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6 Arizona Day Trips to Explore the Best the State Has to Offer

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If you only have limited time during your stay in Arizona, you might feel lost on where to go. Being the 6th largest state in land area, it is impossible to see everything in a short time due to its vast lands. But fret not, we are here to help you with your itinerary! Here are 6 Arizona day trips that will complete your vacation:

1. Get Your Kicks on Route 66!

Did you know that Route 66 has different time zones? There are 3 of them as this route crosses 8 states of the United States of America. In Arizona, you can enter Route 66 within Holbrook, Flagstaff, and Winslow.

Here are the towns you can go to on your day trip:

Seligman: This town was the inspiration for Radiator Springs in the Pixar movie, “Cars.”

  • Roadkill Cafe
  • Route 66 Gift Shop
  • Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive-in

Williams: This place began as a dirt street in the center of town and it was later cindered and then paved.

  • Grand Canyon Railway
  • Red Garter Bed & Bakery

Holbrook: Check out the city that is rooted in Native American culture and other pioneers from all walks of life.

  • Wigwam Motel

Winslow: This place welcomed a lot of visitors when it was included in The Eagles’ song “Take It Easy,” which includes the lyrics “Well, I’m a-standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.”

2. Tombstone

When in Arizona, you shouldn’t miss out experiencing the “Wild Wild West” in this town that is best known for being “Too Tough to Die.” Experience being a cowboy for a day! You may want to visit the famous gunfight site in O.K. Corral to know more about Tombstone’s history. That will make your Arizona day trips much more fun and memorable.

3. Jerome

Jerome Scary Arizona Day Trips
Source: Jerome Arizona | Getty Images/Morey Milbradt

If you are brave enough and up for the experience, you should go to Jerome. This town has been a ghost town ever since its mining operations stopped in 1953. At present, you can visit this humble town to see museums, its state historic park, and its haunted hotel.

P.S. It’s time to bring out your inner ghostbuster.

4. Flagstaff

If you’re going to visit Arizona during summertime, you might want to consider Flagstaff as your destination! Why? It’s because it is cooler by 20 degrees here. You can try craft beers when you go to the Flagstaff Brewery Trail. If you have a predilection towards space, you can visit the Lowell Observatory too for some of the greatest stargazing in Arizona.

Flagstaff is also near to the Meteor Crater, Sunset Crater, the Wupatki Ruins, and so much more!

5. Sedona

Source: Devils Bridge in Sedona | Thinkstock/Nikolas_jkd

This beautiful city in Arizona is best-known for its strikingly-red rock landscapes. Hiking and mountain hiking activities are also encouraged. But did you know that Sedona is also a place of healing? It is believed that Sedona radiates energy from the earth, which has a healing effect. If you’re curious about that, you might want to check out the vortexes in Sedona:

  • Courthouse Butte
  • Schnebly Hill Road
  • Chapel of the Holy Cross
  • Airport Mesa
  • Bell Rock
  • Boynton Canyon

6. Grand Canyon National Park

No one visits Arizona without dropping by its most famous natural wonder of the world, the Grand Canyon National Park. There are so many activities to do here! You can go hiking, biking, and horseback riding. You can also conquer your fears with heights by walking in their skywalk.

If you can afford to ride a helicopter to see the Grand Canyon on full-view, do it! It will all be worth it.

Out of all 6 tourist-approved Arizona day trips, which one do you like best?