Arizona Travel Guides

Explore a destination in Arizona to see the top hotels and top things to do, as well as photos and tips from U.S. News Travel.


Compared to the desert-urban enclave of Phoenix and resort-filled Sedona, Flagstaff often gets written off as a pit stop – a place to pause on a long road trip to the Grand Canyon. But it shouldn't be dismissed so swiftly. This city of 69,000, in the shadows of the San Francisco Peaks and hemmed in by ponderosa pine forests, exudes a laid-back, outdoorsy charm. Locals, who bike, ski, hike – and enjoy a craft beer or two – infuse the city with life, and neighboring Northern Arizona University's college students lend the city some youthful energy, too.

Grand Canyon

"Grand" doesn't begin to do this canyon justice. Measuring approximately 277 river miles in length, up to 18 miles in width and a mile deep, this massive chasm in northern Arizona is truly a natural wonder. For six million years, the Grand Canyon has expanded with the help of the mighty Colorado River, and for centuries, people from all over the globe have traveled to gaze out over its red and orange grandeur. Managed by the National Park Service and officially designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Grand Canyon leaves its approximately 6 million visitors per year awestruck.


Referred to as "LA without the Pacific," Phoenix combines high-end shopping, a flourishing restaurant scene and resort life in the Sonoran Desert. Instead of golden beaches and palm trees, you'll encounter vibrant red mountains and cacti-lined boulevards. Phoenix's setting is so attractive that the one-time ranch town has morphed into the fifth most populated city in the U.S. And with the development of palatial resorts, hundreds of golf courses, a burgeoning bar scene and attractive room rates, you'll see why this city has become a popular refuge for snowbirds, families and 20-somethings alike.


Sedona is regularly described as one of America's most beautiful places. Nowhere else will you find a landscape as dramatically colorful. The towering red rocks and jagged sandstone buttes matched against an almost always blue sky have beckoned to professional and budding artists for years. Plus, filmmakers have chosen these fiery rock formations in north-central Arizona as the backdrop for such box-office hits as "3:10 to Yuma," "Broken Arrow" and "Midnight Run."


Tucson is an exceptionally sunny city, with more than 350 days of sunshine a year. And with daytime temperatures rarely dipping below the mid-60s, Arizona's second-largest city makes a great place to escape the cold weather. But Tucson is much more than an incubator for snowbirds. Deeply rooted in Hispanic heritage, "Old Pueblo" (a nickname for Tucson) is a hotbed of historic and cultural attractions, not to mention a mecca for those in search of some spicy Mexican cuisine north of the border.