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“Turn after turn something more beautiful than the last!”

Ranked #2 of 158 things to do in Sedona
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 29, 2013

This is one of the most stunningly beautiful drives in the country. Thank goodness for the many pull off areas where you can get out and just be amazed at the beauty surrounding you. As the sun moves in the sky, the colors pop in different areas of the rock. If you are in Arizona and have the time, a drive on 179 to Sedona is a must do!

4  Thank jv50
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

I'm not sure how anyone could miss this byway during a visit to Sedona as it winds through much of the city. It's one of the most scenic drives I've ever experienced! With each turn you encounter a different gorgeous view. Be sure to check out places along the route such as the Chapel of the Holy Cross (for beautiful architecture and panoramic views) and Bell Rock (if you're looking for a simple and easy hike). Take caution yielding when necessary at the many roundabouts and pay attention to the speed limits. Rumor has it the local police are quick to catch speeding tourists.

6  Thank sdmorrison
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

I don't usually use all caps in my reviews or in any of my writing, but this drive is fabulous. We drove to Sedona from the south, Scottsdale to be specific. We just happened to stop at the Red Rock Ranger Station in Coconino National Forest on 179. As has been my experience with National Park Service staff in the past, we found the most helpful volunteer who provided us with a detailed map of the entire Sedona area. He took the time to mark specific spots we should stop to enjoy the view or to hike. Everything he said was absolutely true! Without this stop, I'm sure we would have wasted our day not knowing what we were seeing.

Parking at some of the stops on this scenic drive is limited and you need a "Red Rock Pass" ($5, available at the ranger stations) is required to park and hike at most areas along SR 179. We donated $10 because we felt the information we got from the volunteer was worth way more than that. While this is a byway, you'll miss most of what this drive has to offer is you don't get out of the car and enjoy the view!

7  Thank ChillinandRelaxin
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

A great way to see lots of this special and scenic area. Week-ends are quite crowded, but during the week the drive was lovely and easy to manage. Don't miss it!

1  Thank MBL29
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

Loved the views and if it is your first time driving it, you will find them spectacular. We were a bit disappointed because of all the new construction that we felt took away from the views. But Our first trip down, many years ago, my DH nearly drove off the road as we headed down 179 from 17 and turning around the curve that spread Sedona out in front of us was an OMG moment - the deep blue sky, the red, red rock formations, the deep green of the pines took your breath away.

1  Thank SaguaroCity
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