Day 25 - Sedona - Arizona
Trip Start Oct 13, 2012
38Trip End Nov 19, 2012
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Flicking through my lonely planet (thanks Bryan) I kinda got my heart set on Sedona, Arizona.
I thought I would want to spend more time on Route 66, but from what I've seen so far and from the locals I've spoken to the Aussie's definately have more, and better, kitch big things and silly tourist attractions, not to say there aren't plenty here, but they're often long distances apart (like everything else, man this is a big country!).
But I didn't skip Route 66 all together, as a final farewell to New Mexico I stopped in Gallup for a chicken burrito at the El Rancho Hotel. This place held a bit of an attraction for the Hollywood types, among it's famous guest list were Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, though I daren't suggest together, how scandalous!
The stars didn't just hang out in tinsel town, they seemed to love all the surrounding desert areas in Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona too.
After saying goodbye to New Mexico I said hello again to Arizona in the very beautiful village of Sedona. They say this place is special and that the new agers and hippies love it and believe the rocks in the area have healing properties. What ever, right?! But on driving in I think I was caught by the spell too. It is breathtaking. It takes about 2 hours to drive in to Sedona and the same to leave as you can't help but stop every 2 minutes to admire the views and take in the beauty of the place (if you just drove straight in and out it would take less than an hour to go through all the rock formations). I think I killed the wheel balance in the rental car diving off the road at every possible place I could find, it certainly seems to have a bit more of a shudder than it did before now, oh well, I find if you drive really fast you can't hear it much ;)
Sedona is a tiny village nestled in a valley surrounded by stunningly beautiful red sandstone rock formations. I definately made the right choice picking this place as my next stop. Don I think you would really love this place, it's national parks as far as the eye can see with loads of walks and hikes. Because I'm quite late in the season a lot of the entrances were closed, but not all. Lucky for me the entrances that were open had more Tracey style walks than Don style hikes ;)
Arizona sure does have pretty rocks and cliffs.