Here is my Sedona, Arizona travel guide and itinerary! Easter week/weekend I went to Sedona, Arizona with my two younger sisters, Alissa and Caylen, to celebrate Alissa’s 30th birthday. Alissa turned 30 at the end of March, but since Caylen is a high school teacher we postponed our vacation until Caylen’s spring break.
Sedona, Arizona Itinerary
Wednesday April 17
Since I live in Georgia, Alissa lives in New York, and Caylen lives in Virginia we all met at the Phoenix International Airport. Caylen and I landed in the morning and had time to kill until Alissa landed at noon, so Caylen and I grabbed breakfast at The Farm at South Mountain about 10 minutes from the airport. The Farm at South Mountain has 3 different restaurants with farm to table dining. We grabbed breakfast and explored the farm.
After the Farm at South Mountain, Caylen and I went back to the airport to pick up Alissa. Sedona is about a 2 hour drive away from Phoenix, so you’ll definitely need a car to get to Sedona and also to get around in Sedona. On our way to Sedona we stopped at Montezuma Castle National Monument, one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. Part of the fun of the trip is just driving. The drive from Phoenix to Sedona is just beautiful. As we got closer to Sedona, we stopped at Page Springs Cellars Winery. The wine is mediocre, but the winery is located on a creek and the views are gorgeous. After wine tasting we walked around the property and explored the creek. The food also smelled delicious, but we didn’t try any.
By time we got to Sedona it was almost dinnertime. The first time we saw the famous red rocks, we pulled over at an overlook and couldn’t believe how beautiful they were. Sedona truly is a magical place. Then, we made it to our Airbnb, dropped off our stuff and went grocery shopping at Whole Foods for the next couple of days. There are a few hotels in Sedona, but we absolutely loved our Airbnb and our host. Plus, most of the evenings we were so exhausted it was great to come home to a house, cook and relax.
Thursday April 18
On Thursday we booked a yoga and hiking retreat, which I would highly recommend. It was a small group with only our yoga instructor, and another family, a mother and her 2 daughters. We met at Cathedral Rock Trailhead and practiced yoga on the base of the hike. Our instructor Shari was amazing and she taught us more about the Sedona vortex and the power of crystals. After yoga we hiked to the creek and then we parted ways with Shari and the other family. Alissa, Caylen and I hiked to the top of Cathedral Rock, which was incredibly strenuous as we were basically scaling the rocks.
Yoga and hiking took up almost all of our day. By the time we finished it was late afternoon, so we grabbed Mexican food and went home to relax. Later that evening we visited the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a Sedona architectural landmark, and watched the most beautiful sunset. The Chapel closes at 5pm so we didn’t actually make it inside, but it is beautiful on the outside. After the sunset, we watched the full moon rise. Then, we walked around the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village and grabbed dinner at Rene.
Friday April 19
On Friday morning we went hiking at West Fork Trail which is along a creek. Devil’s Bridge Trail was another hike recommended to us, but we ran out of time to do it. After hiking at West Fork Trail we drove to the Grand Canyon, which is about a 2 hour drive from Sedona. Then, we spent the rest of the afternoon at the Grand Canyon and then watched the sunset. The Grand Canyon was insane and I’m glad we went, but honestly made me really nervous. There isn’t anything keeping you from the edge of the cliffs and I’m not surprised people have fallen off and died. Since I am afraid of heights the entire experiencing made me really anxious. It was a long day driving to the Grand Canyon and back to Sedona in a day. By the time we got back to Sedona it was almost 10pm and the only place open for dinner was Chipotle and then immediately we went to bed.
Saturday April 20
After 3 days of outdoor hiking and activities, Saturday we relaxed. Saturday morning we had breakfast at Berry Divine Acai Bowls. Then, we went shopping at local thrift shops and also went shopping for crystals. We had massage appointments at the L’Apothecary Sedona Spa at L’Auberge de Sedona in the afternoon. But, we were able to go there early and enjoy the facilities, including the outdoor pool and the steam room in the spa. L’Auberge de Sedona is super romantic, and so I’d definitely come back to Sedona and stay with my husband there. I was so exhausted from hiking the past couple of days, I passed out about 10 minutes into my massage. Then, we had dinner and drinks after Etch Kitchen & Bar. The hotel restaurants are right on the creek.
Sunday April 21
On Easter Sunday we got up early and got on the road to make it back to Phoenix. All our flights were in the early afternoon. We had such an amazing time and cannot wait to come back again.
Sedona, Arizona Recommendations
Please see below for recommendations of places to stay, places to eat and other activities to do in Sedona. These include activities that my sisters and I did while on our stay, as noted above, as well as other recommendations we received from our yoga instructor, and other locals. However, we ran out of time to do all of these activities on our trip.
- Airbnb (we loved our Airbnb)
- L’Auberge de Sedona
- There are plenty of hotel options here
- The Farm at South Mountain (right outside the Phoenix airport)
- Page Springs Cellars Winery (we did wine tasting here, but didn’t have any food)
- Whole Foods (we went grocery shopping and ate at home for most of our trip to save money and also we were too exhausted after hiking all day to dress up and look nice for dinner)
- Berry Divine Acai Bowls (we ate here on Saturday)
- Cress on Oak Creek (this is a fancier course tasting menu, located at L’Auberge de Sedona)
- Etch Kitchen & Bar (we ate dinner here after our massage, located at L’Auberge de Sedona)
- Rene (we ate dinner here on Thursday)
- Chocolatree (really wanted to try this place, but we ran out of time)
- Indian Gardens Cafe & Market (also really wanted to try this place, but we ran out of time)
- The Heartline Cafe
- The Hudson
- Yoga and hiking retreat (we did yoga and hiking at Cathedral Rock)
- Cathedral Rock Trailhead (we did this hike)
- West Fork Trail (we did this hike)
- Devil’s Bridge Trail (we ran out of time, but wish we had done this hike)
- Slide Rock State Park (we ran out of time, but Caylen had gone previously and said it was fun)
- Soldiers Pass
- Airport Mesa
- Mystic Vista Trailhead
- Chapel Trail
- Bell Rock
- Horseback Riding
- Chapel of the Holy Cross
- Grand Canyon
- Montezuma Castle National Monument (on the way to Sedona)
- L’Apothecary Sedona Spa (we went to this spa)
- Chakra Healing through Divine Grace
- Create a Personalized Remedy Mist
- A New Day Spa
- Transformative Bodywork Massage and Energy Healing
- Sedona Vibrant Health
- Sedona Float Spa
- Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village (we went here for dinner one night)
- Native American Gifts
- Crystal Experience
- Crystal Gratitude