Sedona + The Grand Canyon

Sedona + The Grand Canyon Travel Guide

Originally opened in 1877 along the town’s Whiskey Row, this saloon once served as a hub for men looking for work, an election meeting point, and mineral transactions.

Stop into this National Historic Landmark within the park that now houses a museum and bookshop for topographical maps.

The otherworldly Meteor Crater just east of Flagstaff is one of the best-preserved meteorite crash sites on earth (NASA astronauts have trained there before heading off on moon missions).

The museum houses a vast collection of artifacts and artworks from native peoples of the Colorado Plateau. Don’t miss the fascinating skeleton of the Dilophosaurus—a carnivorous dinosaur once native to the area.

Picnic and swim in scenic Oak Creek Canyon at Slide Rock State Park. Gun down a thrilling, all-natural 50-foot-long waterslide carved into the Oak Creek Canyon riverbed.

Imagine you’re one of the 12th-century Indians who built cave dwellings along these canyon walls.

Located in the upscale shopping center of Hillside Sedona, the El Prado Gallery is surrounded by fountains and ponds, rock furniture, and kinetic sculptures.

Some 450 miles of hiking trails snake through the pristine Prescott National Forest. If you choose the Granite Mountain Trail, a five-mile round-trip hike that brings you to a dramatic peak, you might be rewarded with close-up views of peregrine falcons that nest in the cliffs.

The ski mountain boasts the largest vertical ski drop in Arizona (2,300 feet).

For adventurous rafters, this veteran outfitter organizes 4- to 18-day rafting-and-camping excursions through the Grand Canyon. This pioneer in commercial river guiding brings rafters and kayakers onto otherwise inaccessible waters. T+L Trip pick Grand Canyon Rafting.

As a 1900 fire engulfed the saloons and brothels of Prescott (Arizona’s Whisky Row), patrons carried their bottles, glasses, and the monumental 24-foot-long oak bar out of the Palace Saloon and set it across the street in Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza to create a makeshift bar.

For information about Tonto National Park, visit this station. They have information about trails and local fauna and flora. Anglers can also try their luck for trout at Haigler Creek.

Check out the fascinating pueblo cliff dwellings, where prehistoric Puebloan and Sinagua peoples made their homes.

Catch some live music and people-watching at the divey, always buzzing hotel bar.

Spend the afternoon browsing the high-end galleries and boutiques of open-air Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village.