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Arizona’s Cities and Urban Scene

Cities

Arizona’s cities and towns offer a treasure trove of distinctive experiences worth discovering. Many visitors find it easiest to start their trip in one of Arizona's larger urban areas before branching out to nearby cities.

Phoenix

Arizona’s major city and the fifth most populated city in the United States, Phoenix is vast. It includes the posh resorts and green golf courses of Scottsdale, Tempe’s lively college-town vibes, arts-friendly Mesa and pro-sports hub Glendale, several American Indian tribal lands, and the suburban cities of Chandler and Gilbert.

Located in central Arizona within the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix (the Valley of the Sun) serves as the perfect hub for many a Grand Canyon State trip. The convenience of flights to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport also make it an attractive starting point.


Camelback Mountain, Phoenix
Camelback Mountain, overlooking Phoenix
Hotel Congress, Tucson
Hotel Congress in Tucson.

Tucson

Nicknamed the Old Pueblo, the city of Tucson in southern Arizona is renowned for its Spanish-style architecture, Mexican culture and a culinary scene that earned it the title of UNESCO’s first City of Gastronomy.

Tucson wows with its desert landscape—especially the iconic saguaro cactus—and the mountains visible from virtually anywhere in the city. Go hiking in the morning and then head downtown to shop, eat and play at the city’s many local boutiques, restaurants and nightclubs.

Experience Arizona’s past less than two hours south in the towns of artsy Bisbee and Tombstone, home of the O.K. Corral. On the way, stop by the communities of Sonoita-Elgin or Willcox for wine-tasting with horizon-spanning views of the area’s grasslands.

San Francisco St in Downtown Flagstaff
Downtown Flagstaff.

Flagstaff

Grab your skis and hiking boots for a trip to this heavily forested mountain city with small-town charm. Flagstaff in northern Arizona is an outdoor playground with plenty of trails and parks—and for the craft beer enthusiasts, the Flagstaff Ale Trail provides a perfect alternative.

When you’re in these wooded lands, it’s great to be green. Ski through powdery snow; hike up, up, up to Arizona’s highest peak or down, down, down to the base of the Grand Canyon located a short drive away through Williams; ride on The Mother Road till you stand on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, and simply take it easy.

Drive two hours northwest to the Verde Valley and the towns of Sedona, Jerome and Cottonwood, where you can shred the red rocks on a mountain bike or leisurely sip your way through the area’s award-winning wineries and tasting rooms.

Or head east into the forests of the White Mountains and enjoy a variety of outdoor activities like fishing, hunting, hiking or boating. In the winter, rent a log cabin by the lake and watch the snowfall beside a crackling fireplace. (Yes! It snows in Arizona!)

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Williams

Known as the gateway to the Grand Canyon, Williams offers cool summers as well as some of the most picturesque stops along Arizona's...

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Winslow

Winslow has always been an important stop on Route 66, first popular with railroad travelers, and now with motorists and motorcyclists.

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Camp Verde

Located in the lush Verde Valley, Camp Verde, Arizona, offers outdoor recreation, wildlife viewing, and historic sites.

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Clarkdale

Stroll the streets of Arizona's first "planned community" in the heart of the Verde Valley—just 10 minutes from Jerome and 30 minutes from...

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Cottonwood

Tour beautiful Cottonwood to take in the town's colorful past, abundant wildlife, and gorgeous scenery.

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Jerome

Jerome was founded in 1876 and named a U.S. Centennial City in 1976. Once home to the wealthiest mine in the world owned by one man, the...

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Payson

As the gateway to Arizona's dramatic high country, Payson offers four-season recreation.

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Prescott

Whether you love hiking through large stands of ponderosa pines or appreciate historic places, Prescott offers things to do and places to...

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Prescott Valley

Clear your mind, relax, and breathe. Find your center in the cool, clean mountain air of Prescott Valley.

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Sedona

Seeing the iconic red rocks of Sedona will simply take your breath away. You will be awestruck by the majestic crimson rock formations and...

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Superior

This small town is like no other, boasting three distinct geophysical features.

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Winkelman

Lovers of the outdoors, take note: Arizona's wilderness thrives in Winkelman, Arizona.