U.S. Highway 89A from Prescott to Flagstaff is a really pretty drive through mountains and along the river. It is definitely worth making the journey.
We would have gone this way last year, but there were significant forests fires near Sedona.
We went to Jerome for breakfast. Jerome is a really cute, former mining town. It has a very seedy history during its boomtime, but has been gentrified into an attractive, kind of funky, tiny town.
We walked around the town a little before heading back to our vehicle.
We parked on the way out of town. The streets are small with limited parking.
I must admit that I had a lot of expectations of what Sedona would be like. The most impressive views of the red rocks were before we even reached Sedona.mwe stopped at the Scenic View, but it actually had a pretty lousy view of them.
The town itself is bigger and more touristy than I expected. It was packed full of people, traffic and shops. A number of the buildings are done in natural colored adobe, which does harmonize well with the surroundings.
I might have liked Sedona if it was possible to be there in the off season, but the way it was, I just wasn’t inclined to stop.
Once you leave Sedona, Highway 89A follows the river along the bottom on a canyon for a long ways. It would have been a good place to stop except that we would have to buy a special pass to even be able to stop at one of the parking areas of a state or federal parks. Plus there were tons of other cars and people. If we had more time, it might have been worth it, but we were ready to get to Flagstaff.
We did stop at an overlook that didn’t require a permit.
Most of the forest fire damage was between Sedona & Flagstaff. It seemed primarily closer to the Flagstaff area.