Sedona Viewing points

Our most recommended Sedona Viewing points

Sedona: Open-Air Bus Sightseeing Tour

1. Sedona: Open-Air Bus Sightseeing Tour

Discover the highlights of Sedona and its surrounding area on an open-air sightseeing bus tour. Learn more about the area with your local guide, on topics such as natural history, indigenous peoples, energy vortexes, geology, and even a world-famous spiritual stop. Set off on your journey to the first stop of the tour at the Sedona Airport Scenic Overlook. Located about the center of western Sedona, stop to admire spectacular views of rock formations like Thunder Mountain, Coffee Pot Rock, Cockscomb, Chimney Rock, Sugarloaf, and Mingus Mountain. Continue towards Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park. Wander through the stunning landscape of red rocks surrounded by pinion and juniper pines. Take in the tranquil atmosphere of this spiritual refuge that attracts spiritual seekers of all faiths. Take a short walk through winding trails leading up to the stupa, believed to represent the Mind of Enlightenment bestowing blessings upon all believers. Stroll around the stupa and spin the prayer wheels or offer your own prayers to the heavens. Head next to the Boynton Canyon Vortex, the site of a balance between masculine and feminine energy. The vortex is located between a rock formation named Kachina Woman and another knoll which is thought to contain masculine energy. After some time to recharge travel back to the starting point.

Sedona: Sights, History, and Shopping Open-Bus Tour

2. Sedona: Sights, History, and Shopping Open-Bus Tour

Tour in an open-air, 360-degree-view vehicle and make six stops along this sights, history, and shopping tour in Sedona. See the red rocks, explore the powerful vortexes that Sedona is famous for, and stop for some of the best food and shopping around. Begin your day with red-rock views of Sedona’s peaks and mountains. Hear everything from how these rocks came to be to the best places to go to for dinner from your tour guide. Enjoy views of Cathedral Rock, Thunder Mountain, filming locations, and much more. In between stops, listen as your guide explains the mysteries of Sedona and its fascinating locations. Stop mid-tour at trendy Uptown Sedona for an optional lunch in between the other stops along the tour. End your tour back at the local partner’s office with some time before dinner to spend freely. The entire tour route includes stops at: • Chapel of the Holy Cross (30 minutes) • Sedona Airport Overlook (20 minutes) • Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village (40 minutes) • Uptown Sedona (60 minutes) • Rachel's Knoll (20 minutes) • Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park (30 minutes)

Sedona and Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix

3. Sedona and Grand Canyon Day Tour from Phoenix

Witness the stunning scenery of Arizona and see both Sedona and the Grand Canyon. Join this Sedona and Grand Canyon day tour from Phoenix and soak up the breathtaking views along the way. Start your tour in Sedona at Bell Rock Vista and head to the Chapel of the Holy Cross for truly spectacular views. After, have free time in the rustic, old-west district of Uptown to shop, enjoy local cuisine, or visit some of its numerous art galleries. After departing Sedona, relax and take in the scenery on one of Arizona's most scenic drives as you pass through Oak Creek Canyon. Arrive at the majestic Grand Canyon South Rim National Park and stand at two of the most rewarding viewpoints of the Canyon. Enjoy a guided tour at one of the overlooks and free time on your own at the other.

From Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

4. From Sedona or Flagstaff: Grand Canyon Full-Day Tour

Embark on a journey to Grand Canyon National Park. Admire the incredible views and geological wonders of Northern Arizona. Enjoy a tour fully narrated by some of the most experienced guides in the Southwest. After pickup from your hotel in Sedona, ascend the Colorado Plateau and continue through the photogenic Oak Creek Canyon. Take winding roads as you leave the red rocks behind, then stop at the tall Ponderosa Pines. Next, arrive at Flagstaff, where other travelers will join the tour. Pass by the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks, before heading to the Grand Canyon South Entrance. Once at Grand Canyon National Park, explore historic buildings, see majestic views at Grand Canyon Village, and enjoy lunch on your own. See some of the widest and deepest scenic views of the Grand Canyon and the mighty Colorado River. Get to experience the magnificent South Rim scenery first-hand. From the South Rim, gaze 14 miles across to the North Rim. Visit the only point where you can see both Phantom Ranch, as well as the Kaibab Suspension Bridge. Your guide knows the best vistas to stop at and will make sure you get the most gorgeous, least crowded viewpoints. At Desert View, you are free to climb the Watchtower Observatory for amazing views that will leave you breathless. On your way back from the Grand Canyon, experience a view of the western edge of the Painted Desert, the Little Colorado River Gorge, and the Colorado River Gorge. Before you return, make a brief stop at the Navajo Reservation. Here you will have a chance to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs at the historical Cameron Trading Post.

Sedona, AZ: Grand Canyon Guided Tour and Historic Railway

5. Sedona, AZ: Grand Canyon Guided Tour and Historic Railway

Considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is a must-see. Make the most of your visit with this historical railroad tour. Beginning in Sedona, take one of the top 10 scenic drives in America to Flagstaff, known for its towering Ponderosa Pines. After meeting Flagstaff guests, head to the train depot in Williams and board the historical Grand Canyon Railway. Be entertained by cowboys and musicians as the train travels back in time along the scenic journey to the canyon. Enjoy wonderful views of the San Francisco Peaks as the train rolls through valleys filled with wildflowers, dense pine forests, high desert plains, and small canyons. Upgrade your experience with a first-class ticket, which includes oversized seats, big windows, bar service, and complimentary snacks. Arrive by train just steps from the Grand Canyon's South Rim and meet your guide, who will pick you up at the train depot in Grand Canyon Village. Explore the historical buildings of Grand Canyon Village before enjoying some free time for lunch. Rejoin your guide to travel across the south rim heading east. Spend approximately 4-hours in the Grand Canyon National Park. Your tour makes its way along the rim of the Grand Canyon, stopping at Grandview Point. a transitional point between the East and South Rims of the Grand Canyon. Marvel at the open views of the Colorado River Gorge afforded at the East Rim, as well as the butte-filled views for which the South Rim is famous. Later, climb up to the top of the Watchtower Observatory for magnificent views of the Grand Canyon. Tour the East Rim of Grand Canyon National Park as you make your way back to your hotel and get to enjoy sights most other visitors miss. See many scenic overlooks, the Desert View Watchtower and the historic Cameron trading Post on the Navajo Reservation. Next is a stop at the Historic Cameron Trading Post, one of the finest places to shop for authentic Native American souvenirs. You may also visit The Gallery, home of many breathtaking pieces of fine and historic Native American Arts and Crafts. Listen to interesting, informative and entertaining narration from your guide throughout your journey. View the western edge of the Painted Desert and drive along the Little Colorado River Gorge on your way back to Flagstaff and Sedona.

Sedona: Grand Canyon Sunset Tour with Dinner

6. Sedona: Grand Canyon Sunset Tour with Dinner

Ride in comfort and style as you travel to Northern Arizona in an air-conditioned vehicle that seats no more than 14 passengers for an intimate and personal experience. Experience fully narrated tours from some of the most knowledgeable and experienced guides in the Southwest. If you are departing from Sedona, your tour begins as you ascend the Colorado Plateau through the lush Oak Creek Canyon. Over the 27 miles of winding roads, you leave the beautiful red rocks behind and ascend 2000 feet to the tall Ponderosa Pines.  Upon arriving in Flagstaff pick up the remaining guests, and travel past the dormant volcanoes of the San Francisco Peaks on your way to Grand Canyon National Park. Your first stop is at the Historic Cameron Trading Post where you will have the chance to check out the Native American craftsmanship. Then as you reach the Grand Canyon’s East entrance from the Navajo Nation, you will see the Little Colorado River Gorge and the western edge of the Painted Desert. Upon entering the Grand Canyon National Park, you will get your first views of the Grand Canyon and the mighty Colorado River at Desert View. Climb up to the top of the Watchtower Observatory, and learn about one of the achievements of famous architect Mary J. Colter. Take some time to take in the beautiful panoramic views at different viewpoints along the South Rim of the canyon. Marvel at some of the widest and deepest scenic views the Grand Canyon has to offer. From the South Rim, gaze 14 miles across to the North Rim. You will also visit the only point where you can see both Phantom Ranch as well as the Kaibab Suspension Bridge. A complimentary dinner is included on this tour. The journey culminates as your guide takes you to the ideal spot to have an opportunity to see an amazing array of colors, shadows, and lighting that are the hallmark of a Sunset at the Grand Canyon. Relax and enjoy the ride back to your hotel as you reflect on your Grand Canyon experience.

From Phoenix: Sedona, Jerome & Montezuma Castle Day Trip

7. From Phoenix: Sedona, Jerome & Montezuma Castle Day Trip

Visit one of the most remarkable areas in the Southwest, the Red Rocks of Sedona, on a day tour from Phoenix. Travel back in time to the Montezuma Castle National Monument. Departing from Phoenix, travel along the banks of Beaver Creek to reach a Sinagua Indian cliff dwelling. Stop at the visitor center to see beads, pottery, and tools used by this long-lost culture. Admire models which help you understand what life was like for the Sinagua Indians 1000 years ago. Next, head to the amazing red rocks of Sedona. Find yourself surrounded by such famous rock formations as Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock and experience the serene beauty of Oak Creek Canyon. Continue towards uptown Sedona, a shopper’s delight. Here, find intriguing art galleries, boutiques, and a variety of restaurants. For the non-shoppers, a side trip from the city is available, traveling deeper into this magnificent country. Finally, drive up Mingus Mountain to the turn-of-the-century mining town of Jerome, a former ghost town that is now a thriving mountainside village. Enjoy free time to visit the many shops and galleries or grab a photo of Sedona from above before beginning the journey back to Phoenix.

Grand Canyon & Sedona: Self-Guided Driving Tour Bundle

8. Grand Canyon & Sedona: Self-Guided Driving Tour Bundle

Discover the staggering views of the Grand Canyon and Sedona's impressive buttes as you drive yourself through both sites with the assistance of an audioguide. Download the smartphone app to begin your self-guided tour and make as many stops as you wish to. Your Grand Canyon tour begins by the park’s south entrance, where you'll hear about the early history of this stunning place. Enjoy stops at Mather Point, Yavapai Point, and the Yavapai Geology Museum, full of insider knowledge on the canyon’s complex geology. Visit Grand Canyon Village for some snacks and souvenirs, then walk along the South Rim Trail, the park’s most popular path. Dive into the peculiar construction of the Hopi House and board the free Grand Canyon Shuttle to see Powell Point, Hopi Point, and The Abyss, before arriving at Hermit’s Rest. Enjoy some more great views, including the impressive Desert View Watchtower, before your visit is over. Move on to Sedona to begin your tour at the Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center. Turn onto the famous Red Rock Scenic Byway and get acquainted with the spiritual history of this town. Enter the Tlaquepaque Arts Shopping Village then drive over to the towering Chapel of the Holy Cross to find the trail for Cathedral Rock, Sedona’s most famous formation. Reach the Courthouse Vista with spectacular views, then arrive in the Village of Oak Creek, full of more shops and restaurants.

U.S. Southwest: 27-Tour Bundle on Self-Guided Driving App

9. U.S. Southwest: 27-Tour Bundle on Self-Guided Driving App

Become a modern pioneer with an audio-guided app tour of the U.S. Southwest. Pick your starting location then follow the GPS map and visit the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, the Rockies, and many other national parks in your own time. Decide where you want to go. Tour the sights of Arizona, including Sedona and Red Rock, the Grand Canyon, and the Colorado River meander at Horseshoe Bend. Travel the west coast of California along 17-Mile drive accompanied by a virtual tour guide. Visit some famous movie locations in LA. Explore the rugged beauty of Colorado and see the Rocky Mountains and Million Dollar Highway. Witness the best national parks in Utah, such as Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Bryce National Park. Watch the famous Old Faithful geyser erupt in Yellowstone National Park.

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What are the best day trips and excursions from Sedona?

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What people are saying about Sedona

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 195 reviews

Wow, just wow! My family of 3 had our own private tour guide to Sedona and Grand Canyon. Eddie was our driver and he was amazing! He was very knowledgeable and took time to show us the important landmarks along the way. This was definitely the best way to travel if you don't know where the important spots to see and shop. I definitely recommend this tour and Eddie if you can!

Very nice trip. So worth the money we had a wonderful time. Took us to all the great picture spots. Also enjoyed a nice dinner. Brad was so full of knowledge the day flew by and there is not one thing we would have changed.

Brad, our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable about the Grand Canyon, a lot of the native history and various other topics. Plenty of stops along the way for bathroom/scenic viewing and shopping as well were provided.

Steve Gerhart was courteous, knowledgeable and on time. He went above and beyond what we expected. So happy we had a guided tour instead of going on our own. Steve made this trip a remarkable experience.

Lots of good info. Cool places to see and learn about. Free time to eat/shop