Friday, September 22, 2006

Red Rock of Sedona

Arizona's Majestic Sedona

Sedona, Arizona is the perfect trip if you are looking for stunning views of giant red sandstone that reach to the blue sky. Sedona's natural beauty is enhanced by the wonderful town which lives under is compelling peaks. Sedona's is rich with diverse cultural events, spiritual energy, cozy bed and breakfasts, world-class resorts and spas, great golf, eclectic art galleries and exquisite cuisine. Small wonder Sedona, draws nearly 4 millions tourists each year.

Just an easy drive (110 miles) north of Phoenix, Sedona has cornered the market on amazing beauty. It is a place to sit and marvel. The Red Rocks have a vibrant, magical hue and seem to glow within. There is a strong belief that Sedona is home to several vortexes, or specific focal points of the earth's energy so many travel to feel the renewal of energy in their own life. Sedona was named The Most Beautiful Place in America in USA Weekend's Annual Travel Report.

Situated at the base of Mogollon Rim, a geologically dominating structure of limestone, mudstone and sandstone, Sedona is engulfed by extraordinary monoliths resembling distinctive objects that bear their name. Cathedral Rock, Coffee Pot, Bell and Snoopy to name a few. Hollywood saw the potenial of the dramatic scenery and was drawn to Sedona as early as 1920 with the filming of Zane Grey's "Call of the Canyon." Many films followed, as did movie stars from those eras including Gene Autry, Henry Fonda, Rock Hudson, Elvis Presley, John Wayne and Robert DeNiro. Many other attractions are a short trip away. The dramatic Grand Canyon is less than two hours away, scenic Flagstaff, Arizona is about a thirty minute drive north, historic Prescott is just south and ninety minutes south in the Valley of the Sun.

Despite its small population of 10,400 Sedona is classified as a world-class destination. One can discover so much by wandering through the quaint courtyards of a gorgeous Mexican Village named Tlaquepaque, and Indian name meaning "the best of everything." Amongst the cobblestone and fountains visitors enjoy gift boutiques, art galleries (there are over 40 in all of Sedona) and intimate restaurants. Sedona's downtown boasts quaint shops, friendly local cafes with stunning views of the red rocks from every angle, giving a whole new meaning to the term "window shopping." Sedona stays in your heart and you will want to return again and again.