To experience a true example of America’s southwest culture, visit Arizona. The state's southern half is known for its desert climate, hot summers and mild winters. Up north you’ll find a plethora of forest landscapes complete with Douglas firs and spruce trees as well as mountain ranges like the San Francisco Peaks. In this part of the state winter brings heavier snowfalls, while the other seasons offer more moderate climates.
Arizona is ideal for exploring the great outdoors and experiencing all of what nature has to offer. From the famous Grand Canyon to the Vermillion Cliffs National Monument to Montezuma's Castle, there’s plenty of opportunities for hiking and touring the different landscapes.
When you’re ready to head inside, Arizona also provides amazing cultural opportunities like the Arizona Space Center, Phoenix Art Museum, Rialto Theater and the Lowell Observatory. A variety of museums provide you with information on the history of the state and the many options for dining offer a chance to try the local fare like Prado, True Food Kitchen, and Modern Steak.
When planning your holiday in Arizona, consider staying in a vacation rental. Are you travelling for a big event like a family reunion, wedding or graduation? Save money and enjoy some extra quality time by renting a castle (yes, castle), chalet, estate, lodge or villa for many family members. These residences provide you and your travel companions with plenty of bedroom and sleeping space, so there’s room for everyone. Choose from a location near the White Mountains or in the depths of a valley for spectacular views.
If you love being right in the action, there are apartments, townhouses, condos and studios available to rent near downtown Phoenix, Tucson or Mesa. Step right out your front door and you’ll be only moments from cultural events and exciting nightlife.
Perhaps you’re excited for some quiet time during your stay. You can rent a bungalow, cottage or home near the lake like Alamo Lake or Fool Hollow Lake. Here, you’ll be treated to relaxing water views and calming breezes that are sure to ease any stress.
The best part about staying in a vacation rental is that you get to live like a local and enjoy all of the amenities of a home away from home. Because it’s a full-size residence, you get all of the standard features that come with any living quarters, but vacation rentals also offer you extras to really make your stay special.
Enjoy the privacy of your own pool or hot tub where you can take a refreshing swim or relax in the evening after a long day. Prepare tasty home-cooked meals in the full range kitchen or on the rental’s own grill. Some rentals are pet friendly so your furry friend is welcome along. Some also allow long term renters, so feel free to extend your holiday and stay as long as you want. Before you leave, throw a load of dirty laundry in the (often) provided washing machine, so all you have to do is unpack clean clothes when you return home.
Whether you’re looking to splurge on something luxurious or you’re hoping for something most cost efficient without too many bells and whistles, Arizona provides both and everything in between. You’re sure to find the perfect rental in this state to make your stay really special.