Arizona Travel Guide

Make no mistake, Arizona is set in the sweltering heat of the crossroads of four different deserts. It has a dry and sunny climate that can reach higher than 100 degrees in the summertime, and depending on where you step you may encounter rattlesnakes, scorpions, gila monsters, and so much more. 

However, Arizona is a haven with beautiful, vibrant rock formations, starry night skies, and the famously tall saguaro cactus! Take a trip to Arizona on Route 66 and see just how grand the Grand Canyon is, explore its state and national parks, and try some cactus candy or a chimichanga! Arizona has something for everyone.

Arizona Itineraries

If you are planning a trip to Arizona and don’t know where to start, here are a few travel itineraries to help get you started.

Grand Canyon

From the top things to do in the park, to the best trails to hike, and sample itineraries to help you plan your time, here are our articles about Grand Canyon National Park.
Grand Canyon Travel Guide
In our Guide to Grand Canyon National Park, learn about the best things to do, the best hiking trails, where to eat, and where to stay. 

Sedona

We have a long list of articles lots to help you plan your trip to Sedona. In our Sedona Travel Guide, learn about the best things to do, the best hiking trails, where to eat, and where to stay. You will also find sample itineraries, whether you are planning a very quick visit or even one wonderful week here.
Sedona Travel Guide
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12 Amazing Hikes in Sedona, Arizona

If you are looking for an epic hiking destination, it’s tough to beat Sedona, Arizona. With its red rock scenery,…
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15 Best Things to Do in Sedona, Arizona

What do you look for when picking the perfect vacation spot? Outdoor adventures? Shopping? Wineries? Great restaurants? Beautiful sunsets? A…
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Complete Guide to the Soldier Pass Trail & Soldier Pass Cave

There are several reasons why so many hikers rave about the Soldier Pass Trail. For one thing, it is relatively…
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How to Drive the Broken Arrow 4WD Trail in Sedona, Arizona

The Broken Arrow Trail is known as being one of the best 4×4 roads in Sedona. Not only is it…
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How to Hike Boynton Canyon & the Subway Cave | Sedona, Arizona

Boynton Canyon is one of Sedona’s top hikes. This is a relatively easy hike, as you walk on a mostly…
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How to Hike the Bear Mountain Trail in Sedona, Arizona

Bear Mountain is one of the tallest peaks in Sedona. From the top, you are rewarded with panoramic views of…
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How to Hike the Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte Loop Trail

If you are looking for an easy hike with great views of two of Sedona’s most iconic formations, Bell Rock…
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How to Hike the Brins Mesa – Soldier Pass Loop in Sedona

The Brins Mesa and Soldier Pass Loop combines two scenic hiking trails into one awesome experience. Since this is done…
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How to Hike to Cathedral Rock in Sedona, Arizona

Hiking to Cathedral Rock is an essential experience in Sedona. This hike is short and sweet, and with some rock…
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How to Hike to Devils Bridge in Sedona

Devils Bridge is a wonderful hike in Sedona. With an easy hiking trail, beautiful red rock scenery, and of course,…
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How to Photograph Cathedral Rock from the Crescent Moon Picnic Site

The Crescent Moon Picnic Site is one of the best photography locations in Sedona. If you want to photograph Cathedral…
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One Perfect Day in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, with its short but thrilling hiking trails, scenic drives, shops, and restaurants, makes an epic road trip destination in…
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Sedona Itinerary | Best Way to Spend 1 to 6 Days in Sedona

There are many different ways to piece together a Sedona itinerary. Your perfect itinerary depends on your traveling style. Whether…
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Six 4WD Roads in Sedona…Which Ones are Worth It?

One of the best ways to explore the desert landscapes and red rock scenery is to drive the 4WD roads…
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The Complete Guide to the Birthing Cave Hike | Sedona, Arizona

In Sedona, there are many hidden caves to hike to. The Birthing Cave is one of the fastest and easiest…

Monument Valley

Monument Valley is one of the USA's most iconic landscapes. Learn how to plan your visit and explore off-the-beaten-path places.

Antelope Canyon

Journey through Antelope Canyon in photos and learn how to plan your visit.

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park is named for the Saguaro cactus, which grows only in the Sonoran Desert. This is an easy park to visit, with scenic drives and short walks among the towering cacti. A half day is all you need to see the highlights, but with more time you can tour the entire park, go on a day hike, or camp in the backcountry.

Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park is small so you really only need one day to explore it. In this article, learn the best things to do in Petrified Forest National Park, how to manage your time, where to stay, and more.

More Information about Arizona

Here are a few more articles about things to see and do in and around Arizona.

Top Experiences in Arizona

Explore Antelope Canyon. This colorful slot canyon has two main parts, Upper Antelope Canyon and Lower Antelope Canyon. The Upper Canyon is incredibly photogenic, with light beams, falling sands, and very high canyon walls. Lower Antelope Canyon is known for its fun to be had squeezing through twisted narrow passageways and climbing ladders.

Sedona. Sedona is a beautiful city in Arizona known for the red rock formations, evergreens and more than 400 miles of trails around it for hiking and biking. Sedona was regarded as sacred in the past, and even today people cite Sedona’s magnetic vortices as a source of inspirational and healing energy. As such, Sedona has many famous locations and is famous for psychic readings, the Chapel of the Holy Cross, and its night sky.

Take a trip to Phoenix. Phoenix is the capital city of Arizona, and is known for lavish hotels, authentic Southwestern and Mexican cuisine, and rodeos. You can see yourself how the Sonoran Desert mingles with the city when taking a stroll in the Desert Botanical Garden or taking a swim in the beach around Lake Havasu.

Monument Valley. When picturing old American westerns, a view like Monument Valley’s is sure to come to mind. With sandstone buttes, colossal mesas, and panoramic vistas, Monument Valley is one of America’s iconic landscapes. While far away from Arizona’s major cities, this Navajo Tribal Park has plenty of things for everyone. Most hikes of Monument Valley require a tour guide, but allow you to explore petroglyphs, Anasazi sites, and caves.

Grand Canyon National Park. Walk up to it, fly above it, hike around it, or take a rafting trip. The Grand Canyon is one of the US’s most popular tourist destinations and is both larger than the state of Rhode Island and a mile deep.

Petrified Forest National Park. Visiting Petrified Forest National Park feels like taking a step back in time. Walking into this relatively small park you will be greeted with colorful, uniquely beautiful hills of the Painted Desert, giant, petrified trees that puzzle the mind, and the chance to walk backcountry trails without another person in sight.

Saguaro National Park. Located near Tucson, Saguaro National Park is named for the Saguaro cactus, which grows only in the Sonoran Desert. This is an easy park to visit, with scenic drives and short walks among the towering cacti.

Best Time to Visit Arizona

The best time to visit to get the most out of your trip is fall and spring, when the weather is most mild, often from mid sixties to mid eighties.

However, Arizona is good to visit any time of the year, as long as you are willing to wake up early to do your outdoor activities. Keep in mind that the summer, more specifically the middle of June to the end of September, marks Arizona’s monsoon season.

Arizona can have huge storms, including dust storms, called haboobs, that can be dangerous especially to people with respiratory conditions.

If you plan to fly to Arizona, the cheapest flights are during summer and winter.

US National Parks

The US National Parks make an excellent travel destination, whether you are planning a cross-country road trip or a weekend getaway. In our guide to the national parks, get detailed trip planning information, advice on which parks to visit by season, and itineraries to help simplify your travel planning process.
Plan Your National Park Trip
Glacier National Park

Visit More of the USA

Learn more about places to go and things to do in the USA in our United States Travel Guide.