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Red Rock Country - Sedona

June 11th 2008 01:29
For those of you who love breathtaking scenery Sedona, Arizona in the USA, will have you mesmerised. Just two-hour’s drive North of Phoenix Sedona is often referred to as ‘Red Rock Country’ due to the spectacular red-rock monoliths that surround the town. Every year many tourists come here to experience the amazingly beautiful red landscape.
As we drove through the main street of Sedona, my first impression is that the buildings reminded me of the scenery in an old Western movie. Indeed Sedona has been the backdrop to many movies and TV commercials.
We did a one and a half hour jeep ride, around and up some of the rocks, which is a fantastic way to see some of this amazing scenery up close.

Some believe that Sedona is special in another way, something that is not visible to the human eye. Apparently, the town sits on several energy vortexes. A vortex is described as an unusual electromagnetic energy in the area. Some say there is no such thing it is just a psychic energy. Either way it is not surprising that many shops in the town were advertising psychic readings and spiritual healing.
Sedona is a great place to spend a day or a few hours but it can be very expensive, so I would recommend you make Sedona a day trip, unless you want to do a number of other outdoor activities the town has on offer such as hiking and horseback riding.
Rumour has it that both Madonna and Will Smith have houses in Sedona.

Red rock

The Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA has been described as the eighth wonder of the world and it is not hard to see why. At one mile deep, 18 miles across, and 277miles, long it is an awe-inspiring sight.

We arrived there late in the afternoon just in time to see the magnificent fiery sky as the sunset over the canyon. We were there in February, which is the off-season and can be very cold but we did get accommodation in Grand Canyon Village. If you are planning to visit May – November accommodation can be booked up well in advance (up to a year a have been told), and if you are planning to drive to the canyon you need to be there are there by 8am in the summer months otherwise it is very difficult to get parking.

We took a forty-five minute helicopter ride into the Grand Canyon, which can be expensive, but worth every penny! Take a good camera, as you can get some fabulous shots. We went with Papillion Grand Canyon Helicopter Tours situated in Tusayan around five to six miles outside the park. We flew over the North Rim, Eastern Gorge, then below the rim into the canyon. We saw the beautiful rock formations in all their colourful glory, the amazing painted dessert and much more. It is hard to find the words to describe this amazing scenery awesome, fantastic or amazing, just do not seem powerful enough.

There are many other ways to experience the Canyon, such one of the many lookout points along the South Rim, you can hike or even take a mule ride into the Canyon.

However, you experience it I can guarantee you one thing you will never forget it.

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon 1


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