Uptown, the best area to stay in Sedona
Sedona has to be one of the most impressive places in the world to walk around, which is with relative ease as everything is compact. However, if you want to visit the trail heads and get different views of your surroundings, then it is best to either hire a car or bike but there are tourist shuttle buses that can take you around as well as numerous guided tours like Hydros Adventure Tours, Pink Jeep Tours and Sedona Trolley Tours. All of these companies are a fun way of exploring the Red Rocks as well as overnight hiking, rock climbing, canyoneering, rafting and general adventure tours.
The city is generally safe wherever you go but as the Uptown area is the main tourist hub, this means that are more police services provided, which makes it the safest neighbourhood in the city and is well-connected to the rest of the city and these reasons alone mean that is the ideal place to stay in. In the Uptown, you will see many other like-minded visitors as well as locals wondering up and down this important shopping district with an interesting array of shops and services that include the Visitor’s Centre, which will probably be the top of your list of places to go.
Other shops and stores in the area include supermarkets, pharmacies, various souvenir shops, hardware stores, sport places, clothing stores, entertainment stores, book shops, toy stores, arts and crafts and shops that sell their services like healing crystals, tarot reading, aura readings and vortex information. There are so many art galleries in the vicinity too with the best places being Hozho Plaza and Sedona Arts Centre, which contains local and international art galleries that have numerous permanent and temporary exhibitions.
There are also a couple of museums that are allocated in the Uptown area and the Sedona Heritage Museum tells you all about the history of the city and has guided tours around it as well as a gift shops that promotes local trade and arts and crafts. The Main Street in the Uptown area is also home to a number of travel agencies, who can arrange tours to tourist attractions around the city including Kayaking and Canoeing, M Diamond Ranch (100 year old working cattle ranch), Cathedral Rock Trail, Blazin’ M Ranch (western stage show) and many other trails and hikes, which can be sorted.
The Main Street is also where you will find countless restaurants with some of them rated as the best in Arizona and even a few that have made it to national acclaim. On offer, there are cuisines from all over the world like pizzerias, Brazilian steakhouses, Mexican, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Spanish, Italian, French and many others with many of them using typical décor of that country or culture. There are also numerous themed pubs and bars dotted along the same stretch with hotels and hostels either on the same stretch as well as behind the main street.