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Top Ten Must See Attractions in Sedona Arizona

Here are the top 10 attractions you won’t want to miss, in no particular order:

Sedona Arizona Vortex Sites: You don’t have to be a New Age believer to visit Sedona’s well known vortexes – places where a strong yet indefinable energy radiates from the earth. These spectacular red rock sites are some of the most beautiful spots in all of Sedona. The top four vortexes are: Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, Airport Mesa and Boynton Canyon. Stop by a Sedona Arizona visitor center to pick up a map and directions.

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village: This is Sedona Arizona’s most unique shopping venue with over 40 galleries, stores and restaurants. The open air, Spanish Colonial style marketplace is modeled after the artists’ community of the same name in Guadalajara, Mexico. Even if you don’t want to shop, Tlaquepaque is worth a visit to stroll its shady, flower-filled courtyards or have lunch on a garden patio.

Take a Hike, or a Horseback Ride, or Cycle: Sedona offers some of the best hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding in Arizona. Dramatic red rocks are visible from every spot in town but to experience their majesty you need to get out on the trail. The helpful rangers at one of the Coconino National Forest Service stations can recommend trails suited to every skill level and time schedule. Prefer to go with a guide? Talk to the friendly staff at the Sedona Chamber of Commerce for suggestions.

See Sedona’s First Artists: Sedona Arizona’s canyons were historically home to the Yavapai and Apache people. You can see their centuries-old rock art at three Forest Service sites: Honanki, Palatki and V-Bar-V Ranch. These sites have ruins as well as petroglyphs and pictographs. Be sure to call ahead before you visit as some sites are open for pre-scheduled tours only or may be closed to due to bad weather.

Chapel of the Holy Cross: No matter what your faith, Sedona Arizona’s “red rock chapel” is a marvel of modern architecture. Sitting high on a butte overlooking town, this soaring concrete and glass Catholic church looks like it was carved right out of the surrounding mountain. The views from its stone patio are spectacular. All visitors are welcome and admission is free.

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