Monday, January 13, 2014

Take an Active Vacation -- Visit Sedona!

[The winner of the recently closed book giveaway is Christy!  Congratulations!]

Where have I been?  Hiking red rocks in Sedona, Arizona!

I typically dream of tropical islands for a winter getaway, but this year I dared to visit one of America's most beautiful cities and get back to nature.

For an alternative, off-season, ACTIVE trip, I can't recommend Sedona enough.  There's endless hiking options, each trail a unique experience.  There are fine Arizona wines.  There are spas and wellness centers galore.  There is beautiful art on display in the many galleries.  There are wild off-road jeep rides.   There are stars spread across the sky, untainted by city lights.

Beautiful landscapes!

Here are some scenes from the trip:

Bell Rock and Cathedral Butte Loop

Hanging out in a little cave

Awkwardly balancing my way down the slope

Sunset view from Airport Vista

The sky was on FIRE!

Sunrise on the red rock

Pink Jeep Tour: Broken Arrow (Thank you, Hilary, for the recommendation!)

Wild ride!

Cathedral Rock

Going up

Cathedral Rock silhouette

Another night's sunset, igniting the red rock again

Hike: Doe Mesa

Demonstrating my superhuman strength

Getting Blissed In in nature!

Our picnic view

Heading back down was always the hardest part!

Oak Creek Vista

We concluded our trip by driving up to the Grand Canyona must-see!

I had such a wonderful time, and can't recommend Sedona enough! 

Dare YOU To plan an active vacation and get back to nature! 

Have you been to Sedona? 

Where's your favorite place to take an active trip?


  1. YAY!!!!!
    this is so on my list now that Im in CA!

  2. Gorgeous. I have only been to Arizona once and it's right next door, lol. We really need to take the kids to The Grand Canyon.

    1. Yes you must! Although you've got a lot of adventures coming up, right in your own backyard :)

  3. what a cool trip! i've never been to that part of the country and it looks incredibly beautiful. i love the photo of you getting blissed in! and also, your man's huge furry hat. that pink jeep looks so...tilted. i'd probably be freaking out! props to you for having an active vacation. when i go on vacation i like to wake up and work out...but then sit on my butt all day, haha. i recently went kayaking one day during my FL vacation and it felt strange to be "out and about" and not by a pool. but fun!

    1. Hahahaha yes the pink jeeps do get quite tilted, and it was quite scary! Fortunately my driver was awesome and made me feel safe. It was loads of fun; if you ever head out there, I highly recommend it!

      I'm usually a morning workout - then sit by the pool vacationer, too, which was why this was a fun change of pace. We still got to relax in the hot tub after a day of hiking :) KAYAKing sounds fun! That'll have to go on my bucket list.

  4. I love Sedona! I went back in High School with my parents. The Pink Jeep Tour was definitely a highlight. It looks like you two had a blast!

  5. So pretty! I was a little bummed that my mom and her husband just bought a house out there, but maybe it won't be too bad to visit. I just wish it wasn't so far away!

    Alec @

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