The area's stunning scenery may be the main reason visitors choose a weekend getaway in Arizona – there is much more to this state than the Grand Canyon. You can find equally beautiful natural attractions away from the crowds, or visit Arizona's towns and cities to learn more about the state's history and culture.
The Grand Canyon, and so much more
While the best weekend getaways in Arizona will include the Grand Canyon at some point in the itinerary, don't spend too much time here, or you'll miss out on the state's other highlights. Monument Valley, for example, is a stunning collection of naturally formed red sandstone towers, set in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Opt for a tour with a Navajo guide to see the best sights while learning about the tribe's fascinating culture.
If you'd like to learn more about the area's culture on your weekend getaway in Arizona, there are several museums dedicated to the heritage of the Navajo and Hopi tribes. The Interactive Navajo Museum in Tuba City is great fun for families, while Hopi House, located within Grand Canyon National Park just north of Flagstaff, is the ideal place to discover the history of the tribe. The Sedona Heritage Museum brings Arizona's story forward a few centuries, with exhibits about some of the first white settlers in the area.
Whether you visit in summer or winter, a weekend getaway in Arizona is perfect for those who like to get active. Flagstaff is a winter sports center, while Grand Canyon, Saguaro, and Monument Valley national parks all have marked hiking routes. Hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back is always popular with visitors. Check out the outdoor Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum near Tucson to learn more about the area's plants and wildlife.