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Sedona is an excellent base for exploring the diverse attractions of Northern Arizona, highlights of which include the artist enclave of Jerome and several Native American ruins and reserves. Many sights are just a short drive away, while the majestic Grand Canyon lies 110 miles to the north.

Day Trips from Sedona

Grand Canyon

Driving less than two hours brings you to this majestic 2.5-mile canyon, one of the seven wonders of the world. Walk the glass skywalk over the Colorado River or hike the chasm’s depth.

110 miles north of Sedona, AZ,
Tags: family | hiking | views | outdoors | day trip


This onetime mining center had deteriorated to a mere ghost town before being lovingly restored by local craftspeople and artists. It overlooks Sedona’s red-rock country from its cliff-top perch.

28 miles southwest of Sedona via Hwy. 89A, AZ, 928-634-2900,
Tags: family | art | culture | history | day trip

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Although the name suggests an Aztec ruler and a fortress, the site of the Sinagua tribe’s 14th-century, cliffside dwellings have nothing to do with either.

26 miles south of Sedona, Exit 289 off I-17, AZ,
Tags: family | outdoors | culture | day trip

Navajo and Hopi Reservations

Explore the legacy of the area's original inhabitants at these reservations. The Native American owned and operated Way of the Ancients runs tours.

200 miles east of Sedona, AZ, 866-204-9243,
Tags: family | culture | history | day trip

Route 66

Once part of the historic "Mother Road" highway, this little slice of Americana still offers glimpses of honky-tonk motels and shops (which now mostly push kitschy souvenirs).

Sections accessible from Flagstaff and Williams, AZ,
Tags: family | culture | day trip | road trips

Verde Canyon Railroad

Enjoy a scenic 4-hour train tour of local rock formations and ancient ruins otherwise inaccessible by car. Keep an eye out for wildlife, particularly bald eagles.

24 miles southwest of Sedona, 300 N. Broadway, AZ, 800-320-0718,
Tags: family | outdoors | day trip | wildlife

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