By Rachelle McCray
One of our favorite things about Arizona is being able to drive a few hours north to play in the snow, and head a few hours south to enjoy beautiful outdoor desert activities. Arizona is one of the best spots to vacation year round, and many attractions are just a drive away.
We recently took a road trip up to the northern parts of Arizona, to round up three cities that you can add to your weekend travel plans, no matter the season. Whether it’s the middle of winter or the end of summer, these three hot spots have no shortage of fun.
With so much to do and see in Sedona, it was tough to narrow it down. Of course Sedona is known for it’s iconic red rock, but this historical city has so much more to offer. In the summer, take a trip Slide Rock Park, which has been voted one of the best water holes in the US, by Travel Channel. Looking for the ultimate water slide? This is a must try when visiting. Pack a lunch, your swimsuit, the sunscreen, and your favorite people in the car, and enjoy a day in the sun! Trust us, you’re in for a real treat!
Of course there are tons of other fun options in Sedona for every type of traveler. We like relaxing at world famous spas, taking the Pink Jeep Tours through the red rock canyons, and dining in the world renowned, Tlaquepaque. Any of the options leave you feeling like you’ve had a well rounded trip.
So if you are planning a quick day trip, or a staycation, add Sedona to your list!
Next on our tour, we visit Flagstaff. If you’ve always wanted to get your kicks on Route 66, then look no further. Just an hour or two from Sedona, you can enjoy great places to dine, museums to explore, and make your way to your next adventure. Grab a bite at the famous Galaxy diner, and then feast your eyes on jaw dropping views at Meteor Crater. Then complete your trip by treating your sweet tooth, at the Flagstaff Chocolate Company.
With more than 66 ways to entertain yourself in Flagstaff, you can see why it’s one of our favorites. Plus, it connects us to our next city on the tour…
Whether you decide to road trip along Route 66, or skip it and head further north, our final destination suggestion is one that will leave you breathless: The Grand Canyon, located in Williams, Arizona.
One of the seven wonders of the world resides right in our own backyard, and it’s a sight to be seen. For those who love the outdoors, you can hire a trail head guide and plan a several day excursion through the canyon. Or, if you’d rather see the canyon from the comfort of a car- you’re in luck! The Grand Canyon Railway gives you the ride of a lifetime, through a fabled journey of such a jaw dropping masterpiece. You can even stay at the Grand Canyon Railway hotel for a place to rest your head- talk about convenient. But, don’t take our word for it- put this destination on your bucket list- you won’t regret it.
Whether you are an Arizona native, or a first time Arizona traveler, these three Northern cities are a must visit, regardless of how many times you’ve been in the past. We love finding new places to explore, and sharing them with you!
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