Should you visit Sedona or Denver?
Should I visit Sedona or Denver? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.
Sedona, Arizona is a desert town near Flagstaff. Sedona has many canyons and pine forests, but the most stunningly, beautiful landscape here is the many red rock limestone formations that can be found almost everywhere. The stone formations always have a deep red color, and this color only intensifies in the light of the sun. Sedona has been named one of the most beautiful places in America because of its mesmerizing scenery that changes hourly with the shifting of light. Native Americans have always regarded Sedona as a place of healing and renewal, and that continues to be true as they still value this land as sacred. Sedona is surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land, and no matter where you are in Sedona you are never far from breathtaking scenery.
The capital of Colorado, Denver is commonly referred to as "The Mile-High City" because it is at an elevation of 5,280 feet (1,600 meters) above sea level. It also sits where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, giving a beautiful backdrop for this metropolitan city. The city is the largest in the Rocky Mountains with a population of more than 600,000 and nearly 3 million in the metropolitan area. Denver is a cosmopolitan city with cowboy roots. It's cultural scene is thriving, and the outdoor recreation in the area is superb. Denver is a rapidly growing city but with change comes challenges. Urban sprawl is a problem and the city's infrastructure has reached its limits. Still, efforts are in place to maintain the character and personality that Denver is known for.
Which city is cheaper, Denver or Sedona?
These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.
The average daily cost (per person) in Sedona is $133, while the average daily cost in Denver is $174. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Sedona and Denver in more detail.
An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $148 in Sedona For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.
A hotel room in Denver is about $138 This assumes double occupancy and modest accommodations.
In Sedona travelers spend around $39 a day on food. You can save money by choosing casual restaurants or food stalls, or you can spend plenty more by dining in nicer restaurants at every meal.
The price of a meal in Denver can vary widely. However, the average price for food per day is $34 per person, and a typical meal will cost around $14 based on the spending of previous visitors. Less expensive dining options can be found by eating street food or at fast food restaurants.
Meals for one day
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sedona
For Sedona, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:
Grand Canyon Sunset Tour with Dinner:
Small-Group Sedona Photography Workshop with Lunch or Dinner:
Typical Food prices in Denver
Some typical examples of dining costs in Denver are as follows:
Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Denver
Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Denver.
Small-Group Food Tour in Denver:
Haunted Denver Walking Food Tour:
The Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show - Denver:
Walking Food Tour - Best of Union Station & LoDo:
Denver Cooking Classes-Local, seasonal, and hands on menus:
Public transportation tends to be much less expensive in Sedona than paying for a taxi or private car service, as is expected. Typically, people spend $31 on transportation in Sedona on average per day.
The average price of local transportation around Denver is $81 per person, per day. As this average includes both taxis and public transport, keep in mind that the prices of private drivers and taxis are significantly more expensive than public transportation.
Hired Cars and Shuttles in Denver
Some specific examples of transportation prices in Denver:
Denver Airport (DEN) to Aspen hotel or address - Round-Trip Private Transfer:
Private Transfer: Denver International Airport (DEN) to Aspen:
Aspen: Private Transfer to or from Denver Airport:
Denver Airport (DEN) to Avon/Vail Valley - Round-Trip Private Transfer:
Denver Airport (DEN) to Breckenridge - Round-Trip Private Transfer:
Denver Airport (DEN) to Aspen hotel or address - Arrival Private Transfer:
Denver Airport (DEN) to Keystone resort - Round-Trip Private Transfer:
Round trip transfer in private minivan from-to Denver Airport (DEN) to Vail city:
Private Transfer: Denver International Airport (DEN) to Vail:
Vail: Private Transfer to or from Denver Airport:
Private Denver International Airport Transfer to Vail or Beaver Creek:
Denver Airport (DEN) to Avon/Vail Valley - Arrival Private Transfer:
Is it cheaper to fly into Sedona or Denver?
Prices for flights to both Denver and Sedona change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.
Sightseeing expenses in Sedona, including the cost of admission tickets for day tours, museums, and attractions, usually cost an average of $15 per day, per person.
Denver's costs for entertainment, tickets, attractions, and tours will often cost around $42 per person, per day. This cost can vary widely by the type of activity, however, as this includes admission tickets, day tours, museums, and other things to do.
Typical Entertainment prices in Sedona
For Sedona, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:
Tours and Activities in Sedona
Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Sedona.
Historic and Scenic Semiprivate Tour of Sedona:
Discover Sedona Small-Group Tour:
2.5-Hour Sedona Sightseeing Tour with Sedona Hotel Pickup:
Private Sedona Vortex Spiritual and Scientific Tour:
From 1.5-Hour Oak Creek Canyon Jeep Tour:
2-Hour Sedona Guided Tour:
Oak Creek Canyon Jeep Tour from Sedona:
Mogollon Rim Run Off-Road Jeep Tour:
Mogollon Rim Off-Road Tour:
Scenic Sedona Tour:
Seven Canyons 4X4 Tour from Sedona:
Scenic Rim 2-Hour Tour from Sedona:
Tours and Activities in Denver
Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Denver are as follows:
1.5 Hour LoDo Walking Tour in Denver:
Astrophotography Experience in the Colorado Rockies:
Best of Denver Tour:
Best of Denver Tour:
Bike and Brew Tour:
Breckenridge Ultimate Full Day Mountain Tour from Denver:
Capitol Hill History & Ghost Tour:
Craft Beer Tour in Lower Downtown Denver:
Denver Ghost Hunt: Mile High Ghost Tour:
Denver Ghost Tour:
Denver Guided Sightseeing Tour on Motor Scooters:
Denver History and Highlights Small Group Tour:
Alcoholic beverages can often be a significant portion of a traveler's budget, and the costs can vary greatly from person to person. In Sedona, the average amount that a visitor spends on alcoholic beverages per day is $10.
The average person spends about $4.25 on alcoholic beverages in Denver per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.
Sample the Local Flavors in Sedona
Also in Sedona, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Bliss Wine Tours - The Most Luxurious Vineyard Tour in Sedona:
Wine Tour from Sedona to the Verde Valley Vineyards in Luxury Transportation:
Sedona and Wine Tasting Small Group Tour:
Private Luxury Wine Tour from Sedona to the Famous Verde Valley Vineyards:
Private, Customized Verde Valley Wine Trail or Microbrewery Tour for 2 Adults:
Personalized, Private Wine Tour for 2 Adults from Sedona:
Private Wine Tour Sedona to Verde Valley Wineries Party of 2:
Private Wine Tour from Sedona to Verde Valley Wineries:
Sample the Local Flavors in Denver
Also in Denver, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:
Haunted Denver Ghost and Pub Walking Tour in Lower Downtown:
Haunted Denver Ghost and Pub Walking Tour - South Broadway (SoBo):
3-Hour Brewery Walking Tour:
Craft Distillery Bus Tour:
When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Sedona and Denver, we can see that Denver is more expensive. And not only is Sedona much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Sedona would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Sedona and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Denver would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Denver than you might in Sedona.
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