driving in Sedona - what to see.....

From: Tish F.
Sent on: Friday, January 4, 2013 11:41 AM
Sedona is a small town on a two lane road, however I do not recall any particularly winding or narrow roads, or steep hills. However, my idea of a treacherous drive and Linda‚Äôs are quite different.  My guess is that you can use Google Earth to visually pre-drive the route, and see if it is too scary.
Downtown Sedona has turned into a tourist destination with tons of galleries and stores. Some of the galleries are nice and feature artwork from the locals which is of good quality. Most of the stores are full of junk-type souvenirs (coffee mug with the landscape painted on, etc.)
When in Sedona, it is TOTALLY WORTH WHILE to take the PINK JEEPS TOUR of the back roads. A normal car cannot go all the places that they take you on the PINK JEEPS tour. And when we took the trip, our driver/guide was a highly educated specialist who pointed out all the native plants and how they were used by the Indians who once lived in that area for various cures, etc., and also was able to tell us quite a bit about the history and the formation of the striking mountains.
If driving up from Phoenix on hwy 17 (wide open easy drive highway), about 8 miles before the turnoff for Sedona (route 179), there is an ancient Indian dwelling site that is worth visiting, just a ways off the highway.  It is called Montezuma Castle, and has an old cliff dwelling site. Great for those who have never seen the ancient cliff dweller sites. Nice place to have lunch (pack your own).
If you are coming from Las Vegas rather than Phoenix, the route would have to be to go to Flagstaff, then either South to Sedona (well maintained 2 lane highway, easier drive than the main road at apple hill), and if you want to see the Grand Canyon you would have to double back, then go from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon.  Which is why starting from Phoenix is a better choice (cuts the mileage in half). From the Grand Canyon go 180 miles east (a 3 hour drive) and you are in Monument Valley, a definite must-see.
But if your trip is just Las Vegas to Sedona, and you are going to bypass the other great sites in that area, then the haul to and from Las Vegas is OK, I guess. But a lot of driving thru a lot of nothing.
Have fun
Sent: Friday, January 04,[masked]:22 AM
Subject: [travel-930] Roaming Boomers great videos

I found these videos on Roaming Boomers site, originally found on Facebook.

You've got to see #8 on Sedona and #10 on Lake Louise.

Sedona is beautiful but if you were on my Yosemite trip, you'll know I don't like the narrow roads. I'll avoid them like the plague or someone has to be willing to switch seats and drive in those areas. I love the mountains if there's a wide freeway.

Also, I want to go to Lake Louise and Banff in Canada. I have to find a time as the window of summer is short there. The Canadian train leaves from Vancouver and I thought it went to Banff but apparently diverts to Edmonton and price went up so I have to call VIA rail.

My sister went there, guess I'm comparing/competing with her and she said when you're in the outdoor hot springs, you can see the goats on the mountains.

Would anyone else be interested in going to Canada or Lake Louise and Banff?


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