Sedona's received loads of negative ink over the last six months -- thanks primarily to a certain snake-oil salesman who organized a "self-help," sweat lodge event that left three people dead -- but it's still a hell of a place to take a drive through, according to a recent ranking of America's 10 best road trips.
Yahoo Travel gave Sedona a little love by ranking the Red Rock Scenic Byway on its list of America's 10 best road trips, alongside iconic drives like California's Route 1 through Big Sur.
The 7.5-mile stretch of road, also known as Route 179, starts in Sedona and runs south, ending at Interstate 17 near Rimrock.
Here's how Yahoo describes Sedona's scenic stretch of road:
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Clearly marked trailheads and off-road bike paths are scattered along the way, so bring hiking boots or a mountain bike. Spend at least half a day exploring the red rock formations (many named after objects they resemble, like Bell, Cathedral, and Snoopy), which seem to change shape and color with every shift of light. Most of the drive cuts through the diverse Coconino National Forest, full of hills and washes covered in yucca, juniper, cacti, and piñon pines. Hawks and eagles swoop overhead and elk, deer, coyotes, and quail roam the terrain. Look familiar? In the 1940s and '50s studios shot many Westerns here, including Broken Arrow with Jimmy Stewart.
Some of the other scenic drives to make the list include the Sea Islands in Georgia, the Million Dollar Highway in Colorado, and the Sonoma and Napa valleys in California.
Check out the whole list here.