Sedona, Arizona
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Sedona and the Perfect Day Trip
North of Sedona off Highway 89A in Oak Creek Canyon (between mileposts 384 and 385) is the West Fork Hiking Trail, one of the best trails in Arizona. An easy hike about 6 miles round trip that meanders along and across the shallow creek among crab apple trees and wild blackberry bushes. The canyon walls stretch high above as trees root in the nooks and crannies. There are many opportunities to rest and explore along the way. Great for families and kids - I always come across little ones in carriers and more independent children running along the path. On the way back to Sedona, make a stop on main street to visit the shops and see the views. Next up is the Elote Cafe located in the King's Ransom Hotel at 771 Highway 179. This destination dining spot is the creation of award-winning, chef-owner, Jeff Smedstad, whose Mexican-inspired dishes are homey yet sophisticated. Elote, is Mexican street corn, a signature dish that you MUST try. Jeff also offers a signed cookbook for purchase. Don't let the outside of the restaurant fool you. It doesn't look like much but once inside, you'll be so glad you visited. Locals and visitors line up for the dinner opening hour. Closed on Sundays so try to plan for a different day. You won't want to miss it. If you are coming from or going to Phoenix, plan on a 2 hour drive one way. If you came to Arizona to go to the Grand Canyon, this is about the halfway point from Phoenix and worth adding to your trip plans.
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