When was the last time you explored the gems right in your own backyard?
So often we get caught up in finding flight deals to dip out to the other side of the world, that we forget all about the beauty there is to behold right here in our very own country. Natural picturesque destinations like Arizona are ripe and ready for exploration and discovery and you don’t have to travel across the world to visit.
Self-proclaimed travel queen Nurse Rhay (@dorhaymi) recently went on a domestic adventure to the southwest to uncover the hidden gems of Arizona for herself and left us completely and utterly in awe. Follow along on her Arizona road trip with our exclusive guide and open your eyes to this beautiful place we call home.
Welcome to Arizona
A southwestern U.S. state best known for the Grand Canyon, Arizona was made for exploring. From American Indian tribes to camping sites, lakes, and vast desert terrain, there's no shortage of discovery on its scenic landscape. Temperatures can be scorching during the summer months, so visit from January through March for cooler weather and a more enjoyable outdoor experience. But if you're heading to the mountains, then summer is best time to go, the temperature peaks in the mid to high 80s.
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The weather in Arizona can be unbearable, which is why it's important to find accommodations like the Hyatt Place Page, it's impressive pool is the perfect place to cool down. Bonus, you can often get rooms at under $200 a night during their slow season. Winning!
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The closer you get to the Mexican border, the better the food. Don't leave Arizona without trying out some local, authentic Mexican cuisine. Trust us, it's better than Chipotle.
No visit to Arizona would be complete without a visit to one of the state's most magnificent natural wonders, Antelope Canyon. Located on Navajo land, the canyon includes two separate scenic sections known as Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon. Once you're done there, be sure to also check out Four Corners Monument and hit up Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico at the same time.