When you get tired of cloudy and rainy days, especially if you live in an area that’s prone to harsh weather conditions, all you need is a long weekend to recharge your batteries and enjoy some vitamin D. With our busy schedules, it’s hard to find time to drop everything and pack your suitcases. In fact, you have to plan your vacation months ahead and you just end up exhausted from all the planning. That’s why many have embraced the practice of short weekend trips as it’s practical and doesn’t take too much of your time. Plus, the benefits are numerous, both for your physical and mental health.
The always sunny state of Arizona is the ideal location for your next city jungle escape as it has all you need—positive vibes, sunshine, and lots of places to see. However, it’s next to impossible to visit everything in two days, so it’s better to have an itinerary to make sure you use your time to the fullest. If you’ve never been to Arizona before, you’re probably thinking it’s one vast desert with nothing to see. Trust us, you couldn’t be more wrong. Keep reading to find out why this state is perfect for your next getaway.
A never-ending ray of sunshine
Do you know how you’re always checking the weather forecast days before you book a trip since you’re worried that a sudden downpour might ruin your dream vacay? Well, get ready to turn off those weather alerts because if there’s one thing we can guarantee, it’s that it’s always warm and sunny in Arizona. That makes it the perfect place to visit as you can pack lightly and spend most of your time outdoors, which is something we all need after the past two years we’ve spent quarantining.
Arizona is rich in mesmerizing locations that are a must-see for each new visitor. From the Grand Canyon to the Sonoran Desert, you’ll get to enjoy nature and take some photos to capture the beautiful sunsets. For those fit and active, make sure to enquire about the numerous hiking tours that are a great way to explore the beauties of Arizona on foot.
On the other hand, if you’re in search of something a bit more peaceful, just grab a blanket and a picnic basket, choose a sunny spot and enjoy the day sipping cocktails with your friends or family.
Opportunities to shop till you drop
Ladies, this one’s for you—no offense to our male readers, but you know how we women like to browse the stores. It’s not only an opportunity to treat yourself to something new, but it helps you relax and get to know the locals and their way of life. When in Arizona, you’ll definitely have a lot of options when it comes to shopping. Its many outdoor markets, outlets and shopping malls offer different kinds of goods and there’s something for everyone.
As Phoenix is the most populous city, we highly recommend paying it a visit as some of the biggest shopping malls are located there, such as the Biltmore Fashion Park where one can find a wide range of high-end brands and retailers.
If you’re the kind of tourist that prefers to buy from locals, then head downtown to truly get a sense of the Phoenix atmosphere. If you’re looking to buy something that’ll remind you of the trip, don’t miss out on the city’s local jewelry shops where you can get a nice pair of earrings or a vintage watch as a keepsake.
Comfort food at every corner
After you’ve finished your shopping spree and explored the Grand Canyon on foot, what better way to regain strength than to enjoy a nice and delicious local dish? You simply cannot experience a city on an empty stomach, especially when visiting a state that has so many restaurants and cafes to choose from.
The food is diverse and there’s something to fit everyone’s taste. Some of the top dishes we recommend trying are the fluffy fry bread, the Sonoran hot dog and the savory chimichangas. To find the best places that serve these delicious meals, do turn to locals for advice.
For those who want to drink something cool on a sunny day, there’s no better beverage than a beer from Route 66—a well-known taproom in the city of Flagstaff.
The bottom line
Chances are, you’ve already started packing your bags after reading the article and you’re picturing yourself eating some quality comfort food in the sunny region of Arizona. Don’t take our word for it and see for yourself that this state has a lot to offer to each person that crosses its borders.