Sedona, Arizona – the Home of Red Rock Formations is Now an Artist’s Sanctuary

Once you visit Sedona, you will always yearn to go back. It is unlike any other place you have ever visited. Sedona is often called “Red Rock Country” because the area is surrounded by red clay mountains and cliffs which take your breath away as you drive into the city. These red monoliths have names such as Bell Rock, Coffeepot Rock, Cathedral Rock, Chimney Rock and Thunder Mountain, and have existed for millions of years.

Sedona has evolved from a small agricultural community of 500 residents into an artist’s sanctuary and a tourist’s dream. There are now more than 500 local artists, more than 80 art galleries, and several annual art festivals that attract recognized exhibitors from throughout the Southwest. On the first Friday of each month, the Sedona Gallery Association hosts the First Friday Gallery Tour from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Artists are on hand to discuss their work while gallery visitors enjoy wine, hors d’ouvres and live music.

Red Rock Crossing in Red Rock State Park is one of the most photographed locations in the world. Cathedral Rock is in this area. Another point of interest is the Chapel of the Holy Cross situated between two large red rock formations and designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. It can be seen from State Highway 179. Bell Rock is also in this area.

The uptown area of Sedona houses the Sedona Art Center with its school and gallery which contains works exhibited by local and national artists. Shops are located in a major plaza along the highway within easy walking distance.

The Grand Canyon lies just two hours from Sedona and can be reached by catching a train in the nearby charming town of Williams. It makes for a lovely scenic day trip.

Sedona lies at the mouth of the Oak Creek Canyon, situated just 25 miles from Flagstaff, Arizona which has another tourist attraction, the largest Ponderosa Pine forest in the world.

Sedona boasts more than 100 inns, hotels, motels, resorts and B&B’s. You can find a place to stay at www.visitsedona.com which also gives specific information concerning eating places, shops and the current happenings at the city’s art galleries.

Plan to stay for several days to take in the magnificent red rock formations and all that Sedona now offers its visitors. Otherwise, you will want to plan a second trip because the ambience is addictive.

Sources:

Personal experience

http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-191501876-sedona_vacations-i?showmore=1

http://www.visitsedona.com

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/sedona/og2011/index.php#/8


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