When you’re looking for a romantic getaway that combines a spectacular setting with luxurious accommodations, a Sedona honeymoon is the right choice for you. The city’s famous Red Rock formations are the backdrop to all that this unique southwestern destination has to offer – outdoor activities, shopping, art galleries, archeological ruins, Native American art and culture and spiritual and healing quests.
The landscape of chaparral, grasslands, pine woods and rugged and weird rock formations has long attracted those seeking adventure and mystical experiences. You’ll find hiking and biking trails to get close to the natural environment, or you can take the aerial route and float high above it all in a hot air balloon.
The bright desert light and endless vistas under a deep blue sky call out to artists, many of them known around the world and some just beginning to make their mark. In the city itself, you can explore the art galleries, boutiques and craft stores, all with the influence of Arizona’s Native American heritage. Shop for silver jewelry and handicrafts, and visit the Sedona Arts Center. Follow the art trail through galleries dotted around the town and along State Route 179.
Make a short side trip to the Grand Canyon, check out the northern Arizona wineries, and get closer to your spiritual side by learning about the region’s mysterious vortexes. Play a round of golf or tennis with one of the most stunning views in the world. When you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll find a range of food choices, including western, Mexican, and classic and international cuisines, with craft beers and local wines to accompany your meal.
Sedona is famous for its luxury spas and ranches. You can stay at a ranch where you will be expected to help out with the chores, find yourselves a cozy adobe casita, or a spa suite built for relaxation.
At a Glance
- Sedona is located in northern Arizona in the Verde Valley region. The unique red rocks are formed by a red-orange sandstone layer not found anywhere else.
- Outdoor activities include biking, hiking, golf and Jeep tours that will introduce you to the world of the red rocks, nature, geology and the Native American history and culture of the region.
- The Grand Canyon is near enough for a short trip. Take an exciting airplane or helicopter trip to get an aerial view of the magnificent natural monument, or drive the 108 miles through some incredible natural scenery.
- Enjoy a scenic drive to Oak Creek Canyon, or along Red Rock Loop Road or Airport Road. Bring a picnic and take plenty of pictures.
- Check out the art galleries along State Route 179, which has come to be known as Gallery Row.
- Visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village with art galleries, craft and boutique stores,restaurants and fountains set among gardens and courtyards.
- If you want to add an element of unpredictability to your trip, Las Vargas is within reach by car or plane. You’ll see some spectacular scenery on the way.
- Go up, up and away in a colorful hot air ballon, and watch the stunning scenic beauty unfold below.
- Take a winery tour along the Verde Valley Wine Trail.
- Take a guided spiritual tour of Sedona or discover its mysteries for yourselves, from natural sites of great beauty to healing rituals and traditions.
- Bring a blanket and a thermos with a hot drink to the overlook at Cathedral Rock for an evening of unforgettable stargazing.
- Sedona takes spa treatments seriously and you’ll find resorts built around wellness and healing treatments.
- GETTING THERE: Sedona Airport is within city limits, and nearby airports include Flagstaff, Prescott, Grand Canyon and Phoenix.
- GETTING AROUND: A rental car is the best way to get around Sedona and see all the sights.
- WEATHER: The climate in Sedona is described as semi-arid temperate, which means that winters are mild and summers are warm. Average highs in January are 57F and lows are 31F, and in July, average high temperatures reach 97F with lows at 64F. Rainfall is low and averages 19 inches a year.