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Sedona is a central Arizona town set in a Wild West landscape of striking red sandstone formations. Sedona’s atmospheric surroundings are often said to resemble Mars and the town is also considered by many to be a sacred site. For these reasons, Sedona attracts travellers, artists and spiritual seekers from around the globe. It’s also an ideal destination for visiting the Grand Canyon, plus cities like Flagstaff,Phoenix,Mesa and Cottonwood.
If you’re arriving via Phoenix Airport then it’s a 199-mile drive by rental car to Sedona. En route you can take a detour to visit Prescott National Forest, a 1.25 million acre area of woodland with eight distinct wilderness areas.
There are various hire car providers to suit your budget and preferences, including Alamo, National and Hertz. Many offer extras like free cancellation, unlimited mileage and shuttle services to your rental car.
Sedona is a red rock desert town that draws visitors from all over the world, both because of its nearness to the Grand Canyon and its status as a sacred site for many people. Sedona is filled with a variety of galleries, shops and spas that you can spend hours exploring. You can also go hiking in the nearby Red Rock State Park, a stunning 286-acre landscape with its own canyon. The town of Flagstaff is a 30-mile drive away from Sedona. Flagstaff is known for being on the historic Route 66 and is filled with a lively selection of cafes, bars and shops. It’s also the site of the Lowell Observatory, which is open for public tours.
The Grand Canyon is a 114-mile drive from Sedona by rental car. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, it’s a 277-mile long rock fissure run through by the Colorado river. Although the canyon has appeared in countless photographs, most visitors agree that it has to be seen in person to be truly appreciated. The South Rim is considered to be the best area to view the canyon.
Phoenix, the capital of Arizona, is a 116-mile journey away. Key sights include the Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art, and the Desert Botanical Garden. You can also go hiking up Camelback Mountain and visit Papago Park, home to Phoenix Zoo and the famous Hole-in-the-Rock formation.
Due to its breathtaking landscapes and quirky roadside attractions, Arizona is great to explore by hire car. Bear in mind that temperatures in the state can get very hot, so make sure you always have bottled water in your car. The US is right-hand drive and remember to keep an eye on your mirror, as drivers don’t always indicate a direction change. Every state has different driving laws, so make sure you familiarise yourself with the Arizona ones before your visit.
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