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We're 58 yrs young and will be there the end of Sept. I have been doing the research and wanted to get some reactions. We have down MUST DO's as Broken Arrow Pink Jeep Tour, Colorado River Float Tour, Indian Cave Dwellings south of Sedona & north of Flagstaff, hiking in Walnut Canyon and Slide Rock State Park, the Grand Canyon of course, Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Meteor Crater, Chapel in the Rock. I have also considered Jerome (old mining town), helicopter over the Grand Canyon, IMAX.

What are your top 5 to do and is there anything I left off my list to research further? Thanks Tuggers. :hi:
 

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....is there anything I left off my list to research further? Thanks Tuggers. :hi:

How about relaxing. That was quite a list and sounds fun but much of the allure in Sedona for me is to hike up the red rock and then just soak in the beauty, breathe the air and contemplate/meditate. Same with the Grand Canyon. The emotion can be deeply moving if you take the time to just be still.
 

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Relax...

You're right - there is a lot to do in the area. Definitely do the Grand Canyon - you could take a tour to that, the IMAX and the helicopter - we used Blue Feather Tours a few years ago and really enjoyed - they drove so nobody got stuck with that. We also had lunch at El Tovar and on the way back hit the Cameron Trading Post - a very full day.

Take a trip to Winslow, Arizona - stand on the corner and have lunch at El Posada, then go to the Meteor Crater and Walnut Canyon on the way back.

Pace yourselves - do a few big trips and then relax and enjoy the scenery!

Enjoy,
Deb
 

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We have done helicopter trips in Hawaii ( Oahu and Kauai ), Alaska, and the Grand Canyon. We enjoyed all but the Grand Canyon, we used Papilion (spelling is way off). My wife ended up seating (back seat) behind the rotor and couldn't see a thing. If you could arrange for a front seat or at least window seats in back yhe experience may be better.
 

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Grand Canyon Hotel

We haven't been there yet - hoping to next year. I have seen a recommendation to stay one night in the hotel run by the National Park Service on the south rim. Get up early and enjoy the sunrise over the Canyon.
 

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Go to the enchantment resort for lunch or dinner. This resort is one of the highest rated resorts in the world. The food is first class and you can get a spectacular view of the red rocks.
 

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Agree 100% with pgnewarkboy....Enchnatment is the Best.....Best Buffet I ever had (on Sundays). Enchantment Resort is in Sedona in case you don't know where it is.
 

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We were in Sedona a couple of years ago in May. We did an overnight at the Grand Canyon. Booked one of the cabins at the rim so we saw sunrise and sunset. Then we did the mule ride into the canyon. It was an amazing experience. The only down-side is after the ride, in the late afternoon, we drove back to the timeshare in Sedona. It made for a long day - but I would do it again (although my wife might not!)!
We also did a hot-air balloon ride, which flies in the Sedona area - not over the rocks though. Hiking in the rocks and enjoying the natural beauty is also a great way to spend a morning or afternoon. A week goes way too fast.

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I second the recommendation for the Hot Air Balloon ride. It was several years ago but the one we took went over some of the rocks. AWESOME!
 

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Take a trip to Winslow, Arizona - stand on the corner


That's funny. I actually did that, way back when, during a drive across country. I was hauling tail eastbound along about sunrise, when I came into Winslow. I pulled over, jumped out of the car, stood on the corner for about five seconds, jumped back in the car, and took off again. But in my best Eagles' fashion, I can say I'm one of those untolled millions who has probably now done that. "Take It Easy," indeed... ;)

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In Sedona, the Pink Jeep Tour on the Broken Arrow trail is a must do. If you can get a reservation at any of the park lodges at the GCNP for an overnight stay, do it that way. Being there for a sunset and sunrise at the Grand Canyon is the best. The El Tovar is the best of the hotels there, but take whatever you can get. You have to book through Xanterra. I recommend calling them as opposed to using the website since the phone people have more up to date inventory. Skip Walnut Canyon since the trail to the main ruins area is closed from a wash out last year. But do go to Wupatki and Sunset Crater if you have time, north of Flagstaff. And take the other advice and slow down and relax. Check the Sedona forums at TripAdvisor.com for lots of good posts and discussions about Sedona and what to see and do.
 

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1-4. Go hiking and get out in nature. There are easy and hard trails. Many people who go to Sedona apparently never go for a hike.
5. Day trip to Flagstaff and environs. Meteor Crater, Walnut Canyon, and Sunset Crater can be done in a day.
 

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We're 58 yrs young and will be there the end of Sept. I have been doing the research and wanted to get some reactions. We have down MUST DO's as Broken Arrow Pink Jeep Tour, Colorado River Float Tour, Indian Cave Dwellings south of Sedona & north of Flagstaff, hiking in Walnut Canyon and Slide Rock State Park, the Grand Canyon of course, Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Meteor Crater, Chapel in the Rock. I have also considered Jerome (old mining town), helicopter over the Grand Canyon, IMAX.

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Okay help me shorten the list. What do I get rid of. What is not worth the time or money to see or do.

And which ones are the best things to make sure we do? We have never been to Sedona.:eek:
 

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Go to the enchantment resort for lunch or dinner.


We actually did this a few years ago! It was a special outing for just the two of us while my parents kept our son who was very young at the time.
What a special place this was. Our lunch was spectacular (although expensive!) and our service was to match. The setting is also very pretty for this resort, nestled in a cove of the beautiful red rocks. If I ever become rich, I'm going to this resort for a vacation. For now, I can just afford a meal.

Highly ditto this recommendation!

Also, lunch at the El Tovar at the Canyon is also special. Food is very good, not as expensive as Enchantement.

If you are looking to save money on some lodging while visiting the canyon, highly recommend the town of Williams. They have many hotels, so their prices are competitive. Visit their website for more info.

Janna
 

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We're 58 yrs young and will be there the end of Sept. I have been doing the research and wanted to get some reactions. We have down MUST DO's as Broken Arrow Pink Jeep Tour, Colorado River Float Tour, Indian Cave Dwellings south of Sedona & north of Flagstaff, hiking in Walnut Canyon and Slide Rock State Park, the Grand Canyon of course, Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Meteor Crater, Chapel in the Rock. I have also considered Jerome (old mining town), helicopter over the Grand Canyon, IMAX.

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Okay help me shorten the list. What do I get rid of. What is not worth the time or money to see or do.

And which ones are the best things to make sure we do? We have never been to Sedona.:eek:

I was just in Sedona a few months ago for my second visit. I would recommend the following as 'must do's.' Grand Canyon, with a lunch at El Tovar. A nice slow drive UP and then back down Oak Creek Canyon which you can accomplish during your trip to the Grand Canyon. The views going up are slightly more spectacular than the views going down, but i recommend both for the full experience. Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour is great fun! Shopping in Sedona is great for local art and jewelry. Don't buy the first thing you see, but visit all of the shops in town and go back for the things that you REALLY liked. All of the shops will ship fragile and oversized artwork, or anything else to you home via UPS for a very reasonable charge. Don't get trapped in the souvineer shops... Sometimes it is hard to to tell the difference. Make sure you ask where the art was produced and by whom. You'll quickly be able to assertain whether it is junk or art.

Also, if you like animals, I would suggest the Out of Africa Wildlife Park. We had a great day there and it seems that it is run by a family rather than by a corporation. I visited with a friend in a wheelchair, and although the terrain was a bit rustic and difficult for the chair, we were given a personal concierge who we could call at any time to come pick us up in the WC friendly tram. Great service, wonderful free-form shows with 'Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh my!' We loved it and spent the better part of an entire day there. It's a little south and I think slightly west of Sedona, maybe 20 minutes or so.

I've left out a bunch of other stuff that has already been covered. Hope that helps and that you have a wonderfull time!

jb
 

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KELSO: One thing I didn't see any one mention was the Colorado River Raft Tour. We were in Sedona (we're your age) and did this tour. To me it was the highlight of our trip. The canyon walls above you are amazing. It is a comfortable ride down the river with a stop off for lunch. This is something that is not only relaxing but it gives you some idea of the greatness of the area. This is definitely a MUST DO!!! We took the tour from the Arroyo Roble Resort and it was fabulous.

We also did the trolly tour that is right in town. It is a small thing to do but it gives you a good overview of the immediate area. This was one of the things we did on the first day. And of course, we took the tour to the Grand Canyon with a few stops along the way. We also saw the IMAX which was awesome! Have a good time and what ever you do "stop and smell the roses", even though there are none actually there.
 

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We're 58 yrs young and will be there the end of Sept. I have been doing the research and wanted to get some reactions. We have down MUST DO's as Broken Arrow Pink Jeep Tour, Colorado River Float Tour, Indian Cave Dwellings south of Sedona & north of Flagstaff, hiking in Walnut Canyon and Slide Rock State Park, the Grand Canyon of course, Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Meteor Crater, Chapel in the Rock. I have also considered Jerome (old mining town), helicopter over the Grand Canyon, IMAX.

What are your top 5 to do and is there anything I left off my list to research further? Thanks Tuggers. :hi:

Take train ride on to Verde Valley Railroad nice day trip
Go To Montezuma Caste/Cliffdwellings
Tuzigoot National Monument: The vaguely castlelike walls of these ruins stand atop a small ridge near the Verde River, reminding passersby of the ancient civilization that raised crops, hunted game and built extensive masonry pueblos here so long ago. They left the area in 1425; no one knows why. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily from Labor Day through Memorial Day; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 25 W. Tuzigoot Road, Clarkdale. $5, free for age 15 and younger.
 

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You may think it is a long drive, and it is, but run up into Utah to Bryce Canyon. You may also wish to stop by Zion NP on your way back.

Robert
 

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One more quick question

Thanks for all the feedback. I need to remove one or two ideas from my list. What can I skip?
 

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Is there anything I left off my list to research further? Thanks Tuggers. :hi:

Wow!! That's quite a list ............. The only thing I might add would be to one evening drive out to Airport Road, (just outside town ~ the road up to Sedona Airport), there's a spot about 3/4 of the way up, where you can park and enjoy the most incredible views, and a gorgeous sunset ~ you might even meet a few locals up there ~ we did! There's a Restaurant up the top ~ nice but pricey, and in my opinion, there are better places. Have a wonderful trip, and take the time to relax and enjoy your beautiful surroundings!! :wave:

Sue
 

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Thanks for all the feedback. I need to remove one or two ideas from my list. What can I skip?

That depends on what is most important to you and your companions. As for me, I don't consider a helicopter tour to be important and I'd skip that. I've rafted the Colorado and don't feel the need to do it again but it was fun and if you haven't ever done it, go for it. Some of the things you've mentioned can probably all be done in the same day leaving other days relatively free to relax and just play it by ear. Too structured a vacation can be exhausting and not at all fun, imo.
 

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hiking and enjoying the scenery

I remember staying in Sedona and hiking on some trails. Bell Rock was fun. Be careful, though, since I recall seeing that a tourist fell from that very same trail within a week of us hiking there.

We also hiked along the Grand Canyon near the rim. It's a scary hike in the winter since snow makes the path icy and slippery. I'd think during the summer, it would be beautiful.
 

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Have you ever been to Hoover dam? It's in the area and there is a lot to see on the way. We were there in July/Aug. and did the "everything" tour. If your going to southern Arizona there is Kratchner Cave to see. Very warm and moist!
 
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