If you hanker for a road trip, Arizona is possibly one of the best destinations you can choose for your outdoor adventure. Why? Because no matter where you decide to go in AZ, chances are you’ll find gorgeous vacation rentals that are usually within walking distance from some spectacular nature. And depending on how you plan your trip, you may never need to drive more than an hour or two from one spot to the next. So you’ll get to take in a lot of AZ beauty in a little driving.
If you are planning a road trip in Arizona, here are top five locations you want to visit:
Seek Adventure in Sedona/Grand Canyon/Flagstaff
The red rocks, scenic areas, and tranquil vibes of Sedona are every family’s dream to see. The drive up to Sedona from Phoenix is picturesque, hilly and takes about two hours. Go during non-peak dates for the best time. Enjoy everything from hiking, camping, and shopping, to galleries in Sedona. Stop for a glass of wine at Javelina Leap Vineyard before you head off to Grand Canyon- one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
When you get to the GC, don’t miss out on the area’s top highlight - the Bright Angel Trail on the North Rim. If you’re brave enough, consider Colorado River Rafting.
When you are in Flagstaff, enjoy the jaw-droppingly beautiful nature along with a range of hidden campsites south of Flagstaff. Oh, and make sure you visit Santas Workshop - especially if you’ve got your kiddies with you!
Old Town Scottsdale
From fantastic restaurants and shopping tours to some of the best golf courses in the state, you’ll get everything you need in the Old Town Scottsdale. Rent a vacation house in Old Town, spend a date night at Bandera, take a selfie in front of Robert Indiana’s “LOVE” sculpture! If your kids are coming along, make sure you take them to the OdySea Aquarium and Butterfly Wonderland. A few other things you can enjoy in and around Old Town Scottsdale:
Bisbee is situated against a steep hill. Athletes know it for its annual 1,000 Staircase Climb. With its quaint “Ghost Town” charm, Bisbee is perfect for casually exploring the restaurants, shops, galleries, and other establishments.
Take a Golf Cart Tour of the city or try a Jeep Ride of the historic district and mines. See everything from the Brewery Gulch and Main Street to the Tombstone Canyon and OK Street.
If you consider yourself an old soul or are fascinated with the historic charm, you’ll love Bisbee’s:
Home to the majestic Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction is a place filled with grandeur and adventure. Regardless of the time you come here, there’ll be plenty of activities to enjoy since local events run all year. Go check out the Renaissance Festival in February or the Festival of the Superstitions in October. Take Route 88 to see the Tonto National Monument, then try the miles-long hike trails if you are feeling adventurous. This place has got you covered for a few more great things like:
Show Low is home to about 12,000 residents (which makes the town much quieter than most.) Enjoy the White Mountains and great spots for hunting and fishing. Get your senses blown away with the local cuisine specialties, go exploring the wildlife spots or golfing. You can also go shopping for unique souvenirs at Lazy Bear Decor or drop by the Show Low Bluff Trail. Other things you can do:
a. Hiking and Camping
b. Oak, Aspen and Spruce tree forests
c. Snow Play
What other locations have you considered for your road trip across Arizona? Share your ideas in the comments below!