I know, I know…24 hours is not NEARLY enough time in Sedona, Arizona. Those of you who have spent time in this magical place are probably crying over your coffee (or booze, whatever). For that, I apologize in advance. After spending such a short amount of time there, I KNOW 24 hours doesn’t do this place justice. However, one of the best things about Sedona is that it IS possible to see quite a bit of this town in only 24 hours. It’s not ideal, but it’s doable.
So, if you’re like me and only have time for a quick trip to Sedona, Arizona, read on for my 24 hour itinerary for this spiritual, beautiful, soul-quenching town!
There are a plethora of places to stay in Sedona. Take your pick from upscale lodges to spiritual retreat centers to unique Airbnbs and everything in between. I, personally, chose to stay at an Airbnb about 10 minutes outside of town. Although somewhat difficult to find (the address entered in the Airbnb app was actually the neighbor’s address, which resulted in an awkward door knock at 11:00 at night), it was definitely a dream oasis.
The grounds were a beautifully kept garden full of flowers, cacti, and gorgeous landscaping. My “room” was a small shed-turned-guesthouse, equipped with a bed, heater, closet, and spiritual photos. Next to my room was the bath house, which was originally a greenhouse. The glass roof and walls and the abundant plants made it the perfect place to soak in the large claw foot tub as the sun rose. The outdoor shower would have been the perfect intimate adventure, had it not been freezing cold 😉 The toilet area was an actual outhouse…no running water, no electricity, no plumbing. It was such a unique and interesting escape.
The options for hiking in Sedona, Arizona are basically endless. I researched for hours about hikes that I could do within such a short amount of time. In reality, I could’ve researched for days, but let’s be honest, I’m not that serious about it.
The two hikes I chose to do were Fay Canyon in the morning and Cathedral Rock at sunset.
Fay Canyon is an incredible, relatively short hike that combines trails for beginners with trails for experts. The views from each are amazing, so even if you’re not strong enough to scale the rock wall to the more difficult trails, have no fear. I chose to scramble up the rock wall and continued on into the lesser-traveled areas for a quieter, more intimate environment. It was totally worth it.
Cathedral Rock is another beautiful hiking area with tons of trails and paths that lead you either to the rock itself or to beautiful viewing areas of the rock. I chose not to hike directly to the rock because, being the photographer I am, I wanted to photograph it during sunset. I got there early, so I perched up on a rock and enjoyed a book while waiting for the perfect lighting conditions. #worthit
Sedona is known as one of the most spiritual, natural energy-filled areas of the U.S. So, it only makes sense that you (attempt to) get into the spiritual mindset while there. Visiting healers, crystal shops, and spiritual retreat centers are common practices for visitors to Sedona, Arizona. Because I didn’t have that kind of time, I chose to find a quiet spot during one of my hikes and took some time to clear my mind while soaking up the sun and the sound of the forest.
It was wonderful.
You could spend SO. MUCH. TIME. driving through Sedona. There are roads everywhere that lead to epic views and cool locations. I did a bit of roaming in my short time there, but my favorite driving route was along 89A, the main road that runs through Sedona. If you follow that road out of town, you’ll come across epic valley views before hitting the infamous 89A switchbacks. This is a section of road where you wind and wind and wind some more as you make your way up the mountain.
Once at the top of the mountain, you can stop at a view point that overlooks the valley of Sedona. The views are so dope. There are also concessions, bathrooms, and locals selling souvenirs there. Grab your camera and a few dollars and spend some time there for a touristy, definitely inauthentic, but super beautiful experience.
Eating & Drinking
Eat all the things. One of my favorite restaurants was Chocolatree, an organic, unique, foodie oasis along the main drag. Read all about my experience at this amazing place here. I seriously wish I could live there. Not in Sedona, but at the Chocolatree restaurant itself. (Although, I’d definitely be down for living in Sedona, too.)
Of course, you can’t miss out on the local acai bowls. They’re the perfect breakfast/snack/anytime pick me up.
Don’t forget to drink all the local beers, as well. My favorite was the Oak Creek Amber Ale, which is brewed by Oak Creek Brewery in Sedona.
I got lucky and stumbled upon a local art market, which was set up in a random parking lot along the main road. I spent an hour or so walking off my buzz from the local beer tasting while checking out art, crystals, and many random and confusing things. It was great and weird and interesting and I loved it.
If I had more than 24 hours in Sedona, Arizona, here are some of the things I DEFINITELY would have done:
- Been a complete tourist with the Pink Jeep Tour Company
- Done some guided meditation or forest bathing
- Hiked the Boynton Canyon Trail
- Joined a yoga class in the mountains
- Slid down Slide Rock
Have you been to Sedona, Arizona? What is your favorite thing to do there?
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