Sedona and the valley surrounding it is perched at a 4500 feet elevation, which makes it much cooler than the Arizona desert. The valley is so hospitable to life, it attracted the attention of prehistoric people and natives since 11,500 BC.
Today, it is a thriving tourist town and retirement community with many resorts, shops and restaurants. The tranquility of the scenery, beautiful red rocks and lush greenery attracts tourists from around the world.
Las Vegas has been changing in past years and becoming more family oriented. You can still find all the partying and gambling - and other sins - if you are looking for it. But you can also find a lot of wholesome fun for the whole family. A lot of those activities and attractions are free or inexpensive but expect to pay a premium for major attractions.
The first time I saw Joshua Tree NP I thought I just crossed through the twilight zone and into another planet. The eerie landscape, rock formations, and the uncanny Joshua trees combine to transport me to a different state of mind.
This 800,000 acres park straddles the Mojave and Sonoran deserts in California. It is home to the most stunning rock piles, mountain ranges, desert views and an unexpected oasis here and there.
The park was named after the most prevalent tree in the area. Mormons passing through the area called it Joshua Tree because it resembled their prophet, Joshua, praying to God.