Last weekend I took a trip to Sedona, Arizona. I had a great 4 days there. and wanted to share my itinerary with you. Hopefully, this is helpful if you live near the area and/or want to visit. Also, it works as inspiration if you are looking for a place to travel. I have some gorgeous pictures for you too.
We arrived from our flight at Phoenix Airport around 3, and drove to Sedona. The season here is currently low season, but it is still warm outside so it is a great time to visit. I heard that Spring break is the high-time for visitors. Our first stop was the top of Airport Road. The above picture is the view from the top. I highly recommend visiting during sunset because the colors of the rock become a lot more vivid.
After, we headed over to Elote Cafe where I had the best Mexican meal of my life. Mexican has always been my favorite food, and this meal was absolutely outstanding. I ordered the Carnitas and it was heavenly. Each dish comes with large portions of meat, and warm tortillas on the side. I highly recommend getting Elote Corn as an appetizer to share and the Pastel de Elote for dessert. Below is a picture of my main course, after I had dived in. After dinner, we headed to our hotel Amara. The hotel has free valet service, which takes the hassel of finding/paying for parking. The room was big and clean, and the beds were very comfy. Not to mention they have a very large pool and hot tub.
Our first stop of the day was to Wildflower Bread Company for breakfast. The food was good, much like Panera Bread. After, we went across the street to take a Pink Jeep Tour. It was an amazing/scary experience. They take you up on the rocks in the middle of nowhere, and the views are insane. The tour guide we ended up with was hilarious, and you learn a bit of history too. The tour is a must-do for Sedona, because it is what Sedona is known for. After the tour, we went to lunch at Oak Creek Brewery at Tlaquepaque Village. I was feeling in the mood for something light, so I ordered a Spinach salad. I also shared the cheese and fruit plate, which was excellent. Although I went on the light side, the place is known for their burgers, and obviously, the beer. After lunch, we walked around the village and viewed the small art stores. The village was very cute and reminded me of Europe with the small cobblestone streets and old fountains. Next, we drove up to the Chapel of the Holy Cross, which was pretty much a small chapel in the rock. Great views from up top, and the chapel itself is very pretty, with the entire back made of glass to view the rocks. Since the sun hadn't set yet, we attempted to hike up Bell Rock Vortex, but only did about half of the hike before turning back. It is a very easy hike, but doesn't have the best views.
First things first, I went to the downstairs lobby of the hotel to grab a cup of complementary hot chocolate . There was even marshmallows, crushed peppermint, and chocolate chips to go with it, Then, we headed to breakfast at Red Rock Cafe, in which the food took almost an hour to come out and wasn't very exciting. Later, we took the long hike up to Cathedral Rock. Although it wasn't the easiest hike, and is tough for those with high issues, the view at the top was stunning. The hike was probably my favorite part of the entire trip. Because the hike tuckered us out, we drove up to Oak Creek Vista for a peek of the canyon, and then went back to the hotel. Dinner was eaten at the restaurant in the hotel, Salt Rock. The food was good, but nothing compared to the Mexican on day 1. I ordered the guacamole, which you make yourself, and the lamb tostadas. For dessert, I had the chocolate peanut butter cake, which was very good (but I'm a fan with anything peanut butter).
The day started off with breakfast at Indian Gardens Cafe and Market. Out of all the breakfast spots on the trip, this was by far the best. I ordered the grains and greens bowl, which was two eggs on top of kale and vegtables. The breakfast sandwiches and burritos are also great choices. The cafe is also a great spot for coffee. Afterwards, we drove up Boyton Canyon and took a short hike up to the vortex. We went up to the vista point which was a very short hike, and had amazing views. The last stop was on the way to the airport, at Montezuma Castle National Monument. If you are flying in/out of Phoenix, this is a great halfway point to take break and view the park. It has a castle built into the rock of where previous Native Americans had lived.
I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful for travel inspiration. I am sorry for it being so specific this week, but hopefully you at least found the pictures interesting. I also want to apologize for any poor writing because I haven't gotten the chance to look this post over, as I wanted to get it out as soon as possible. I hope you have a great week!
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