Sedona was the perfect spot to take a quick weekend road trip from Southern California. If you time it right, you can squeeze a lot in while only taking a day off work. Just driving into the town, the scenery was amazing. The red rocks literally look like a movie backdrop. There’s also such a relaxing energy about Sedona.
»JEROME: To break up the drive to Sedona, we stopped in Jerome on the way. It’s a small ghost town with that wild west feel + the perfect stopping point along the way.
»SKY RANCH LODGE: We stayed at Sky Ranch Lodge, which was relatively inexpensive considering the the view! It’s so peaceful and is a great place to stay if you want to feel disconnected.
»CATHEDRAL ROCK: After checking in/freshening up, we left for a hike at Cathedral Rock (about 20 minutes from where we were staying). This was one of the many Vortex locations as well. We spent about an hour and a half there and got to see a lot of different views of Sedona. I’m not a big hiker, so there were parts that were a little steep for me. The entire hike was super peaceful (well the views, not necessarily the whole physical activity part).
»DEVIL’S BRIDGE HIKE: This full hike has gorgeous scenery of Sedona and leads you to a natural rock-like bridge you can cross. It took us about two hours to hike to the Bridge + back, but we stopped to take A LOT of pictures. Literally after every ten minutes we spent trying to master a cool photo, we would move on to find an even better view. When you finally reach the bridge, you’ll know. WARNING: this is not a good place to go if you’re afraid of heights. But, even though the actual walk way portion of the “bridge” seems extremely narrow, it’s actually much wider when you’re walking on it.
»SLIDE ROCK: After Devil’s Bridge, we grabbed lunch, changed into our suits, and ventured to Slide Rock where they have natural “water slides”. We were there for about 2 hours. Even if you don’t go when it’s super warm in Sedona, I would still recommend going here and not going into the water. There is just so much exploring to do and the waterfalls are SO pretty. The drive there was scenic too. There is a bridge that you go over, and we stopped on the way back to take a few pics.
»OLD SEDONA BAR AND GRILL: We headed to Old Sedona Bar & Grill for dinner + grabbed a spot outside to enjoy the backdrop. It was super peaceful. After dinner, we stayed for another drink inside and listened to the live music.
»GRAND CANYON: On our way out of Sedona, we headed to the Grand Canyon for a few hours. Now, do not get me wrong, it’s SUCH an amazing thing to see and obviously wouldn’t be one of the Natural Wonders of the World if it wasn’t. But we were amateurs, didn’t have a nice camera at the time and weren’t planning on going down the canyon (although that’s something we definitely want to cross off our bucket list) so the amount of time we spent there was perfect.