SEDONA, AZ (ARIZONA HIGHWAYS TV) - When you say Arizona, one of the first pictures that come to mind is probably of towering, majestic red rocks. Folks travel from all over the world to see these spectacular lime and sandstone spires. It's a skyline more than 330 million years in the making - and you won't find it anywhere else.
While Mother Nature can take credit for Sedona's unparalleled beauty, it's a Missouri woman who takes credit for the name. She supposedly made it up when she named her daughter Sedona Arabella Miller in 1877. Miller and her husband, T.C. Schnebly, moved to the Arizona Territory in 1901 and settled in the Oak Creek area.
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They planted orchards, opened a boarding house and general store. When Schnebly applied to open a post office, he submitted the names "Oak Creek Crossing" and "Schnebly Station." But his application was denied by the Federal Post Master. The names were too long to fit on the cancellation stamp, so he submitted 'Sedona' - and it was approved.
Today, Sedona is the place to come to unwind, unplug and recharge; escape the steel skyscrapers of the big city for red rock high-rises. Here, it's not about finding a good view. That's because there are no bad ones, regardless of whether you choose to stay in a resort, a bed-and-breakfast, a motel or rent a cabin.
Many people come to Sedona seeking healing powers. The famed vortexes are areas of concentrated energy rising up from the earth, making Sedona a spiritual and metaphysical destination.
If you find yourself needing a city fix, just head to Sedona's Main street. Filled with restaurants, shops - high end and souvenir - as well as businesses and tour companies, downtown will let you splurge on the inevitable ice cream cone and "Red Dirt" t-shirts.
Hooking up with a tour company isn't a bad idea. The famed Pink Jeeps will take you to the tops of the red rock mesas that you can't reach any other way. You can hike or rent mountain bikes and go on guided or self-guided tours of the more than 300 trails surrounding Sedona. There are also side trips that will take you down the Verde River. You can simply float and cool off, or paddle toward one of Arizona's premier wineries for a tasting tour.
Your first trip to Sedona may be for the views and the photo-ops, but you'll stay for the adventures, and come back for the one-of-a-kind experiences - and the views you just can't get enough of.