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  • Michelle Bucher | June 19, 2015 9:00 PM ET

    Sedona, Arizona: A Top Road Trip Destination For 2015

    Sedona, Arizona: A Top Road Trip Destination For 2015

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    National Geographic has just released its list of Best Summer Trips 2015, and Sedona, Arizona is on the list.

    Sedona has made the list alongside places like Machu Picchu, Bermuda, England and even Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    This is exciting news for me as Sedona, Arizona is hands down my favorite city in America that I`ve road tripped through (and we`ve been through all of the lower 48 states). The stunning views of the red rock canyon and the quaint small town feel have created a special place in my heart for this town.

    As with many of our road trip destinations, I first learned of Sedona on Pinterest. It`s a popular getaway for golf lovers, and those road tripping to the Grand Canyon. Many tourists generally take the I-17 N from Phoenix, through Flagstaff and up to the Grand Canyon, but for those road trippers looking for a little something different, Sedona is a popular choice while heading north.

    Sedona actually became a pleasant road trip mistake for us while down in Arizona one spring. We were visiting family in Phoenix, with the intention of carrying on our road trip journey east to Texas, then backtracking up to the Grand Canyon and eventually Las Vegas. This was an ambitious road trip plan, but we wanted to visit the Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, Texas and of course had to make it back home before my friend’s vacation time ran out, so off we went to Texas. We accidently drove for several hours in the wrong direction, and eventually realized that making it to Texas and back in a few days wasn`t going to happen.

    So here we were several hours northwest of Phoenix wondering what to do since our road trip was now not going as planned. I remembered reading about how beautiful Sedona was, and how it was a popular place for road trippers passing through town. Once we sorted out on the map where we were, I realized we weren’t that far from Sedona. Our hotel booking and tour in the Grand Canyon wasn’t for a few days, so we had two free days to do whatever we wanted. We chose to head up to Sedona to see what the fuss was all about.

    The drive up to Sedona was absolutely beautiful. The roadway wasn’t as busy as some of the other routes we had been on, so we had the opportunity to pull over several times along the way for pictures and to take in the view of our surroundings.

    We arrived in Sedona in the late afternoon, just in time to enjoy a nice walk through town and dinner on the patio. It was a remarkable experience to be surrounded by such a beautiful red rock canyon.

    We eventually found a hotel to stay in and enjoyed a late night pizza snack in our hotel parking lot while stargazing.

    The following day was actually St Patrick’s Day. This really couldn’t have worked out better for us. We had originally planned on being on the road the whole day, but since our road trip plans had changed, we now had a chance to spend St Patrick’s Day in Sedona. We spent most of the day shopping in town, and hit up a local pub in the evening the help celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

    Sedona was a great experience for us, and it really shows that “rolling with the punches” while road tripping can be a great thing.

    Have you been to Sedona before? If not, you should add it to your road trip bucket list. 

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Michelle Bucher Road Rules From the Road Trip Blogger

Michelle Bucher Michelle Bucher is an avid road tripper, travel writer and social media marketer from Vancouver, British Columbia. Michelle has spent the past six years on various road trip adventures around North America. She's road tripped through 48 states, 10 provinces and several other countries. Michelle runs a fun travel blog,, showcasing stories from her random road trip adventures.
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