Tourism was Arizona’s number one export industry in 2018, according to the Arizona Office of Tourism. Home to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and the Hoover Dam, you’ll be truly spoiled for choice when planning a trip to Arizona. But rather than stick to Arizona’s most well-known and best-loved locations, it’s important to make sure you visit some of its smaller and less popular destinations, too, to gain the full experience of this beautiful state.
Start in Picacho
Most tourists will start their Arizonan adventure in the capital, Phoenix. However, the town of Picacho is highly recommended as your first stop, catering to all ages and interests. In Picacho, you’ll find the state park which is full of culture, history, and nature. You can even take part in a hiking trail and camp out by the rocks. The town is also home to Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch, where you can get up close and personal with a range of animals including fallow deer, ostriches, goats, and miniature donkeys.
Head to Scottsdale
Located just 12 miles from Phoenix is the desert city of Scottsdale. There are some great day-time activities to do in Scottsdale, including driving through the Sonoran Desert in a TOMCAR and taking part in a desert hike. After an activity-packed full day, Scottsdale is the perfect place to spend the night as it offers a high-tech bowling alley, swanky restaurants, and relaxed lounges. If you’re wanting to make a night of it, a Scottsdale Night Club that serves both food and drinks will cater to your needs. Dancing the night away while sipping on classy cocktails and devouring tropical dishes is certainly the way to conclude your day in this high-end city.
Travel north to Flagstaff
You can’t leave Arizona without exploring the recreational city of Flagstaff. Flagstaff is 150 miles from Scottsdale, but it’s well worth the trip. Flagstaff is home to Mount Humphreys and its very own ski resort, where you can try your hand at skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and even snowshoeing. When snow isn’t present, there is still plenty to do, as you can hike down the Grand Canyon, cycle around the San Francisco Peaks, or hit the indoor climbing gym.
Arizona is a beautiful state with so much to see and do. But rather than spend your time solely visiting the region’s most popular cities, it’s worth venturing out to Picacho, Scottsdale, and Flagstaff, as these locations offer some exciting and memorable activities that will really make your trip one to remember.
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