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Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179)

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Address: Sedona, AZ 86351
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Take your time and enjoy the scenic byway. The landscape is unique and yet just what one imagines for the rock formations and mountains of the southwest. There are places to stop... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Sedona, Arizona
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Thank the citizens of Sedona and Oak Creek Village for vehemently fighting for a scenic byway instead of a 4 lane highway that ADOT wanted to install. If you avoid this road during holiday weekends, you are in for a treat. It's about 8 miles of scenery through the national forest. Be sure to stop at the vistas, take a... More 

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Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Get off the highway for the best viewing. Suggest a stop at Whole Foods where they have an amazing deli for some snacks and drinks then head west for a picnic. Might even rent a Rhino to get to some places only a jeep or off road vehicle can reach. Take it slow and feel the iron rich red rocks... More 

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Holden, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Take your time and enjoy the scenic byway. The landscape is unique and yet just what one imagines for the rock formations and mountains of the southwest. There are places to stop for views, pictures, hiking, and refreshment.

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Reno
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I literally said "OH MY GOD" and "WOW" when I drove this route. Ive never seen anything like the red rocks, fabulous pic opportunities. The National Park Stations are so very helpful with giving you a route to drive, what to see, how much time u have to see it.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Great vistas and plenty of hiking trails. Good parking areas, close to each trailhead, but they get very busy on weekends and during the summer months - arrive early.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Nothing to dislike here. (Only the snotty locals) Great photo spots, awesome scenic views, superb color, nice trails.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Sunset,Medicine wheel,, our guide Crystal,who is so knowlegable,who show us vortexes and explain everything we wanted to know.Notig was there that I did not like.

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Guelph, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We spent a day and a half just touring around Sedona and the surrounding area. This is a secondary route to return to Sedona from the Southeast. Spectacular viewsof the rocks in the area. Lots of areas to stop and take photos. Glad we took this toute as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful place to see. I never knew the desert could be so peaceful and breath taking! The rock formations was amazing. Seen a lot of cactus. I highly recommend everyone to take this trip and enjoy the beauty of the nature life gives us!

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

In July 2014, my family and I drove on this byway and it was just as I remembered it. I had visited Sedona in 1997, but my spouse had never been. It is such a unique, magnificent drive.

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