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. GreenTree Inn Sedona
2. A Spa For You Sedona Day Spa
3. Sedona Trail Zen
4. Pink Jeep Tours Sedona's Most Popular Tour
5. El Portal Sedona
El Portal Sedona Hotel is dedicated to providing an extraordinary lodging experience for guests a
6. Junipine Resort
7. Butterfly Garden Inn
8. Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village
9. Cozy Cactus Bed & Breakfast
10. Sedona Hiking App
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11. Canyon Villa Bed & Breakfast Inn Of Sedona
12. Sedona UFO & Vortex Tours
"Voted BEST 1 day experience in Sedona. Let me show you the true POWER of SEDONA! Sedona is not
13. Best Western PLUS Inn Of Sedona
14. Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters
15. Arizona Outdoor Adventures
16. Sedona Real Inn & Suites
17. CARRIE KONYHA
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18. Alma De Sedona Inn Bed & Breakfast
19. Sky Ranch Lodge
20. Out Of Africa Wildlife Park
21. Canyon Wren Cabins For Two
22. Hilton Sedona At Bell Rock
23. Briar Patch Inn
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
25. Adobe Grand Villas
26. Sedona Spirit Journeys
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
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IF YOU ONLY HAVE ONE DAY TO SEE SEDONA
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