What to Do With Only Three Days in Sedona - FIDO Style
February 17, 2015 • Travel
As one of the most beautiful locations in the American Southwest, Sedona offers an array of ways to spend a trip of practically any length. With beautiful hiking, scenic vistas, exciting day trips, and top-flight food and shopping, it can be hard to decide how to spend the time. And bring your “best friend,” Sedona is one of the pet friendliest places in the country as well; with a local hotel making Conde Nasts’ list for Best Pet Friendly Hotel in the USA. What are the best ways to see what Sedona and the surrounding areas have to offer in only three days?
Here are six places that could top the list of any vacation.
- One of the perennial favorites of all the Sedona locations is Oak Creek Canyon. With miles of beautiful pet friendly hiking trails and biking paths, it’s entirely possible to spend a full day exploring the canyons, vistas, and the nature of area. However, if a long day out doors doesn’t appeal, then enjoy the fourteen-mile scenic drive along route 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff. The picturesque forests and astonishing rock formations are all visible from the comfort of a car along one of American’s top five most scenic drives!
- For internationally renowned shopping and dining, spend the evening at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in the center of Sedona. Tlaquepaque offers a tremendous variety of shops, galleries, and artisans. This is the perfect place to spend an afternoon beneath the shade of sycamore trees and enjoy local art and music before dining at one of the nearby restaurants that range in specialties from authentic Mexican to fine French cuisine. The shops are pet friendly, some offering water bowls and treats.
- Another wonderful day trip is to spend the morning and afternoon in Jerome and then grab dinner in old town Cottonwood. Jerome, known as the largest ghost town in America, it used to be the hub of copper mining in Arizona and one of the wickedest towns in the west. Today it has a number of local artists, museums and attractions that make it entirely modern. On the way back to Sedona, stop in at old town Cottonwood for a delicious dinner at one of the many restaurants on Main Street.
- The Honanki Indian Ruins is another place to spend an afternoon that combines beautiful scenery, pleasant hiking, and local history. The lesser known of the two ruins sites in the Sedona area (the sister site is Palatki); Honanki was the home of the Sinagua – the ancestors of the Hopi – from 1100 to 1300 CE. Today, it is a national heritage site, and visitors can see the dwellings as well as beautifully preserved rock paintings and pictographs during tours.
- From Sedona, one of the natural wonders of the world is only a short drive away – Grand Canyon National Park! From Sedona, the Grand Canyon is only a short two-hour drive away, allowing visitors to avoid tourist congestion and crowded on-site lodgings. With a variety of tours available, visitors can arrange their trips with minimal hassle and enjoy one of the most incredible sites the planet has to offer. Many trails are pet friendly, bring water so Fido doesn’t get too thirsty.
- If spending a morning or afternoon outdoors is on the to-do list, then hiking Margs Draw is a must for any Sedona visit. With an easy to moderate difficulty level, this trailhead is perfect for families, pets or anyone looking for a more leisurely trail that allows hikers to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of stunning red rock views that Sedona is famous for across the world. Averaging three miles total, this trail is the perfect one to take for a day of walking and enjoying the natural splendor of the American Southwest.
To enjoy all of these sites during a three-day venture, vacationers will need a place to stay in Sedona, and it’s almost impossible to find lodgings better than those at El Portal Sedona Hotel. Come and enjoy the natural beauty of Sedona, and make El Portal a second home during any stay. This pet friendly hotel offers personalized concierge services for guests and is staffed by people who know the area and are valuable resources for planning days full of activity. They have a list of wonderful local day cares that visitors can make use of on their trip. There are pet watchers who will come to the hotel and off site centers that can make sure any pet is well looked after while their owner is off enjoying a day on the trails! The central location of the boutique hotel makes it the perfect place to get some R & R between adventures.
El Portal Sedona Hotel is a boutique hotel with 12 amenity-filled suites. Unpretentious luxury resonates from this meticulously and accurately created “hacienda.” With a romantic courtyard and beautiful great room, guests can enjoy the serene, ageless spirit of Sedona.
It is a pet-friendly hotel; a AAA Four Diamond Hotel, voted one of America's Best Pet-Friendly Hotels by Coñde Nast Travelers Readers (2015), and Best Pet Friendly Hotel in the USA by USA Today and 10Best.com (2013). El Portal offers guests personalized concierge services for the Sedona area to enjoy, explore and discover Sedona.
El Portal Sedona Hotel
95 Portal Lane, Sedona, AZ 86336