Best Places to Live

Sedona , AZ

Population: 10,204
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Arizona may be hot this time of year, but Sedona residents know how to keep their body temperature down. Slide Rock State Park is the perfect place for families to take a dip in one of the crisp, creek-fed swimming holes or take a ride down the park’s namesake natural 80-foot rock slide. A ride in one of Sedona’s Red Rocks hot air balloons will take you up above the sweltering heat and into some cooler air over some of the most beautiful natural wonders the country has to offer.

Soak up some history on the Verde Canyon Railroad — a four-hour, climate-controlled trip featuring sweeping desert views along with refreshing complimentary champagne and appetizers.