• The Adventurers Dream Vacation: Sedona, Arizona.

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    When most people think of Arizona, they tend to think of blistering hot heat mixed together with crowds of tourists loading and unloading from buses along the Grand Canyon. But Arizona is much more than the Grand Canyon. If you are looking for a chance to see a different side of Arizona, head down to the high desert just under the south-western rim of the Colorado Plateau. There you will find the small city of Sedona. With an average high temperature of 74 degrees Fahrenheit, Sedona is the perfect destination for outdoors enthusiasts.

    Sedona is most famous for its scenic location right at the mouth of Oak Creek Canyon, known through out the world for beautiful red-rock formations and lush green foliage. Once you get there, the canyon is your playground. You can join in a guided tour, or adventure out on your own and explore all the areas to hike, fish, and camp. For those who prefer a little more comfort than a tent can offer, there are plenty of cottages, cabins, and friendly bed and breakfasts in Oak Creek Canyon.

    If you’ve come Sedona to hike the red rocks, getting a Red Rock pass ($5) is the best way to make your vacation truly unforgettable. One of the most amazing hikes you can take is to the Palatki Ruins. Known as the Palatki Heritage Site, you can see cliff dwellings and rock art dating back to 1150 to 1300 AD. The Forest Service only allows a limited number of visitors per day, and it is possible to be turned away if you have not set your reservation in advance. So reserve your spot before you visit the ruins.

    After your hike you may want to find a place to cool down and have a bite to eat. Slide Rock State Park is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a picnic and it is also a natural waterslide and pool. But don’t wear your best swimsuit when you go there. It may be a waterslide, but it’s also a rock, so it can be rather abrasive. Old shoes or flip-flops are also recommended for your hike back up to the top of the slide.

    With so many fun and exciting things to do in Sedona, it’s a wonder it hasn’t become as large of an attraction as the Grand Canyon itself.

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