Having a long history of hospitality, Arizona has a wide variety of places to stay. From historic inns and dude ranches to luxury hotels and budget motels, there is something in Arizona to suit everyone’s budget and taste.
In order to get the best deal on your Arizona accommodation, it is vital that you make reservations in advance. This is especially the case if you plan on vacationing here during the state’s peak season. Peak season is winter in desert destinations while the high country experiences its high season in the summer. However, there are some destinations such as the Grand Canyon’s South Rim which remain busy throughout the year.
Hotels in Arizona range from cheap motels and chain hotels through to lavish hotels complete with gourmet dining, spas and golf courses. Some of Arizona’s best luxury resorts can be found around Phoenix, Sedona and Tuscan.
Bed and breakfasts and historic inns are great choices of accommodation when visiting Arizona. These accommodations can be found throughout the state and are often housed in reconstructed colonial-era buildings or restored Victorian buildings. Inns are the larger out of the two and typically feature large public areas and a dining room. Bed and breakfasts offer a more homely visit.
If you want a Western-style adventure, why not consider staying in one of Arizona’s dude ranches? These accommodations offer vacationers the opportunity to experience downhome culture, cooking and activities such as cattle rounding and horse riding. Many of these accommodations can be found around Wickenburg and Tuscan.
Top Things to do in Arizona
The top attraction (understandably) is the Grand Canyon. Labeled by Theodore Roosevelt as “unparallelled”, it should never be missed. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has been carved out of the underlying strata from the mighty Colorado River and such erosion is still taking place today. Both the north and the south rim of the canyon are able to be visited with a vehicle or on foot. Hiking is another extremely popular pastime here although visitors should heed all warnings and those with little outdoor experience are better off using a tour guide. Other activities include helicopter rides and whitewater rafting.
Arizona is likewise home to many urban attractions; a good portion of these are located in the capital city of Phoenix. Interestingly enough, this metropolitan area is quite respected for the arts. Locations such as the Phoenix Symphony and the Arizona Orchestra are extremely popular amongst visitors and concerts are held regularly. Phoenix also provides a bustling retail center located downtown. Many of these stores will cater to the “old west” appeal while there are just as many brand-name outlets to enjoy. Finally, Phoenix offers several interesting festivals such as the Phoenix Film Festival and the art-laden booths found during the First Fridays Artwalk (held on the first Friday of every month).
For an experience that is truly out of this world, tourists shold never fail to miss the massive Meteor Crater located 37 miles east of Flagstaff. This is the most well-preserved crater in the entire world and standing upon its rim offers a sense of humility not often found in other destinations. For those who are astronomy buffs, there are still pieces of shocked quartz to be found within its proximity. While there are facilities located here, it is wise to plan ahead and take a car. It can become quite hot during the daytime; even during the winter months. Suntan lotion is another excellent idea.