort – situated just out of town in the beautiful mountains surrounding Oak Creek, where we had the most delicious lunch with what I have to say is probably the most spectacular vista ever. To use an Americanism it was “awesome”!
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