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Girls Weekend

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Any suggestions for an itinerary and place to stay for a Girls Weekend in April? We are looking for Light hiking and good scenery, site seeing, spa, a nice restaurants to celebrate a birthday, and unique local activities. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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What is your budget?

Will you have a car?

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You will have to be selective since you only have a weekend. I would choose staying either in the Village of Oak Creek near Bell Rock (Bell Rock Hilton & Spa) or near West Sedona (Enchantment if you have the budget) and not Uptown. But there are a lot of other choices in both areas...check the TA listings first. Look at this, it may help you sort out where you want to be going. You will need a car though.

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There are 5 basic areas in/near Sedona to visit and you can group things together accordingly to avoid a lot of backtracking. How you do it depends on where you end up staying.

1...To the south: The Red Rock Byway the #179 from the Village of Oak Creek to Sedona Uptown. You will come first to the Ranger Station Visitor's Center just before you reach the Village of Oak Creek. Stop to pick up your Sedona Parking pass and free trail maps. Along there are the Bell Rock area, with its easy pathway and many connecting trails, the architecural wonder of Chapel of the Holy Cross and the Tlaquepaque adobe-style gallery and dining village under the big trees. In reverse if you are driving south.

2...Oak Creek Canyon: The canyon drive from Uptown, past Midgley Bridge, its box canyon trail, all the way to West Fork for its famous canon/creek Hiking...expect to get wet feet. Also along there is Slide Rock State Park and Garland's for really nice Native art and jewelry. That is also the route ygou take when you are going to or coming from Grand Canyon. In reverse if you are driving south.

3. The area west of West Sedona:

A....That includes Airport Mesa Drive with its Big Red Knoll, loop trail and overlooks. Best done in the morning and NOT at sunset. Too crowded with selfie taking visitors and limited parking...views also have buildings and homes in the way of the red rocks.

B...The Dry Creek Scenic byway, a right hand turn off of the 89A out along the red rock cliffs to the famous Enchantment Resort. You know how scenic it must be for that resort to be out there. Out there too are the Devil's Bridge, Fay, Boynton and Long Canyon hikes plus others. Drinks or a meal at Enchantment would be a treat for views alone...no need to be guests.

C...The Red Rock Loop drive is further out the 89A past the Dry Creek area. Its a left hand turn...enter the loop drive at Lower RR Loop drive...its further west....make the circle for views and photos.

D...It is also out there where you will find the renowned Red Rock Crossing/Crescent Moon Park along the Upper RR Loop drive. That is great for the creek-walk, Buddha Beach (rock cairns) and the **classic sunset or daylight views of Cathedral Rock with the creek in the foreground. It also has a nice picnic area and nice restrooms. Expect that to cost $10 as it is not included in the parking pass program. Great place to wade in the creek if its warm enough. The classic view is across the meadow, down by the creek behind the first restroom just after you pass through the entrance gate.

4...Uptown...for some more touristy, yet fun shops, the Cowboy Club and other restaurants and the Pink Jeep Broken Arrow off-road or Red Trolley tours. Look for Snoopy Rock from there.

5...For a day trip west of West Sedona, you can include some or all of the following. Toozigoot National Monument, Cottonwood for antiquing, wine tasting and the quaint town of Jerome, now an arts and restored mining town up on a hillside. *Its easy to combine Toozigoot, Cottonwood and Jerome with sunset later at Red Rock Crossing.

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To get you started, I would go to the following website and have them send you the free Visitor's Guide magazine...its a great help for people who are unfamiliar with the area.

Sedona Arizona Free Visitors Guide visitsedona.com/visitors-guide

americansouthwest.net/arizona/sedona/map.html A nice map of the Sedona trails.

http://www.greatsedonahikes.com

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Our favorite restaurants for a special occasion: Mariposa, Hudson, Elote, Cucina Rustica, Cress on Oak Creek.

Others: Cowboy Club Uptown, Pisa Lisa, Miley's Cafe. Coffee Pot or Indian Gardens for breakfast. Sedona Memories Bakery/Cafe for sandwiches that you can split. Coldstone Creamery for ice cream.

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Hello and welcome to the travel forums! We enjoyed a very nice two night stay at Amara this past May. They have a very pretty infinity pool there which offers food and beverage service poolside. For nice restaurants, we enjoyed meals at Mariposa Latin Grill, Cress @ Oak Creek, Tii Gavo @ Enchantment Resort and The Cowboy Club. You will love Sedona! :)

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