FIVE THINGS: SEDONA, ARIZ.

Where the land­scape is sur­real and the vibes are mys­ti­cally good.

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As a trav­eller, I’m prone to cram­ming in overnight flights and back-to-back ac­tiv­i­ties in the in­ter­est of squeez­ing as much out of a des­ti­na­tion as I pos­si­bly can. But after be­ing in­spired by a friend’s very Zen pho­tos of hik­ing in Sedona, Ariz., I knew I was ready to try some­thing dif­fer­ent.

RIVER­SIDE

L’Au­berge de Sedona re­sort sits on the banks of Oak Creek in the cen­tre of town. Pic­ture tow­er­ing sycamore trees, lux­u­ri­ous creek­side cot­tages with open-air show­ers and a salt- and min­eral-based pool. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude sound heal­ing at L’Apothe­cary Sedona Spa and stargaz­ing.

HIGH EN­ERGY

There are four ma­jor vor­texes in Sedona: Bell Rock, Air­port Mesa, Cathe­dral Rock and Boyn­ton Canyon. These vor­texes, where the earth’s en­ergy is par­tic­u­larly strong, are said to of­fer heal­ing and spir­i­tual ben­e­fits. Whether you’re a be­liever or not, they’re worth a visit, es­pe­cially at sun­set, when the red rock hills prac­ti­cally glow.

STRETCH OUT

Even if you’re not a yogi—I’ve only done yoga twice—the out­door classes of­fered by Aum­base Sedona of­fer an orig­i­nal, re­lax­ing way to ex­pe­ri­ence the city’s trails and vor­tex sites. A yoga nidra, or guided sleep-based med­i­ta­tion ses­sion, on the rocks is a dreamy, cen­tring start to any morn­ing.

DRIVE ON

Reach Sedona, two hours north of Phoenix, by tak­ing the Red Rock Scenic By­way, which is lined with New Age-in­spired busi­nesses that ad­ver­tise aura read­ings, crys­tal magic and psy­chic con­nec­tions. It’s a fun drive, es­pe­cially if you take a de­tour to visit the Chapel of the Holy Cross and Cathe­dral Rock.

TRAIL MIX

Sedona is dubbed the “Day Hike Cap­i­tal of Amer­ica” and of­fers over 100 dif­fer­ent trails, for var­i­ous lev­els of ex­per­tise, close to Main Street. Hik­ing up Soldier Pass Trail at sun­rise means you’ll get to ex­pe­ri­ence the Seven Sa­cred Pools and gi­ant sink­hole be­fore the crowds de­scend.

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