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Gorgeous red rock buttes and canyons

Sedona is a picturesque city located in North Central Arizona.

The city is one of the most beautiful in the United States as it is surrounded by red rock buttes, fascinating canyons and pine forests. It is the perfect destination if you’re looking for epic adventures, delicious food and wine, amazing shopping and more!

Sedona makes for a great stop on a cross country or Southwest road trip and it also is the perfect weekend getaway!

A woman jumping for joy during a weekend in Sedona

For my 29th birthday this past June 2020, I did a mini road trip with my mom and youngest brother that started and ended in Las Vegas, Nevada.

My road trip was a loop where I began at the Grand Canyon West Rim and then made my way to Sedona and Page, Arizona and then up into Southern Utah.

I got to visit all of the amazing natural wonders and National Parks that the Southwest has to offer and it was such a dream seeing all of the places that have been on my bucket list for so long.

A cool red rock butte in Sedona

Spending a weekend in Sedona, Arizona is the best way to unwind, relax and explore!

The best part about Sedona is that there is something for everyone. In this blog post, discover all of the top things to do in Sedona!

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A perfect weekend in Sedona, Arizona

Traveling to Sedona for a Weekend:

A woman enjoying a summer hike in Sedona

Since we were on a mini road trip, we traveled to Sedona from Grand Canyon West, which is located in Peach Springs, Arizona. It was a 4-hour drive from Grand Canyon West to Sedona.

If you are looking to make a stop along the way, I recommend checking out Flagstaff.

Red Rock Country in Sedona, Arizona

In addition, unless you are doing a cross country road trip with your own vehicle, it is best to rent a car like we did if you’re doing a mini road adventure. (Like I said above, we started and ended our mini road trip in Las Vegas, so we rented our car at McCarran International Airport.)

If you are looking to fly to Sedona, the nearest international airport is Phoenix Sky Harbor, which is located in the capital two hours south from the city.

Sedona does have its own airport, but it is small and no commercial airlines fly in and out of there.

Other small airports near Sedona are Prescott Ernest A. Love Field, which is a 1.5-hour drive and Flagstaff Pullium Airport, which is a 40-minute drive. You could find affordable flights through Skyscanner!

(Click here if you are planning to road trip around the United States and want to rent an RV.)

Where to Stay in Sedona:

Beautiful mountain views in Sedona

During our road trip weekend, we spent two nights in Sedona at the Courtyard by Marriott Sedona. When it comes to chain hotels, I LOVE staying at Marriott’s! They are clean, beautiful and offer great amenities.

Sedona also offers other great hotels to suit all budgets along with Airbnbs and Vrbos. This specific Marriott that we stayed in Sedona had a nice pool area and fire pits.

Below are the best accommodations to stay at based on the type of experience you are looking for:

Luxury: Enchantment Resort, L’Auberge de Sedona, Amara Resort and Spa

Boutique: Sky Rock Inn of Sedona, Casa Sedona Inn, El Portal Sedona Hotel

Chain: Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, Hyatt Residence Club Sedona, Hampton Inn Sedona

Bed & Breakfast: A Sunset Chateau, Alma de Sedona Inn, Adobe Hacienda Bed & Breakfast Inn

Cabins: TinyCamp, Verde Ranch RV Resort, Red Agave Resort

Where to Eat in Sedona:

Key lime pie for dessert during a weekend in Sedona

Chef Lisa Dahl is one of America’s leading female chefs and restaurateurs who has pioneered the culinary scene in Sedona. She is one of the biggest inspirations and her restaurants should be on the top of your foodie bucket list when you visit Sedona.

(Sedona definitely had the best food scene out of all the cities and towns we visited on our road trip.)

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Lisa Dahl was originally in the fashion industry.

Unfortunately, she had devastatingly lost her son Justin, who she was very close to, and sought healing by moving to Sedona and opening up a few restaurants. Lisa always had a passion for cooking and it was one of the most memorable hobbies she enjoyed with Justin. All of her restaurants in Sedona honor Justin’s life.

She also has an amazing cookbook and sells specialty items nationwide. The restaurants that are part of Dahl Restaurant Group are Cucina Rustica, which is a rustic Tuscan grill; Marisposa, which is a Latin inspired grill; Dahl & DiLuca Ristorante Italiano, which is an Italian restaurant; Pisa Lisa, which is a pizzeria and Butterfly Burger, which is a couture burger lounge.

During our time in Sedona, we ate at Dahl & DiLuca along with Pisa Lisa and they both were amazing! In addition, we also ate at a few other restaurants and cafés in Sedona. Read about our experiences below:

A seafood pasta dish from an Italian restaurant in Sedona

Dahl & DiLuca Ristorante Italiano: After a long and adventurous day of driving and exploring Grand Canyon West, we got into Sedona late at night.

We were starving and were lucky to be able to make reservations just in time at Dahl & DiLuca! Seriously, this place was one of the best Italian restaurants we’ve ever eaten at! The food was absolutely delicious and everything was freshly made from scratch.

During our time at Dahl & DiLuca, I had a special, which was homemade linguine in a lobster bisque sauce with chopped up lobster meat, little neck clams, mussels, shrimp, mushrooms, chopped up tomatoes and fresh herbs. It was to die for!

Pizza with prosciutto from Pisa Lisa in Sedona

Pisa Lisa Pizzeria Autentico: During our second evening in Sedona, we ate at Pisa Lisa where we savored authentic wood-fired pizza!

Just like at Dahl & DiLuca, Pisa Lisa also offered mouthwatering food. I savored a delicious Margherita pie with prosciutto on top and it was delicious!

I ate my pizza with a nice red sangria and then enjoyed homemade chocolate and pistachio gelato for dessert. Everything was incredible!

Fish tacos from 89Agave in Sedona

89Agave Cantina: Since Arizona borders Mexico, you bet that there are a plethora of amazing Mexican restaurants in both Sedona and around the state.

For lunch, before hiking Devil’s Bridge, we enjoyed tacos at 89Agave. I savored delicious fish tacos with a margarita and fresh pineapple juice and it was amazing! The fish tacos included mahi mahi along with tomatillo salsa, cilantro lime, pickled onions and red chili flakes.

A sign at Wildflower Bread Company in Arizona

Wildflower Bread Company: For breakfast on our last morning, we went to Wildflower Bread Company for coffee and baked goods. (It is a great grab and go spot if you need something quick.)

Wildflower Bread Company has a few locations in Arizona and it honestly reminded me of Panera Bread. I savored a coffee and pumpkin chocolate chip muffin, which was really good. They also have salads, soups, sandwiches, paninis and more.

What to do During a Weekend in Sedona:

A woman enjoying the views on Devil's Bridge in Sedona

Go on a Hike:

Bracelets with a view

Sedona is surrounded by amazing red rock mountains and canyons and it is definitely a MUST to do a hike when you’re there!

I will admit that since we visited Arizona during the summer, it was VERY HOT when we hiked in Sedona. With that being said, it is so important to bring at least two gallons of water (per person) with you if you decide to go on a hike there.

I also recommend a high SPF sunscreen since the sun is strong in Arizona and also wear light clothing (please see my clothing suggestions at the end of this article).

Below are the top hiking spots you could enjoy during a weekend in Sedona:

Devil’s Bridge:

A woman on Devil's Bridge in Sedona, Arizona

The hike we chose to do in Sedona’s Red Rock Country was the infamous Devil’s Bridge!

With so much natural beauty, the Devil’s Bridge trail is a 4-mile round trip hike to Sedona’s largest sandstone arch.

A woman enjoying epic views on hike during a weekend in Sedona

Overall, this hike is relatively easy, but since we went on a hot day at the end of June, it was more strenuous for us.

(If you are looking for the best time to visit Sedona weather-wise, it is best that you travel there during the shoulder seasons, which is spring and autumn because it will be perfect for hiking!) There was barely any shade on this trail and a lot of it consisted of sand and rock scramble.

I am an avid hiker, but this trail could be fairly difficult for those who don’t hike as often or suffer from health issues, especially in the heat. I did see a lot of families on the trail with little ones, so it is a nice hike for those with active children.

A woman on a hike to Devil's Bridge in Sedona

During the hike to Devil’s Bridge, you will ascent 400 feet in elevation.

When you finally reach the “bridge”, you could walk on it. It may seem like the bridge is narrow and dangerous, but it really isn’t. It is a very wide bridge, so you will feel secure. Please watch when or if you get close to the edge though!

Devil’s Bridge is a big Instagram spot, so you will need to wait on a small line to get your photo taken. Overall, hiking Devil’s Bridge in Sedona was totally worth it and the views were incredible.

Cathedral Rock:

Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona

Another popular hike to do in Sedona is Cathedral Rock. The hike itself is fairly short and easy (a little over a mile round trip), but you will gain over 500 feet in elevation along the trail.

Cathedral Rock is known to have the best views in Sedona!

Just like with Devil’s Bridge, Cathedral Rock also has close to no shade.

Along the hike, you could see Sedona’s Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte and Mogollon Rim. There are amazing overlooks and views on this trail, so you will definitely enjoy it.

Palatki Ruins Trail:

Palatki Ruins Trail in Sedona, Arizona

One of the most unique hikes to do in Sedona is the Palatki Ruins Trail, which is easy, but will take you through the ruins around the Palatki Heritage Center.

Please note that you will need to call and make a reservation ahead of time. It is a 1.8-mile loop trail.

Loy Canyon Trail:

Stunning red rock formations on a hike

The Loy Canyon Trail is a 10.37-mile (round trip) moderate hike that leads hikers into unique canyons and around natural pools to the top of Loy Butte.

When you complete the hike, you will be in for a real treat with some of the most spot-on views in Sedona.

Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte Loop:

Beautiful red rocks in Sedona, Arizona

The perfect trail for advanced hikers is the Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte hiking trails.

It is a 4.5-mile trail that starts easy and ends with a super steep trek up. Just like the other hikes in Sedona, it is important to stack up on water and stay hydrated when you do the Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte Loop.

Visit a Winery:

A woman enjoying wine during a weekend in Sedona

The state of Arizona has wonderful wine regions and Sedona is actually located right outside of the Verde Valley Wine Trail, which has 24 wineries. There are also a few urban wineries in downtown Sedona that you could visit.

What is great about Sedona’s Verde Valley is that the area was originally sedimentary and volcanic rock, so the soil in this region provides the best growing conditions for great tasting wine.

Whether you want to visit a winery on your own or participate in a fun wine tour during your weekend in Sedona, there are so many great wineries, vineyards and cellars to go to and enjoy.

Below are the wineries and vineyards closest to Sedona:

Walk Around Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village:

Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village in Sedona

One of the best places to visit during a weekend in Sedona, Arizona is Tlaquepaque (pronounced as T la keh pah keh) Arts & Shopping Village.

Modeled after a traditional Mexican village, this wonderful arts and crafts village is absolutely beautiful and you are able to find everything from art paintings to jewelry and home décor to fashion wear.

In addition to shopping, you could also enjoy dinner at a nice restaurant, visit a gallery and couples could even have their wedding in Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village!

Enjoy Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park:

Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park in Sedona

Another cool place to visit in Sedona is Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park that is located at the base of Thunder Mountain. It is a stunning 14-acre park where you could walk around and admire Sedona’s famous red rock formations.

The Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park is perfect for anyone and everyone and it is considered a spiritual place for meditation and inner renewal in Sedona. The Amitabha Stupa is a 36-foot enlightenment stupa that gets its name from the Buddha of Limitless Light.

The other beautiful stupa you must see at this wonderful Peace Park is the White Tara Stupa. The White Tara is a female Buddha, who is the embodiment of long life and compassion.

Explore Downtown Sedona:

A sunny day in downtown Sedona

A weekend in Sedona would not be complete without walking through all of the shops downtown. You could find everything from fashion wear to healing crystals and chocolate shops to artisanal stores.

Like I mention above, there are also amazing cafés and restaurants in downtown Sedona along with thrift shops, music and bookstores as well as spas.


A woman having fun on a hike in Sedona

I hope you all enjoyed discovering how to have the best weekend in Sedona, Arizona. If you have any questions about my time in Sedona, please email me at [email protected]

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Perfect weekend in Sedona

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  1. Kim Deer on July 15, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    Another awesome informative guide to beautiful Sedona. Loved this wonderful city and all it had to offer. Enjoyed hiking to the devil’s bridge ~ so many great restaurants and shops also in this amazing city. Hope to get back there soon again! Great colored mountains/canyons ~ so pretty~ great blog/guide for Sedona ~ love you. Mom xoxo <3

    • Taylor Deer on July 15, 2020 at 11:30 pm

      Thank you mom! It really was a beautiful city. I would love to get back soon. 🙂 Love you too! xoxo

  2. Mikayla on July 15, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    Oh my goodness I can’t wait to get back out West! Its been far too long and you confirmed it with this itinerary. Can’t wait to try some of these things!

    • Taylor Deer on July 15, 2020 at 11:30 pm

      Ah yes, the west offers so much adventure. Every time I go out there, I always have so much fun! 🙂

  3. Melisa on July 17, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Oh my, your photos are beautiful! Sedona has been on my list for a while now and this makes me want to go even more!

    • Taylor Deer on July 18, 2020 at 5:39 am

      Thank you Melisa and it absolutely beautiful there. 🙂

  4. Daisy @ Simplicity Relished on July 18, 2020 at 10:04 am

    This is gorgeous! I’d love to visit Arizona one day — I’ve been to southern Utah and parts of Nevada and I just think the landscape is so unique! Beautiful photos too Taylor!

    • Taylor Deer on July 26, 2020 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you so much Daisy and yes, Arizona is just as incredible at Utah and Nevada. The landscapes are unreal. 🙂

  5. Cristina on July 19, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Your pictures are so beautiful 🙂 I definitely want to explore the US once this situation is over. There are so many national parks and great places to see.

    • Taylor Deer on July 26, 2020 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you Cristina! Yes, you totally have to come here and see all the cool National Parks. They are all so incredible! 🙂

  6. World of Lina on July 20, 2020 at 6:54 am

    Sedona looks really really awesome to explore! I love all the photos you took Taylor 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on July 26, 2020 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you so much Alina! You’d love Sedona! 🙂

  7. Elena Pappalardo on July 30, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    OMG, this Sedona guide has me drooling – for the views AND the food! I actually had no idea how many wineries were out here, that’s amazing!

    • Taylor Deer on July 30, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      Yes! Sedona was one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to. It was so breathtaking!

  8. Sharyn on August 7, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Sedona looks like an awesome place to visit. I am getting into hiking and seeing natural wonders – the Devil’s Bridge looks beautiful yet scary! Also great to top a day of hiking with good food.

    • Taylor Deer on August 7, 2020 at 11:25 pm

      It really is so beautiful Sharyn! I highly recommend visiting if you have the chance too. Also, that is great you’re getting into hiking. 🙂

  9. Megs on August 7, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    That food looks on point and I had no idea about all of the wineries near Sedona! What a great round-up itinerary!

    • Taylor Deer on August 7, 2020 at 11:26 pm

      Thank you Meg! It was a beautiful destination and the food was by the far the best in Sedona compared to the other destinations I visited during my Southwest road trip. 🙂

  10. Kelsey on August 7, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    These pictures are fantastic!! I love this post! Thanks so much for sharing. I have been here but this park but it’s always been on my list!

    • Taylor Deer on August 8, 2020 at 11:22 am

      Thank you so much Kelsey! Sedona really is a beautiful place. 🙂

  11. Emma on August 8, 2020 at 12:03 am

    I really want to visit Arizona, have done for a while now. It’s so different from the landscape we get where I am in Canada that it just fascinates me, and it looks like there are so many great outdoor adventures I could have. Although I’m not sure I could handle being there in the middle of the summer.

    • Taylor Deer on August 8, 2020 at 11:23 am

      Yes, you totally have to go to Arizona! It’s amazing! I was originally supposed to do this trip back at the end of March, but had to reschedule due to the virus.

  12. Maya on August 8, 2020 at 12:13 am

    Love this! Such a great post for anyone who is planning to visit the area. Love the fact you included restaurants (all of them look fabulous) and Wineries (always a must). Beautiful pictures BTW.

    • Taylor Deer on August 8, 2020 at 11:24 am

      Thank you so much Maya! The food in Sedona was definitely the best we had on that trip. 🙂

  13. Michelle on August 8, 2020 at 3:25 am

    OMGosh I instantly fell in love with your suggestion of the Sunset Chateau – the views from the balcony look sensational. I’ll definitely be staying there when I visit – love your food suggestions too thanks.

    • Taylor Deer on August 8, 2020 at 11:26 am

      Ah yes, the views all around Sedona are so incredible! Also the food in Sedona was the best I had on that trip. 🙂

  14. Katy on August 8, 2020 at 4:12 am

    What a beautiful place and that food looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing

    • Taylor Deer on August 8, 2020 at 11:27 am

      It was so incredible! You’re very welcome. 🙂

  15. Helena on August 8, 2020 at 8:48 am

    This is such a great weekend itinerary! I’ve always wanted to hike in Sedona and see Devil’s Bridge. All that food looks amazing too!! Thank you for sharing, Taylor

    • Taylor Deer on August 8, 2020 at 11:27 am

      Thank you Helena and the Devil’s Bridge hike was epic, even though it was so hot lol

  16. Sam on August 8, 2020 at 10:03 am

    This is such a great itinerary! I am dreaming to go! Hopefully sooner than later! Loved all ur photos and will be using ur guide when I get to go!

    • Taylor Deer on August 8, 2020 at 11:27 am

      Thank you so much Sam and yes, you would love it out there. 🙂

  17. Sarah on August 8, 2020 at 10:31 am

    What a gorgeous spot!!! I would love to come hiking here – these are some views we don’t get here in Ontario – and that food looks amazing! I can’t wait to get to Arizona!!!

    • Taylor Deer on August 8, 2020 at 11:28 am

      Yes, Arizona is epic! You would totally love it Sarah. 🙂

  18. Kelly on August 8, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Sedona looks amazing and I would love to visit. Thanks for sharing and saving this for the future.

    • Taylor Deer on August 8, 2020 at 11:28 am

      Thank you Kelly! It sure was amazing. 🙂

  19. Jackie on August 8, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Wow, it must be so surreal to see these incredible red rock formations in person. They are gorgeous, even just in the photos. These activities truly sound like a perfect weekend, and I love the food and shopping recommendations, as well. (I have got a hankering for Key Lime Pie, now!) It’s no wonder Sedona is such a hotspot. It’s high on my bucket list, more so after reading this.

    • Taylor Deer on August 8, 2020 at 11:00 pm

      You totally have to go Jackie! It is absolutely amazing and so gorgeous. Also, Sedona offered the best food I had during my entire Southwest road trip. 🙂

  20. Rowena on August 8, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    Ah I’ve been wanting to go to Sedona for forever! Was going to take my partner on a surprise trip for his birthday but then other things came up. Hoping to hit it up soon.

    • Taylor Deer on August 9, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      Ah yes, it’s so beautiful! You would love it so much. 🙂

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Gorgeous red rock buttes and canyons

Sedona is a picturesque city located in North Central Arizona.

The city is one of the most beautiful in the United States as it is surrounded by red rock buttes, fascinating canyons and pine forests. It is the perfect destination if you’re looking for epic adventures, delicious food and wine, amazing shopping and more!

Sedona makes for a great stop on a cross country or Southwest road trip and it also is the perfect weekend getaway!

A woman jumping for joy during a weekend in Sedona

For my 29th birthday this past June 2020, I did a mini road trip with my mom and youngest brother that started and ended in Las Vegas, Nevada.

My road trip was a loop where I began at the Grand Canyon West Rim and then made my way to Sedona and Page, Arizona and then up into Southern Utah.

I got to visit all of the amazing natural wonders and National Parks that the Southwest has to offer and it was such a dream seeing all of the places that have been on my bucket list for so long.

A cool red rock butte in Sedona

Spending a weekend in Sedona, Arizona is the best way to unwind, relax and explore!

The best part about Sedona is that there is something for everyone. In this blog post, discover all of the top things to do in Sedona!

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


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A perfect weekend in Sedona, Arizona

Traveling to Sedona for a Weekend:

A woman enjoying a summer hike in Sedona

Since we were on a mini road trip, we traveled to Sedona from Grand Canyon West, which is located in Peach Springs, Arizona. It was a 4-hour drive from Grand Canyon West to Sedona.

If you are looking to make a stop along the way, I recommend checking out Flagstaff.

Red Rock Country in Sedona, Arizona

In addition, unless you are doing a cross country road trip with your own vehicle, it is best to rent a car like we did if you’re doing a mini road adventure. (Like I said above, we started and ended our mini road trip in Las Vegas, so we rented our car at McCarran International Airport.)

If you are looking to fly to Sedona, the nearest international airport is Phoenix Sky Harbor, which is located in the capital two hours south from the city.

Sedona does have its own airport, but it is small and no commercial airlines fly in and out of there.

Other small airports near Sedona are Prescott Ernest A. Love Field, which is a 1.5-hour drive and Flagstaff Pullium Airport, which is a 40-minute drive. You could find affordable flights through Skyscanner!

(Click here if you are planning to road trip around the United States and want to rent an RV.)

Where to Stay in Sedona:

Beautiful mountain views in Sedona

During our road trip weekend, we spent two nights in Sedona at the Courtyard by Marriott Sedona. When it comes to chain hotels, I LOVE staying at Marriott’s! They are clean, beautiful and offer great amenities.

Sedona also offers other great hotels to suit all budgets along with Airbnbs and Vrbos. This specific Marriott that we stayed in Sedona had a nice pool area and fire pits.

Below are the best accommodations to stay at based on the type of experience you are looking for:

Luxury: Enchantment Resort, L’Auberge de Sedona, Amara Resort and Spa

Boutique: Sky Rock Inn of Sedona, Casa Sedona Inn, El Portal Sedona Hotel

Chain: Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock, Hyatt Residence Club Sedona, Hampton Inn Sedona

Bed & Breakfast: A Sunset Chateau, Alma de Sedona Inn, Adobe Hacienda Bed & Breakfast Inn

Cabins: TinyCamp, Verde Ranch RV Resort, Red Agave Resort

Where to Eat in Sedona:

Key lime pie for dessert during a weekend in Sedona

Chef Lisa Dahl is one of America’s leading female chefs and restaurateurs who has pioneered the culinary scene in Sedona. She is one of the biggest inspirations and her restaurants should be on the top of your foodie bucket list when you visit Sedona.

(Sedona definitely had the best food scene out of all the cities and towns we visited on our road trip.)

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Lisa Dahl was originally in the fashion industry.

Unfortunately, she had devastatingly lost her son Justin, who she was very close to, and sought healing by moving to Sedona and opening up a few restaurants. Lisa always had a passion for cooking and it was one of the most memorable hobbies she enjoyed with Justin. All of her restaurants in Sedona honor Justin’s life.

She also has an amazing cookbook and sells specialty items nationwide. The restaurants that are part of Dahl Restaurant Group are Cucina Rustica, which is a rustic Tuscan grill; Marisposa, which is a Latin inspired grill; Dahl & DiLuca Ristorante Italiano, which is an Italian restaurant; Pisa Lisa, which is a pizzeria and Butterfly Burger, which is a couture burger lounge.

During our time in Sedona, we ate at Dahl & DiLuca along with Pisa Lisa and they both were amazing! In addition, we also ate at a few other restaurants and cafés in Sedona. Read about our experiences below:

A seafood pasta dish from an Italian restaurant in Sedona

Dahl & DiLuca Ristorante Italiano: After a long and adventurous day of driving and exploring Grand Canyon West, we got into Sedona late at night.

We were starving and were lucky to be able to make reservations just in time at Dahl & DiLuca! Seriously, this place was one of the best Italian restaurants we’ve ever eaten at! The food was absolutely delicious and everything was freshly made from scratch.

During our time at Dahl & DiLuca, I had a special, which was homemade linguine in a lobster bisque sauce with chopped up lobster meat, little neck clams, mussels, shrimp, mushrooms, chopped up tomatoes and fresh herbs. It was to die for!

Pizza with prosciutto from Pisa Lisa in Sedona

Pisa Lisa Pizzeria Autentico: During our second evening in Sedona, we ate at Pisa Lisa where we savored authentic wood-fired pizza!

Just like at Dahl & DiLuca, Pisa Lisa also offered mouthwatering food. I savored a delicious Margherita pie with prosciutto on top and it was delicious!

I ate my pizza with a nice red sangria and then enjoyed homemade chocolate and pistachio gelato for dessert. Everything was incredible!

Fish tacos from 89Agave in Sedona

89Agave Cantina: Since Arizona borders Mexico, you bet that there are a plethora of amazing Mexican restaurants in both Sedona and around the state.

For lunch, before hiking Devil’s Bridge, we enjoyed tacos at 89Agave. I savored delicious fish tacos with a margarita and fresh pineapple juice and it was amazing! The fish tacos included mahi mahi along with tomatillo salsa, cilantro lime, pickled onions and red chili flakes.

A sign at Wildflower Bread Company in Arizona

Wildflower Bread Company: For breakfast on our last morning, we went to Wildflower Bread Company for coffee and baked goods. (It is a great grab and go spot if you need something quick.)

Wildflower Bread Company has a few locations in Arizona and it honestly reminded me of Panera Bread. I savored a coffee and pumpkin chocolate chip muffin, which was really good. They also have salads, soups, sandwiches, paninis and more.

What to do During a Weekend in Sedona:

A woman enjoying the views on Devil's Bridge in Sedona

Go on a Hike:

Bracelets with a view

Sedona is surrounded by amazing red rock mountains and canyons and it is definitely a MUST to do a hike when you’re there!

I will admit that since we visited Arizona during the summer, it was VERY HOT when we hiked in Sedona. With that being said, it is so important to bring at least two gallons of water (per person) with you if you decide to go on a hike there.

I also recommend a high SPF sunscreen since the sun is strong in Arizona and also wear light clothing (please see my clothing suggestions at the end of this article).

Below are the top hiking spots you could enjoy during a weekend in Sedona:

Devil’s Bridge:

A woman on Devil's Bridge in Sedona, Arizona

The hike we chose to do in Sedona’s Red Rock Country was the infamous Devil’s Bridge!

With so much natural beauty, the Devil’s Bridge trail is a 4-mile round trip hike to Sedona’s largest sandstone arch.

A woman enjoying epic views on hike during a weekend in Sedona

Overall, this hike is relatively easy, but since we went on a hot day at the end of June, it was more strenuous for us.

(If you are looking for the best time to visit Sedona weather-wise, it is best that you travel there during the shoulder seasons, which is spring and autumn because it will be perfect for hiking!) There was barely any shade on this trail and a lot of it consisted of sand and rock scramble.

I am an avid hiker, but this trail could be fairly difficult for those who don’t hike as often or suffer from health issues, especially in the heat. I did see a lot of families on the trail with little ones, so it is a nice hike for those with active children.

A woman on a hike to Devil's Bridge in Sedona

During the hike to Devil’s Bridge, you will ascent 400 feet in elevation.

When you finally reach the “bridge”, you could walk on it. It may seem like the bridge is narrow and dangerous, but it really isn’t. It is a very wide bridge, so you will feel secure. Please watch when or if you get close to the edge though!

Devil’s Bridge is a big Instagram spot, so you will need to wait on a small line to get your photo taken. Overall, hiking Devil’s Bridge in Sedona was totally worth it and the views were incredible.

Cathedral Rock:

Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona

Another popular hike to do in Sedona is Cathedral Rock. The hike itself is fairly short and easy (a little over a mile round trip), but you will gain over 500 feet in elevation along the trail.

Cathedral Rock is known to have the best views in Sedona!

Just like with Devil’s Bridge, Cathedral Rock also has close to no shade.

Along the hike, you could see Sedona’s Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte and Mogollon Rim. There are amazing overlooks and views on this trail, so you will definitely enjoy it.

Palatki Ruins Trail:

Palatki Ruins Trail in Sedona, Arizona

One of the most unique hikes to do in Sedona is the Palatki Ruins Trail, which is easy, but will take you through the ruins around the Palatki Heritage Center.

Please note that you will need to call and make a reservation ahead of time. It is a 1.8-mile loop trail.

Loy Canyon Trail:

Stunning red rock formations on a hike

The Loy Canyon Trail is a 10.37-mile (round trip) moderate hike that leads hikers into unique canyons and around natural pools to the top of Loy Butte.

When you complete the hike, you will be in for a real treat with some of the most spot-on views in Sedona.

Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte Loop:

Beautiful red rocks in Sedona, Arizona

The perfect trail for advanced hikers is the Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte hiking trails.

It is a 4.5-mile trail that starts easy and ends with a super steep trek up. Just like the other hikes in Sedona, it is important to stack up on water and stay hydrated when you do the Bell Rock, Courthouse Butte Loop.

Visit a Winery:

A woman enjoying wine during a weekend in Sedona

The state of Arizona has wonderful wine regions and Sedona is actually located right outside of the Verde Valley Wine Trail, which has 24 wineries. There are also a few urban wineries in downtown Sedona that you could visit.

What is great about Sedona’s Verde Valley is that the area was originally sedimentary and volcanic rock, so the soil in this region provides the best growing conditions for great tasting wine.

Whether you want to visit a winery on your own or participate in a fun wine tour during your weekend in Sedona, there are so many great wineries, vineyards and cellars to go to and enjoy.

Below are the wineries and vineyards closest to Sedona:

Walk Around Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village:

Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village in Sedona

One of the best places to visit during a weekend in Sedona, Arizona is Tlaquepaque (pronounced as T la keh pah keh) Arts & Shopping Village.

Modeled after a traditional Mexican village, this wonderful arts and crafts village is absolutely beautiful and you are able to find everything from art paintings to jewelry and home décor to fashion wear.

In addition to shopping, you could also enjoy dinner at a nice restaurant, visit a gallery and couples could even have their wedding in Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village!

Enjoy Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park:

Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park in Sedona

Another cool place to visit in Sedona is Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park that is located at the base of Thunder Mountain. It is a stunning 14-acre park where you could walk around and admire Sedona’s famous red rock formations.

The Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park is perfect for anyone and everyone and it is considered a spiritual place for meditation and inner renewal in Sedona. The Amitabha Stupa is a 36-foot enlightenment stupa that gets its name from the Buddha of Limitless Light.

The other beautiful stupa you must see at this wonderful Peace Park is the White Tara Stupa. The White Tara is a female Buddha, who is the embodiment of long life and compassion.

Explore Downtown Sedona:

A sunny day in downtown Sedona

A weekend in Sedona would not be complete without walking through all of the shops downtown. You could find everything from fashion wear to healing crystals and chocolate shops to artisanal stores.

Like I mention above, there are also amazing cafés and restaurants in downtown Sedona along with thrift shops, music and bookstores as well as spas.


A woman having fun on a hike in Sedona

I hope you all enjoyed discovering how to have the best weekend in Sedona, Arizona. If you have any questions about my time in Sedona, please email me at [email protected]

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Currency: United States Dollar, Capital: Washington D.C., AZ State Capital: Phoenix, Time Zone: Arizona does not follow Daylight Savings. During the warmer months, Arizona is on Pacific Time Zone and then it is on Mountain Standard Time during the colder months.

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40 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on July 15, 2020 at 10:59 pm

    Another awesome informative guide to beautiful Sedona. Loved this wonderful city and all it had to offer. Enjoyed hiking to the devil’s bridge ~ so many great restaurants and shops also in this amazing city. Hope to get back there soon again! Great colored mountains/canyons ~ so pretty~ great blog/guide for Sedona ~ love you. Mom xoxo <3

    • Taylor Deer on July 15, 2020 at 11:30 pm

      Thank you mom! It really was a beautiful city. I would love to get back soon. 🙂 Love you too! xoxo

  2. Mikayla on July 15, 2020 at 11:29 pm

    Oh my goodness I can’t wait to get back out West! Its been far too long and you confirmed it with this itinerary. Can’t wait to try some of these things!

    • Taylor Deer on July 15, 2020 at 11:30 pm

      Ah yes, the west offers so much adventure. Every time I go out there, I always have so much fun! 🙂

  3. Melisa on July 17, 2020 at 11:28 am

    Oh my, your photos are beautiful! Sedona has been on my list for a while now and this makes me want to go even more!

    • Taylor Deer on July 18, 2020 at 5:39 am

      Thank you Melisa and it absolutely beautiful there. 🙂

  4. Daisy @ Simplicity Relished on July 18, 2020 at 10:04 am

    This is gorgeous! I’d love to visit Arizona one day — I’ve been to southern Utah and parts of Nevada and I just think the landscape is so unique! Beautiful photos too Taylor!

    • Taylor Deer on July 26, 2020 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you so much Daisy and yes, Arizona is just as incredible at Utah and Nevada. The landscapes are unreal. 🙂

  5. Cristina on July 19, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Your pictures are so beautiful 🙂 I definitely want to explore the US once this situation is over. There are so many national parks and great places to see.

    • Taylor Deer on July 26, 2020 at 10:54 pm

      Thank you Cristina! Yes, you totally have to come here and see all the cool National Parks. They are all so incredible! 🙂

  6. World of Lina on July 20, 2020 at 6:54 am

    Sedona looks really really awesome to explore! I love all the photos you took Taylor 🙂

    • Taylor Deer on July 26, 2020 at 10:55 pm

      Thank you so much Alina! You’d love Sedona! 🙂

  7. Elena Pappalardo on July 30, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    OMG, this Sedona guide has me drooling – for the views AND the food! I actually had no idea how many wineries were out here, that’s amazing!

    • Taylor Deer on July 30, 2020 at 2:28 pm

      Yes! Sedona was one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to. It was so breathtaking!

  8. Sharyn on August 7, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    Sedona looks like an awesome place to visit. I am getting into hiking and seeing natural wonders – the Devil’s Bridge looks beautiful yet scary! Also great to top a day of hiking with good food.

    • Taylor Deer on August 7, 2020 at 11:25 pm

      It really is so beautiful Sharyn! I highly recommend visiting if you have the chance too. Also, that is great you’re getting into hiking. 🙂

  9. Megs on August 7, 2020 at 10:58 pm

    That food looks on point and I had no idea about all of the wineries near Sedona! What a great round-up itinerary!

    • Taylor Deer on August 7, 2020 at 11:26 pm

      Thank you Meg! It was a beautiful destination and the food was by the far the best in Sedona compared to the other destinations I visited during my Southwest road trip. 🙂

  10. Kelsey on August 7, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    These pictures are fantastic!! I love this post! Thanks so much for sharing. I have been here but this park but it’s always been on my list!

    • Taylor Deer on August 8, 2020 at 11:22 am

      Thank you so much Kelsey! Sedona really is a beautiful place. 🙂

  11. Emma on August 8, 2020 at 12:03 am

    I really want to visit Arizona, have done for a while now. It’s so different from the landscape we get where I am in Canada that it just fascinates me, and it looks like there are so many great outdoor adventures I could have. Although I’m not sure I could handle being there in the middle of the summer.

    • Taylor Deer on August 8, 2020 at 11:23 am

      Yes, you totally have to go to Arizona! It’s amazing! I was originally supposed to do this trip back at the end of March, but had to reschedule due to the virus.

  12. Maya on August 8, 2020 at 12:13 am

    Love this! Such a great post for anyone who is planning to visit the area. Love the fact you included restaurants (all of them look fabulous) and Wineries (always a must). Beautiful pictures BTW.

    • Taylor Deer on August 8, 2020 at 11:24 am

      Thank you so much Maya! The food in Sedona was definitely the best we had on that trip. 🙂

  13. Michelle on August 8, 2020 at 3:25 am

    OMGosh I instantly fell in love with your suggestion of the Sunset Chateau – the views from the balcony look sensational. I’ll definitely be staying there when I visit – love your food suggestions too thanks.

    • Taylor Deer on August 8, 2020 at 11:26 am

      Ah yes, the views all around Sedona are so incredible! Also the food in Sedona was the best I had on that trip. 🙂

  14. Katy on August 8, 2020 at 4:12 am

    What a beautiful place and that food looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing

    • Taylor Deer on August 8, 2020 at 11:27 am

      It was so incredible! You’re very welcome. 🙂

  15. Helena on August 8, 2020 at 8:48 am

    This is such a great weekend itinerary! I’ve always wanted to hike in Sedona and see Devil’s Bridge. All that food looks amazing too!! Thank you for sharing, Taylor

    • Taylor Deer on August 8, 2020 at 11:27 am

      Thank you Helena and the Devil’s Bridge hike was epic, even though it was so hot lol

  16. Sam on August 8, 2020 at 10:03 am

    This is such a great itinerary! I am dreaming to go! Hopefully sooner than later! Loved all ur photos and will be using ur guide when I get to go!

    • Taylor Deer on August 8, 2020 at 11:27 am

      Thank you so much Sam and yes, you would love it out there. 🙂

  17. Sarah on August 8, 2020 at 10:31 am

    What a gorgeous spot!!! I would love to come hiking here – these are some views we don’t get here in Ontario – and that food looks amazing! I can’t wait to get to Arizona!!!

    • Taylor Deer on August 8, 2020 at 11:28 am

      Yes, Arizona is epic! You would totally love it Sarah. 🙂

  18. Kelly on August 8, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Sedona looks amazing and I would love to visit. Thanks for sharing and saving this for the future.

    • Taylor Deer on August 8, 2020 at 11:28 am

      Thank you Kelly! It sure was amazing. 🙂

  19. Jackie on August 8, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Wow, it must be so surreal to see these incredible red rock formations in person. They are gorgeous, even just in the photos. These activities truly sound like a perfect weekend, and I love the food and shopping recommendations, as well. (I have got a hankering for Key Lime Pie, now!) It’s no wonder Sedona is such a hotspot. It’s high on my bucket list, more so after reading this.

    • Taylor Deer on August 8, 2020 at 11:00 pm

      You totally have to go Jackie! It is absolutely amazing and so gorgeous. Also, Sedona offered the best food I had during my entire Southwest road trip. 🙂

  20. Rowena on August 8, 2020 at 11:02 pm

    Ah I’ve been wanting to go to Sedona for forever! Was going to take my partner on a surprise trip for his birthday but then other things came up. Hoping to hit it up soon.

    • Taylor Deer on August 9, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      Ah yes, it’s so beautiful! You would love it so much. 🙂

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