Arizona Family Vacation Ideas

Arizona Family Vacation Ideas #1: A trip to Arizona is about western culture and heritage. From the Ponderosa pine forests in the North, to the picturesque beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Arizona has it all.

Phoenix is the nation’s sixth largest city. Set against the foothills of the South Mountain, the exclusive Legacy Golf Resort will let you vacation in style.

Besides the 18-hole championship golf course, the family can enjoy the daily activities programs for children, sand volleyball, shuffleboard, nearby hiking and jogging trails and bicycle rentals.

Other Arizona family vacation ideas for Phoenix can include the nationally renowned collection of Native American artifacts and fine art at the Heard Museum. For more culture visit the Desert Botanical Gardens where they bring to life the many wonders of the desert.

If your family vacation in Arizona includes shopping, Phoenix has much to offer. The Scottsdale Fashion Square is considered by many as the Southwest's finest destination for upscale shopping with it’s retractable roof and many unique Arizona specialty shops.

Jerome is promoted by the locals as the "The Largest Ghost Town in America". Founded in 1876, this was the site of a large copper mine. Most of the structures have been converted to hotels, gift shops, cafes and artist studios.

The Santa Catalina and the Chiricahua Mountains provide lots of family fun opportunities. Explore the many hiking trails, vista points, petroglyphs and picnic areas.

The Faraway Ranch was a pioneer homestead and is now a working cattle and guest ranch. The Chiricahua National Monument is a mecca for hikers and birders.

For some of the of the world’s most dramatic scenery and rare wildlife your Arizona family vacations should include the Sonoran Desert.

Some places of interest are the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument; dramatic Baboquivari Peak known for its excellent photography, sightseeing, and day hikes; Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge which offers the more adventurous visitor a chance to explore the rugged beauty of the desert.


Arizona Family Vacation Ideas #2: Mt. Lemon Ski Valley in Tucson, AZ - it’s the southern most ski resort in the U.S and has cabins you can rent. Also, many visitors choose to stay in the village of Summerhaven or even Tucson.

You are only about an hour away from Tucson and there is plenty to do there.

This is a great spot for a family ski vacation. This is a beautiful location in the Coronado National Forest. The ski lift provides a wonderful panoramic view of the area and in the summer it’s a popular ride just for the great views.

Besides skiing the Coronado National Forest offers lots of outdoor activities. There are plenty of trails for hiking, biking and wildlife viewing.

There are at least 20 roads that wind through the forest and offer excellent views for a nice scenic drive with the family. With the change of season, fall is a good time to enjoy these scenic drives.


Arizona Family Vacation Ideas #3: How about a vacation to the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park? Here the native Indian Navajo guides will show you the history and beauty of one of the most stunning and famous landscapes in the world.

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

The dramatic and iconic sandstone landscape has been used as a backdrop for Hollywood western movies. This is a Navajo Nation tribal park located in northeastern Arizona. The best way to view the park is by auto-tour along the 17 mile long dirt road that winds through the park.

The terrain is rough and a 4WD vehicle is a must. These can be hired, along with the Navajo guides, at the visitor center.

The guides can also take you through the park by horseback. An Arizona family vacations visit to the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is a great way to experience the Southwest landscape and learn about the Navajo cultural both in the past and present day.

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