A drive north on the I-17 freeway will take you to the eccentric artist colony of Jerome
and then to the stunning red rocks of Sedona
before hitting Flagstaff
, a city where whispering pines make you feel worlds away. Continue along this route and you’ll eventually hit Arizona’s most-recognizable landmark, the Grand Canyon
(One-way trip: 2 to 4 hours)
Travel along the scenic Apache Trail
and retrace one of the area’s oldest stagecoach routes, a path also used by the Apache to navigate the storied Superstition Mountains. Along the way, visit Goldfield Ghost Town
and pan for gold or take in the 110+ years of history.
(One-way trip: 45 minutes to 1 hour)
is the sight of the Gunfight at O.K. Corral and to this day, the town re-enacts the infamous confrontation every afternoon. Wet your whistle at a saloon – try Big Nose Kate’s – then move on to Bisbee
, an old mining town that’s now one of Arizona’s most popular artist communities.
(One-way trip: 3 to 3.5 hours)
The Wild West is alive and well in Wickenburg
and you can get a glimpse of it at attractions like Robsons Ranch & or the Hassayampa River Preserve. If water sports are your thing, continue on to Lake Havasu
. Arizona’s aquatic playground has 60 miles of navigable waterways perfect for boating.
(One-way trip: 1.5 to 4 hours)