Top 10: Secrets of Arizona
1. Sedona’s Spiritual Vortex
In addition to being a beautiful and serene place, Sedona has long been known as a place of spiritual power. This is because the power that emanates from the vortexes produces some of the most remarkable energy on the planet. Normally a vortex is created from the spiraling motion of air or liquid around a center of rotation. In Sedona they are created, not by wind or water, but from spiraling spiritual energy. The vortexes of Sedona are named so because they’re believed to be spiritual locations where this spiritual energy can facilitate prayer, mediation and healing.
2. Arizona’s Mystery Castle
In the city of Phoenix, Arizona there’s a mysterious (and slightly eerie) mansion that, legend has it, is home to a hoard of secrets and treasures. It’s been named “The Mystery Castle”. It was built in the 1930s, took nearly 20 years to complete and was erected in secret by a loving father who dedicated it to his daughter Mary Lou Gulley. Some find this story one of love and dedication; others find it strange and bizarre. To read the true tale behind one of the most unique places in the West click here.
3. Yoga Retreats and Spa’s
Arizona is home to some renowned and unique yoga retreats and luxury spa’s. If your Looking for an adventure, something personal and unique we recommend Sedona Vortex Retreats in which the vortexes really help to maximize and deepen your spiritual experience. For those feeling a little more energetic and you’d like to add a bit of a work out to your yoga practice, we recommend Sedona Spirit Yoga and Hiking. Lastly, and one definitely not to miss is The 7 Centers Yoga Arts Studio, the first yoga studio established in Sedona. Today they’re known both locally and internationally for yoga teacher training retreats and workshops. The 7 center Yoga Arts Studio is located in the middle of town amid Sedona’s beautiful Spanish Mission architecture. The Studio also offers an Ayurvedic kitchen where chef’s use food and herbs to tailor a diet suited to your personal dietary needs. Food and herbs are also grown locally in their back garden or found at local farmer’s markets.
4. Hidden Canyons
Normally, when we think of traveling to Arizona, the majesty of the Grand Canyon comes to mind first, but Arizona is home to some of America’s greatest canyons including a number of ‘hidden canyons’. Antelope Canyon is a must-see and is considered one of the most breath taking and tranquil places on earth. If you’re looking for a more remote and far less touristy canyon, be sure to stop at Canyon X just a few miles away. For more information on hidden canyons and tours click here.
5. Uniquely Arizona Restaurants
When you think of fine dining and exotic flavors, Phoenix may not necessarily be the first place to pop into your mind as a destination for gourmet cuisine. However you may be surprised to find that Phoenix is packed with world-renowned chefs and a number of ingredients and signature dishes you have probably never even heard of. So gastronomes, don’t delay – check out Top: 10 uniquely Arizona Restaurants for a list of places you won’t want to miss.
Who would have guessed there were 36 spring festivals and events in Metro Phoenix every year? As it turns out Phoenix, Arizona is a hub for celebrations and festivals. Here it can involve anything from running with wild ostriches to dancing with Tahitian drummers. There is literally something for every age group or interest. Check out this festival guide for more information.
7. Tortilla Flat
You can’t go to Arizona and not explore its culture and its roots. For a true Western experience we recommend Tortilla Flat. To get a good workout in before you arrive, follow the historic Apache Trail which leads you straight there. Tortilla Flat started as a stage coach in the early 1900’s. The restaurant’s wallpaper is made from real dollar bills left by visitors from all around the world and the bar stools are made out of actual saddles. If that’s not enough to impress you, those who dare can try the prickly pear ice cream.
8. Lake Powell, Arizona
If sparkling, clear blue waters surrounded by towering red-rock canyons sound idyllic to you, then Lake Powell, Arizona is your spot. It’s the second-largest man-made lake in the United States. Activities include swimming, fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, water-skiing, hiking and sightseeing. Legend has it you can spend 30 years exploring Lake Powell and still not experience all it has to offer. For more information check out this Guide to Lake Powell.
9. Pine, Strawberry
Be prepared to be presented with delicious cheese Danishes, top of the line barbecue ribs and picturesque mountaintops. Pine, Strawberry (like the name didn’t already imply it was going to be great) is a town where people make a point of greeting you by name. It’s full of quaint little antique shops that will take you back to another era, Pine also boasts a saloon that continues to play the best blues music this side of Memphis.
10. Verde Hot Springs
Located an hour and a half outside Sedona, the Verde Hot Springs are not to be missed. There are only a few feelings that can compete with soaking up the minerals in a natural stone hot tub. This 100-degree natural hot spring has a fascinating past and travels through the remains of an abandoned resort that burned down in the 60’s. Be prepared to venture down unpaved roads and expect a bit of a hike. However once you’re there, the mission is well worth it and you can reward yourself with a restorative soak. For more info visit Verde Hot Springs.