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Introducing Sedona

Sedona's a stunner, but it's intensely spiritual as well – some even say sacred. Nestled amid alien-looking red sandstone formations at the south end of the 16-mile gorge that is Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona attracts spiritual seekers, artists and healers, and day-trippers from Phoenix trying to escape the oppressive heat. Many New Age types believe that this area is the center of vortexes (not 'vortices' here in Sedona) that radiate the Earth's power, and Sedona's combination of scenic beauty and mysticism draws throngs of tourists year-round. You'll find all sorts of alternative medicines and practices, and the surrounding canyons offer excellent hiking and mountain biking.

The town itself bustles with art galleries and expensive gourmet restaurants. In summer the traffic and the crowds can be heavy.

The town's main drag is Hwy 89A. Sedona's navigational center is the roundabout at the intersection of Hwys 89A and 179, known as the Y. Northeast of the Y is Uptown Sedona, the pedestrian center where you'll find most of Sedona's hotels, boutiques and restaurants. Turning south at the Y will take you to Tlaquepaque Village; from here you can cross over Oak Creek and continue down to the Village, where you'll find more shopping, restaurants and hotels. West of the Y is West Sedona, where strip malls line the highway and lead to Red Rock State Park.