Top 8 Must Do Things in Sedona, Arizona
A Spiritual Guide to Sedona
I LOVE Sedona. There’s nothing more magical than waking up at sunrise, driving through the National Park, take a yoga class, drinking ice hold healthy elixers and hiking to catch the beautiful sunset. Whether you are coming from near or far, looking to relax or explore, Sedona has something for everyone.
I first visited Sedona 4 years ago and have been back every year since! There is a secret magic to the air there and the beautiful red rocks remind you to be grateful for the beauty that is all around you and a reminder to be grateful for the beauty around you when you go back home, too. With that being said, I’m an avid yoga girl who loves adventures, shopping, relaxing and meeting new people.
If that sounds like you, I think you will resonate with my Top 8 things to do in Sedona, Arizona!
#8 Drive through the Red Rock Scenic ByWay.
A very common way to get to Sedona is to travel to Phoenix, get a rental car and drive up to Sedona. There are a few ways you can do but I DEFINITELY recommend taking the route that takes you through Village of Oak Creek to Sedona. This road is call the Red Rock Scenic By Way on route AZ-179 and it’s absolutely breath taking. You might want to adjust your plans to make sure you make this drive when the sun is up, because trust me, you won’t want to miss it! Driving through you can see several of the famous red rocks like Bell Rock, Courthouse and stop at the Yavapai Vista Point.
#7 Hike Bell Rock
If you are already planning on driving up through the Red Rock Scenic ByWay you might as well stop at Bell Rock and hike it! It’s a quick 1 hour hike and you will get spectacular aerial views of the entire surrounding area. It’s a great hike because you can climb up as high as you want and turn back at any time without a problem. Bell Rock is Sedona’s most well know energy vortex and is perfect for meditating on once you get to the top. It is an upflow area (also referred to as Electric or Masculine) that is best for serenity and solving problems from a higher (spiritual) perspective.
Pro Tip: Bring more water than you think, sunblock, sunglasses and a hat. The dry heat can get to you if you are not prepared.
#6 Eat at Chocola Tree Organic Eatery
After the hike you are probably starting to get a little hungry and rightfully so! Stop by the Chocola Tree anytime for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner and enjoy 100% organic vibrant foods, gluten-free and entirely home-made. If eating healthy and beautiful food is part of your travel plan, definitely put Chocola Tree on your list of must dine at restaurants, especially for lunch. My favorite is the Ginger Lemonade with the Green Goddess Salad finished with their raw handmade chocolates from the Chocolate Shop.
From growing to harvesting, sourcing, preparing, and delivering nutritious delicious food, they aspire to be present to life’s bounty, and invite you, too, to play in the world of plenty. Their specially selected ingredients are often locally grown including from their on-site garden which hosts many of our herbs.
Location: 1595 AZ-89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
#5 Shop at the Sedona Whole Foods
If you getting in late or just looking for a quick snack, you MUST check out the Whole Foods in Sedona! It’s next level! Their kombucha section is like 15 feet long and the ease and convenience of their healthy buffet bar by the pound is clutch especially when it gets late and you’re too tired to go out for a nice dinner. Whole Foods is known for their healthy inspired food, but imagine a Whole Foods for healthy food IN A TOWN of healthy people? It’s like Whole Foods on steroids!
It’s simply amazing and super convenience and definitely one of my guilty pleasures. You can even eat it right there at their dining tables in the Whole Foods. If you are buying groceries, don’t forget to bring your re-usable bag! Save the turtles!
Open from 8am-9pm
Location: 1420 W State Rte 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336
#4 Sip Delicious Coffee at Creekside Coffee
Ok, so by now you’ve made it into Sedona. You had your first day exploring and you’re like I’M READY. But you’re tired, you did so much yesterday and you just thought you were going to be driving in! I highly recommend starting your morning right with a nice cup of coffee or tea at Creekside Coffee. The drinks are amazing, strong coffee if you need it, but my favorite part is the breathtaking view of the Red Rock canyon when you turn around after ordering your drink. You can sit outside on the patio, sipping mindfully as you soak in the beauty all around you with each breath of air. I’m not going to lie I came here almost every morning and it was so peaceful to be able to find a space of peace in the morning, which can sometimes be quite hectic.
Location: 251 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ 86336
#3 Be a Tourist at the Downtown Shopping Area
After you get your coffee you are walking distract to the heart of the Downtown Shopping area. I did say I liked shopping! Earth Bound is a fun boho shop with items from all around the world. There are also crystal shops, healers, and more in the area! Walk the streets and stop in some shops. It’s not the biggest downtown so I recommend walking instead of driving. If you are driving, you will be in and out of there in less than 5 minutes! However, if you are looking for yoga apparel in Sedona, see my #2 Recommendation for Sedona below!
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#2 Get Your Yoga Apparel Fix at Yoga Blessings
The absolute best place to get everything yoga in Sedona. They have taken ‘Yoga Boutique’ to the next level by opening up an entire shop next to Hot Yoga for everything from yoga pants to yoga bras, shirts, tops, straps, mat, you name it! It’s such a genius idea and easy way to shop all your favorite brands (including PI YOGA PANTS).
While you are there, make sure to take a class at Sedona Hot Yoga Next Door and fill up your water canteen with alkaline water at Sedona Water Works.
Yoga Blessings: 162 Coffee Pot Dr ste b, Sedona, AZ 86336
Sedona Hot Yoga: 162A Coffee Pot Dr, Sedona, AZ 86336
Sedona Water Works: 162 Coffee Pot Dr b2, Sedona, AZ 86336
#1 Attend the Sedona Yoga Festival
Every year I intentionally make a trip out to Sedona because of the Sedona Yoga Festival! I’m so grateful for the festival because it gives me an easy excuse and decided time to come to Sedona every year! The Sedona Yoga Festival brings out the best of Sedona.
The schedule is amazing. 4 Full days of world renowned speakers from around the world. Some of the previous workshop and teaching including TAO the 100 year old inspiring yoga teacher, Paulie Zink the founder of Yin Yoga, Gina Caputo the Fouder of Colorado School of Yoga, Girish from Girishmusic.com, Guillermo Gomez from Martial Fusion Founder, Hemalayaa Behl a tantric & ecstatic dance teacher and many other spiritual healers and leaders in the conscious community. See the full presenter list here.
See also my blog 'Top 5 Reasons Why I love the Sedona Yoga Festival!'
Join me this year as I road trip out from San Diego to the Sedona Yoga Festival March 12-15. I hope to see you there!
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