Sedona is one of the most beautiful places on earth. And it should be on your radar for a visit.
This small town in Arizona is even more beautiful than the Grand Canyon, if you can believe it. That's not to say that the Grand Canyon isn't worth seeing. Stretching 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and one mile deep, the Grand Canyon is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
But, Sedona is even more impressive and awe-inspiring. What makes Sedona so special is its location. While visitors look down into the Grand Canyon, it's a bit isolating, unless you take a
helicopter ride over it or a treacherous hike or mule ride down into it.
Sedona is in a beautiful valley and you look up at the mountains. It is much more accessible and a photographer's dream.
And it is stunning. Every time you turn a corner, every time you look up from your map, every time you exit a store or restaurant, a new view takes your breath away. In fact, the number one attraction in Sedona is the Red Rock Scenic Byway, the road you take when driving into Sedona.
Think of all the classic western movies where the cowboy rides off into the sunset and there's a beautiful red mountain jutting out of the desert. That's Sedona. It is known for its red sandstone formations that seem to glow a brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun.
But on top of all that, Sedona's other main attraction is its spiritual powers. Many people who visit Sedona are there to experience the town's energy fields, commonly known as vortexes.
A vortex is created from the motion of air or liquid around a centre of rotation, like water flowing down a drain.
In Sedona, vortexes are spiritual energy at certain locations. These locations are perfect places to focus, meditate, heal or simply take a calming moment. In fact, they are such a common phenomenon in Sedona that any tourism map you pick up includes the four main vortex areas – Boyton Canyon, Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and the Sedona Airport. There is a fifth site. Chapel of the Holy Cross, is a church built in 1956 into a rock formation. However, as a Roman Catholic landmark, it isn't officially sanctioned as a vortex.
Visiting these areas can give you a sense of inner peace that may stay with you for days. Known as a spiritual Disneyland, Sedona attracts people who have made a commitment to grow spiritually. It attracts all kinds of New Age healers and practices– psychics, yoga training, UFO sighting tours, vortex tours, aura photos, horoscopes, metaphysical centres, personal enrichment, readings, spas and salons.
For my wife Angela and I, the views and calming orange and red colours of the mountains, provide solace. The view from the elevated Sedona Airport is incredible. It takes in the town and a variety of mountain ranges. It left us happy and humbled.
But don't think you have to be in pursuit of a higher power to enjoy the town. Sedona has something for everyone, golf, rugged jeep tours, hot air balloon rides, helicopter tours, five-star resorts and hiking, more hiking trails than you can imagine.
If you are planning a trip to Arizona, do yourself a favour and experience Sedona.