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Things to do in Sedona

There’s such a wide variety of things to do in Sedona that there’s not a single reason for you to be bored with your visit to this northern Arizona community. Not only can you visit the Grand Canyon, which is just over 100 miles northwest of Sedona, but you have a huge choice in exciting sightseeing activities that are sure to provide a very fun vacation.

For excitement that’s literally “on top,” jump in the open cockpit of a vintage biplane
Take a 20 minute or 30 minute Biplane Flight Over Sedona tour. Besides viewing the red rocks on this selection of things to do in Sedona, you’ll sit in the front open cockpit with nothing but air all around you. The biplane visits locations such as Bell Rock, a sandstone formation shaped like a huge bell. You’ll also witness the Catholic Church named the Chapel of the Holy Cross, since it was constructed right into a red sandstone mesa. Other sites include Munds Canyon, Red Canyon, Wilson Mountain, Thunder Mountain, Lee Mountain and the Devil’s Kitchen sinkhole. The half-hour biplane tour visits Cathedral Rock and the rock pinnacles called the Three Nuns. Other formations that are visited from the air include Broken Arrow and the Fin.

One of the quietest things to do in Sedona is to take the Sedona Sunrise Balloon Experience
Sedona Hot Air Balloon - TourplicityYou depart at 5:30 a.m. (this time varies with the season) for a slow-moving air adventure. While rising hundreds of feet under an air balloon, you can barely feel movement. Watch the sun come up on a beautiful scenery surrounding Sedona. You’ll view the Coconino National Forest, Long Canyon and Boynton Canyon. With anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes in the air, you’ll be touching down where ever the breezes take your balloon. Once back on the ground, a continental breakfast awaits you, complete with a champagne toast to your spectacular sunrise balloon ride. There’s a lot of peace and quiet in this morning tour.

Short on time? Take a two-hour sightseeing tour of Sedona
When you want to find things to do in Sedona that don’t require wearing yourself out by marching here and there, try the 2 Hour Sedona Sightseeing Tour. First, you get a ride to Airport Mesa, where several panoramic images are available of Thunder Mountain, Sugarloaf and the Mogollon Rim, behind the community of Sedona. Other Sedona attractions on this tour include the Cathedral Rock, which closely resembles medieval churches of Europe, and the Chapel of the Holy Cross. This fully-guided tour includes refreshments and a hotel pickup.

Have you ever been on horseback? Well, it’s one of the things to do in Sedona
This three-hour activity includes an hour-long van trip into the Coconino National Forest, where you’re seated on top of a horse and taught some basic horse riding guidelines. For an hour and a half, you and your horse take an old stagecoach trail along the side of Oak Creek to the Javelina Leap Vineyard and Winery. You’ll feel like you stepped back in time while feeling the gentle saunter of a horse’s stride beneath you. Plus, with fantastic vegetation and wildlife along the trail, it’s an Arizona experience you won’t forget.

Paddle to Pints – Kayak and Beer Sampling Tour

If you think all of the things to do in Sedona involve a dry and dusty trail, you’re wrong. There’s a great deal of wet, both inside and out, on the Paddle to Pints – Kayak and Beer Sampling Tour. This four-hour vacation fun starts with a cool morning start paddling a kayak down the Verde River. A shuttle then takes you to the Rendezvous Restaurant and Beer and Wine Bar, where there are 20 microbrews and 25 wine varieties. On this tour, you get a river guide, an inflatable kayak and paddle, along with $20 in credit at the Rendezvous.

Natural beauty is unforgettable with the Monument Valley Air & Ground Tour from Sedona
In this choice of things to do in Sedona, a flight takes you to Monument Valley, on the Arizona/Utah border. From the air, you see the San Francisco Peaks, featuring the 12,600-foot Humphreys Peak. You’ll also fly over the Painted Desert. At Monument Valley, take photos of the amazing towering buttes, such as the Thumb, the Three Sisters and the East and West Mitten Buttes.

For a natural light show that takes your breath away, one of the best things to do in Sedona is to go on the Antelope Canyon Tour.

Antelope Canyon

Strong erosion through deep red sandstone has formed slots that leave you with an awe you won’t soon forget as sunlight filters down to your eyes deep inside these narrow canyons. This full-day of travel takes in Powell Lake and the Glen Canyon Dam, the Echo Cliffs and the red-honed Vermillion Cliffs. Trained Navajo Indian guides take you through Antelope Canyon, where sunlight transforms the beautiful sandstone and brings on intense colors. 

You can experience authentic Native American traditions with a Full Day Hopi Indian Cultural Tour
The Hopi Tribe has lived in their villages longer than any other Native American group. Taste authentic Hopi food. See the Hopi Museum and Art Gallery. Shopping here brings home art crafted by real Native Americans. You’ll hear unique stories and watch local artisans make baskets, pottery and Hopi Kachina dolls. There’s a Hopi guided tour of the Walpi Village that gives you a strong cultural bond to these unique people. With the chance to interact directly with Hopi individuals that live in the Walpi Village, you gain wisdom about those who were here before the rest of us showed up.

There are so many things to do in Sedona, it’s hard to list them all. You can take in the historic Grand Canyon Railroad, where a one-way ticket gives you views of the Grand Canyon through the train’s big windows. Or, you can take in the amazing red rocks on an independent sightseeing adventure by renting a six-, four-, or two-seat tomcar. With so many things to do in Sedona, you’re in for Arizona fun.

Posted by: Howard Green