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Nestled amongst dramatic crimson towers of sandstone, Sedona, Arizona provides a stunning sanctuary for outdoor adventures and secluded retreats. Sedona's natural beauty is evident in its compelling surroundings, but Sedona's beauty is more than skin deep. Rich with diverse cultural events, spiritual energy, cozy bed and breakfasts, world-class resorts and spas, golf with unparalleled views, eclectic art galleries and exquisite cuisine, it is no wonder that Sedona, Arizona draws nearly 4 millions tourists each year.

Just 110 miles north of Phoenix, Arizona, Sedona has become a central resting stop for visitors of Northern Arizona who wish to explore the scenic Verde River, the 1.8 million-acre Coconino National Forest, or the winding roads through Oak Creek Canyon. The number of things to do in Sedona is countless. Relax atop shaded boulders that litter the 16-mile gorge of Oak Creek Canyon, take a rugged Jeep tour through the authentic Indian ruins or scale a monolith that penetrates the crystal blue sky.

Situated at the base of Mogollon Rim, a geologically dominating structure of limestone, mudstone and sandstone, Sedona is engulfed by extraordinary monoliths resembling distinctive objects that bear their name. There's Cathedral Rock, Coffee Pot, Bell and Snoopy to name a few. Coffee Pot Rock marks the tallest point in Sedona at 5600 feet, although the town itself is elevated at 4500 feet. Sedona's high desert climate is generally mild year round. The average high is just under 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average low is 45. It is this mild four-season environment that draws visitors year-round to Sedona.

Despite its small population of 10,400 Sedona is classified as a world-class destination. One can discover this himself by wandering through the quaint courtyards of a gorgeous Mexican Village named Tlaquepaque, and Indian name meaning "the best of everything." Amongst the cobblestone and fountains visitors enjoy gift boutiques, art galleries (there are over 40 in all of Sedona) and intimate restaurants. Steps away, Sedona's downtown boasts authentic western wear, friendly local cafes and independent specialty shops that, with stunning views of the red rocks from every angle, give a whole new meaning to the term "window shopping."

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