First-time and repeat visitors are charmed by Arizona's beauty, both man-made and all-natural. Aficionados of deserts, canyon vistas and pueblo dwellings will marvel at the outdoor attractions of "The Grand Canyon State" including the Petrified Forest, Painted Desert and Canyon de Chelly. But there's more to this Mexican border state than its arid native beauty. You will find world-class golf courses, a veritable spa mecca (from Canyon Ranch to Miraval), Native American art, jewelry and cultural imprints.
PHOENIX & SCOTTSDALE
City Trip Guide
Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
Phoenix, otherwise known as the Valley of the Sun, has plenty to offer besides its 325 days of annual sunshine. This cheery city is home to phenomenal rock parks, wine bars offering cult vino, a fashion scene that rivals Rodeo Drive, homey restaurants and luxuriously rustic accommodations. Its neighbor city Scottsdale also offers plenty of attractions for visitors: more than 100 professional art galleries, a vibrant nightlife and a rich Western history worth discovering.
This former celebrity-magnet "motor hotel" has been updated to meet the needs of 21st-century guests while retaining its midcentury-modern Western charm.
Look closely at the 12-million-year-old rock outcroppings of the Sonoran desert outside Scottsdale, Arizona, and you will find a resort that seems to have grown out of the rocks themselves, with natural terrain and plant life virtually unaltered by the private hideaway.
Dip into the pool where Marilyn Monroe loved to splash. Enjoy traditional Afternoon Tea in the Lobby or hit the 18-hole championship golf courses.
The Phoenician resort in Scottsdale, Arizona has long been renowned for its luxurious accommodations, service and world-class spa and wellness facility.
A private villa rental agency and concierge service, Bella Palazzo opens the doors for travelers to a collection of fine villas and estates in various locations, including 20 properties in the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas of Arizona.
Enrich yourself in the lush Sonoran desert. Relax at their award-winning spa, find nirvana in their Yoga/Meditation Dome, or partake in the week-long Life Enhancement Program, which presents workshops, activities and private time to nourish positive living habits.
One of North America's greatest natural wonders, this red-hued canyon is 277 river miles long, 18 miles wide and one mile deep.
Photo courtesy of Mark Boisclair Photography Inc.
This resort offers uninterrupted solitude, as well as private decks for snuggling as the sun sets over the area's famous red rocks.
These intimate cottages bring a romantic French touch to Arizona's red rock country.
City Trip Guide
Photo courtesy of Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau
Sedona is a site with many faces — an old Western town with deep cowboy roots, an outdoor adventurer’s dream, a metaphysical mecca for relaxation and rejuvenation, and a destination for fine arts and culture. You’ll be awestruck as you watch the red rocks glow in changing light against clear, cobalt skies.
Check out GAYOT's photo gallery of Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Apache, Arizona, which features photos of lodging, canyons, ruins and Navajo pictographs.