Arizona July 12, 2016
These 7 Cities In Arizona Aren’t Too Big And Aren’t Too Small… They’re Just Right
Finding a small town or a big city to visit or settle down in isn’t a difficult task. But finding a place that fits somewhere right in the middle, one that possesses all the charm of small town living along with the conveniences of living in a city, can be a little more tough. You’re in luck though because we’re taking a look at a few towns that capture each of those characteristics. Here are some of our favorites:
Located in southeastern Arizona, Douglas feels very much like a small town with its historic buildings and its secluded location along the Arizona-Mexico border. It has a fair number of attractions, including the Gadsden Hotel, wildlife refuges, and historic ranches.
This mining town sprawls along the hills in central Arizona and is the county seat for Gila County. Some of the local attractions include Besh Ba Gowah archaeological park and the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts in the heart of Globe’s historic district.
3. Gold Canyon
Sitting along the 60 in Pinal County, Gold Canyon is best known as the place where the annual Renaissance Fair occurs. Besides that, the town is a pretty quiet and safe place with some fantastic views like that above.
The entrance to Rim Country, pine trees, and cooler weather, Payson feels like a small town despite the large population. It is also home to some pretty cool annual events, like the World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo and an Old Time Fiddlers Contest.
Situated among the red rock buttes, Sedona is absolutely stunning. It maintains a great small town atmosphere yet brings in a ton of national and international events, meaning you’ll find many of the conveniences you would expect of a larger city.
6. Show Low
This town is on the smaller side but it still has quite a bit to offer visitors. This town is known for its western culture and surprisingly rich art community. It has a few cool little museums, like the Desert Caballeros Museum dedicated to the town’s heritage, statues sprinkled across town, occasional concerts, and art shows.
Still think these towns are too big for you? Check out our article on
slow paced small towns in Arizona.