13 Best Day Trips to Take from Phoenix

If you read the article Joshua Hill wrote earlier this month, Do you want less stress and a better social life? Move to Phoenix!, you know one of the reasons we love the Phoenix area so much is because of all the fun things to do in AZ. In keeping with that theme, here below is an alphabetical list I made of spectacular day trips you can take across our great state!

1. Bisbee. An old mining town located 5,000 feet above sea level in southeastern Arizona.

2. Boyce Thompson Arboretum. The mission of this arboretum is to instill in people an appreciation of plants indigenous to the region and across the world. There are miles of easy walking paths. You can bring your picnic basket and your pets, too.

3. Casa Grande Ruins. Submerge yourself into the history of the Hohokam settlers.

4. Flagstaff. Home to Northern Arizona University, the San Francisco Peaks, Arizona’s tallest mountain Mt. Humphrey’s at 12,633 feet, Beaver Street Brewery, Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort, and a rich Native American tradition.

5. Jerome. A 100 year old copper mining town known for it’s ghost stories. Fun for people of all ages to explore.

6. Lake Powell. A picture perfect paradise for boating, fishing, camping, geology, and archaeology.

7. Organ Pipe National Monument. The Sonoran Desert’s plants and wildlife create a fascinating ecosystem.

8. Payson.  Lake and hiking country in the heart of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.

9. Prescott. This was the original capitol of Arizona. Walk through the town of Prescott and return to a quieter, simpler time in history. The downtown area is filled with antique shops, restaurants, court house square, and the historic Hassayampa Hotel.

10. Red Rock State Park. Located in Sedona, unbelievably beautiful red rocks surround this 100 year old town. Twenty minutes away is Slide Rock State Park, home of nature’s own made smooth sandstone water slides.

11. Route 66. One of the original U.S. highways, also known as the Will Rogers Highway, is a fun trip down memory lane with attractions to stop and explore along the way.

12. Saguaro National Park. Located in Tucson, see the world’s most iconic cacti in this protected 143 square mile park.

13. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. This crater was formed through a series of eruptions sometime during the 9th century.

We hope you enjoy taking some of our favorite day trips Arizona has to offer. And if you’ve been to any of the sights above, tell us in a comment what you thought of it!

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About Doug Hill

Doug Hill is an Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, and founded The Hill Group with his wife, Kirsten in 2003. Combined, they have helped over 1,000+ clients buy and sell homes in the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Doug holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management & Economics, and is a Navy veteran. He is an active member of the Southeast Valley Regional Association of Realtors on their Professional Standards Board, and he and his wife have had the #1 team for Coldwell Banker in Arizona for multiple years in a row. He loves to read, travel, and spend time with his family and friends.
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  • Daniel

    Bisbee, Flagstaff, Jerome, and Sedona are some of my favorite places in AZ to visit. They’re is a ton of history and great things to do in those towns. This is why I love Phoenix, centrally located to so many cool places.

  • Leah

    Let’s see, in the 20 or so months I have lived in Arizona, I have been to Sedona, Flagstaff, Payson, and Jerome.  Next weekend, we are heading up to the Painted Desert for a quick overnight trip! LOVED Jerome and Sedona, thought they were awesome places to hang out for a while…definitely will be going back!

    • http://www.thehillgroupaz.com Joshua Hill

      Jerome and Sedona are two of my favorite spots in Arizona too, Leah! Next time, though, you should check out Kartchner Caverns in Southern Arizona. It’s one of the most recently discovered and best preserved caves in the world!

  • R.Katz

    Red Rock State Park in Sedona is spectacular; worth the drive even for folks who don’t like driving…

    • http://www.thehillgroupaz.com Joshua Hill

      Glad you agree, Rama! We love it there.

  • James

    Apache-Sitegraves area for summertime day hikes is our favorite. Check out Woods Canyon Lake in late June and early July and you may catch a glimpse of the bald eagle nestlings (from the only mating bald eagle pair on the Mogillon Rim. Also, you gotta check out the Tonto Natural Bridge Park just north of Payson (it’s the largest natural bridge in the world as I recall).

    • http://www.thehillgroupaz.com Joshua Hill

      Thanks for the tips, James. Especially the one about Woods Canyon Lake. Who wouldn’t want to try to see a bald eagle nestling?!

      • Roxana Lever Davis

        They have some bald eagles that come back to CONCHO LAKE ( up near St. Johns, Az.) every year. I have seen them about 5 times now. Great to watch them.

        • http://www.thehillgroupaz.com Joshua Hill

          I’ll bet, Roxana! Thank you for letting us know.

          • Chris Lindholm

            My wife and I saw a bald eagle soaring across the sky and nesting on an island at Woods Canyon Lake a few years back while canoeing there, they had the whole island blocked off, so no one could get on it.