America’s most beautiful place…?

We did a little research for our trip from Western Australia to the USA in 2008. We found that Sedona in Arizona had been voted the most beautiful place in the USA. So we decided to visit while we were there.
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Flying into Phoenix, we were transported by airport bus to the multi-story hire car terminal. Each floor housed a different Hire Car firm. Hertz was very helpful indeed, making suggestions about a change of vehicle choice when we advised where we were going. It cost no more than the car we originally intended to hire, but was certainly more suited to operate at the high altitudes where we wanted to go. A Pontiac GC GT! The car was fitted with a very handy GPS – we needed it! The car was very comfortable and possibly built in Australia!

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We found the 8 lane highway out of Phoenix interesting to say the least… The speed limit was 75mph (120km/hour) and we several times were sandwiched between semi-trailers doing considerably more than the speed limit! As I say – interesting…

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The local Visitor centre in the airport terminal in Phoenix was also helpful and suggested we take a little detour through the scenic towns of Prescott and Jerome on the way. Very good advice and really interesting places.
Jerome is around 6000feet above mean sea level and has a ‘Mile High Restaurant’. The town is built on the side of a mountain and seems to hang precariously above the valley 3000feet below… A former gold mining town it is now a real tourist oriented town. Some great souvenirs to be had here. Lots of Native American ornaments, T-shirts and gear.

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We stayed at the very scenic Sky Ranch Lodge situated on a ridge above the town of Sedona with magnificent views across to the spectacular rock formations. The town airport is also situated on the ridge and was fairly busy while we were there. We were not disappointed. Sedona is indeed a very spectacular place. Sedona is a tourist mecca of sorts so there were on offer everything you needed, as well as scenery.

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It is hard to imagine a town more scenically located.
What do you think?

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