Day Trip from Phoenix: Explore Sedona

Sedona Day Tip from Phoenix

How far from Phoenix? 2 hours

About Sedona – Sedona is a super popular tourist destination.  Why? Well it has these mesmerizing red rock mountains, tons of art, boutiques galleries and of course a deep spiritual pull dragging you out to find an energy vortex that won’t cure your arthritis but you’ll definitely be able to cross into the 5th element and visit your dearly departed aunt Martha, so don’t forget your multipass!  (Does anyone actually read these blogs?)

Where to go: 

  • Chapel of the Holy Cross – Very sacred and inspiring place. The history of this unusual place of worship is outlined on the plaque on the exterior. The chapel  should not be missed. 780 Chapel Rd, Sedona AZ. 928-282-4069. Visit for hours. FREE.
  • Tlaquepaque – We’re 99.99 percent sure it’s pronounced Ta-lahk-ee-pahk-ee. This is a shopping center named after a suburb of Guadalajara Mexico. This center is based off of a Mexican village and includes tiny chapel near the central plaza. Come and indulge in shopping boutiques, pottery, clothing, gifts and art. Dining available too. 928-282-4838. Visit for more info.
  • Sedona Arts Center – The center offers theater productions, visual arts exhibitions, and is home to concerts and festivals. 928-282-3809. Visit for hours. FREE Entry to the exhibition hall. Other fees may apply.


Scenic Opportunities

  • The Red Rock State Park – This is a 286 acre park that was planned as an environmental center. A naturalist program offers tours. Start at the visitors center to find trails and tours. 928-282-6907. Visit for more info.
  • Take a Jeep tour – Jeep tours are available for different ways to see the red rocks. Our favorite ones are the Honantki Ruins Tour by Pink Jeep Tours. ( We also like the super informative guides from Sedona Red Rock Jeep Tours. (
  • Slide Rock State Park – Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historic apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon. Todays visitors can still enjoy the fruits of Pendley’s labor. Not only in the orchard but historic cabins are available for viewing, and the creek offers the park’s namesake slide for adventures seekers and those looking for a place to cool off. 928-282-3034. Visit for entry fees and hours.
  • Schnebley Hill – One of the most well known hiking and mountain biking routes in Sedona. 23 miles round trip! So get walking! You’ll see ruins, an old carriage house, & epic scenery.  Visit TripAdvisor for more info & the best Schnebly Hill tips.
  • Vortices – Although all of Sedona is considered to be a vortex, there are special spots that have been identified where the energy is more intense and where you are more likely to actually feel the energy. These vortexes have been further categorized into “feminine” (energy entering the earth) and “masculine” (energy coming out of the earth). Cathedral Rock and the Chapel of the Holy Cross have been identified as feminine; Airport Mesa and Bell Rock as masculine. Boynton Canyon combines both. Don’t forget your Multipass to visit Aunt Martha.



Day trip from Phoenix: Explore Cottonwood

Cottonwood Day Trip from Phoenix

How far from Phoenix? 1 hour 40 minutes

About Cottonwood: Along the Verde River known for it’s Cottonwood Trees. Now a great place to check out up and coming Arizona Wineries.

Freitas Vineyard
Freitas Vineyard

Things to do: 

  • Blazin’ M Ranch – Offering a complete Western experience with a chuckwagon dinner show that features the Blazin’ M Cowboys. Explore shops, a shooting gallery, play horseshoes and dress up for an Old Tyme Photo. This is a family run business! Location: 1875 Mabery Ranch Road, Cottonwood AZ. 800-937-8643. Visit for hours and pricing.
  • Freitas Vineyard – This is a micro winery with hand crafted estate wines in European tradition. No tastings onsite, they can direct you to local venues. Open Daily 1575 Paradise Dr, Cottonwood AZ. 928-639-2149. Visit for hours and wine pricing for purchase.
  • Pillsbury Wine Company Tasting Room – Located in the heart of Cottonwood, Pillsbury Wine Company offers hand crafted fine Arizona wines. Pillsbury claims the soil and altitude in Cootonwood is almost identical to that to the Rhone Valley in the South of France. Location: 1012 N Main, Cottonwood AZ. 928-639-0646. Visit for hours and pricing. 
  • Rendesvous Old Town – Serves a huge selection of handcrafted beers. Casual pub food and flights to beer heaven available. 777 N Main St, Cottonwood AZ 928-634-3777. Visit

Scenic Opportunities:

  • Tuzigoot National Monument – A Sinaguan Pueblo situated on a 120 foot high ridge that overlooks a panoramic view of Jerome-Clarkdale. Take your time walking the trail at Tuzigoot. Visit the museum to learn more about the Sinaguan culture.  Open Daily, visit for hours and pricing.
  • Verde River Float Trip – Enjoy an easy kayak ride floating on the Verde to understand how vitality important this riparian area is to the all creatures in the Southwest. Kayak trips are offered by Sedona Adventure Tours. Wine Float Trips also available. 877-673-3661.
  • The Verde Canyon Railroad – Railroad cars can be rented for private parties. Wildflowers may be Verde Canyon Railroadviewed from mid-March through May. There are open air gondola cars for outdoor viewing and photography. About the trip: It is a 40 mile roundtrip, operates year round with a seasonal schedule. Call 800-582-7245 with reservation questions or visit for more info.


Day Trips from Phoenix: Explore Prescott

Day Trip to Prescott – Everybody’s Home Town

How far from Phoenix? 1.5 hours

courthouse plaza
Courthouse Plaza

Things to do: 

  • Courthouse Plaza – The original town square. Check here for events in the square. 
  • Sharlot Hall Museum – Panorama of Southwestern history dating back to 1864. You’ll see the John C Fremont House, The William C Bashford House & the primary exhibit at Sharlot Hall. Located at 415 W Gurley St., Prescott AZ. 928-445-3122. Visit for hours and pricing.
  • Smoki Museum – Learn about Native American culture, this museum is designed like a Pueblo and opened to the public in 1935. You’ll see pottery, jewelry, baketry, learn about kachinas and other artifacts. Located at 147 N Arizona St., Prescott AZ. 928-445-1230. Visit for hours and pricing.
  • Phippen Museum of Western Art – George Phippen was one of the founders of Cowboy Artists of America – this museum is for art buffs. You’ll see Bronzes, paintings and Native American arts & crafts are on display. They hold an Art Sale at the Courthouse Plaza on Memorial Day. Closed on Mondays. 4701 AZ 89 North, Prescott AZ. 928-778-1385. Visit for hours and pricing.
  • Whiskey Row – This is Prescott’s famous “wicked” street. Everyone needs to stroll up Whiskey Row, even if your not thirsty.  Visit to learn more.
  • Prescott Historical Tours – Walking tours of the 4 block historical district. Call ahead, wear comfy shoes. Contact Melissa at 928-445-4567

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Where to Shop: Downtown Prescott  features many boutiques and galleries. It’s also a great place to hunt for antiques and other treasures.



Granite Dells

Scenic Opportunities: 

  • Granite Dells – Just north of Prescott, the dells are an ancient rock formation sculpted for your viewing pleasure. The artist is Mother Nature with her centuries of wind, rain, snow and sun as her tools.
  • Granite Mountain & Granite Basin – 20 minutes each way from Prescott. Head to the Granite Basin Recreation Area. It’s a unique geological and historical wilderness. Hike & rock climb and be prepared for spectacular scenery.  Trails available. Dress appropriately for outdoor action.
  • Lynx Lake – A 15 minute drive from Prescott, this is an astonishing 55 acres of lake in our great desert state. Fishing is good year round, during the summer you can rent a boat.
  • Senator Highway Drive – This takes an hour round trip.  Drive east on Gurley street in Prescott over to South Mount Vernon/Senator Highway.
  • Skyline Drive (aka Thumb Butte Loop) – About a 45 minute trip. There’s a number of places to pull over and see the views including Skull Valley.  Head south of Montezuma Stree (AZ 89) to Copper Basin Rd, then turn right on Copper Basin Road, make a circle and return to Thumb Butte Rd.