Arizona has been named as one of the Best Value Destinations for 2018 by Lonely Planet. In addition, two cities, Phoenix and Sedona, were named as the top two destinations in the US for experiences according to a TripAdvisor Survey. If you’re planning a trip to the US, consider Arizona and three of its most exciting cities. Whether you are fond of city experiences or the magnificent outdoors, Arizona offers them all from nature spots and swanky resorts to amazing hiking trails and jaw-dropping canyons.
Head to Scottsdale for a spa getaway and its nightlife
Scottsdale has the highest number of luxury and destination spas in the US. Choose from the many award-winning spas and resorts for a relaxation trip. Indulge in unique beauty treatments that make use of the Sonoran Desert’s natural resources such as adobe clay, agave, jojoba oil, and prickly pear. A wellness stay in Scottsdale not only rejuvenates the body but also the mind and spirit.
Along with luxury resorts, Scottsdale is also home to many upscale restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. The New York Times described Scottsdale as “the desert version of Miami’s South Beach.” Sample the city’s vibrant nightlife and enjoy a Scottsdale Happy Hour. In the morning, shake off a party hangover by hiking, rock climbing or biking. Explore Camelback Mountain, Pinnacle Peak and Thompson for trails that are suitable for walking and even horse riding.
Swing by Phoenix for the warm weather and culture
The state capital of Arizona is renowned for its warm and dry climate attracting hordes of visitors during the winter time. In fact, the city averaged 107 days in a year with temperatures of over 100°F. For sun-lovers, Phoenix is the place to go where you can explore museums, arts, and cultural attractions and historic neighborhoods without worrying about bad weather. Get to know the culture of the Native Americans of the Southwest by browsing through the exhibits of pottery, jewelry, fabrics and kachina dolls at the Heard Museum.
Not to be missed is the Desert Botanical Garden in Papago Park with its superb examples of desert vegetation. The grounds cover around 140 acres with 55 acres of cultivated area. Watch the amazing colors of blooms in spring, walk through meandering trails or simply wonder at how desert life evolves. From museums and zoos to castles and parks, Phoenix offers much more than its sunny climate.
Enjoy the outdoors and experience Sedona’s energy
For outdoor lovers, Sedona is a paradise offering endless adventures and gorgeous landscapes. It has mild winters and summers making it an all-year-round destination. The city is surrounded by 1.8 million acres of forest land and two national parks, you’ll never run short of things to do whether hiking through its more than 120 trails or kayaking on its pristine rivers. Sedona is also known as the “new biking mecca” with fun trails for all levels of riders from beginners to professionals.
Sedona is very spiritual, too and Native Americans regard the place as sacred. Many come to experience the vortex of energy in Sedona for spiritual healing or renewal. Cathedral Rock, Boynton Canyon and Bell Rock are some of the power points in the Sedona area.
Whether you are looking for a unique experience, exhilarating activities or just want to contemplate and relax, Arizona offers nearly everything under the sun from gorgeous sunsets and awesome landscapes to nature adventures and city escapades. These are compelling reasons why the state is one of the most attractive to visit in the US and the world.
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