Spending 2 days in Sedona is wonderful. Sedona is a beautiful desert town in Arizona. If you're 48 hours in Sedona, you can see all highlights in the town and have a wonderful time!
You can find Sedona near Flagstaff. If you're in Flagstaff, I'd definitely recommend going to Sedona as well. There are many reasons to spend 2 days in the beautiful desert town!
Sedona is one of the most beautiful places in the United States if you love nature.
For example, there are gorgeous rock formations that are amazing to see! Besides that, you can find wonderful canyons and small rivers.
Because of its magnificent nature, you can also find incredible viewpoints in Sedona. The beauty of the desert town will surprise you for sure!
But there are more reasons to spend 2 days in Sedona.
Sedona is a place with lots of hiking trails. If you like hiking in beautiful surroundings, then this is a great place to travel to.
Furthermore, there are amazing art galleries in Sedona.
There's something for everyone's liking in Sedona!
For example, the desert town is also amazing if you love shopping. And there's a lovely park that's great to visit as well.
There are also many great restaurants here. So you're going to have delicious food during your 48 hours in Sedona too.
So going to Sedona for 2 days is definitely a great idea. But it's important to have a good itinerary. For that reason, I made this 2-day itinerary for Sedona.
Before the itinerary, I'll give you some information that's important for your trip. After that, I'll start the itinerary!
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Getting to Sedona
Getting to Sedona is easy to do. There aren't many ways to reach the town if you want to spend 2 days in Sedona. You can do so by car and bus.
By bus, you can reach the town from several places near it.
For example, there is a bus route from Phoenix to Sedona. This journey takes less than 3 hours.
You can also do a trip from Flagstaff to Sedona. For this, you can travel with the bus company Flixbus. And you can reach the town within 45 minutes.
Besides traveling by bus, you can travel by car. This is by far the most convenient way to reach the town of Sedona. That's because it is the fastest way to travel and you can bring a lot of luggage with you. It's also convenient to have your car if you're 2 days in Sedona.
From Phoenix, you can reach the town of Sedona within 2 hours. The total distance between the two places is about 115 miles (or 185 kilometers).
The distance from the city of Flagstaff is about 30 miles (or 48 kilometers) and this takes you about 45 minutes.
To reach the town from Prescott, you have to drive about 70 miles (or 112 kilometers). This journey takes about 1.5 hours to complete!
Travel Tips for 2 Days in Sedona
When you are going to Sedona for 2 days, you'll have an amazing time! There are many things to explore during this trip. Here are some tips to make your trip more pleasant!
First, when you are spending 2 days in Sedona, I recommend renting a car or traveling by your own car.
There are a lot of great places in Sedona that you should visit, but most of them you cannot reach without a car. These places are often too far to walk to and public transport is not doable.
Another tip for your trip to Sedona is to bring a lot of water with you. This is very convenient when you're 48 hours in Sedona!
Sedona is a desert town with many places where it can get very hot. Going there without water is not a good idea, so I recommend taking water bottles with you when exploring!
Third, there are many places outside of the town that are wonderful to visit. If you are going here, it is convenient that you have your phone with you.
But when you are exploring a lot of places on a day, your phone can run out of battery.
That's why I recommend bringing a battery pack with you when you're 2 days in Sedona!
Fourth, you should definitely visit a larger city nearby too! Going to Sedona for 2 days is wonderful, but there is so much more near it. I recommend staying a bit longer and exploring these places too!
For example, the city of Phoenix is great to visit as well! Here you find lots of great things to do and see too!
Another great city nearby is Flagstaff. Here you can also do a lot of great things.
Itinerary for 2 Days in Sedona
It's time to start the itinerary!
If you're going to spend 2 days in Sedona, you will have an incredible time.
You're going to see amazing nature and art. Besides that, you will see museums, go shopping and visit a gorgeous park!
Furthermore, you'll have dinner at restaurants with amazing views. And besides that, you're going to have breakfast at lovely cafes that are very unique. So you're 48 hours in Sedona are going to be incredible!
It's the first day of your 2 days in Sedona. Today, you're going to do many amazing things.
You'll start your day with breakfast at a very nice and unique place. After that, you're going to see wonderful nature, rock formations, a museum and more!
Breakfast at Local Juicery
Let's start your first day in Sedona with breakfast at Local Juicery!
Local Juicery is a very stylish place in Sedona where you can have delicious food and drinks.
What I love the most about this place is the story of it. The owners of Local Juicery are Mike and Summer Sanders. They started the place in 2014.
Back then, Summer had a baby in her sling and at the same time, she pressed juice at pop-up shops. There, she shared her love for vegan food and people liked it a lot.
For a long time, it was her dream to open a cafe and so she did. She wanted the Local Juicery to be a place that brings people together.
Nowadays, Local Juicery has two locations. One of the locations is in Sedona and the other one is in Flagstaff.
Local Juicery focuses on healthy food which is incredible! The food isn't only healthy, it's also very delicious.
For example, the avocado toast at Local Juicery is great for breakfast. The avocado toast has delicious ingredients, such as avocado, chipotle flakes, and microgreens.
And there are so many other amazing dishes on the menu of Local Juicery! For example, there are delicious waffles and breakfast bowls.
One of the breakfast bowls is the dragon bowl. The dragon bowl has delicious ingredients, such as raspberries, almond butter, and honey.
You can also try a smoothie at this place. They serve classic smoothies. But you can also have one of the green smoothies or one of the fruit and nut smoothies. It's great to start the first day of your 2 days in Sedona with one of these.
What I also love about Local Juicery is that Mike and Summer care a lot about the quality of the food.
Visit the Sedona Heritage Museum
The Sedona Heritage Museum is a must-see place when you are spending 2 days in Sedona.
This is the best place to learn about the history of Sedona. Everything about this place focuses on the story of the town. When you go here, you'll get a good impression of what the town is about!
Knowing the history makes the other places in the town even better because you know the origin of the town.
At the museum, you find very interesting objects. These objects are part of a lot of changing exhibitions that are there for several months of the year.
Each exhibit focuses on a particular part of the town's history.
What each exhibit has in common is that there are real objects that played a role in the history of the town. This can be both from a long time ago and from more recent times. That's why this is one of the best things to do when you're 48 hours in Sedona.
An example of a great exhibit at the museum was "They Made History". During this exhibit, you could learn about the suffrage movement. To be more specific, it was about the role of the state of Arizona.
This is only one of the great exhibits at the museum. Each time you are visiting the museum, there can be something else that you like.
What's great is that the museum is open every day of the week. This means that you can always visit it when you are in Sedona!
Another great thing about the museum is that there are a lot of events and educational programs. This makes the place even more interesting to visit!
You can find the museum in Uptown Sedona which is easy to reach during your 2 days in Sedona.
See Bell Rock
One of the most beautiful places in Sedona is definitely Bell Rock.
Bell Rock is a beautiful rock formation with a very unique shape. It is a rock in the shape of a bell.
Besides that, the rock is red, which looks very pretty too!
Bell Rock and its surroundings are beautiful to see. Here you can see a very pretty desert landscape.
Also, there are many views when you are going here, which is great to see!
What's great is that you can also hike here. There are several hiking trails during which you can get to the most beautiful spots next to the Bell Rock.
When you are 2 days in Sedona, I definitely recommend doing this hike! Depending on how much time you have, you can either hike a large part of the hike, or a smaller part. Whatever you do, you'll have a great time here.
When you are hiking here, be sure to bring water with you! It can get very hot along the hiking trails so you'll enjoy it better if you have a bottle of water.
Another rock formation that is worth visiting when you are in Sedona is Cathedral Rock. This is a gorgeous rock formation to see when you're 48 hours in Sedona.
Cathedral Rock is a butte next to Sedona that looks very beautiful. It is easy to reach the rock formation from the town by car.
The rocks here look fantastic. They are very tall in comparison to the surrounding. This makes them stand out a lot. In fact, the rocks are 284 feet (or 87 meters) tall, which is huge!
What's great is that there is a good hiking trail next to Cathedral Rock. This is the Cathedral Rock trail. This hiking trail is very popular and I recommend doing it too!
This hiking trail is very short and steep. During it, you go from the Back O' Beyond trailhead up to the middle of Cathedral Rock.
Along the way, you can see the landscape of the area surrounding the rock. Furthermore, there are lovely viewpoints that are great to see!
Chapel of the Holy Cross
The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a beautiful chapel that you can visit when you are in Sedona. It is a Roman Catholic chapel. It's amazing to see this chapel during your 48 hours in Sedona!
You can find this chapel inside of the buttes of Sedona, which makes it a very unique sight to see!
What I love about this place is that it is a very modern building. This looks wonderful in comparison to the rocky landscape where it is.
From the outside, you can see a large metal cross. This is a very impressive sight to see when you are arriving here.
Besides that, the chapel is great to visit on the inside as well.
From there, you have an incredible view of the landscape of Sedona. That's because the chapel is high upon a hill. This makes for a very wide view that looks awesome!
This place is very worthwhile to visit when you are 2 days in Sedona. That's because it is one of the best things to do in the town. Moreover, it is one of the best things to visit in the state of Arizona!
Red Rock State Park
Red Rock State Park is another beautiful place to visit when you are 2 days in Sedona.
What makes this park great is that there is a lot of nature that you can see here and there are many rock formations. This is incredible to see!
Moreover, there are lots of hiking trails at Red Rock State Park. These trails lead you to the most beautiful places in the park.
Besides that, there is a lot of wildlife and you can see lots of these animals here. For example, there are mule deer, bobcats, and more.
When you are only 48 hours in Sedona, you don't have a lot of time to explore all there is at this park. The park has much more to see. When you have more time in Sedona, I recommend going here for a day or for half a day.
You can reach Red Rock State Park by car within 18 minutes. The total distance is 9.4 miles (or 15.1 kilometers), which is very doable by car.
Dinner at Creekside American Bistro
It's time for dinner! If you follow this itinerary for 2 days in Sedona, you'll have dinner at Creekside American Bistro.
Creekside American Bistro is one of the best restaurants in Sedona. Having dinner at this place is amazing as the restaurant overlooks Oak Creek.
While having dinner here, you will have a wonderful view of Red Rock. This makes having dinner here very unique.
If you're going to have dinner here, you can sit indoors. But you can also decide to have dinner on one of the outdoor decks of the place.
I'd recommend having diner on one of the outdoor decks as this allows you to admire the wonderful views more.
Moreover, the restaurant isn't only amazing because of the amazing view. The food at Creekside American Bistro is also incredible.
The menu of the place even won an award. Furthermore, the menu changes every season. And the place uses ingredients from a local source. So that's great!
If you're going here, I'd definitely recommend having the bruschetta. The bruschetta at Creekside American Bistro is delicious. But there are so many delicious dishes on the menu, so I'd recommend having a look at it yourself.
Also, the atmosphere at the place is very good. The restaurant is welcoming and the staff is very friendly. So this is one of the best places in Sedona to have dinner on your first day for sure!
Let's begin with the second day! Today is going to be a very fun day. You're going to explore beautiful places and you're going to learn a bit about Sedona.
Furthermore, the food you're going to have today is amazing as well. So enjoy your day!
Coffee at Theia’s
Let's start your second day with breakfast!
One of the best places for breakfast in Sedona is Theia's. If you follow this itinerary for 2 days in Sedona, you're going to have breakfast here.
Theia's is a lovely place that you can find in uptown Sedona.
At Theia's, you can get the most delicious pastries. The pastries are locally baked, so that's great.
Furthermore, there are delicious drinks at Theia's too. You can get good coffee here, and the tea here is great as well.
Furthermore, you can order great smoothies at Theia's too. And if you'd like to have a protein shake to start your day, that's possible as well! Also, there are delicious iced drinks, such as iced chai latte, that I'd recommend too.
So the place definitely has everything you'll need to start your day.
What I love most about Theia's is that you can find local art at the place. This makes the place very unique ad it makes having breakfast here even better.
The art you can find at Theia's is from Allen Powell. He's a painter that focuses on nature and the shape of humans. His art is very beautiful and I'd recommend having a look at it when you're at Theia's!
Also, the atmosphere at Theia's a very nice. It's the perfect place to start the second day of your 2 days in Sedona.
See the Sedona Arts Center
After breakfast, it is time to see some of the art of the town. When you're 48 hours in Sedona, it's fun to see some art.
The best place for that in Sedona is the Sedona Arts Center. Here you find a lot of activities related to the art scene of Sedona.
One of the best things about this place is the Fine Art Gallery.
At the Fine Art Gallery, you can see beautiful art! On display, you can find art created by local artists.
There is a large variety in the type of art you find here. For example, there are paintings, ceramics, photos, and jewelry.
What's great is that the exhibitions are always changing. This means that you can always come back here to see something new! This makes it a great place for visiting several times!
Also, if you like some of the art, you can buy it, which is great! This makes it possible to take something back from your trip to Sedona!
Another great thing about the Sedona Arts Center is the workshops you find here.
There are lots of workshops that focus on certain areas of art. These are great to attend when you are going to Sedona.
This takes a bit too much time when you are only 2 days in Sedona. But if there is a workshop you like a lot, you can consider spending more time here, and less time at other places.
Besides the gallery and the workshops, there are also a lot of events at the Sedona Arts Center. These are lovely to attend when you are in Sedona and can be very interesting!
Thus, visiting the Sedona Arts Center is a great experience when you are visiting the town of Sedona. You'll have a great time for sure!
Go shopping and see art at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village
Do you like shopping and art? Then this will be one of your favorite activities on this itinerary for 48 hours in Sedona!
It's time to go to the Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village. This is one of the best places for shopping in Sedona. And at the same time, it's a landmark you have to see when you're in Sedona!
Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village looks a lot like a traditional Mexican village. That's why it's very nice to see it. Furthermore, the place got its name because Tlaquepaque means the best of everything.
The place looks wonderful with its pretty cobblestone streets and beautiful entryways.
Besides admiring the beauty of the place, there are amazing things to do here. As I mentioned before, the Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village is great for shopping. Besides that, you can see wonderful art here too!
You can find more than 50 shops and art galleries at the Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village.
It's incredible to see the exclusive art here and the shops are amazing as well. Also, you can sometimes see artists from Sedona working on their art in the galleries.
Moreover, Tlaquepaque is also a very popular place for weddings! That's because of how beautiful and romantic the place looks. This makes going here even more fun as it's amazing to see such a romantic place where many couples marry.
Sedona Airport Loop Trail
After shopping, it is time to explore some of the nature of Sedona!
If you are looking for a great hiking trail on your second day you should do the Sedona Airport Loop Trail! This is one of the most beautiful things to see during 2 days in Sedona.
This trail goes around the regional airport of Sedona and it takes you along pretty places.
The length of the hiking trail is about 3.2 miles (or 5.1 kilometers). Because it is a loop trail, you'll end up at the place where you begin the trail, which is great. This makes it easy to do this trail!
What's great about this trail is that there are a lot of rocks. This looks very beautiful! Besides that, there are a lot of cacti that look beautiful next to the rocky landscape.
Another great thing about this hiking trail is the wildflowers you find here. You find these at many places and they look very pretty.
Furthermore, from this hiking trail, you have wonderful views of the surroundings.
This hiking trail is easy to do, as there are only slight changes in elevation. This makes it easy to do for most people.
But keep in mind that it can get very hot at the hiking trail. Because of that, I recommend bringing a lot of water with you when you are going to hike here. That way, you'll have a much more comfortable time!
Sedona Airport Scenic Lookout
The Sedona Airport Scenic Lookout is one of the best viewpoints in Sedona. You find it close to the Sedona Airport Loop Trail, which makes it easy to go here after the hike.
From here, you have a beautiful view of the surroundings. During the hiking trail, you could see a lot of the beautiful landscape. Here you can see even more of the landscape, but them from the top.
It is great that you can see all the places where you went during the hike!
Seeing this viewpoint is one of the best things you can do during 2 days in Sedona for sure! It is also a very popular spot, so there are likely other people at this spot.
Especially during sunset, it can be quite busy here, as the sunset here looks great as well. If you have time left, I recommend going back here later!
Next to the Sedona Airport Scenic Lookout, you find a parking space. It costs only 3 dollars to park your car here. After parking, it is only a short walk to the top, which is very doable! This makes it a great place to visit between the other activities of this itinerary!
Go to the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park
After seeing Sedona and its surroundings from above, you should go to the next activity of this day!
The next activity of this 2-day in Sedona itinerary is Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park.
This park is a beautiful place with lots of nature and red rocks. This makes it a very pretty sight to visit when you are in Sedona.
Also, it is the perfect place for relaxation! So this is the moment to relax during your 48 hours in Sedona.
The Amitabha Stupa is a spiritual place for everyone. It is perfect for those of all faiths. This makes it a great place for prayer and meditation, and lots of people visit it for those reasons!
What's great about this place as well is that you have a beautiful view of the surroundings from here. You can see a lot of beautiful rock formations that lie next to the park, which is great!
It is easy to reach this place from the lookout where you were before. Going here by car takes only a few minutes. So that's very convenient.
There is no admission fee to get into the park, which is great. But you can leave a donation here if you want that.
Dinner at Tii Gavo
The second day of your 2 days in Sedona was busy. Now it is time to have dinner!
One of the best restaurants in Sedona is Tii Gavo. This is a great place with delicious food and a lovely atmosphere.
You find this place a bit to the northwest of Sedona and it is easy to reach. By car, it takes only 17 minutes from the town of Sedona to get here. And from the last stop of this itinerary, it takes even less!
Tii Gavo is a great Southwestern restaurant with amazing food.
For example, you can find here great burgers, entrees, and salads. These are all great!
What I like about the restaurant is that they also have a lot of vegetarian and vegan options. This makes the restaurant an even better place to go!
One of the best vegan dishes is the Impossible Burger!
Another great thing about this restaurant is the views you can see from here.
The restaurant offers stunning views of the rocky landscape of Sedona.
There are large windows in the restaurant, so you can see the incredible landscape!
If the food wasn't good, this would still be one of the best restaurants in Sedona, because of these views. But luckily the food is amazing as well, so it is the perfect place for dinner when you are in Sedona.
When you go here, you'll have an amazing evening for sure! And it's a great place to end your 48 hours in Sedona!
Getting Around in Sedona
There are several options for moving around in Sedona.
Getting around in Sedona is easy if you have a car. There are lots of roads that lead to all places in the town's surroundings. By car, you can reach all the sights of this itinerary within minutes. This is the most convenient way to move around when you're 48 hours in Sedona.
Besides that, there is also one public bus in Sedona. This bus covers about 10 stops within the town. Depending on where you need to go, this can be a convenient way to move around.
Also, you can get around by taxi. This is a great way to see many sights if you don't have a car to ride yourself.
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