The hills around Sedona, Arizona, are a magnet for new-age enthusiasts and psychic healers because of their purported vortexes, or psychic-energy sites. But these spiritual seekers don't have this beautiful place to themselves: For nonbelievers as well, Sedona is a welcome oasis sitting beneath massive red-rock cliffs at the mouth of beautiful Oak Creek Canyon. What was once a small farming community is now a major travel destination because of its rock formations and primeval landscapes.
Sedona's main thoroughfare is an official All American Road, which means the highway cuts through an area with significant archaeological and natural treasures that do not exist elsewhere in the U.S. Among the area's most outstanding features are the majestic red-rock mountains that tower over the town. Sedona is tucked into Coconino National Forest and sits at an elevation of 4,300 ft/1,333 m, almost midway between Phoenix and the Grand Canyon.
Sedona's Red Rock Country draws people like few other places on earth. Nature lovers, hikers and mountain bikers find adventure on hundreds of miles/kilometers of marked trails through isolated wilderness. Artists, writers and filmmakers soak up inspiration from Sedona's brilliant light and clean, high-desert air. Vacationers relax completely into the slow-flow lifestyle of friendly locals and return year after year to enjoy the world-class restaurants, championship golf courses, one-of-a-kind shops and luxurious spa resorts.
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