Will Rogers isn’t the only one to like Arizona. Over 6 million people call Arizona home and over 880 million people visit the state every year to see the Grand Canyon. In fact, the Grand Canyon is one of the world’s top 10 travel destinations! While the Grand Canyon has certainly earned her reputation, after all, she is on the Arizona quarter, there is more to Arizona than just her majesty.
Arizona is home to several major cities worth visiting. From red rocks to Native American sites to world-class art museums, a trip to Arizona should include more than just the Grand Canyon. Just as the cities and locations you visit, where you stay is important. After a long day’s hike in the Grand Canyon National Park or the desert, you’ll want a comfortable place to sleep at night.
The Gateway to the Grand Canyon National Park
The Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn is located just a short drive from the national park entrance. This affordable hotel influenced by its Southwestern charm offers air-conditioning, high-speed internet, and a mini kitchenette in every room. Stare at the stars in the heated outdoor pool or knock down some pins at the on-site bowling alley.
Searching for Great Art in Scottsdale
Scottsdale is home to many art galleries and museums. If you’re looking for the ultimate Southwest souvenir then look no further than “the west’s most western town.” The Aloft Scottsdale Hotel is located in Scottsdale’s hippest neighborhood with loads of nearby cafes, restaurants, art galleries, and bars. You’ll get affordable luxury at this hotel.
Sedona is a growing desert town surrounded by pine forests, red rocks, and plenty of breathtaking views. Many people come to Sedona to explore the nearby hiking trails in Red Rock State Park, while others enjoy the vibrant art scene downtown.
If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend getaway close to nature, but within walking distance to a spa, then the Amara Resort and Spa is just your hotel. With epic views of the red rock cliffs and an infinity-edge, saltwater pool, you’re not going to want to leave. Thankfully, there is a world-class restaurant on-site to cater to your needs.
Traveling with the family? A standard hotel room isn’t going to work. Instead, rent one fo the 61 luxury cottages at L’Auberge de Sedona Hotel. All cottages come with fine Italian linens, the internet, and nightly turn-down service. If you’re looking to splurge, get a cottage with a fireplace and outdoor cedar shower. Horseback riding and tennis are just a stone’s throw away.
If you plan to spend more time outside than in, might I suggest the Sedona Real Inn & Suites. Rooms are standard with all the amenities that you need and nothing that you don’t. You can’t beat the location. The hotel is located within 10 minutes from Devil’s Bridge, Bell Rock, and Cathedral Rock. You know what they say…location, location, location.
There is more to Arizona than the Grand Canyon. Start your vacation there and head south to the other jewels of the state.
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