This drive is included in the National Geographic book Drives of a Lifetime that it is one of the fun, open roads to drive and "traverses cactus-filled desert, a volcanic plateau with lava flows, the red rocks of Sedona, and the Great Salt Lake."
Excursion: The red rocks of Sedona. This drive is also included in the National Geographic book Drives of a Lifetime.
From Flagstaff, follow Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona along Ariz. 89A.
At Sedona turn onto Hwy 179. The byway runs from the Chapel of the Holy Cross to the intersection of Hwy 179 and I-17.
Distance: 19. 5 miles
Driving time: 1 hour