Candle artist Jules dipping candles into vats of colored wax at Sedona Candle Magic. She makes an average of 20-25 candles each day.

Choose your adventure: A day in Sedona

Sedona has a heavy influence on ametaphysicality, the study of the relationship between mind and matter, such as identity and how the body connects with the energy around it. Sedona itself is known for its Vortex meditation sites said to elevate the body and mind. Spirituality is a recurring theme in Sedona, from connecting with nature, to nourishing the body and soul. A trip to Sedona is the perfect way to spend the day this August if you’re looking to reconnect. 

Make sure to pack a healthy dose of sunscreen for the road since Sedona is experiencing mild heat this summer: around 80 to 90 degrees. Dress comfortably and bring plenty of water, a snack, and a bag to carry any supplies, such as sunglasses and hand sanitizer, while exploring Sedona. The drive is around two hours, so prepare to leave earlier in the day in order to have more time in the city. 

The West Fork trail of Oak Creek Canyon is a six mile round trip hike and is rated easy for beginners. Voted one of the top 10 trails in the United States, the hike contains many rivers and streams amidst the many trees that surround the trail. The hike provides natural rocks and stepping stones to assist in crossing the abundance of streams on the path. The trail is open from 8am to 6pm, seven days a week and is dog-friendly as well. 

There are plenty of local, allergy friendly, restaurants to support in Sedona after a long hike. Open Thursday through Monday, Indian Gardens and Café features plenty of vegan and gluten-free options with a casual atmosphere. Their hours are 8am to 4pm, with patio seating that provides an outdoor dining experience. Their menu includes house made baked goods, soft serve, and fresh sandwiches and salads. As an alternative, Elote Café is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5pm to 9pm. Serving authentic Mexican food, the menu is almost entirely gluten friendly naturally. 

Candle Magic, a custom candle shop, showcases candle making as an art form. One of nine candle artists accept designs from customers to make the candle of their choice. The shop is filled with an array of handmade candles for customers to choose from as well. Each candle artist has the artistic freedom to choose what they create, meanwhile catering towards tourists with their ever popular Sedona themed candles. Their goal is to build a community through the art of not only candle making, but gift giving as well. 

Crystal Magic is a new age crystal and gift shop that highlights polished stones, crystal towers, jewelry, and items pertaining to spiritual enlightenment. In addition, they have a website that accounts for item availability and provides the option to purchase their items online as well. Customers can shop based on zodiac sign, which includes stones of all finishes that are said to be beneficial to the sign, and by chakra, which includes the stones associated with each energy point.

Memorable and fulfilling, you can return home satisfied and content. The drive home is beautiful and scenic, reminding you of the lasting memories of a long, yet exciting day in the city of Sedona.   

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