For a FIFTH Day, don't overlook Flagstaff, Arizona...
Head +up Oak Creek Canyon on your way to Flagstaff - At 7,000 ft above sea level, this historic college town can keep you busy all day. Mt Humphries is visible from Flagstaff and sits at 12,000 feet and is snow covered throughout most of the year. Stop at the scenic overlook at the top of the switchbacks on the way for great photo opportunities looking back at Sedona. The Native American Arts Coop is located here in the Spring through the end of October. Authentic Native American jewelry and art is for sale to the public by locals.
Lowell Observatory - Visit this historic observatory where the planet Pluto was discovered! The observatory houses a 100 year old telescope and personal library of Percival Lowell. Tours are available.
Museum of Northern Arizona - Experience artifacts and exhibits of the Native American culture and learn the fascinating history of Northern Arizona. There is a terrific gift shop which offers Hopi, Navajo, and Zuni art.
Riordan Mansion State Historic Park - This is a fine example of arts and crafts architecture. The home was built by two brothers for their brides (two sisters) in 1904. Guided tours are available of the home and furnishings including a 40 room collection of handcrafted items by Edison, Stickley, Tiffany, and Steinway.
Walnut Creek National Monument - Wow! A 60 million year oldcreek-bed and breathtaking canyon with evidence of 3600 yrs of human habitation.
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument - Amazing geologic lessons can be learned from this 900 year old volcano that rained down on the local inhabitants of that time. Volcanic rock and ash that looks as if it fell yesterday.
Wupatki National Monument - Visit the restored ruins of an 800 year old Red Rock pueblo village.
Meteor Crater - Let's hope this never happens again. 50,000 years ago a 1,000 ton meteor hit Northern Arizona with the force of 20 million tons of TNT. The devastation was so great that NASA astronauts did their moon training at the bottom of this crater. (A bit east on U.S. 40, but worth the drive if you have the time).
And here are even MORE things to chose from in the greater Sedona area.
The list goes on:
Picnic Lunch - We love Memories Bakery & Sandwiches (in Uptown Sedona) for great picnics to tote along to our many scenic spots in Sedona.
Gallery Hopping - Sedona is famous for its variety of art galleries and artist studios.
Bi-Plane or Helicopter tour of the Red Rocks - Arizona Helicopter Adventures LLC and Red Rock Bi-Plane Tours.
Cowboy Dinners and Entertainment - Go to the Blazin'M Ranch in Cottonwood.
Ride a Scenic Railroad - Take the Verde Canyon Railroad round trip in Clarkdale.
Spend a day in the past - Take the Way of the Ancients Tour of Canyon de Chelly, Monument Valley, or the Hopi Mesas. Full one-day tours leave from Sedona.
Visit Vortex locations - Take a drive to one of the six Sedona Vortex locations to see if you feel a spiritual or metaphysical energy!
Massage and Spa Treatments - Let us arrange for on-premises massages as well as off-premises spa treatments.
Or as a last resort, just RELAX and do NOTHING AT ALL on our courtyard oasis!