Information About Vacationing in Arizona: Phoenix, Tucson and Other Cities

Travel to Arizona is especially popular during the late fall through early spring months. It can get pretty hot in the summer months, and many people, especially the retired folk, enjoy traveling to Arizona when the rest of the nation is beset by colder weather. If you are thinking about taking a trip to Arizona, no matter what time of year, we will give you some basic information on things to see and do, places to stay, where to eat, and travel options. Major Arizona cities include Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, and Tempe, but we'll feature some other fun places as well, like the Grand Canyon (more information available in a separate article) or activities on the Colorado River in western Arizona. Whether you're camping or staying in a guest ranch or hotel; flying in or driving, you'll find useful information to help you plan your trip. As always, we don't have enough room in this article to give you all the information you might need, but we can get you pointed in the right direction, including other sources to check, too. Come on along as we help plan your vacation in Arizona.

Getting There

If you're planning to fly into Arizona, you'll find Phoenix and Tucson as the cities with major airports. Phoenix's airport is the Sky Harbor Airport, and is served by more than 20 airlines, including Alaska, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Southwest and United, to name just a few. Ground transportation to many hotels are available by hotel shuttle, and most major rental car agencies have facilities at the airport. Additionally, there is taxi, limosine, and scheduled shuttle service to many destination nearby. Tucson's airport is the Tucson International Airport, served by 11 air carriers. Alaska, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Northwest, Southwest, and United are the major American carriers flying in and out of Tucson, as well as Aeromexico Connect and US Airways. Mesa is also served by the Williams Gateway Airport, with flights by Allegiant Air. There are more than 80 public and private airports in Arizona. You can also get to the major cities by Greyhound Bus Lines or Amtrak.

Many "Snowbirds" travel to Arizona in late fall in their RV's, and spend the winter months in one of Arizona's cities. Interstate 17 is the main "north/south" route through Flagstaff and points south to Phoenix, where it becomes Interstate-10 and continues on to Tucson. Interstate 40 is the main "east/west" route, traversing the state in either direction through Flagstaff. For more road information, as well as other travel tips, see

Major Points of Interest in Arizona

  • Northern Arizona
    Top destination in northern Arizona include the Grande Canyon, Flagstaff, Monument Valley, Page, Window Rock and Winslow. Lake Powell is also located in northern Arizona. Enjoy white water rafting, hiking and camping, and a drive along the "Mother Road," Route 66--historic highway from which the song and TV show were derived from.
  • Phoenix and Central Arizona
    The Phoenix metropolitan area is home to more than 3.4 million residents, and encompasses more than 2,000 square miles. There's plenty to do here, including shopping, sports and recreational activities, resorts and spa's, museums and galleries, Old West and Native American history.
  • North Central Arizona
    Here's where you'll find cool Ponderosa pine forests and dozens of mountain and lake retreats, and four distinct seasons. Enjoy hiking and biking, community festivals and rodeos, Native American and Old West history, and in the winter, the snowy White Mountains.
  • Tucson and Southern Arizona
    Tucson is the region's largest city and is home to resorts and golf courses, as well as art, history and heritage museums and activities. In this region you'll find many ghost towns and guest ranches as well. If you're planning on staying at a guest ranch, you'll find plenty of them in this region.
  • Arizona's West Coast
    You'll find the Colorado River here, and plenty of recreational activities like white water rafting, hiking and biking, to keep you busy. You can also find great restaurants, golf courses, natural wonders, and the London Bridge in this area.

Lodging and Dining Possibilities

Many people travel to Arizona in their RV's or motor homes, especially those escaping the cold winter months up north. You'll find plenty of RV parks and campgrounds in all regions of Arizona. Many have swimming pools and nearby golf courses; Internet access, allow pets, and are near other attractions. If you're on a shorter trip and are interested in bed and breakfast establishments, you'll find many in the major cities, and smaller cities as well. And don't forget guest ranches. Arizona is well-known for the numerous guest ranches in every region, for those who want a taste of the old west. Resorts, lodges and cabins are plentiful too, as well as the typical hotels and motels. Be sure to check for more information.

As for dining, if western fare, barbecue or Mexican food is on your list of favorites, these are the top cuisine types you'll find in all parts of Arizona. But if you get a hankering for Chinese or Italian food, or pizza--never fear! You'll find a good variety of restaurants that serve this cuisine as well.

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