iStock International
It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Arizona

Peak Season: January to March

Phoenix and Tucson sunshine is best enjoyed January through March, when daytime temps linger in the high 60s and low 70s. Book 2-3 months ahead.  Spring and fall are most congested for Sedona, while further north, expect summer crowds and higher rates at the Grand Canyon’s South Rim – even if temps can push 100 degrees.

Off-Season: June to August; December to February; November to April

The summer heat in Tucson and Phoenix can be downright treacherous (June-August). Late summer also sees dramatic thunderstorms. On the upside, it’s easy to score fantastic deals on lodging. Winters in Sedona (December-February) are chilly and have even seen snow. Many Grand Canyon attractions and services close from November through April, when temperatures can drop below freezing.

Sweet Spot

Overall, when planning to visit Arizona, spring and fall are your safest bets for ensuring that you won’t melt in the desert or dodge snowstorms near the Grand Canyon. Spring is ideal in Tucson and Phoenix, with the forest and desert plants in full bloom. Sedona’s summer can be quite hot, but you’ll find better deals on lodging and have lots of warm, sunny days with low humidity for your outdoor activities.

Compare Rates to Arizona

Sign up for the Top 25 Newsletter
to get exclusive weekly deals

Tell Us Your Preferences

To help us understand your travel preferences, please select from the following categories

Check all that apply
Oops, something went wrong.
No Thanks