Is Sedona the Most Beautiful City in America?

Author: , June 4th, 2015

Sedona - Alain The Sojourner

The Tourism office of Sedona claims the red rock city as the most beautiful city in the world. I’d say, it’s the most beautiful city in America.

I mean, it’s like “Wow, it’s beautiful,” not like “OMG! It’s beautiful!” It doesn’t have the appeal of New York nor the glamour or Paris. But, it does have scenic, panoramic nature that could topple down the skyscrapers of Chicago.

These photos will show you why you shouldn’t skip Sedona in your future trip in Arizona.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, Sedona, Arizona

Author: , July 9th, 2014

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Amazing Views from Promenade Terraces: Showcasing all that Sedona has to offer, the hotel’s award-winning design takes full advantage of its hilltop location with promenade decks featuring amazing red rock views. The complimentary Concierge Service will help you make your plans and the complimentary ‘About Town’ shuttle will get you there and back.

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The Spirit of Gay Sedona

Author: , July 5th, 2014

Red Rocks

Feel the warmth of the sun,” says Linda Summers. “Listen to the movement of the wind and the song of the birds.” I’m sitting silently amid the spectacular red rock formations of Sedona, Arizona, following Summers’ instructions. I keep my eyes closed and rest my hands on my knees, with my palms “open to the sky, open to the natural world and all it has to offer us.”

So far, so good. As a somewhat skeptical urbanite, more inclined to the cosmopolitan than the cosmic, I’d felt an initial twinge of hesitation at the prospect of joining Summers for one of her three-hour Journeys of Enlightenment (she also works as a Reiki therapist). By van and foot, Summers leads tourists to some of Sedona’s famed vortexes, where mysterious spiritual energies are alleged to emanate from the earth, offering the potential for healing and heightened consciousness.

Yet, as we wound our way through the Verde Valley’s salmon-colored mesas, punctuated with dusty green sprays of catclaw acacia and tiny white blooms of Arizona cliffrose, I found myself genuinely soothed by the landscape’s beauty, and by my guide’s cheerful, non-proselytizing spirituality. “Oh, you’re a little bit of a cynic!” Summers notes with a chuckle at one point, after I’d foolishly asked a science-based question.

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Gay Flagstaff, Arizona – Cowboy Heaven

Author: , September 30th, 2013

Arizona mapThe laid-back, cultured and pine-studded college town of Flagstaff has plenty going for it and makes a terrific base for exploring northern Arizona.

The largest city on Interstate 40 between L.A. and Albuquerque, Flagstaff is known for its seemingly endless supply of inexpensive chain motels and restaurants. Sadly, too many road-tripping visitors never get much beyond the exit ramp before continuing on with their journeys. In fact, this well-kept, historic city of about 66,000 is worth getting to know — it’s renowned for cool, dry summers and snowy but sunny winters, and has enough diversions and attractions to keep you busy for several days.

The presence of Northern Arizona University infuses Flagstaff with a youthful, bohemian personality that’s enhanced by the many outdoorsy types who have settled here from smoggier and more crowded parts of the West. The gay scene is subtle but pronounced — plenty of gay men and lesbians live here or nearby, and the rest of the population seems largely split between those who embrace diversity and those who simply don’t care much about their neighbors’ gender, race or sexual orientation.

Authored By Andrew Collins – See the Full Story at GayTravel.com

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Exploring the Grand Canyon and Flagstaff

Author: , August 21st, 2013

Grand CanyonThe Grand Canyon has been showered with accolades as much as any of America’s many spectacular national parks, yet few who visit this 300-mile-long gorge leave disappointed – it’s one natural attraction that truly lives up to its considerable reputation. Many of the park’s LGBT visitors combine their adventure with either a stay in rollicking Las Vegas or the groovy New Age town of Sedona, but don’t overlook the nearest small city, Flagstaff. This laid-back, cultured, and pine-studded college town has plenty going for it and makes a terrific base for exploring northern Arizona.

The largest city on Interstate 40 between Los Angeles and Albuquerque, Flagstaff (flagstaffarizona.org) is known for its seemingly endless supply of inexpensive chain motels and restaurants. Sadly, too many road-tripping visitors never get much beyond the exit ramp before continuing on with their journeys.

In fact, this well-kept, historic city of about 66,000 is worth getting to know – it’s known for cool, dry summers and snowy but sunny winters, and has enough diversions and attractions to keep you busy for several days.

Authored By Andrew Collins – See the Full Story at Gay Calgary

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Exploring Flagstaff and Northern Arizona

Author: , August 12th, 2013

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The laid-back, cultured and pine-studded college town of Flagstaff has plenty going for it and makes a terrific base for exploring northern Arizona.

The largest city on Interstate 40 between L.A. and Albuquerque, Flagstaff is known for its seemingly endless supply of inexpensive chain motels and restaurants. Sadly, too many road-tripping visitors never get much beyond the exit ramp before continuing on with their journeys. In fact, this well-kept, historic city of about 66,000 is worth getting to know — it’s renowned for cool, dry summers and snowy but sunny winters, and has enough diversions and attractions to keep you busy for several days.

The presence of Northern Arizona University infuses Flagstaff with a youthful, bohemian personality that’s enhanced by the many outdoorsy types who have settled here from smoggier and more crowded parts of the West. The gay scene is subtle but pronounced — plenty of gay men and lesbians live here or nearby, and the rest of the population seems largely split between those who embrace diversity and those who simply don’t care much about their neighbors’ gender, race or sexual orientation.

Authored By Andrew Collins – See the Full Story at the Dallas Voice

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My Red-Rock Road Trip Through Northern Arizona

Author: , July 13th, 2013

Red RocksGot a bucket list? One of my bucket-list items was to drive across the desert and see the epic flatness, red rock passes and endless desertscapes of the wild west. Conjuring images of old westerns watched with my dad, I imagined the good guys and the bad guys hiding in the canyons and bluffs for the ambush. While visiting Phoenix, Arizona, I took a 400 mile, 9 hour road trip from Phoenix through Sedona to Flagstaff, on to Meteor Crater, via Route 66 to “Standin-on-the-corner” in Winslow, Arizona and back cross-country to Phoenix … in a Ford Mustang Convertible!

Doesn’t the top-down freedom of wind in your hair, the endless sun of Arizona at 70 miles per hour in a convertible sound like a perfect daytrip? If historical landmarks are your thing, Montezuma’s Castle’s for you. If it’s the grandiosity of the red rock wonders, Sedona’s yours. Prefer upscale shops and boutique getaways? Sedona’s got what your chasing. Camping or kid-friendly desires? Slide Rock or Red Rock State Park is the thing.

Taking Highway 17 north from Phoenix towards Flagstaff first takes you to Montezuma’s Castle (in the Cape Verde area). Over a thousand years ago, the Sinagua people lived here in an ingenious 45-room dwelling high up on the cliff face.

Authored By Stacy Rosien – See the Full Story at Go Girlfriend

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