This is one of the most popular day trips for visitors and residents alike. Desert dwellers love the lush green of Oak Creek Canyon, and one never tires of the Red Rocks or the startling view as the highway plunges into the heart of this magnificent country. The trip is an easy, nonstop, two-hour drive from Phoenix. Along the way, you get a full dose of Sedona’s famous Red Rocks, one of the reasons for the town’s popularity. Although recently humans have made their mark here with condominiums, shopping centers, and elegant homes, the Red Rocks still dominate the landscape.
At an elevation of 4,300 feet, Sedona’s weather is usually delightful. Although snow occasionally falls in winter and summer temperatures can peak from warm to hot, the climate generally is ideal. You can easily spend a day (not to mention money) exploring indoors as Sedona offers a full complement of culture and recreation. Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to do as well. This chapter from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Phoenix. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.
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