Arizona. It’s home to “The Valley of the Sun,” the Grand Canyon, world-class golf, spas and museums. And when it comes to road-tripping, there are plenty of Arizona inns dotting the state’s cities and highways that make getting away from it all comfortable, convenient and affordable. Chandler points of interest So pile the kids into the car and strike the street – and discover all this oasis in the desert has to offer.
Arizona is home to the longest original stretch of “The Mother Road” in America – and is filled with beautiful sights, kitschy shops, great diners and friendly faces.
Start your journey with an overnight stay in Williams. In the morning, drive up to Grand Canyon National Park, where you can hike one of America’s most iconic areas, study ancient petroglyphs and enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors. Afterward, head to Flagstaff for the night and unwind at an Arizona hotel surrounded by the scenic beauty of this mountainous university town.
The next day, visit the city’s Museum of Northern Arizona, where you can learn about the land and peoples of the Colorado Plateau. Afterward, grab a bite at the 50s-style Galaxy Diner and browse the shops along Route 66 and Flagstaff’s quaint downtown. In the evening, take a tour of Lowell Observatory and see the telescope used to spot Pluto.
After another overnight stay in Flagstaff, take to the highway and visit the dusty towns of Holbrook and Joseph City – where you can stop at Rock Art Canyon Ranch, which is a working cattle ranch that offers tours of a spectacular rock art site in Chevelon Canyon. Afterward, it’s on to Winslow, Arizona, where you can stand on the corner the Eagles made famous.
The Valley of the Sun
For those who prefer sunny skies and an urban environment, book a few Arizona hotels in “the Valley” and soak up the sights and sounds of America’s fifth-largest city.
Beginning in the West Valley and traveling East, some of the must-see places on every tourist’s list include:
o Phoenix International Raceway. Snap up tickets to a NASCAR race and watch as your favorite drivers go head to head.
o Challenger Space Center. In Peoria, the whole family can enjoy some hands-on fun and activities designed around the NASA space program.
o Heard Museum. Located in Downtown Phoenix, this world-class museum are home to some of the finest Native American works of art, annual Native American festivals, seasonal markets and more.
o Taliesin West. At the foothills of Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountains, Taliesin West showcases Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural brilliance, as well as the breathtaking Sonoran desert that surrounds it.
For those in town for the Valley’s legendary shopping, golf and spas, you’ll find an array of Arizona accommodations near some of the top locations, including Chandler Fashion Center & Scottsdale Fashion Square, as well as Troon North Golf Club, the Scottsdale TPC, and even accommodations just steps from the luxurious spa at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge.
Just 120 miles from Phoenix you’ll find Tucson – Southern Arizona’s largest city and the perfect place to serve as your home base for day trips around the region.