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Anything to see in route from Phoenix to Sedona ?

Anything to see in route from Phoenix to Sedona ?

Old May 28th, 2005, 10:40 AM
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Anything to see in route from Phoenix to Sedona ?

Our flight arrives in Phoenix on 6/4 at 9:00am and we are due to check in at a timeshare resort we exchanged at 4pm in Sedona. As you can see we'll have a few hours to burn before checking in. Are there any places we can stop and look at along the way.

We will also need to stop at a grocery store or the local super Walmart to stock up on food items. We will be staying at Club Sunterra at Sedona Summit which I believe is near Hwy 170 and 89A near the Sedona Medical Center according to their directions. Will there be any grocery stores in that area?
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Old May 28th, 2005, 01:04 PM
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Perhaps you'd like to spend a couple of hours at the Heard Museum in Phoenix first before heading up to Sedona.

Then on the way up to Sedona, make a short stop at Montezuma's Castle.

Have fun in whatever you decide.
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Old May 28th, 2005, 01:24 PM
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There's the misnamed Montezuma's Castle, actually ruins of Sinagua Indians. A lovely site and it doesn't take long to stop there on the way to Sedona. Closer to Phoenix, we always stop at Lazy JB's( or something like that) restaurant at the Black Canyon exit and have whatever meal it's time for.
Before you get into Sedona you will see signs for the chapel in the rock, a beautiful photographic op for the red rock country.
Just outside Phoenix on the highway to Sedona there is an outlet mall.
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Old May 28th, 2005, 02:15 PM
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After Montezuma's Castle, as you enter Sedona, you should check out the Chapel on the Hill. Parking is atrocious but the views are pretty!
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There is a Safeway on 89A , a few miles west of Sedona. That would be on your way.
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Old May 28th, 2005, 04:37 PM
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When you come to the intersection of Hwy 179 and 89a in Sedona, you turn left (west) and climb a hill. At the third stop light there is an ARCO gas station (usually the cheapest in town) and a shopping plaza anchored by one of our town's two supermarkets, Basha's. Its parking lot is directly behind the ARCO station.

Continuing west toward the Sedona Summit, you will pass a second shopping plaza anchored by Sedona's second supermarket, Safeway.

So both supermarkets are between Sedona Summit and the main traffic intersection of Hwy 179 & 89a.

If you are coming into Sedona from the west on Hwy 89a, you will come to the first stoplight, at Upper Red Rock Loop Road, and the entrance to Sedona Summit. Both supermarkets, therefore, will lie east of that stoplight.

There is no Wal-Mart in Sedona; the closest one is in Cottonwood, 18 miles west of town.
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Old May 28th, 2005, 06:17 PM
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i have been to montazumas castle omg you should seee it ...nothing like it its amazi a wonder for sure its a great drive arizona is absolutely beautiful lived ther for 9 years
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Old May 28th, 2005, 06:42 PM
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For a very scenic drive - go from Phoenix to WIckenburg to Prescott to Jerome to Sedona
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Theres a great exotic animal adventure that just opened in Camp Verde which ids exit 267, I believe. Check it out. We just got back from getting married in Sedona.
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I agree that Phoenix to Wickenburg to Prescott to Jerome to Sedona is an attractive route into Sedona (or out of Sedona). Another route with an entirely different terrain (an unexpected one for an east coaster visiting AZ for the first time) is Route 87 through Tonto National Forest to #260 which intersects with interstate just south of Montezuma's Castle noted by previous posters. Dealer's choice...or both since you have to get there and leave. (Heard Museum in Phx is fabulous!)
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Although the two alternative routes are scenic; the main route, ie. taking I 17 to the Sedona turnoff (Rte. 179) is much more direct and is imo very scenic also. So if you want a scenic freeway route, I 17 is the preferable route, otherwise allow for additional travel time and different roads.
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I drove the route I recommended yesterday from Flagstaff thru Sedona, Jerome, Prescott, Wickenburg to Phoenix.

It is very scenic. It was the first time I have done the Wickenburg-Prescott section, and the first time I have done the rest in one trip. It is a long drive with plenty of mountain driving.

As I was driving it, I recalled that a friend who test drove VW Rabbits drove much of this route every day as a very good test of the car.
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