Day trip to Sedona

Arizona is home to many destinations full of natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes and Sedona is one of the most popular. Luckily, for those of us here at Estrella, Sedona is an easy day trip. Especially in the summer, it provides a refreshing change from the hot desert heat.

There are more than enough attractions in Sedona to keep you busy for an entire day. We’ve compiled our favorite places to eat, things to do and see and places to shop in Sedona.

You’re going to want to get an early start, so be sure and grab breakfast on your way. For a list of our favorite breakfast spots in the West Valley, read our blog about our favorite five breakfast restaurants.

Once you are in Sedona, there are a number of amazing restaurants, from casual to formal dining. If you want a casual lunch at a family-friendly stop, Open Range Grill and Tavern is a great option. From burgers and Mexican entrees to hearty soups and fresh salads, there is something for everyone at Open Range and it will give you a nice rest before continuing on your day.

Later, once the day comes to close, Casa Sedona is one of the best dinner restaurants in Sedona. Rated number one on TripAdvisor, Casa Sedona offers an American and Southwest menu in a comfortable yet intimate setting. The restaurant is part of a larger property that includes a bed and breakfast, so if you happen to have too much fun, you just might be able to get a guest room.

Another popular Mexican restaurant in Sedona is Elote Cafe. Chef Jeff Smedstad offers a modest menu of big flavor dishes ranging from tacos and flautas to enchiladas and lamb adobo. And with a kids menu, Elote Café is extra family friendly.

Sedona in itself is a sight to see. From the moment you pull into town, the views of the famous red rocks are spectacular – and free! But if you’re looking to do some expanded sight-seeing, there are a number of companies that run Jeep or other 4x4 guided vehicle tours. Some of the most popular include The Red Rock Western Jeep Tours, Pink Jeep Tours and Sedona Offroad Adventures. Prices range from $45-100 depending on which tour you select.

If you’re looking to relax in Sedona, one of their many day spas might be the best way to spend your time pampering and revitalizing yourself. The Amara Resort and Spa is the epitome of luxury spa and with a spa menu ranging from facials to massages and body treatments to makeup application, Amara has the perfect service for you. VisitSedona has a listing of spas and salons in Sedona so no matter what your beauty budget is, you’re sure to find the relaxation you are looking for.

From Sedona themed knick-knacks and red dirt t-shirts to high-end clothing and jewelry, Sedona has miles of shops and boutiques to do some retail therapy. One of the most scenic and Southwest-styled destinations is Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village (pronounced T-lockey-pockey). Tlaquepaque has a number of unique galleries filled with one-of-a-kind, handcrafted items and is must-stop on your Sedona day trip. Tlaquepaque is also home to the very popular Oak Creek Brewery and Grill. The Grill has a casual dining atmosphere and menu of wood-grilled appetizers and dishes make it a great mid-day stop to refuel.

Drive a little further into town, and you’ll find yourself in Uptown Sedona, which serves as the main hub of town. This “strip” is filled with shops and galleries and is easily walkable. The atmosphere is relaxed and you will likely find yourself stopping for a number of photo opportunities.

So pack up the family, gas up the car and head north for a great day of sightseeing and laid-back lifestyle in Sedona. For more information about things to do in Sedona, visit

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