As if you needed another reason to make a trip to Red Rock Country: Smithsonian magazine has named Sedona to its list of “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014″ in a story in its April issue.
Here’s what the magazine says: “Approaching Sedona, you will feel your jaw drop as pinnacles, hoodoos and buttes rise—crimson, carmine, burnt sienna, depending on the slant of the sun. The effect makes you want to paint a Sistine Chapel even if you can’t draw a straight line.”
The president of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce, Jennifer Wesselhoff, says being included on the list is an honor. “It’s recognition like this that helps position Sedona as a premier destination in the United States,” Wesselhoff says in a statement. “Kudos to the businesses recognized for top-notch service and world-class products and services.”
Sedona placed No. 8 on the list; the top spot went to Chautauqua, New York. Other listed cities in the Four Corners region include Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Silver City, New Mexico. To see the full list and the Sedona listing (which includes photographs by frequent Highways contributor John Burcham), click here.