While Arizona lures more than 5 million tourists every year with the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, there are other gems dotted along the desert landscape that welcome the weary traveler. This part of the country offers more than just epic landscapes and endless natural beauty, as the communities themselves offer an eclectic collection of personalities that provide a vibrant backdrop to a perfect trip. Kick off those shoes and nestle those toes at the fireplace at these unforgettable Arizonan destinations.
The Hidden Gems Of Tucson
One of the most obvious things about Tucson as you kick your shoes off at one of the local bed-and-breakfasts is that this is the go-to destination for the outdoorsy types. Endless stargazing sessions and epic adventures are bound to ensue as travelers discover the hidden gems of Arizona’s second largest city. While the corn cultivation in Pima County is something that should be witnessed, thanks to its history of about 4000 years, it’s sites such as the Valley of the Moon that truly captures the imagination. While Tucson offers a vibrant night sky with little light pollution in comparison to other cities, it also beckons travelers to taste some of the local flavors of a vibrant nightlife, thanks to an abundance of cocktail lounges and night clubs.
Big Sky Country In Scottsdale
An early morning sunrise in Scottsdale is something not to be missed, and the Scottsdale Mcdowell Sonoran Preserve is the ideal location. The Sonoran desert is the perfect backdrop to an epic relaxation breakaway and trips to locations such as Desert Botanical Garden are a must. For wine lovers, the Arizonan climate cultivates robust grape varietals and there are a number of wine routes where flavors are often paired with some local Scottsdale cuisine. After tasting what the local vineyards have to offer, travelers are keen to explore the alleys and walkways of the Historic Old Town which is a short distance away from many a Scottsdale Nightclub if you’re looking for a great night out.
An Unwitting Winter Wonderland
While Arizona is not quite known for its wintery weather, Flagstaff happens to be a choice destination for those who love a snowy carpet and crisp white mountain peaks. The Arizona Snowbowl is one of the best locations to have some winter fun and even in summer, travelers flock there to capture some of the best views, thanks to the ski lifts. Flagstaff also has a strong artisanal culture which often leads travelers down pathways and landings to frothy brews and freshly baked goods.
It’s often the little gems along the road that tend to capture our attention and sit in the memory banks. While every visit to Arizona will undoubtedly include the natural beauty of the location, it’s the intricacies of the relationship between man and nature that makes this state a worthy addition to any bucket list.