Discovering Day Trips
It is hard to find a more stunning base camp to discover Northern Arizona than nestled between the staggering red rocks of Sedona. Wandering through galleries and local specialty shops or exploring a trail to connect with the natural earth around you makes your time in Sedona a perfect relaxing wonderland. Best of all, it’s only a stone’s throw away from the region’s alluring landscapes.
We’ve made it easy for you to discover the nearby towns and get started on your next day trip adventure before returning “home” to L’Auberge de Sedona.
This former copper mining town once attracted thousands of miners and merchants in the early 1900’s. It was a boom time for the city while eager miners traveled to this central Arizona town to collect over one million dollars worth of copper ore. Jerome’s wild west spirit never faded as the mines dried up, persistent natural disasters hit the city, and economic hardship was unavoidable, leaving them with the well earned nickname “The Wickedest Town in the West ”.
Today, Jerome is known as a ghost town, with spirits from early day natural disasters and fires said to be wandering through the historic roads, buildings, and neighborhoods. But it’s also well known as an artist community and a dining and wine tasting hotspot.
Don’t worry too much about the hauntings and folk tale stories, we suggest checking out Jerome State Historic Park for more on the town’s intriguing history, then heading to Gold King Mine Museum and Ghost town, to get those old-timey instagram worthy photos. Refuel with Bobby D’s BBQ to get the best taste of Jerome’s southern flavors, and spend the rest of the afternoon uncovering the abundance of local art galleries and wineries with native Arizona vinos such as Caduceus Cellars, family-owned boutique winery, created by Grammy award-winning vocalist Maynard James Keenan.
45 minute drive time: 28 miles
Just north of Sedona, and up almost 2,000 feet of elevation you’ll be greeted with the cooler, crisp air of this gorgeous mountain town. A perfect place to visit during any season, with light and airy winters creating powdered snowfall for the local Snowbowl ski resort, and summer’s warm sunshine keeping downtown Flagstaff upbeat with community events.
Start in downtown Flagstaff (also known as a “Flag” to the locals) and roam through the local boutique stores such as Crystal Magic or Sage Brush Trading Co. Even better are the great eats and bars scattered through the town. Whether you are looking for a sit down with live music and amazing craft cocktails at The Annex or Lumberyard, fine dining with local ingredients at Shift Kitchen, or a quick mouth watering snack at Diablo Burger or Foret, downtown Flag is sure to have the best bites and sips for every palette.
Another can’t miss attraction in Flagstaff is the Lowell Observatory nestled within the mountains of this Dark Sky city. Founded in 1894, it is one of the oldest observatories in the United States, and deserves recognition for its discovery of Pluto in 1930. General admission tickets give you all day access to tours, exhibits, stargazing and more at this well known observatory.
If you’re interested in continuing the nature experience up at 7,000 feet, there are many hikes around the area with stunning views. Explore the Inner Basin trail to live out your fairytale dreams walking through a grove of aspen trees, or the Lava River Cave, a molten rock cave almost a mile long just under the Northern Arizona soil. (Be sure to bring a jacket and flashlight as it gets chilly and dark!)
50 minute drive time: 30 miles
Arizona’s most popular natural attraction, and one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon isn’t something you can miss while discovering the landscape of Northern Arizona. The most popular point: South Rim, is Sedona’s neighbor being just over a 2 hour drive away. Once you’ve arrived, head to learn the history at the visitors center, then take the time to stroll along the south rim trail stopping to take in each unique view point. Our favorite lookout spots? Mather viewpoint, Yavapo viewpoint, Yaki viewpoint and exactly as the name sounds, the Ooh Aah viewpoint.
Not in the mood for walking? Experience a helicopter tour taking off directly from the south rim for a 30 minute discovery from above. Even simpler, take a helicopter or airplane tour directly from Sedona giving you an almost two hour aerial view of this world wonder and the surrounding area.
2 hours 10 minutes drive time: 115 miles
It’s likely you’ve heard the famous line “Standin’ on the corner of Winslow Arizona” from the Eagles, but what you might not know, is you can certainly visit the infamous corner as well as discover other, less lyrical, excursions in Winslow. Hiking enthusiasts will want to head just north of the town to Homolovi State Park where you can walk different trails around the archaeological sites and ponder the petroglyphs of native Hopi ancestors that lived within the region until AD 1400.
Water lovers looking for their next quick dip have plenty of opportunity at Clear Creek Reservoir just outside of Winslow Arizona in the Little Colorado River. Try renting a kayak to meander along with the current and don’t forget to pay special attention to the red rock walls where you can see more historic petroglyphs from centuries earlier. The opportunities for cliff jumping, sunbathing or simply floating are perfect in this little creek bank, with chilled water perfect for hot summer weather.
1 hour 40 minute drive time: 86 miles
After each day time adventure-filled excursion, your cottage at L’Auberge is waiting for your return. Refresh with a soak in the jetted tub and cozy into your plush robes to unwind on the deck with a bottle of wine, reminiscing on your perfect Arizona Adventure.
Posted: August 22, 2022
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