As the unofficial start to summer arrives with Memorial Day, you might be looking for a getaway. Fresh mountain air and year-round comfortable temperatures make Sedona and its beautiful red rock scenery a must for your next vacation. Enjoy the scents and feel of a location in a pine forest like no other. There are plenty of things to do and see that will keep everyone happy and busy throughout your Sedona Memorial Day Weekend Getaway.
Sedona’s unique climate of desert heat during the day and the low temperatures of northern Arizona at night make it a great environment for winemaking, meaning more than 20 wineries call the Sedona area home. You can take a tour of the many wineries along the Valley Verde Wine Trail through a special tour this Memorial Day or choose to create your own path. Whichever you choose, make sure you have safe transportation between venues, as well as back to your accommodations.
Immerse yourself in the Old West this Memorial Day. Many companies offer horseback riding tours in the fashion of the “Old West” heritage of Arizona. Guided tours will fill you in about the area’s flora and fauna, the mountains, and the history of the land. Bring your camera and capture the wonder of panoramic views and thrilling terrain like the Verde Valley, Sedona Red Rocks, and more. You can even go as far as the San Francisco Peaks of Flagstaff.
Red Rock Scenic Byway
Gather your group, pack up the rental car, and head out for some sightseeing this Memorial Day. The Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR-179) takes you on a short trip that can last all day. Only ten miles long, the byway itself is a short drive, but you can spend hours at the many scenic pull-off points along the way. Gaze out over towering red rocks only found in Red Rock Country. Go during the day for a spectacular view from every angle or take a sunset cruise. While you’re out, stop by the Coconino National Forest visitor’s center for maps of hiking and biking trails to add to your itinerary.
Off-Road Tours this Sedona Memorial Day
Go off-road this Memorial Day. There are so many ways to get up close and experience the great outdoors of Sedona. An off-road tour mixes a scenic drive through the mountains with the adventure of hiking or biking through the terrain for an unforgettable experience. Jeep tours take you through parts of Sedona you wouldn’t be able to access any other way. See red rock formations, breathtaking views, and learn about the region’s ecology, geology, and history along the way.
Verde Canyon Railroad
Take a scenic tour through areas the rental car can’t go. The Verde Canyon Railroad is available any time of year, and a fun way to sightsee. The train also gets you out of the heat of an Arizona Memorial Day and takes you through areas you won’t be able experience in your car. Book a seat on your desired day. Stick to your seat or head to an open-air viewing platform car for a better view of the red rock and pine forest scenery surrounding you. Come back another time for one of their themed rides, including the “Chocolate Lovers’ Special” for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Christmas, and more.
Sedona and the surrounding area are filled with plenty of things to do and see during your Memorial Day escape, but you’ll want to make sure to make time to relax and unwind. Choose one of the many spas in the area and indulge in services like facials, body wraps and scrubs, and much more. Enjoy a myriad of massage options, including classic Swedish massage, a CBD oil massage, or a deep-tissue massage using heated basalt stones.
Drive your own vehicle through the park’s three-mile track at your own pace. See more than just bears – javelina, prairie dogs, North American river otters, wolves, and more also call the park home. Keep in mind that all vehicles must be completely enclosed (no ATVs, convertibles, or open-top jeeps) and have operational windows.
Plan your Sedona Memorial Day Weekend Getaway Today!
Start your unique summer this Memorial Day in unique Sedona. To create a stay as unique as yourself and your loved ones, make sure the first thing on your planning list is to book a vacation rental with Sedona.org. After you’ve tried some of the delicious and unique dishes the area restaurants have to offer, you can prepare your own home-cooked meal in the fully equipped kitchen. Relax in a private bedroom or comfy couch and watch a movie or TV show or play a game. For an intimate Memorial Day experience, choose a one-bedroom unit with kitchenette, or plan a family or group reunion and book a unit as large as six bedrooms! Choose a premium unit for upgrades and perks like stainless steel appliances, granite counters, hardwood floors, flat screen TVs, and more!
Contact us today to book your Memorial Day Sedona getaway!