So you’ve got two days to Explore Arizona…

By Lauren Scott, Arizona Farm Bureau Intern

Part 1: Half-a-Day in Arizona

Part 2: One Day in Arizona 


There are almost too many places to visit in Arizona if you’ve got adventure in your heart and a couple days of free time. With national and state parks, historic cities, and fine dining all across the state, there is something for everyone. Weekend trips can be fun, so grab a travel companion and set off to explore all the wonders Arizona has to offer.

Heading Up North


The Grand Canyon:

How long does it take to get there? From Phoenix, the drive to the Grand Canyon is a four-and-a-half to five hour drive.

Where can I stay overnight? The Grand Canyon has many hotels and lodges within the park including: The Yavapai Lodge, Maswik South Lodge, El Tovar Hotel, Bright Angel Lodge, Kachina Lodge, and Thunderbird Lodge. If you want to stay outside the park, surrounding towns also offer overnight amenities. About 10 minutes south of the park entrance you can stay at the Best Western Grand Canyon, the Red Feather Lodge, the Holiday Inn Grand Canyon, the Grand Hotel, or the Canyon Plaza Resort. Some of these hotels can book up well in advance, so try to make your reservation as soon as possible. Other options include staying in Williams or Flagstaff.

What can I do at the Grand Canyon?

  • Take a South Rim mule trip
  • Visit the Grand Canyon Village
  • Walk along the Trail of Time
  • Attend a ranger program
  • Walk the Rim Trail
  • Visit the scenic Hermit Road or Desert View Drive
  • Visit the watch tower at Desert View Point
  • Travel to the canyon on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • Take a rafting trip down the Colorado River

On the way to the Grand Canyon, make sure to visit the Grand Canyon Deer Farm or Bearizona, both located in Williams.



How long does it take to get there? Flagstaff is a two to two-and-a-half hour drive from Phoenix.

Where can I stay overnight? Flagstaff is a destination town for visitors of Arizona, so it has tons of options for an overnight stay. Stay at: The Springhill Suites, the Hampton Inn Flagstaff, Embassy Suites Flagstaff, Hotel Monte Vista, the Holiday Inn Flagstaff, or the Drury Inn and Suites Flagstaff, among many others.

What can I do in Flagstaff?



How long does it take to get there? Sedona is a two hour drive from Phoenix.

Where can I stay overnight? Sedona, like Flagstaff, is a destination town full of hotels and inns! Lodge at the Las Posadas of Sedona, the Inn Above Oak Creek, Enchantment Resort, the Courtyard Sedona, Sky Ranch Lodge, or the Baby Quail Inn. These are just a few of the many overnight options in Sedona.

What can I do in Sedona?


The view from Jerome, AZ

The Verde Valley

How long does it take to get there? The Verde Valley is about a two hour drive from Phoenix.

Where can I stay overnight? Because the Verde Valley encompasses a few different towns, there are many places to choose from for an overnight stay. Sedona is considered part of the Verde Valley, so staying there is always an option. Also, you can stay in the town of Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Clarkdale, or Jerome.

What can I do in the Verde Valley?

Heading down South



How long does it take to get there? The drive from Phoenix to Tucson is one-and-a-half to two hours.

Where can I stay overnight? Stay at: the Residence Inn Tucson Williams Centre, Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, Best Western Plus Tucson, Omni Tucson National Resort, Country Inn and Suites, or The Lodge at Ventana Canyon, among many other hotels and resorts.

What can I do in Tucson?



How long does it take to get there? The drive from Phoenix to Tombstone is almost three hours.

Where can I stay overnight? Stay at: The Tombstone Grand Hotel, the Allen Street Inn, Wyatt’s Hotel and Coffeehouse, T. Miller’s Mercantile and Hotel, or Stampede Bed and Breakfast.

What can I do in Tombstone?

  • Visit the historic Tombstone Courthouse to learn about the history of the town
  • Take a self-guided tour of the Birdcage Theater and see actual artifacts from the Old West days of Tombstone
  • Take a walk through the Boothill Graveyard and see where Tombstone’s most notorious historical figures are buried
  • Visit the K. Corral and see the site where the infamous gunfight took place
  • Walk down Allen Street and visit the shops and dining establishments along the way
  • Take a tour down into the Good Enough Mine, if you’re brave enough
  • Go on a ghost hunt and tour of Tombstone’s 10 most haunted places



How long does it take to get there? Bisbee is a little over three hours away from Phoenix.

Where can I stay overnight? Stay at the historic Copper Queen Hotel, the Jonquil Motel, the Inn at Castle Rock, the Copper City Inn, the Bisbee Grand Hotel, or Hotel San Ramon.

What can I do in Bisbee?





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