Arizona vacations take in more than sweeping mountain vistas, ancient Native American dwellings and cowboy culture. Book a hotel in Arizona to discover otherworldly landscapes, spirit-enriching spas and cities that pulse non-stop.
Get your bearings
Centered in the American southwest, bounded by three states and with Mexico to its south, Arizona is an intoxicating mix of landscapes and cultures. In northern Arizona, the Colorado River snakes through the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s natural wonders. To the east, trout streams cross pine forests and Indian reservations in sparsely populated high country. Jagged red-rock spires enclose sophisticated Sedona and pioneer towns like Jerome and Prescott. The buzzing capital of Phoenix rises to the south. In the west, lakes created by Colorado River dams give way to low-lying lands of grassy plains, spreading east to the mountain ranges that surround the desert metropolis of Tucson.
Kick start an active Arizona break with a thrilling rafting trip down the whitewater rapids of the Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon’s auburn-hued cliff walls. Bring hiking boots for a rugged trek down the canyon or take a pack mule. A hike to the top of Camelback Mountain will reward you with views of the Phoenix skyline. Birders can get an eyeful of warblers, flycatchers and other rare birds at Madera Canyon. Lake Mead invites water fans with swimming, waterskiing and windsurfing. Golfers can tee off at world-class courses surrounded by majestic rocky spires in Tucson and Phoenix.
Native American dance performances at the Heard Museum and cowboy art at the Phoenix Art Museum are highlights of lively Phoenix. With non-stop sunshine and clear skies, this city abounds with alfresco dining and buzzing nightlife. Tucson’s Barrio Historico District’s adobe row houses and Flagstaff’s Museum of Northern Arizona’s fascinating displays of Grand Canyon geology give a strong sense of place. The red rocks surrounding Sedona provide a scenic backdrop.