United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • Announcements:
  • Forums Style Refresh
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 27, 15 at 11:33 AM
  • Introducing MeganM
    by Emily_D Fodor's Editor | Posted on Apr 24, 15 at 03:23 PM
View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Beach Vacation from Midwest with 10 year old.
  2. 2 SF to Seattle roundtrip with family,help!
  3. 3 Driving from Denver to Ouray Colorado and back in late August
  4. 4 Alaska Railroad trips reviews & motion sickness etc
  5. 5 Southern Road Trip
  6. 6 Which 2 islands to visit?
  7. 7 Hilton Head
  8. 8 Advice on 4 day itinerary in NYC in June 2015
  9. 9 NYC to Florida drive....seeking advice on stops in Va, NC, SC
  10. 10 Chicago Outskirts Hotel
  11. 11 Train, Boston to NYC, questions
  12. 12 Favorite Casual D.C. Restaurants?
  13. 13 DC - WW2 flyover
  14. 14 4 Days in LV
  15. 15 $ nights SF - 1 Night to drive the coast - 5 nights LA
  16. 16 Best Scenic Islands in Washington State
  17. 17 Grand Marais?
  18. 18 Brit worried about weather in Santa Barbara !
  19. 19 First time visit to California
  20. 20 Kauai North Shore Condos- Sealodge
  21. 21 New England and Eastern Canada
  22. 22 NYC to FLA Road Trip..stopovers (I-81) in Virginia and Sea Islands?
  23. 23 Colorado Springs to Durango 9 days
  24. 24 Must See/Do in Oregon & Washington
  25. 25 Restaurant recomendations in the east 54th Street area, please.
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report SEDONA ARIZONA

Jump to last reply

SEDONA REVIEW - I WILL NOT RETURN!
The historic downtown strip is only about 3 blocks long, however since its picturesque quaint old town days, rapid growth has spawned the development of strip malls, upscale restaurants, hotels, motels, jeep rides, gift shops, etc. up and down Highway 89A and 179. The beautiful red rocks are still there in the background, but the overall feeling of nature is being overshadowed by commercialization. If you plan to take a hike back into the canyons, expect to pay to park if you can even find a space. Illegally parked cars will be ticketed. This place is crowded and there are always lots of people on the shorter trails. Traffic tickets are also a significant income source for the city. Sedona does not collect property tax on their many multimillion dollar houses and that revenue loss is offset by income from tickets and fines generated by their 32 member police staff. Merchants are complaining that the strict overzealous police enforcement is hurting their business. I have to agree, sudden speed drops such as 40 to 15, 25 to 5, and some unbelievably low inappropriate speed limits, accompanied by hidden police, all seem like revenue generating speed traps to me. Additionally, there are so many traffic circles one after another with confusing double and single lanes, pedestrian and bicycle right of ways, making driving hazardous for people unfamiliar with them. In summary for those who have never visited Sedona before, it is not like the old western movies, prepare for the commercialization that I have described. Have an expensive meal, get a parking or speeding ticket, get lost or have a wreck in a traffic circle and imagine what it used to be like here. As for myself, I have vacationed in Sedona numerous times since the 70’s and definitely DO NOT plan to return.

7 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement