Sedona, Not Sonoma

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By: Alexander G. Weiss, CFP®

Last week Ashley and I found our way over to Sedona, Arizona for a little R&R. It seemed as though everyone kept telling us that it was a different type of beautiful--unreplicable on the East Coast. And I must admit, ‘everyone’ was 100% correct--this was the most unique vacation that we have ever experienced. It was tranquil and relaxing, but quite different than a trip to wine country.

For those who have not been to Sedona, I would recommend adding it to your travel list if you enjoy hiking, amazing views, and quiet, quaint little towns. Sedona is approximately 5,000 feet above sea level, located at the beginning of the Colorado Basin. It is completely surrounded by Red Rock formations with a creek running right through the middle of town. You can hike until your legs fall off (which we did), take scenic off-roading tours in pink jeeps (which we did), or enjoy a cocktail with an amazing view (which we also did!).

The one item everyone recommended we do was the Pink Jeep Tour. It was truly an off-road adventure that offered some amazing sights. We packed into a modified Jeep with two other couples and traveled through the Broken Arrow trail. If you’re unfamiliar with the region, Broken Arrow is littered with inclines and rough terrain, so much so that I was dubious of the Jeep’s climbing abilities. Along the way we received plenty of information on the area, while stopping at places that looked like they belonged on post cards. It was a unique way of touring an area that you would have a hard time getting to by foot (let alone a regular car!).

Since we were so close, we decided to take a day trip to the Grand Canyon (about a two hour trip). The drive out of Sedona on Rt 89A was very impressive as we drove through canyons that were a combination of Jurassic Park and something you may see on Mars. After climbing another 2,000 feet and entering the Grand Canyon, we quickly made our way over to the South Rim walking path. Unlike approaching a monument or mountain range that starts in the distance, you don’t have that anticipation with a hole in the ground – so the magnitude of the canyon is quite striking to say the least. At its widest point, it ranges 18 miles and averages 1 mile deep. The part that made us the most wary was that people were more than comfortable in flip flops, on the ledge of a rock, taking pictures in poses that most would not recommend when the drop below you is a mile! Needless to say, we stayed near the fenced in portions for our pictures.

If you have any other great trip ideas, please share! We are always trying to venture to places that are unique and fun.

Until next time…