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Arizona Money-Saving Tips

Sedona First Friday Gallery Tour

If you happen to be in Sedona on the first Friday of the month, this free early evening tour by the Sedona Gallery Association provides a great overview of the local arts scene.

National Parks Pass

Be sure to pick up a National Parks Pass if visiting several national parks during your visit; you’ll save on park fees and avoid lines.

Rent a Car

The sheer size of Arizona makes a car and a map an absolute must – sights are far apart, and solid public ground transportation options are limited, even in major metropolitan areas like Phoenix.

Hot and Cold

Typical of desert climates, expect about 30-degrees in temperature fluctuations year-round between daytime highs and nighttime lows. Bring a lightweight jacket or sweater for the cool evening hours, particularly during the winter months.

Protect Yourself Year-round

Hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen are a must while under the desert sun.

Hike Smart

Follow these rules when hiking: stay hydrated; plan your time wisely, taking available daylight and return time into account; and, if journeying solo, let someone (a ranger at the visitor center, for example) know where you’re going.


Carry plenty of water with you at all times, including in your rental car. The sun can get extremely hot and it’s wise to be ready in case of an emergency.

Humble Abode

Keeping with the rugged Wild West atmosphere, you won't find too many bells and whistles when it comes to areas outside the major metropolitan areas. Expect a lot of middle-of-the-road chain hotels when off the beaten path.

Wild West

The Sonoran Desert is home to an exotic array of wildlife home to at least 60 species of mammals, more than 350 bird species, 20 amphibians, some 100 reptiles, and about 30 species of native fish

Wild Weather

Expect dramatic thunderstorms in late summer. While breathtakingly beautiful to observe, they can be nail-bitingly frightful to drive through. Desert climates are also known for changing dramatically between night and day, so be prepared for much cooler evenings.

Art in the Desert

Many Arizona cities boast a thriving art scenes – try to catch special ongoing events like Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour (held the first Friday of the month) and the Scottsdale ArtWalk (Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m.), among others.

Book Grand Canyon Lodging Early

South Rim cabins can fill up a year in advance, so book early. Plan to spend at least one night in Grand Canyon Village, where a series of rustic and historical accommodations lies just steps away from the rim.

Shopping à la Southwest

Arizona boasts ample shopping opportunities for Southwest souvenirs: look for silver and turquoise jewelry, cowboy paintings, Navajo rugs and pottery, and Mexican crafts.

Spirituality in Sedona

Sedona is the home of crystal therapy, reiki, and aura photos. The buzz centers in this town's professed vortexes, believed to be high-energy power centers.

Local Bites

Mexican and Western influences reign supreme, with an abundance of stellar steakhouses and spicy Southwestern menus. You’ll also find haute international choices in the big cities and local specialties including prickly pear cactus drinks, rattlesnake, and cactus fries.

Live Music Included in Phoenix

Many Phoenix resorts offer free music either in lounges or outdoors. For the price of a cocktail, you can enjoy some local tunes in a swanky setting. JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa and the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa are just some of the hotels whose music acts you’ll want to inquire about while you’re in town.

Phoenix First Fridays Art Walk

On the first Friday of every month, Artlink sponsors a self-guided art walk of over 70 galleries and other arts-related spaces from 6-10 p.m. A free shuttle runs between the different venues.

Clip Your Coupons for Phoenix

Check out the Visit Phoenix website for discounts on lodging, dining, spas, and attractions.

Cheap Flights

Phoenix is a hub for popular low-cost carriers like Southwest. With routes to most major cities across the U.S. and no bag fees, the airline is a smart choice for getting to the Phoenix area.

Embrace the Heat in Phoenix

Summer may bring sweltering temps to Phoenix, but it's also the best time to score deals. Travelers can often find a room at even the best resorts for under $200 per night, and discounts abound for dining and greens fees.

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