Vibrant sunsets, cactus-covered mountains, and incredible natural wonders are just a few things locals and tourists love about Arizona. Although the vast desert beauty can seem barren to Northerners, the jagged peaks, seasonally blossoming cactus flowers, and native wildlife like roadrunners, javelina, and coyote will easily win you over after just one stay in one of our Arizona vacation rentals.
Bordered by five states, Arizona's northeastern border is part of the unique "four corners," where you can stand in four states - Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah - at the same time. The southwest border shares majestic Lake Havasu with California, a popular spot for boating and walking across the United States version of The London Bridge. Lake Powell is shared with Utah on the north border, where you can see the bright red sandstone of the famous Rainbow Bridge with a journey from the nearest town of Page.
Arizona is also home to the 277-mile long Grand Canyon, carved one-mile deep by the Colorado River. Depending on which rim you are visiting, you can enjoy hiking, breath-taking sights, and even the amazing glass bridge that juts out over the deep canyon. The unique desert city of Flagstaff, surrounded by ponderosa pine forests that experience snowfall every year, or the quaint town of Williams on the old Route 66, are great spots for lodging when you visit the Grand Canyon.
If the awe-inspiring sights of the Grand Canyon aren't enough, small-town Sedona will blow your mind with its red-rock buttes contrasted by the bright blue skies and green valley floor. Visitors here will love catching the sights by hiking, biking, and trying out the natural rock water slide along with shopping and dining in uptown Sedona.
The Greater Phoenix Area, also lovingly known as the Valley of the Sun, is comprised of Phoenix, Glendale, Gilbert, Tempe, Chandler, Scottsdale, Mesa, and more. With a year-round warm climate, snow birds flock to this mountainous valley of central Arizona for sunshine, golfing, and exploring the Superstition and Camelback Mountains, as well as the Salt River Canyon.
Driving down I-10 to historic Tucson and Tombstone passes right by Picacho Peak, a 1,500-foot peak that resembles a volcano from certain viewpoints, offers a panoramic view from the top, and is adorned with iconic saguaro cactus. After a thrilling hike to the top, continue on to Tucson to enjoy the cultural downtown area, authentic Mexican food, Mt. Lemmon, and Saguaro National Park.
From watching the burning sky during sunset to enjoying the natural beauty and warmth of the desert, a stay in one of our Arizona vacation rentals is just what you need to unwind!
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