11 Cheapest Last-Minute Vacation Ideas

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3) Sedona, Arizona

Southwesterners know Sedona is a great place to come for an outdoor getaway with a little side of culture thrown in. Sedona is known for its striking red rock formations. They are the certainly highlight of the roughly 100 hiking and biking trails around the city, accessible with a Red Rock Pass for only $5/day. Many of Sedona’s other must-see attractions are free. The Chapel of the Holy Cross, designed in the 1950s, juts out from the jagged red cliffside and overlooks the Verde Valley. Visitors rave about the spectacular views and the peaceful surroundings. Another popular Sedona attraction are the city’s four vortexes said to emit powerful energy straight from the earth’s core. Also check out the Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village and browse the galleries and contemporary shops for Sedona-authentic products. Afterwards, head to the Cowboy Club for some high-desert fare and view the many autographed western movie star photos.