Visit Arizona: How to Plan an Epic Trip and Expert Advice

With so many things to see and activities to enjoy, Arizona is a great destination for all kinds of travelers. Whether interested in exploring bustling cities, hiking, art, or activities that boost adrenaline, the Grand Canyon State promises these and more. However, to make the most out of vacation, travelers need a plan. So for those who want to visit Arizona and see more than its famous canyon, check out these travel tips and plan an epic vacation.

How to Visit Arizona: Planning and Expert Travel Tips

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Find Your Accommodation

The first thing to do after booking flights or chosing the best driving route is the accommodation. Besides making sure days are filled with exciting activities, guests also need to find a relaxing, comfortable place to stay. Luckily, Arizona is filled with a hotels and short-term vacation rentals.

One of the best hotels is Boulders Resort and Spa, Curio Collection by Hilton. Visitors enjoy scenic surroundings, cozy Southwestern-inspired decor, world-class golf courses, tennis courts, hiking trails, swimming pools, and services that make everyone feel like royalty.

If traveling on a budget, don’t worry because Arizona has plenty of affordable options. Clarendon Hotel and Spa is a great choice for budget-conscious travelers. With affordable but charming rooms, this four-star hotel offers a great location for city explorers, being nestled in the heart of Phoenix. Besides cozy rooms, good prices and a spa, this hotel welcomes guests with an outdoor pool, a Mexican eatery, and a cool rooftop deck.

Vacation Rentals in Arizona

In addition to award-winning hotels, Arizona has a large selection of vacation rental homes. Many of these homes are maintained by local property managers who ensure guest comfort and safety — no matter where they stay.

Solo travelers and couples may enjoy one-bedroom retreats tucked away in secret spots. Large groups and families will find two-to-five-bedroom homes with pools, hot tubs, golf course access and other amenities. No matter which option, everyone feels right at home when they visit Arizona. Browse available rental homes in Arizona.

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Make a Must-Do List

After booking accommodations, begin making a list of things to do. This depends on how many days you plan to spend in this beautiful state, but there are a few must-do activities. In addition to Grand Canyon, Phoenix deserves some attention.  Some of the best tourist attractions in Phoenix are Desert Botanical Garden, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West and Heard Museum.

Scottsdale should also have a special place on the must-see list because of its bustling city life, as well as Sedona — which is one of the most beautiful places in Arizona thanks to its stunning location surrounded by red rock mountains and buttes. Also known for its vortexes found at sites around town, Sedona is believed to be a highly spiritual place.

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Popular Activities in Arizona

In addition to top destinations, try some activities in Arizona. Since the state is known for amazing golf courses, a game will enhance the adventure. Phoenix is a renowned golf destination with a multitude of courses, but there are also courses in Scottsdale. Troon North, for instance, is a golfers heaven, offering two courses — Pinnacle and Monument — helpful amenities, and the promise to have a memorable game.

Besides playing golf, indulge in long, unwinding hikes and get in touch with the state’s natural beauty. Or admire the charming state from above while enjoying a hot-air balloon experience. These are just some activities to try. Those who visit Arizona should also shop, ride horses, browse art galleries and sight-see.

Explore Arizona’s Food Scene

Don’t forget to add restaurants, cafes and bars to the must-list. Getting to know the local food and nightlife scene enhances trips and brings guests closer to the city’s soul and people.

While in Arizona, explore dining and bars in downtown Phoenix where travelers find plenty of options and interesting stories. Hanny’s, for example, is a welcoming bar and restaurant that was built in 1947 and once served as a department store. For a Vegas-style nightlife, head to Scottsdale’s Entertainment District.

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Find the Best Transportation in Arizona

For an unforgettable and stress-free trip, think about the best way to travel around the state. Transportation options depend on budget, things to do and see, and the number of people in the group. But don’t worry; there are plenty of options. Rent cars, scooters, bikes and even limos. Groups who visit Arizona should opt for something more spacious.

Dunn Transportation offers visitors the chance to enjoy an executive coach with features like panoramic windows, reclining leather seats, DVD players with flat screens and more. If this sounds too high-end, maybe a vintage trolley suits the group. Several cities offer free trolleys that promise fun on wheels and comfy travel conditions.

Article by: Rebecca Brown. Rebecca is a translator by day and a traveler mostly at night. She is an expert on living with jet lag – and packing in tiny suitcases. Read more of her exploits at RoughDraft.