The 13 Very Best Day Trips You Can Possibly Take In Arizona
We don’t know about you but we’ve been getting an itch for adventure recently. It might have something to do with the pending sizzling temperatures we’ll be expecting very soon, but we like to think that it’s because Arizona is a pretty exciting place! If you’re also looking to head out on an adventure but can’t leave home for extended periods of time, you’ll want to check out these incredible day trip ideas. Each one will take you to an awe-inspiring place in Arizona that will remind you of our state’s beauty and history. Here are our picks for some of the best day trips in Arizona:
Now that warmer months are approaching, you might be interested in finding some fun outdoor activities that you can enjoy despite the temperatures. Read some of our suggestions in 11 Things You Must Do Underneath The Summer Sun in Arizona.
Have you ever visited any of these amazing Arizona wonders? Tell us about your favorite in the comments.
Best Day Trips in Arizona
What are some fun road trips in Arizona?
Arizona is a fairly large state with endless options for things to do. It’s truly the perfect state for day trips, where you leave early in the morning and return home after dark, but only after a day’s worth of discovery and adventure. Some of our favorite road trips to take in Arizona include driving the 89A from Prescott to Flagstaff, and beyond. The 89A-North between Sedona and Flagstaff is easily one of the most beautiful drives in the country, let alone the entire state. Another fun trip to take is driving along famous Route 66, where you’ll encounter tons of old gas stations, historic buildings, and more.
Where can I have outdoor adventures in Arizona?
Luckily for us, Arizona is an outdoorsy person’s dream. The most obvious example is probably the Grand Canyon, where you can spend an entire day hiking, sightseeing, and learning about the fascinating history of the area. In Flagstaff, Arizona, there are hundreds and hundreds of ridiculously beautiful hiking trails that are open year-round, and in southern Arizona, Saguaro National Park beckons guests with its incredibly unique landscape (Arizona is one of the only places in the world where Saguaro cacti grow). Adventure awaits even in metropolitan areas lie Phoenix; the Desert Botanical Garden is perfect for a low-key outdoor adventure that you can bring the whole family on.
What are some amazing Arizona parks?
Arizona has 31 state parks to choose from, and because that number is so high, it’s ridiculously hard to narrow an answer down to just a few choices. However, some particularly notable state parks include Picacho Peak State Park, which was once the site of the only Civil War skirmish Arizona ever saw. The geology here is intriguing, as Picacho Peak is an unusual mountain sticking up out of the southern Arizona desert. The wildflowers there in the spring are nothing short of heavenly. Tonto Natural Bridge is beautiful, and exactly what it sounds like – a natural bridge with a minor waterfall trickling over the edge year-round. Slide Rock State Park is another park with notable beauty; it’s located on the 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff.