Phoenix

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Greater Phoenix is located near some of Arizona's most scenic destinations, making it a breeze to side trip-it to destinations like the world-famous Grand Canyon, artsy Jerome, and new age-y Sedona with its dramatic red-rock landscapes. Visitors are often surprised at the diversity in landscape, floral and fauna, and weather throughout the state.

Day Trips from Phoenix

Apache Trail

This 48-mile route in the shadow of the Superstition Mountains is marked by breathtaking scenery, ghost towns, and ancient Indian ruins. Tours are recommended due to unpaved roads.

36 miles east of downtown Phoenix, AZ, 480-982-7661, www.apachetrailtours.com
Tags: family | hiking | outdoors | history | day trip | mountains

Grand Canyon

The South Rim of the canyon, one of the "Seven Wonders of the World," is only a 4-hour drive from Phoenix. Hike the chasm's depth or ride one of the famous mules down. Make reservations well in advance if you want to camp at the bottom or stay in the famous El Tovar Lodge at the top of Bright Angel Trail. See our Grand Canyon Travel Guide.

228 miles north of Phoenix, AZ, www.nps.gov/grca
Tags: family | hiking | outdoors | day trip | mountains

Jerome

The funky stores and historic 19th-century buildings in this mining-town-turned-artists'-haven are a gem of a find. Stroll along Main Street, Hull Avenue, Jerome Avenue, and Clark Street to find the best galleries and boutiques.

110 miles north of downtown Phoenix, AZ, www.jeromechamber.com
Tags: art | funky | history | day trip | gallery

Prescott

Prescott was Arizona's first territorial capital and today contains over 600 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Along Whiskey Row in downtown, visitors will find unique shops, historic saloons, and restaurants. The area boasts some 450 miles of hiking and biking trails in Prescott National Forest, while five regional lakes are ideal for fishing and kayaking.

96 miles North of Phoenix, AZ, www.visit-prescott.com
Tags: family | hiking | biking | shopping | outdoors | culture | history | day trip

Sedona

Discover "vortexes" (purported local energy fields) amidst picturesque red rock country in this delightful town. Sedona is the center for all things new age in Arizona and as such offers an eclectic, artistic local community and opportunities for spiritual retreats, as well as great local handicraft shopping. The town also boasts several luxury resorts and spas (Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo are the best). See our Sedona Travel Guide.

116 miles north of downtown Phoenix, AZ, www.visitsedona.com
Tags: luxury | shopping | modern | art | culture | day trip | crafts | eclectic | spiritual retreat

Tucson

Only 90 minutes from Phoenix, Arizona's second largest city is a laid-back, yet vibrant college town renowned for its Mexican cuisine, museums, and outdoor recreation options. The city constantly ranks in the top 10 biking towns in America, and other outdoor options, like hiking and bird-watching in the Saguaro National Park, abound.

113 miles south of downtown Phoenix on the I-10, AZ, www.visittucson.org
Tags: family | biking | outdoors | culture | history | day trip | sports | national park

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