Sedona Journals

Day Trips from Sedona

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A November 2005 trip to Sedona by Kellie R.

Wigwam Village Motel #6 Photo, Holbrook, Arizona More Photos
Quote: This trip was born out of my desire to sleep in a concrete wigwam on Route 66. Everything else was icing.

Wigwam Village Motel #6

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Hotel | "WigWam Motel"

Wigwam Village Motel #6 Photo, Holbrook, Arizona
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Spending the night in a concrete wigwam on historic Route 66, what more do I need to say, really? It's every bit as kitschy cool as I had hoped it would be. And that's saying something, since I had been hoping for this for almost 20 years, when I saw a picture of said tepees in a travel magazine as a child.And I was filled with the glee of a wee child to see the original neon still glowing brightly as we pulled up in the middle of the night and, in the light of day, the gorgeous vintage cars scattered throughout the parking lot. (One of the members of the Lewis family, who have owned and operated the wigwam village since the 1950s, referred to the cars as their "old junkers," but don't be fo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 15, 2006

Wigwam Village Motel #6
811 West Hopi Drive Historic Route 66
Holbrook, Arizona 86025
(928) 524-3048

Hotel Monte Vista

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Hotel

Hotel Monte Vista Photo, Flagstaff, Arizona
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Even if you've performed only the most cursory search on the Hotel Monte Vista, there's one thing you're certain to know about it already: it's "haunted." Well, maybe not, but that certainly adds some glamour to what would otherwise be sort of just an old, somewhat run-down hotel.Speaking of glamour, you may also know that some of the hotel's previous guests: Michael Stipe, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, and Freddy Mercury. Oh, and Freddy Krueger. As a matter of fact, my husband and I had the distinct pleasure of staying in the Freddy Krueger room at the "Monte V," as we heard the locals call it. (The actor who plays Freddy, Robert Englund, had once stayed in our room, and several of his pi...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 16, 2006

Hotel Monte Vista
100 N. San Francisco St.
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
928-779-6971

Joe and Aggie's Cafe

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Restaurant

Joe and Aggie's Cafe Photo,
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Joe and Aggie's cafe, located on old Route 66 in Holbrook, is a memorable place to eat breakfast after spending the night at the WigWam Motel. It's kind of a little dive, but I promise I mean that in the most endearing way. This cafe offers a variety of Tex-Mex specialties for your morning meal, every one of which sounded delicious. I ordered the green chile omelet (remember, Arizona's "official" state question is "red or green?"), which rested atop a corn tortilla and was accompanied by beans—so good.Not only was the food great, but the place had character. This is one of those little places where you can listen in on all the conversations going on around you from the comfort ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 15, 2006

Joe and Aggie's Cafe
120 West Hopi Drive
Sedona, Arizona 86025
(928) 524-6540

Petrified Forest National Park

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Attraction

Petrified Forest National Park Photo, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
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Around 225 million years ago, a forest was covered in volcanic ash, then slowly infused with silica, turning the wood to stone over the centuries.What does all this mean to you? Well, fast forward a few thousand decades—you get to drive through it! And, while the history and science behind it may be kind of boring to some people, the petrified wood sure is "purdy" to look at.Petrified Forest National Park consists of 93,533 acres, 28 miles of which have been paved into a scenic drive. To the tune of $10 per carload, you can view some of the most spectacular formations Mother Nature has to offer. Many stops at scenic overlooks are available, affording you plenty of opportunities to ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 16, 2006

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona 86028
(928) 524-6228

Out of Africa Wildlife Park

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Attraction

Out of Africa Wildlife Park Photo,
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Travel just 30 minutes outside of Sedona to Camp Verde and you'll feel like you've been transported to another country. Our visit to Out of Africa Wildlife Park provided us with some once-in-a-lifetime experiences we'll never forget.While there, we had the chance to pet giraffes and feed them soy biscuits right out of our mouths. (Their ginormous eyelashes literally brushed my face!) Not for everyone, I know, but it's completely optional. Not only that, but we saw an array of animals, including ostriches, tiger cubs, wildebeests, deer, hyenas, and zebras.The $28 admission ($20 for children) includes two different experiences: the Serengeti safari and the wildlife preserve tour. The...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 16, 2006

Out of Africa Wildlife Park
4020 N. Cherry Rd.
Camp Verde, Arizona 86322
928.567.2840

Stewart's Petrified Wood

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Attraction

Stewart's Petrified Wood Photo, Sedona, Arizona
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If you're driving on I-40 after spending the night at the WigWam Motel, or after an afternoon touring Petrified Forest National Park, you've undoubtedly seen the copious billboards advertising Stewart's Petrified Wood shop in Holbrook. Most of the billboards tantalize with offers of a free piece of petrified wood for each visitor.SOLD!I was completely drawn in by the offer, but upon arrival at Stewart's, I had second thoughts. The creepy mannequins (one of which was in a dinosaur's mouth) and ostriches surrounding the property gave me visions of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But it turned out to be worth fighting the fear. After all, petrified wood ain't cheap!Mr. Stewar...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 16, 2006

Stewart's Petrified Wood
140 Exit 303
Holbrook, AZ
(928) 524-3003