Arizona Road Trip | On the Way to Sedona

Driving from New Mexico to Sedona took us through portions of old Route 66 and wide open spaces where you could see for miles.

Our first stop along the way was the Petrified Forest National Park. The park is named for its large deposits of petrified wood. Driving the 28 miles from one end of the park to the other takes about 1 hour and you can spend as much time as you want at the stops along the way.

Standing on the Corner in Winslow Arizona

“Take it easy ?” by the Eagles put Winslow Arizona on the map. It was a fun photo op and the Hotel La Posada was the perfect spot for an overnight stay along the way.

Sweet Airbnb in Sedona

We’ve stayed at some amazing Airbnb’s on our trips and our stay in Sedona was at the top of our list. Kimall and Trea went above and beyond as super hosts. We felt right as Kimall warmly greeted us in the driveway. Walking through the inviting garden with an incredible view of the red rocks confirmed – this was someplace special. There were gifts waiting in the warm, comfy indoor space, Kimall treated us to some incredible guided hikes in the beautiful red rocks, Trea gave us both some much needed haircuts, and we enjoyed yoga in the garden as well as naps and reading on Kimall’s family swing. The space was filled with Trea’s beautiful artwork and Kimall’s garden was amazing. We didn’t want to leave!

Sedona, Arizona is no doubt one of the most beautiful towns on the planet. The town is named for a beautiful woman – Sedona Schnebly. It definitely lives up to the name. We loved everything about this beautiful town! The red rocks are incredible, the energy is amazing, the people are awesome and we ate such healthy and delicious food! We even got to spend one incredible day with our sweet friends Carolyn & Emily from Traverse City!

Jerome day trip

The town of Jerome is worth the short day trip from Sedona. It’s a beautiful drive as you wind up to an elevation of 5,066 feet. “America’s Most Vertical City” and “Largest Ghost Town in America” are just two of the names give to this unique little town.

Jerome was built on Cleopatra Hill above a vast deposit of copper. An eclectic group of fortune seekers came to this boom town. Native Americans, Spaniards, Americans, Mexicans, Croatians, Irish, Italians & Chinese all added to the rich culture. The population peaked in the 1920s to 15,000 and was practically deserted when the mines closed in 1953. In 1976 it became a National Historic Landmark and offered a haven for artists. Today it is a peaceful and thriving community full of rich history.

Hiking Sedona

We were in awe at every turn as we hiked the the amazing red rocks. There is just no end to the beauty in every direction.

We’ll miss you Sedona! You have captured our hearts and we will be back!

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  • Carolyn

    Love your pictures!  I agree that Sedona is a place you want to go back to.  I didn’t realize we both stayed at La Posada, and our Airbnb was near oak creek so that was our view of Cathedral mountain!  One of my favorite days was spending time with you!  Great day!ReplyCancel

    • Thank you Carolyn! Did not know you stayed at La Posada – wasn’t the artwork there fun? And you had that view of Cathedral mountain – awesome!!! We loved the day spent with you and Emily – one of our favorites as well!ReplyCancel

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