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Is Sedona the right place for us to visit?

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My husband and I are looking into visiting Sedona for a week in Early June. We are in our late fifties and my husband has issues with his back. Typically he can walk a mile on a flat path before it bothers him. Will Sedona be too limiting for us?

Thanks!

Edited: May 11, 2021, 3:48 am
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It is not mandatory to hike in order to enjoy Sedona. Views will be all around you.

Have you visited the Grand Canyon? You might enjoy splitting your time between the two locations and staying at a hotel inside the park booking through Xanterra.

https://www.grandcanyonlodges.com/lodging/

https://www.grandcanyonlodges.com/lodging/reservation-policies/

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Thanks so much for responding!

We have not been to the Grand Canyon. If we have Sunday (late - after we arrive from East Coast) till Friday (midday) should be see both?

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If you are arriving late on Sunday, stay north of Phoenix and continue your trip in the morning. My recommendation would be to then go to the grand canyon south rim for one night staying in the park and spend the rest of the nights in Sedona, assuming you can drive straight to the airport from there and make you flight home.

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Yes, spend the first night on the outskirts of Phoenix at a hotel located at either the Anthem exit or Happy Valley Rd off I-17. Be sure to have reservations secure at GC and at Sedona before trip. The next morning head north for the Grand Canyon for one or two nights. Spend the balance of your time in Sedona.

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Thank you so much!

Do you have any specific recommendations of what to do in Sedona?

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Yes but at an appointment. Will come back on later with recommendations

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Don’t worry. Sedona will easily fill your time. Hiking is not mandatory. Sitting and taking in the environment is a most popular activity.

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Read the pertinent "Top Questions" on the right side of this webpage (on full website, not mobile). Also click on "Things to do" at the top. You'll get alot of info from reading. In addition, click on "Hotels" at the top. Sedona has a variety from basic to high end.

If you can't get reservations inside GCNP, book in Tusayan, the town just outside the entrance. Then keep checking for cancellations inside the Park.

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First thing I' like to address is your husband's back. Does he qualify for a handicapped placard or is this a temporary condition? I ask because the placard could make parking easier for you and a disability gives you better access at the Grand Canyon. https://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/accessibility.htm

At the Grand Canyon there are benches along the rim wall behind El Tovar hotel where you cold sit and enjoy views of the Grand Canyon. You could walk down the paved walkway to Kolb Studio and enjoy the historic photos and exhibit. The studio is right by where the Bright Angel Trail goes down into the canyon. If you choose to walk a few steps down ok, but know it is more difficult to walk back. up than it is to go down.

You can't really see much from the car or shuttle. It is better to get out and walk to the overlook when possible.

The Geology Museum might also interest you showing how the Grand Canyon was formed and it has a large window presenting a beautiful view.

Regardless of which lodge you choose to sleep at, I want you to go inside the lobby of the El Tovar historic hotel. Read about the history of the hotel

https://www.grandcanyonlodges.com/lodging/el-tovar-hotel/

You do not need a reservation to have breakfast at the El Tovar but you do for lunch or dinner

https://www.grandcanyonlodges.com/dine/el-tovar-dining-room-and-lounge/

In Sedona you might consider the Best Western hotel in uptown Sedona which is quiet and has many amenities but most of all you can sit out on your patio and stare at the red rocks as the sun sets or rises. Another hotel nearby with similar views and might be a little cheaper is the Matterhorn hotel. Both of these hotels puts you steps from the sidewalks of sedona which lead you to tourist type shops and a few restaurants.

During the day you could walk to Canyon Breeze and have a snack or inexpensive meal. Most of all go there for the view (across down on this link to see the view).

https://www.canyon-breeze.com

You might consider taking a trolley tour that goes to many of the popular tourist attractions. It departs from uptown Sedona.

https://www.sedonatrolley.com

You might enjoy going over to browse/shop Tlaquapaque Arts and Shopping Village

https://www.tlaq.com.

Ir's a short drive from uptown Sedona. Rene's is a very nice restaurant there to enjoy a meal.

Since husband has a bad back I don't recommend a Jeep tour.

There are a few ideas to get you started. Enjoy the views!

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