During your spring break getaway, head to Arizona to enjoy the Southwest’s warm, dry climate and spectacular scenery. The majestic landscape is composed of rugged mountains, awesome canyons, pristine lakes, and swiftly flowing rivers. Easily enjoy fascinating sightseeing, cultural enrichment, superb dining, and exciting activities near most Arizona vacation rentals. Without further ado, here are the top spring break getaway spots in Arizona.
The city of Phoenix, located in central Arizona in the Valley of the Sun, offers innumerable entertaining and relaxing spring break opportunities. Visit the Phoenix Art Museum to view a vast collection of visual art and the Arizona Science Center for amazing displays and multimedia presentations on numerous fields of scientific knowledge. Tour the fascinating Phoenix Zoo, which exhibits animal species from all over the world, and the Desert Botanical Garden, which has the country’s largest collection of desert plants. Enjoy a scenic balloon flight over the lovely Arizona desert with Hot Air Expeditions. Go shopping in the massive three-block CityScape mall in downtown Phoenix or at the eclectic shops in historic Old Town Scottsdale. For coffee or tea and a sweet treat, try the Crave Cafe in Scottsdale. Have a mouthwatering steak in a traditional adobe setting at Beef Eaters.
The historic city of Tucson lies in the majestic Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona. Rent a bicycle at Tucson Bike Rentals and explore the city on the Loop, which consists of over 100 miles of car-free cycling trails connecting parks and scenic areas throughout the city. Visit the O.K. Corral complex in nearby Tombstone, and watch a reenactment of the famous gunfight. Tour the set of a classic Western film, watch saloon musicals, pan for gold, and take a stagecoach ride in Old Tucson. The vast Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum includes a zoo, an aquarium, a botanical garden, a natural history museum, and live animal presentations. To browse through shops and galleries featuring work by local artists, head for Old Town Artisans in the El Presidio Historic District. Check out Cafe Poca Cosa in downtown Tucson for some first-class Mexican cuisine.
3. Lake Havasu City
Lake Havasu City sits on the Arizona side of the Colorado River, on the extreme western border of Arizona with California. Its amazing scenery, perfect climate, and recreational opportunities make it an extremely popular and lively spring break destination. In the late 1960s, the founder of Lake Havasu City bought the London Bridge from the city of London, England, shipped it over brick by brick, and reassembled it over a channel connecting an island in the lake with the mainland city. Take a guided walking tour of the bridge from the Lake Havasu City Visitor Center. Enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and water sports on the white sands of Windsor Beach at Lake Havasu State Park. Rent a power boat for water skiing, a pontoon boat, or a jet-ski at Champion Rentals, and head out on the lake for some water fun. Numerous bars and nightclubs offer spring break drinks, live music, and dancing, including the Flying X Saloon, Gallagher’s Dining and Pub, and BJ’s Cabana and Karaoke Bar.
Yuma lies in the extreme southwest corner of Arizona, near the borders of California and Mexico. Proximity to the Colorado River and a warm spring climate make it perfect for recreation and relaxation. Rent a bicycle at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot, and explore this historic city. Rent an ATV at Jet Rent ATV Rentals to follow the paths along the Colorado River bank. Play 18 holes at one of the area’s superb golf courses, including Desert Hills Golf Course and Mesa Del Sol Golf Course. Head for the Arizona Marketplace to shop for antiques, collectibles, jewelry, and many other items. Try the Yuma Landing Bar and Grill for delicious burgers and beer on tap. For a unique sweet treat, pick up some chocolate covered dates at Martha’s Gardens Date Farm.
The landscape around the central Arizona city of Sedona features vivid red sandstone cliffs and cathedrals. Rent an easy-to-ride electric bike at Pedego Electric Bikes to explore this magnificent scenery, or tour the area on comfortably cushioned seats with Sedona Hummer Tours. For a fascinating look at local history, don’t miss a visit to the Sedona Heritage Museum. Check out some of Sedona’s numerous art galleries, including Bearcloud Gallery, Mountain Trails Galleries, and the Sedona Arts Center. Have a succulent steak at the Open Range Grill and Tavern. Sample locally crafted beers at the Oak Creek Brewing Company Tap Room and Brewery.
Flagstaff lies in a Ponderosa pine forest in central Arizona, just a short drive from the legendary Grand Canyon. Take a comfortable guided day tour of the canyon with Grand Canyon Adventures, or hop aboard the Grand Canyon Railway that leaves from nearby Williams. Don’t miss the Museum of Northern Arizona for a fascinating look at local history. Browse through art galleries, boutiques, and shops selling Native American jewelry and artwork in historic downtown Flagstaff. Savor some fine Mexican food at El Capitan Fresh Mexican Grill.
Kingman, nicknamed the Heart of Historic Route 66, is on the western side of Arizona near the border with Nevada. Stop at the Powerhouse Visitor Center, which includes the Kingman Visitor Center and the Arizona Route 66 Museum. The Mohave Museum of History and Arts gives you a comprehensive look at northwestern Arizona Native Americans, ranching, mining, and railroad history. Join Laughlin Tours for a fascinating trip to the old western town of Oatman, where wild burros roam the streets, the main thoroughfare looks like the set of a Hollywood western, and you can take a horseback ride through the countryside at Oatman Stables. Shop the antique stores at Beale Street Antique Row. Surround yourself with the Route 66 theme as you dine at Canyon 66 Restaurant and Lounge.
Page, near the northern edge of Arizona and border with Utah, is the gateway to beautiful Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. View the scenic waterways on a boat tour from Antelope Point Marina. Rent a boat or jet ski from Lake Powell Rentals to explore the lake on your own. Look to McNabb’s Fishing Guide Service for help in finding the best places to angle for bass, walleye, catfish, and bluegill. For a unique dining experience, try Latitude 37, a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating that floats on Lake Powell.
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