Posted by: Lori Reinhold
Do you want to soak in Sedona’s beautiful scenery without having to take a long hike in the stifling desert heat? Lucky for you, there are many breathtaking viewpoints in and around Sedona that you can reach with little to no extra strain. You can arrive at the following viewpoints via car or short, easy hike. That way all you have to do is relax and marvel at the stunning scenery that surrounds you.
Any drive through Sedona offers spectacular views, but the Red Rock Scenic Byway is perhaps one of the best drives in the entire state. The Red Rock Scenic Byway is Arizona’s first All-American Road, stretching 7.5 miles long through the lovely Coconino National Forest. Is the perfect way to see some of Arizona’s most unique and captivating sites from the cool comfort of your own car. This way you can cruise by some of state’s most unique and captivating landscapes. There are many scenic pull-outs as well as fun pit-stops along the way, including the village of Oak Creek, golf courses, vortexes, ancient petroglyphs, and hiking and biking trails. Take the Red Rock Scenic Byway all the way to the Chapel of the Holy Cross for a perfect end to a breathtaking drive.
The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a marvel as much for its architecture as for its wonderful views. The church is nestled between two giant red rock formations, making it one of the most unique churches you may ever visit. You can see the Chapel’s distinctive 90 foot cross from the scenic byway. The chapel is not open for services but you can come to pray, meditate, and enjoy the amazing views. Even if you aren’t a spiritual person, the vistas are certain to inspire. Step inside and you can enjoy the landscape through the church’s intricate stained glass windows.
With its spectacular panoramic views, Airport Mesa is a popular photo spot for locals and tourists alike. From this viewpoint, you will see Coffee Pot Rock, Chimney Rock, Bell Rock, Courthouse Rock, and Cathedral Rock. In addition to being a coveted spot for photographers and sight-seekers, Airport Messa is also consider one of Sedona’s most sacred vortex sites. Come at sunset for an especially striking show. If you are up for more of a challenge, try the 3.5 round trip Airport Mesa hikes that rewards you with an unbeatable 360 degree view of Sedona at the end.
Devil’s Bridge is the largest sandstone arch in the Sedona area. It is a unique geological marveling that offers some truly outstanding panorama of the surrounding red rock landscape. Especially adventurous visitors can walk across the stone arch for even better views. Getting to Devil’s Bridge involves a short hike, about 1.8 miles round trip through a pleasant landscape dotted with cacti and juniper. The trailhead is only accessible by four-wheel drive, so if you don’t think your car can handle it, we recommend skipping this one.
Many restaurants in Sedona offer the unbeatable combination of delicious meals and breathtaking views of the surrounding red rock cliffs. After enjoying breakfast at the Alma de Sedona Inn, you’ll want to start thinking about lunch with a view. Head to Wildflower Bread Company for delicious pastas (we love their Mac & Cheese), tasty sandwiches, salads, baked goods, and more. For other great lunch or dinner options, you can enjoy wholesome American fair from one of the two excellent patios at Creekside American Bistro or head to The Hudson for sophisticated comfort food served in a stylish, urban-chic setting. For more recommendations on dining in Sedona, click here.
Planning a trip to Sedona? Book a stay at the lovely Alma de Sedona Inn for warm service and unbeatable red rock views.