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Spectacular Day Trips

Step outside the valley and explore the grandeur of Arizona’s national parks and monuments.  There are some truly wonderful and amazing sites to see throughout the state of Arizona.

We have also added some cool towns to visit while your out and about all within a days trip. They are listed at the bottom of this page.   Also, please feel free to click on the provided link to each of our spectacular day trips for further information.

Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon

ARIZONA WONDERS

Lake Powell, Page
928.608.6200
www.lakepowell.com

As someone who is a native of Arizona,  This town and lake have a special place in my heart.  Lake Powell is truly a destination of a lifetime and I highly recommend making the trip.  You won’t be disappointed.   Lake Powell is a paradise for boating, fishing, camping, geology, archaeology and just plain relaxing.

Lake Powell, Wahweap

Grand Canyon
928.638.7888
www.nps.gov/grca

Visiting this majestic, overwhelming creation is one of the great privileges of a lifetime.  Walk the South Rim and hear a dozen languages being spoken. Drive your car an hour and realize you’ve hardly scratched the surface of this vast space.  Hike or ride a burro down the canyon and see mankind etched in rock. Tour the El Tovar Hotel and eat in the elegant dining room.  Timeless in its beauty and ever changing in light and shadow, the Grand Canyon is truly a wonder of the world.

Grand Canyon Overlook

Casa Grande Ruins, Coolidge
520.723.3172
www.nps.gov/cagr/index.htm

Learn the ways of the Valley’s original Hohokam settlers, their villages, architecture and use of farming irrigation canals.

 

Casa Grand Ruins

Red Rock State Park, Sedona
928.282.6907
www.azstateparks.com/red-rock

The beautiful red rocks of this 100 year old town are showcased here. Twenty minutes away is Slide Rock State Park, where thousands of people every year go slipping and sliding in the water down smooth sandstone.

Red Rock State Park

Saguaro National Park, Tucson
520.733.5153
www.nps.gov/sagu/index.htm

See the world’s most iconic cacti in this protected 143 square mile Sonoran Desert Park.

Saguaro National Park

Jerome State Historic Park, Jerome
928.634.5381
www.azstateparks.com/jerome

This 100 year old copper mining town is rich in character.  Visit the Douglas Mansion that has been an eye catching landmark in Jerome since 1916.

Jerome Historic Park

Kit Peak National Observatory
520.318.8726
www.noao.edu/kpno

Located about 50 miles southwest of Tucson, astronomers the world over seek to find a window of the universe. An 18 story observatory and the world’s largest solar telescope are featured.

Kit Peak Observatory

Organ Pipe National Monument, Ajo
520.387.6849
www.nps.gov/orpi/index.htm

The Sonoran Desert’s plants and wild life create a fascinating ecosystem.

Organ Pipe Park

Petrified Forest National Park
928.524.6228
www.nps.gov/pefo/index.htm

Puerco Indian ruins amid a forest of petrified wood.

Petrified Forest

Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff
928.774.3358
https://lowell.edu

Lowell Observatory is the home of Pluto.  The Observatory has been home to many discoveries, including the first detection of the expanding nature of the universe.

Lowell Observatory

Tuzigoot National Monument, Clarkdale
928.634.5564
www.nps.gov/tuzi/index.htm

Educational exhibits illustrate Indian life from atop a hill.  Created in the early 1400’s more than 200 Sinagua Indians lived here in about 100 rooms with limestone walls.

Tuzigoot National Monument

Sunset Crater National Monuent, Flagstaff
928.526.0502
www.nps.gov/sucr/index.htm

Nearly one thousand years old, these cinder cones are among the highest mountains in Arizona.

Sunset Crater

COOL TOWNS

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Bisbee
www.bisbee4fun.com

Located 5,000 feet above seal level in southeastern Arizona, this old mining town has a special charm.

Flagstaff
www.flagstaff.az.gov

Home of Route 66.  At 7,000 feet above sea level and a road trip up the switchbacks from Sedona, Flagstaff is home to Northern Arizona University, the San Francisco Peaks, Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort and a rich Native American tradition.

Payson
www.paysonaz.gov

Located one hour North East of Phoenix, Payons is a Lake and hiking country small town located in the rim country surrounded by tall ponderosa pines in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest.

Pinetop / White Mountains
www.pinetoplakesideaz.gov

Outdoor mountain country amid the tall Ponderosa Pines.  Also home to Sunrise Mountain Ski Resort.   A gorgeous drive through the Salt River Basin and is roughly 4 hours East of Phoenix.

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Prescott
www.prescott-az.gov

The original territorial capital of Arizona is surrounded by a national forest.  This is truly an Old West Town that’s long on history and architecture.

Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon
www.sedonaaz.gov

Here you will find seekers, settlers, retirees, the well to do and a respite from the world.  Red rock majesty surrounds this town of 20,000 on two sides.  At night, it’s dark, it’s quite and the stars shine bright.

Tombstone
www.cityoftombstoneaz.gov

Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, the Clayton gang and a culture of liquor, gambling, mining and ill repute gave this town a reputation that lives 120 years later.

Williams
www.experiencewilliams.com

The gateway to the Grand Canyon.  Take the Grand Canyon Railway through Arizona’s high country and in December take a trip on the Polar Express.  Book early as train availability fills fast.

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