08 Apr Green City Series: Eco-Conscious Guide to Sedona, Arizona
Arizona is home to one of the most recognized national parks in the world – the Grand Canyon. As one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Grand Canyon National Park has attracted eco-travelers from all around the globe.
We at Verte Luxe are passionate about making every trip as sustainable as possible. As a part of our Green City Series, which highlights eco-tourism guides to sustainable destinations, we’re sharing everything you need to know for an eco-conscious trip to The Grand Canyon and Sedona, AZ.
For everything from things to do and where to stay to how Sedona is making thoughtful environmental efforts, keep reading below.
Things To Do in Sedona
Of course, you can’t go to Sedona without visiting the Grand Canyon. A quick 1.5 hour drive through some of the most beautiful scenery you will ever see, it is worth every minute. If you’re not comfortable exploring alone, there are a variety of one-day or overnight guided hiking tours. Your guide will lead you through the vast natural beauty that is the Grand Canyon. Make sure to bring your camera along because the views are breathtaking!
Need to wind down after a long day of outdoor adventuring? Head to the Tlaquepaque Arts and Shopping Village for a bit of shopping and relaxation. With 45 specialty artisan shops and 19 galleries, you’re sure to leave the distinctive complex feeling inspired. Take the relaxation a step further by heading to one of the many spas found in town. We recommend The Spa of Sedona, which takes an intuitive approach to promoting tranquility and self-love.
Where To Stay
As eco-conscious travelers, it’s important to consider what eco-friendly efforts hotels are making. The Junipine Creekside Resort in Sedona, for instance, is a certified sustainable business by the Arizona Sustainability Alliance. Junipine is ideal for nature lovers who want to be immersed in the serenity of the outdoors. The Wildflower Inn and Southwest Inn also make great sustainable lodging options if you want to be closer to the primary town area.
Where To Eat in Sedona
You’re sure to work up an appetite after visiting the Grand Canyon. Luckily, there are plenty of organic and health-conscious dining options to choose from in Sedona. For a glamorous sit-down dinner, head to Mariposa and indulge in the South American-inspired cuisine. The ChocolaTree Organic Eatery also offers the ultimate mindful eating experience. Its menu features 100% organic, gluten-free, and vegan options.
To get a casual taste of the local flavor, take a trip to the Sedona Farmers Community Market. Open on Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., the market offers a variety of local food vendors and treats.
Sedona’s Sustainability Efforts
Sedona is a center for nature appreciation and spiritual growth. Therefore, the city and people of Sedona are making admirable efforts to protect the precious Earth. There are a variety of volunteer opportunities that work to encourage recycling and keep Sedona clean. You’ll also find sustainability practices implemented in the city’s infrastructure and residential designs.
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