Arizona is one of the most naturally beautiful states of the USA, with wide expanses of deserts, canyons, Native American monuments, and ghost towns of the Wild West dotting the vast landscape. It is also one of the most budget-friendly areas of the US, so pick which part of the state you want to visit the most, and book a hotel for the whole family to enjoy without breaking the bank.
Art and Nature in Sedona
This quirky little town in Arizona is known as much for its New Age shops and artistic community as it is known for the spectacular sunrises and sunsets in Red Rock State Park. Pick up art inspired by the beautiful desert and distinctive red rocks of the area in one of the town’s numerous galleries, or hike up the State Park yourself to explore the views and nature of this stunning part of Arizona. Hotels in Sedona are available for $72 and up, so you can book a family getaway and still have money left over to splurge on the town’s rustic restaurants.
Find the Old West in Yuma
The Wild West has always held a special place in the minds of most Americans, with cowboys, outlaws, trains, and station wagons featured in hundreds of movies inviting audience members into a different time. Experience the Old West for yourself in Yuma, Arizona, which used to house some of the most infamous outlaws and noteworthy cowboys of Western history. Explore Castle Domes Mines Museum & Ghost Town, and learn some history at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park and Yuma Quartermaster State Depot State Historic Park. Yuma hotels are also very budget-friendly, starting as low as $28 a night.
Explore Arizona’s Capital
Even though Phoenix is the capital of the large state of Arizona, it is still a true desert city, with plenty of pueblo-inspired architecture and street after street of low buildings amidst sand, desert blooms, and small oases. There are a number of things to do, ranging from great nightlife and restaurants in the wealthy Scottsdale suburb or hiking up Camelback Mountain to get a full view of the city to admiring the beauty of the Desert Botanical Garden. Book one of the many budget hotels in Phoenix and you will get to see one of the most unusual cities in America.
Have Fun in the Active Outdoors of Flagstaff
Arizona is not just one large desert; if you want proof of that, visit the beautiful, high-altitude, densely forested areas of Flagstaff. The area boasts some of the best hiking trails in all of Arizona, from the peaks of the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument and Walnut Canyon National Monument, to the Coconino National Forest to see more of Arizona’s classic red rocks. The Wupatki National Monument is also a favorite stop for visitors, as it shows an impressive side of the area’s Native American heritage, architecture, and history. Book one of the many family-friendly Flagstaff hotels, and see a different side of Arizona.
Photo by Ai Long.