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Be charmed by natural beauty in Sedona, Arizona

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Arizona was first explored in 1539 by Spaniards looking for the mythical Seven Cities of Gold. Though they didn’t find them, they did find a state rich with natural beauty. If you’re in the northern part, it’s almost impossible to pick just one spot to visit, but Sedona is a city that can’t be missed.

Sedona manages to be both a top golf destination, as well as a playground for the jet set, and one of the biggest centers of alternative spirituality in the country. No matter what your interests, you can’t help but be charmed by the area. You can hike through natural paradise within the 286-acre Red Rock State Park, and see what it is about this region that has drawn visitors for hundreds of years. Admission to the park is $3.

The best view of Sedona is from above, and Red Rock
Balloon Adventures
will take you on a serene four-hour journey, from a sunrise liftoff to a Champagne lunch at the end of your flight. The trip costs $195, and includes transportation, your balloon ride, and lunch.

Sedona’s shops and restaurants aren’t known for their low prices, but if you know where to look, great deals can be found. The Wildflower
Bread Company
serves up freshly baked artisan breads and an extensive lunch menu at great prices. The lemon garlic penne is a steal at $7.29. If you’re in the mood for a vegetarian feast, put D’lish on your list. The pesto portobello sandwich goes for $9.50.

For more planning tips, go to the Sedona Chamber of Commerce.

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