Sedona is a pleasant town. The streets are clean and the water right out of the tap is good. There are excellent restaurants, chic shopping venues, and a host of outdoor activities to enjoy…and you can enjoy all of it throughout the year.
I loved the red rock and mountain formations in the area, and I loved the climate. I grew up in Arizona, and it was nice to get back to the higher elevations where you can breath easy even in the middle of summer (yes, it gets hot-but there’s hot, and then there’s Phoenix hot). I hiked around one of those rusty sandstone peaks (Bell Rock), and enjoyed the cool air on my skin.
You can drive to the Grand Canyon and back in a single day from there. I made the trip from Vegas in a few hours myself, so it’s pretty convenient to “attractions”, as the tourist industry likes to say.
There isn’t any “wow” moment in Sedona. It’s just a quiet place that’s easy on the eyes and makes you want to get outside and exercise. It’s like a soothing balm for the soul. Sometimes that’s good enough.