Five Best Small-Town Getaways from Phoenix
It’s that time again when the airport tarmac starts melting the wheels of plane, and Phoenicians retreat to their air-conditioned hideaways. But if all that indoor-time has you getting a little stir crazy, we have just the antidote: there are several great getaways just a few hours drive from Phoenix. Check out our picks for the top five small-town getaways from Phoenix.
1. Palm Desert, California
There’s a reason this oasis has been drawing celebrities and mere mortals alike for decades — indulge yourself in splurge-worth treatments in one of the area’s spas, or hit the links at some of the top rated municipal golf courses in the country.
2. Lake Havasu, Arizona
If a family vacation is at the top of your list, you’ll find activities at Lake Havasu that will satisfy everyone’s vacation-style. Rent a boat to sail along the Bridgewater Channel, or hit the Lake Havasu State Park to watch the nautical parade from the sandy shore.
Where To Stay: Hampton Inn Lake Havasu City
3. Lake Las Vegas, Nevada
No, we’re not talking about the Strip — roughly 30 minutes outside of Sin City proper, you’ll find a calmer, more relaxed choice for a getaway. Explore the giant inflatable aqua park for a day on the water, or tour the modern engineering marvel that makes the lake a possibility at the impressive Hoover Dam.
Where To Stay: Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa
4. Santa Fe, New Mexico
An artist’s refuge, no trip to Santa Fe is complete without a stop by the Georgia O’Keefe museum, where you can see several works that capture the surrounding desert landscape. Newer galleries ring the historic city plaza, making an easy path for a DIY art walk. Or for something complete different, plan a visit to Meow Wolf to take in the “immersive-art-gallery-meets-performance-art-meets-escape-room” experience dreamt up by Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin.
Where To Stay: Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza
5. Sedona, Arizona
Outdoor adventurers will want to flock to Sedona, where nearly the entire local area is bordered by state parks or national forests. Hiking trails abound like the popular trail to the base of Cathedral Rock, and offroading Jeep tours are also popular.
Where To Stay: Hampton Inn Sedona