Next escape: Arizona

From iconic national parks to picturesque desert landscapes, Arizona has natural wonder to spare. Add a rich, diverse culture and eclectic nightlife, and that Southwest road trip on your list is set.

Arizona is home to photogenic bucket list landmarks like Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley and that Southwest road trip staple – the Grand Canyon. But it also offers history and culture, bold Southwestern flavors and unexpected can’t-miss nightlife. When travel resumes, an Arizona road trip may be just the trip you need. Here are 5 reasons why.


1. The perfect road trip destination.

With so much to see across the state, Arizona is the perfect road trip destination. Hop in the car and see it all at your own pace. From the diverse landscapes and thriving arts and culture of Tucson to the natural beauty of Page to tons of opportunities to go off the beaten path (visit an actual ghost town? Yes, please.).

2. All the Southwestern flavors.

You’re sure to work up an appetite with all there is to do, so lucky for you the food does not disappoint. With a strong Mexican influence, some may compare Southwestern cuisine to Tex-Mex – it’s not interchangeable although there are similarities. If you like chiles, you’re in luck – you’ll find red and green chiles incorporated into many of the dishes. Before you go, explore your options.

3. Tons of outdoor adventures.

Any road trip through Arizona will be filled with scoping out gorgeous views. These range from iconic must-sees (Grand Canyon) to bucket-list toppers (Antelope Canyon) to unexpected gems like peeping the stalactites at Kartchner Caverns.

4. So many diverse landscapes.

From canyons to caverns, you can easily scope out a number of diverse landscapes even on a short visit. From deserts to mountains to the red rocks of Sedona, you’ll never be bored exploring all the interesting terrain the state has to offer.

5. Entertaining and eclectic nightlife.

While your days will be full, you’ll want to save up some energy for the evenings. There’s plenty going on in Arizona when the sun sets. In Tucson, head to Fourth Avenue where you’ll find chill lounges and dance parties alike. And for live music, Congress Street is your best bet.

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