Side Trip to Sedona, AZ
Just south of Flagstaff via I-17 and U.S. 89 – and about 2,000 feet further down – is a stunning array of red rock formations and mountains in the Verde Valley and Oak Creek Canyon region of Arizona. Plunked down amidst the natural splendor is Sedona, a dazzling four-season destination drawing visitors from across the nation.
Trivia: Even McDonald's bows to the scenic beauty of Sedona; their restaurant eschews the typical "golden arches" color for turquoise, which blends better with the surrounding scenery.
Sedona was named after the wife of early founder and first area postmaster Theodore Carl Schnebly, Sedona Arabelle Miller Schnebly. Hollywood found Sedona decades before most others. Over 60 movies have been filmed in Sedona, many during the industry's "golden age." Stars like Errol Flynn, John Wayne, Joan Crawford, Jimmy Stewart, Robert Mitchum, and Elvis Presley have spent a fair amount of time in Sedona. As part of this legacy, the Sedona International Film Festival takes place here every year.
The Red Rock Visitor Center provides a base of operations for people who want to explore the sights. Famed formations include Coffeepot Rock, Cathedral Rock, and Snoopy Rock. Stop in for maps, supplies, licenses, and more before heading off to explore by hiking, biking, auto-touring, and of course, rock climbing.
Sedona visitors are met with a slew of activities and attractions. Grab a seat upon a world-famous Pink Jeep Tour, see the Chapel of the Holy Cross, stroll the Sedona Arts Center, or check out the many famed "Vortex Sites."
Sedona is bursting with restaurants, breweries, coffee shops, and casual eateries as well – just be sure to grab desert at the well-known Sedona Fudge Company.
Best Western PLUS Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas
400 N. Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ 86339-4214
Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
1200 W. Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336-5741