When you want to escape from Glendale for a couple of days, venture out to the other parts of Arizona. Find hidden gems in Summerhaven, explore the wilderness areas of Wilcox, or explore the mining country of Bisbee. Many Glendale vacation rentals are situated in close proximity to hiking and biking trails, golf courses, and numerous historical sites. Plan your next weekend getaway in one of these seven Arizona cities, and enjoy relaxing fun in the sun.

1. Summerhaven

Dubbed as a “hidden gem” in the state of Arizona, Summerhaven is a mecca for both summer and winter attractions. Located 3.5 hours from Glendale, this quaint city offers winter skiing and snowboarding at the Mount Lemmon Ski Valley and gondola rides in the downtown area. Spend a day at Santa Catalina Mountains, where you can hike gorgeous trails and snap stunning family photos. If you’re an avid golfer, head to nearby Tucson for 18 holes and spectacular views at the Arizona National Golf Club.

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2. Bisbee

Find yourselves in the midst of the Mule Mountains and a city that was founded as an Old West mining camp when you make the 3-hour and 45-minute drive to Bisbee for the weekend. This small, charming town offers plenty of historical attractions, such as the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum and the Copper Queen Mine, which are both open for touring. See the spooky side of the city on the Old Bisbee Ghost Tour, or see all the sights of the city by taking a tour through the Bisbee Tour Company. If you have your binoculars packed for your weekend getaway, head over to the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory to spot a few rare species.

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3. Wilcox

Make the 3-hour and 15-minute trek to Wilcox from Glendale, and admire the desert flowers, saguaro cacti, and mountains that surround your rustic vacation rental. This small Arizona city, located in the southeast portion of the state, is home to the Rex Allen Museum and the Chiricahua National Monument, two great locations for the history enthusiasts in your crew. Spend time picking apples or peaches with your kids at the Apple Annie’s Orchard on a Saturday morning before venturing out to the Willcox Playa Wildlife Area to see some exotic animals. Apache Springs is the perfect spot to cool down after a vigorous hike on the trails of the Heart of Rocks.

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4. Winslow

If you enjoy seeing natural wonders, then the 3-hour trip from Glendale to Winslow is worth your time. After settling into your cozy vacation rental, make your way to Homolovi State Park for some hiking and biking, or head to Rock Art Canyon Ranch to see ancient ruins. One of the most popular attractions in this Arizona City is the Meteor Crater, a massive round depression that is 500-feet deep and 1-mile across in length. Tour the area, or stop in at the discovery center on site to learn more about this large meteorite that is more than 50,000 years old. After a long day of navigating the wonders of Winslow, pick up some souvenirs at the Arizona 66 Trading Company.

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5. Nogales

Located on the border of Arizona and Mexico, just 3 hours from Glendale, Nogales is a vibrant city offering outdoor attractions that appeal to all interests. Enjoy the scenery and a game of golf at the Kino Springs Golf Course on a Saturday morning, and then pay your respects to war veterans from this region at the Santa Cruz County Wall of Honor. Historical attractions in this Arizona city include the Pimeria Alta Museum and the Historic Santa Cruz County Courthouse. When you want to bond with your family, opt for a thrilling bowling game at Arizona Bol before catching a movie at Oasis Cinema.

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6. Jerome

Immerse yourself in the small-town atmosphere of Jerome for your weekend getaway, an Arizona city located just 2 hours from Glendale. Learn more about the copper mining history of Glendale by viewing the antique furniture and artifacts at the Douglas Mansion and Tuzigoot National Monument. Take a leisurely stroll through Jerome State Historic Park, or head out to Cleopatra Hill to see the geological formations that make the perfect backdrop for a selfie or family photo. Caduceus Cellars and Passion Cellars provide you with sweet wine and stunning views from the patio to enhance your Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

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7. Sedona

Travel 2.5 hours to one of the most beautiful cities in the state when you make Sedona your vacation destination for a weekend getaway. Start exploring the scenic areas of this Arizona city with a hike to Oak Creek Canyon that reveals stunning red rock formations. Indulge the avid fishing enthusiasts in your family with an adventure hosted by Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures before taking in an entertaining performance at the Sedona Dream Theater. The Son Silver West Gallery attracts aspiring artists and displays masterpieces from local talent for you to enjoy. When you want to immerse yourself in the ranching culture of Sedona, opt for a horseback riding excursion with the M Diamond Ranch.

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