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The most beautiful place in America

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Adobe casitas blend perfectly into the landscape.

SEDONA, Ariz. — In the heart of Red Rock Country, Sedona lies in a canyon where rushing Oak Creek and the Red Rock monoliths meet. It is spellbinding.

No wonder U.S.A. Weekend voted Sedona the No. 1 Most Beautiful Place in America. Just a two-hour drive from Phoenix and on the way to Grand Canyon, Sedona is easily accessible.

At the Sedona Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, you can pick up maps showing scenic routes to drive and hiking trails for all levels of hikers.

A jeep tour through the back country is a great way to see some fantastic scenery and offers a thrilling ride. Horseback riding is also available.

An artists’ haven, Sedona has many galleries and artisan shops. The Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is authentically fashioned after a traditional Mexican village. It includes great shops and restaurants. Huge sycamore trees shade, fountains splash, and there are colourful flowers for every season.

Sheltered by towering red cliffs, Enchantment Resort, nestled in Boynton Canyon, is a destination resort. The resort’s adobe casitas blend perfectly into the landscape and are equipped with every luxury.

The scenery is totally captivating. The gorgeous red cliffs with the stunning greenery in the foreground is spectacular.

Mii Amo, the spa at Enchantment, has been rated one of the 10 best spas in the United States. The indoor and outdoor swimming pools take full advantage of the views, and the list of services offered is extensive.  There are three restaurants on the grounds as well as several nearby, including the popular L’Auberge Restaurant and Picazzo’s.

There are several hikes through Boynton Canyon that start at the resor Tennis is also very popular, and there are courts with a tennis pro on duty. A putting green, boce-ball court and a ping-pong table are available for guest use. 

To seek out the spiritual side of Sedona, walk, hike or drive to a few of the vortices, locations that are known for their heightened spiritual and metaphysical energy, and experience the magnetic charge felt by many people. One of these locations is the Chapel in the Rocks. Built into the side of a bluff, the chapel looks out over the city and blesses it.

Sedona exemplifies the Great Southwest, a place to return to again and again.For more information, visit www.visitsedona.com.

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