Arizona

Arizona is a land of vibrant colors and extreme natural beauty. It’s as if everything around you wants to kill you and make you fall in love simultaneously. It’s famous for the Sonoran Desert, which spreads across the state’s southern half. However, Arizona has mountains too. Northern Arizona is dominated by mesas and mountains, including the 12,633 feet Humphry’s peak, which rises above the treeline, and Sedona’s photogenic red rock mesas.

Every trip to Arizona begins in a city, but you’ll soon find yourself drawn into its natural beauty. From the Grand Canyon in the north to the Sonoran Desert in the South, you’ll find a unique and otherworldly landscape dominated by red rocks and prickly plants. You’re always contending with the heat by leaving early, staying up late, drinking lots of water, or avoiding it altogether by coming in the winter. However, the rugged beauty of Arizona makes it all worthwhile.

Price point levels scaled for a 7-day visit for a couple and anchored on research and personal experiences.

$ - up to $1500
$$ - $1500 - $3000
$$$ - $3000 -$5000
$$$$ - $5000+
Price Point
Array
Language(s)

English

Currency

US Dollar

Reported for the US traveler with foreign countries rankings based on the US State Department's travel advisories.
Safety
Exercise Normal Precautions

Reported for three representative cities within the destination via Weather Spark.

Climate (°F)
Summer (°F) Winter (°F)
Flagstaff 81 19
Phoenix 107 45
Tucson 102 42
Outlets
Type-A
Type-B

Best Time to Visit

To understand a place like Arizona, you need to understand her seasons. Spring is a frantic time for blossoms and new life nourished by winter rains. The dry summer begins when the final flower falls from the mighty saguaro and lasts until the monsoon rains come. Even with the rising temperature, it’s remarkably comfortable, and you’ll find deep discounts at the many luxury resorts and golf courses. It’s also the best time of year for seeing the famous Arizona sunrises and sunsets, as well as watching a million stars blazing over a dark desert night.

Monsoons pack extraordinary lightning shows and intense afternoon showers. They also bring humidity, so it’s no longer a dry heat. However, there is always a time of day and elevation where you’re comfortable outdoors in Arizona. Fall is short, with only a few deciduous trees in the washes and on the mountain tops turning yellow. The mild winters make Arizona an outdoor paradise, which you’ll see reflected in hotel prices and throngs of snowbirds.

Fun Facts

  • Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is the only place where the iconic saguaro cactus grows
  • Arizona leads the nation in copper production
  • The London Bridge was shipped to America stone by stone and assembled in Arizona
  • The Tucson Rodeo Parade is the largest non-motorized parade in the country
  • The bola tie is the official state neckwear
  • Tucson is the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy designated in the United States
  • You pass through as many climate zones driving the 27-mile Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway as you do traveling from Mexico to Canada
  • There are five seasons in the Sonoran Desert with traditional summer split into dry summer and monsoon
  • I-19 is the only US highway marked in kilometers
  • Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time (but the Navajo Nation does)

Bucket-List Activities

  • Hike the Grand Canyon (Grand Canyon National Park)
  • Raft the Colorado River (Grand Canyon National Park)
  • Visit Horseshoe Bend (Page)
  • Tour Antelope Canyon (Page)
  • Ski at Snowbowl (Flagstaff)
  • Stand on a corner in Winslow Arizona (Route 66 – Winslow)
  • Mountain biking in the Sonora Desert (Tucson / Phoenix)
  • Watch a gunfight at the O.K. Corral (Tombstone)
  • Walk on a glass skywalk over the Grand Canyon (Grand Canyon West)
  • Practice yoga at an energy vortex (Sedona)
  • Push the doomsday button on a nuclear missile (Green Valley)
  • Attend the world’s largest gem and mineral show (Tucson)
  • Go ghost hunting at the Jerome Grand Hotel (Jerome)

Natural Wonders

  • The Grand Canyon (Grand Canyon National Park)
  • Havasupai Falls (Havasupai Tribal Lands)
  • Fossil Springs (Camp Verde)
  • Antelope Canyon (Page)
  • Monument Valley (Navajo County)
  • Saguaro National Park (Tucson)
  • Petrified Forest National Park (Holbrook)
  • Red Rock State Park (Sedona)
  • Kartchner Caverns (Benson)

Major Attractions

  • Grand Canyon (Grand Canyon National Park)
  • Hoover Dam (Mohave County)
  • Heard Museum (Phoenix)
  • Saguaro National Park (Tucson)
  • Arizona Science Center (Phoenix)
  • Meteor Crater Natural Landmark (Winslow)
  • Sonoran Desert Museum (Tucson)

Native Foods

  • Cheese Crisps (open-faced quesadillas)
  • Prickly Pear Lemonade (sweet, purple, and delicious)
  • Chimichangas (deep fried burrito)
  • Navajo Tacos (open face taco on fry bread)
  • Piki Bread (bread made from blue corn meal)
  • Posole (soup or stew)
  • Sonoran Hot Dog (hot dog in a bolillo bun with pinto beans and bacon)
  • Mesquite Pancakes (bonus for prickly pear syrup)

General Travel Tips

Common Phrases

  • It’s a dry heat – usually true except for monsoon season
  • Snowbirds – people who only come to the desert in the winter, usually the elderly
  • The Big Ditch – slang for the Grand Canyon
  • Sky Islands – Isolated mountain habitats surrounded by desert
  • Monsoon Season – When intense afternoon storms come to the desert, usually with showy lightning. Officially from July 15 – September 30
  • Driving with oven mitts– Used in a sentence, “it’s so hot that I had to drive with oven mitts.” (but it’s a dry heat)

 

Major Cities / Airports

  • Phoenix / Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) – The state capital and home to 70% of Arizonans
  • Tucson / Tucson International Airport (TUS) – A multicultural city surrounded by the Sonoran Desert
  • Page / Page Municipal Airport (PGA) – The gateway to Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend
  • Kingman / Kingman Airport (IGM) – Cheap flights on Frontier put you halfway between Havasu Falls and Havasu City.
  • Flagstaff / Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG) – Arizona high country next door to Snowbowl, Sedona, and almost to the Grand Canyon
Concierge Review of The Collector Luxury Inn and Gardens

Concierge Review of The Collector Luxury Inn and Gardens

St. Augustine is a city steeped in history and luxury, art and architecture, and the birthplace of the first luxury hotel in Florida. The Collector Inn is a quiet retreat…
Our 2021 Year in Animals

Our 2021 Year in Animals

Welcome to our 2021 year-in-review article, where we go through a rundown on the great adventures we had last year. Instead of your average, ordinary recap, we're doing the 2021…
The Coastal Mississippi Coffee Trail

The Coastal Mississippi Coffee Trail

How about an espresso escapade along the Coastal Mississippi coffee trail? The Gulf Coast is the birthplace of coffee in America, and its 62-miles of shoreline are the perfect escape…
Best 15 Romantic Spots in Disneyland California

Best 15 Romantic Spots in Disneyland California

Disneyland can make you feel like a kid again, but as an adult Disneyland can be just the right spot to keep the spice alive. With an abundance of rides…
The 25 Most Romantic Things To Do in St Augustine Florida

The 25 Most Romantic Things To Do in St Augustine Florida

Looking to plan a romantic getaway to St Augustine, Florida, or just to add a special date night into your vacation to America's oldest city? We will give you the…
2021 Gift Guide for Every Traveler and Wanderer on Your List

2021 Gift Guide for Every Traveler and Wanderer on Your List

The holidays are here! For 2021 we have compiled our gift guide to appeal to a broad range of your favorite peeps, whether they are avid travelers or just aspiring…
Ultimate Liveaboard Packing List - What to Pack for Your Best Scuba Diving Trip Ever

Ultimate Liveaboard Packing List - What to Pack for Your Best Scuba Diving Trip Ever

Whether planning your first liveaboard dive trip or you’re a seasoned pro, you should check out our liveaboard packing list to make sure you don’t forget anything. The last thing…
Mississippi Gulf Coast Restaurants - A Taste of the Coastal Mississippi's Culinary Delights

Mississippi Gulf Coast Restaurants - A Taste of the Coastal Mississippi's Culinary Delights

The Mississippi Gulf Coast restaurant scene is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Coastal Mississippi's cuisine is French Creole, local seafood, deep southern fare, and farm-to-table delights…
How Safari Photography Can Help Save Wildlife

How Safari Photography Can Help Save Wildlife

Pictures are worth a thousand words and give voices to those who cannot speak. Safari photography has a significant influence in creating protected areas, documenting species, and educating people about…
TAG Fall Foliage Road Trip

TAG Fall Foliage Road Trip

Tucked in the corner where Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia (TAG) connect are some of America's most beautiful deciduous forests. They offer beautiful waterfalls, hikes, and caves. During the height of…
Concierge Review of the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club

Concierge Review of the Ponte Vedra Inn and Club

Since 1928, Ponte Vedra Inn and Club has held itself as the epitome of luxury and sophistication. We recently visited this five-star / five-diamond property to see if they live…
Mississippi Gulf Coast Road Trip - A Journey of Discovery Along the Secret Coast

Mississippi Gulf Coast Road Trip - A Journey of Discovery Along the Secret Coast

What makes the Gulf Coast one of the best Mississippi road trips? You'll experience 26 miles of beaches and delightful towns steeped in history and up-and-coming artists. Coastal Mississippi has…

WE ARE EXCITED TO SHARE OUR JOURNEY WITH YOU!

JOIN THE CONCIERGE CLUB FOR BEHIND THE SCENES CONTENT, OUR LATEST POSTS, AND MORE… STRAIGHT TO YOUR INBOX!

Newsletter Signup

Table of Contents

Travel Responsibly

Here at Coleman Concierge, we encourage everyone to travel responsibly and believe there is potential for tremendous good for the world following that ethos. There is also the potential for horrific consequences from irresponsible travel.

Before you go, please check out the latest CDC recommendations for travelers.

Even if you can’t physically explore the world, we hope that you enjoy the escape our site provides. Keep your spirits up and your hands clean. There will be a time to travel soon enough.

Meet Ed & Jenn

Hi! We are Jenn and Ed Coleman, and together we are Coleman Concierge. It is our goal to inspire you to get out, expand your world, and to seek adventure, even in your own backyard.

We deeply believe in the transformational power of travel. Our tagline is amazing adventures for ordinary people because we believe that you don’t have to be super rich, super fit or super anything to have an amazing adventure. Expanding your comfort zone and trying new things will pay huge dividends in both health and happiness.

We advocate for sustainable and ethical travel and truly believe in the power of travel to transform both ourselves as well as the world around us.

NEVER MISS ANOTHER ADVENTURE! JOIN THE CONCIERGE CLUB!

Get our latest travel tips and posts straight to your inbox and start planning your next adventure.

Newsletter Signup

Proud Media Members of:

North American Travel Journalists Association

Adventure Travel Trade Association

International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association

Society of American Travel Writers

Impact Travel Alliance

Your Journey Begins Today

Get our latest travel tips and posts straight to your inbox and start planning your next adventure.

Newsletter Signup