A Northern Arizona Hub
Many people are drawn to Arizona for vacations and the “great Western experience.” Two places in Northern Arizona top the list of places to visit, the Grand Canyon and Sedona. Sedona is the preferred vacation spot with access to all of Northern Arizona tours and attractions within a couple hours drive, at an elevation of 4,000 feet. Compared to Flagstaff, Arizona with an elevation of 7,000 feet, Sedona has the most favorable year round weather conditions.
Both Sedona and Flagstaff are viable travel hubs and each city has its unique offerings. Flagstaff is a bit cooler in the summer and much colder in the winter with an average snowfall of well over 100 inches; hardly the sunny southwest seasonal travelers (snowbirds) are looking for. But those favoring skiing and snowboarding or even the family fun of sledding or a rousing snowball fight would have to opt for the mountain peaks of Flagstaff.
Flagstaff boasts Northern Arizona University and consequently a much younger population than Sedona, and a more diverse nightlife. Sedona is more tranquil and scenic in a very different way, and better suited for an older visitor.
Sedona is a far better home base for checking out the entire Verde Valley, including Cottonwood, Jerome and Camp Verde. Take in the sights, smells and tastes of the Verde Valley wine country, stopping at about a dozen area wineries, vineyards and wine-tasting rooms sampling local syrah, petite sirah, malvania and other varietals. Visit state parks, take a train ride, try your luck at casino games or get your cowboy on at a BBQ dinner show – all are within a 20-60 minute drive from West Sedona.
Strengths and weaknesses are measured by intent, desire, time and money. There is no advantage of one hub over another that’s clear for all people. Chances are you’ll enjoy either choice, so why not visit both?
1. El Portal Sedona
2. Out Of Africa Wildlife Park
3. Sedona Wine Adventures
We offer 4 very popular Sedona wine tasting tours along the Verde Valley Wine Trail. We visit the
4. Butterfly Garden Inn
5. Red Rock Treks Sedona Hiking & Tours
Journey with us to the most unforgettably beautiful landscapes in all of Arizona. Red Rock Treks
6. Sky Ranch Lodge
7. GreenTree Inn Sedona
8. The Ultimate Off Road Adventure
9. Sedona Rouge Hotel & Spa
10. Best Western PLUS Arroyo Roble Hotel & Creekside Villas
11. Pink Jeep Tours Sedona's Most Popular Tour
12. Sedona Hiking App
Take a Hike! The Sedona Hiking App currently has over 100 trails, three hundred and sixty miles o
13. Arizona Outdoor Adventures
14. Rose Tree Inn
15. Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast Inn Of Sedona
16. Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
17. Briar Patch Inn
18. A Spa For You Sedona Day Spa
19. Best Western PLUS Inn Of Sedona
20. Sedona Real Inn & Suites
21. Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village
22. Hilton Sedona At Bell Rock
23. Junipine Resort
24. Grand Canyon Day Tour
Voted on Trip Advisor as the most popular Grand Canyon day tour. This is the best way to enjoy th
WHAT'S ON THE CALENDAR?
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SEDONA FOR OUTDOOR ADVENTURE LOVERS
Sedona has some of the most scenic mountain biking trails, rock climbing routes and refreshing swimming holes in the great Southwest.
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INDIAN RUINS AND ROCK ART SITES
Learn about the Sinaguan and Hopi Native American ruins and rock art sites near Sedona and in the Verde Valley. Explore the Ancient Sites »
IF YOU ONLY HAVE ONE DAY TO SEE SEDONA
These are the essential things you MUST do to get the most out of your day trip.
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