Arizona has an undeniable old West vibe with stunning natural beauty and national landmarks like the Grand Canyon drawing in plenty of tourists during the year. However, most people visit the state in the spring and summer months, meaning the winter months in Arizona see less crowds and lower prices in local hotels.
If you’re planning on a tour through this gorgeous Western state, visit in the winter when you can truly enjoy the great landscapes without swarms of tourists around you, and check out the places below for the best sights the state has to offer.
Flagstaff is one of the few Arizona activities that actually offers guests winter-specific activities like sledding and skiing. In addition to enjoying the great outdoors and finding yourself relatively close to the Grand Canyon, explore a part of US history in the city on historic Route 66, which passes right through towns and has plenty of roadside attractions to keep you entertained. Flagstaff hotels are generally the most budget-friendly in the winter months, so book a trip here and enjoy a real Arizona winter.
Visitors to Yuma feel like they’ve stepped back in time to the days of the Old West. To see what life was like in the era of the cowboys, check out the local mining museum, the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, the Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park, and even an old ghost town. If you’re a Western history buff and can’t wait to visit Yuma now, you’ll be happy to know that there are great budget hotels in Yuma to book so you can experience the Old West on a budget.
The Grand Canyon needs no introduction; it is one of the most recognizable US landmarks and a natural wonder of the world. Take a horseback ride down into the canyon, admire the view from the top, or if you’re extra bold, step out on the glass-floored Skywalk and see the canyon from directly above. Hotels are expensive because of the famous nature of the canyon, but you can book low-priced rooms in Grand Canyon hotels outside the park, and almost any hotel during the winter.
Though Page is a little known town, it is right next to two incredible natural landmarks in Arizona; Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. Antelope Canyon is a slot-like canyon that has drawn tourists and photographers for years thanks to its scenic beauty, and Horseshoe Bend is where the river makes a sharp turn in the canyon and makes for a gorgeous vista. Budget-friendly Page hotels make the perfect base to explore the nearby natural wonder of the area.
Phoenix has become an up and coming city in the last few years, with great restaurants and nightlife (especially in the Scottsdale area) drawing in visitors from all over the US. The city has something for every type of traveler, whether you enjoy hiking or history, yet it still has plenty of budget-friendly hotel options. Book a Phoenix hotel, especially during the winter, and you can expect a resort-like atmosphere at very affordable prices.
Photo by Andy Yee.