Author: Alicia Durette

The autumn months are a time of traditions and family time as we ramp up for the holiday season, and there are a few favorite activities that many people love to do every year. Pumpkin carving, hay rides, corn mazes, fall festivals, and apple picking are all a few familiar and popular outings. Apple picking has been popular for years across the United States, especially in the more northern states with favorable apple-growing climates. Arizona, a southwestern state, may be known for its bounteous citrus orchards that produce some of the best oranges, lemons, and grapefruits that can be found,…

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Fossil Creek is a beautiful oasis in the desert of Arizona. It is a “Wild and Scenic” river that can be accessed via Fossil Creek Road near the community of Camp Verde. This river is one of Arizonians’ favorite recreational swimming holes, and the area is home to 3 main hiking trails: Bob Bear Trail, Flume Trail, and Waterfall Trail. 🔍 Route Details & Map Arizona Fossil Creek Trails Difficulty: Moderate to StrenuousStart: Bob Bear, Flume, or Waterfall TrailheadsEnd: Multiple locations along Fossil Creek, the waterfalls, the dam, or the springsDistance: 2-10 miles depending on the trailElevation: 250 feet –…

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The Water Wheel Falls is a 1.6 miles hiking trail in the Tonto National Forest 9 miles north of Payson in Arizona. It is a short hike with fabulous views that lets you follow the banks of two rivers and ends at a crystal-clear swimming hole. The hike is considered to be moderately challenging but packs a lot of fun boulders climbing, cliff jumping, swimming holes, and waterfalls! 🔍 Route Details & Map Water Wheel Falls Difficulty: ModerateStart: Water Wheel Campground/TrailheadEnd: Water Wheel FallsDistance: 1.6 miles (2.5 km) round tripElevation: Around 150 feet climbingAverage time to finish: 2-3 hoursFees: $10…

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Winter is fast approaching, and with that comes all of the fun winter season activities that involve cold, snow, holidays, and all things holiday cheer. Ice skating is just one of those activities, and it is a winter tradition that goes back hundreds of years. Arizona is primarily a desert state, with only half of the state getting reliable snow levels and cold weather during the winter months. Even in the Valley of the Sun with our mild winter weather, we’ve gotten creative with our skating rinks both indoor and outdoor so that everyone young and old can enjoy this…

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Looking to get away before your little one arrives? Check out these 12 best babymoon resorts in Arizona. From luxurious resorts to cozy Inns, there’s something for every expecting couple. And since you’ll be spending plenty of time indoors, each hotel has been carefully selected for its amazing amenities and breathtaking views. So whether you’re looking to relax or explore, one of these hotels is sure to make your babymoon unforgettable. If you’re in a hurry, here are my recommended babymoon resorts in Arizona you should choose from: ❤️ Best overall hotel for your babymoon: L’Auberge de Sedona👑 Best high-end…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Arizona has one of the most diverse landscapes of any state; from lowland deserts to alpine forests, you can drive from one geological scenery to the other in merely hours. Even though Arizona is primarily a desert, the rivers and streams cut through the scorched earth, creating canyons and washes that wind through the landscape. Similar to the great rivers of the rest of…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Arizona is a paradise for every outdoor enthusiast, especially hikers. Even though several months of the year are too hot to be outside for very long, for much of the year the weather is perfect for hiking. With hundreds of miles of trails and new ones being built every year, hiking in Arizona is rapidly growing in popularity. This desert state presents different challenges…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Travel anywhere in the United States, and you’ll be met with varying accents of all kinds. Many areas of the country have their unique dialect, slang, and drawls that let the listener know where the person might call home. Texas twangs, southern drawls, California Valley Girl, or the distinct accents of Boston, New York, or the Midwest are all part of America’s wonderful diversity.…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. There is no shortage of parks in Arizona that were built for kids and adults alike to enjoy, but what about our four-legged family members? Dog parks are a great way to let your pets socialize, get some exercise, and learn new skills. Taking your dog to one of Arizona’s dog parks from a young age can help them become more friendly to other…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. There are few things more beautiful and mesmerizing than water plunging over a cliff or cascading down rocks and boulders. Waterfall hikes are immensely popular throughout the country, and especially popular in Arizona. Water may be more scarce here, but we have no shortage of incredible waterfalls and trails that will take you right to them. Arizona is a rugged state, and not every…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Exploring a slot canyon can be an incredible, unforgettable experience. The narrow spaces, impossibly tall cliffs, interesting geography, and natural history all combine to create an otherworldly place. Arizona has its fair share of beautiful slot canyons, formed over eons by the relentless power of water to carve canyons through the rocky soil. Of course, like anything worth doing outdoors, there’s always a little…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Arizona may be a state that is mostly covered in desert landscapes, but would you be surprised to learn that the Grand Canyon State also offers a few excellent ski resorts? For a few months in the winter, Arizona’s highest mountains are covered in many feet of snow, creating the perfect conditions for skiing and snowboarding. While the snow season may be short (usually…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Everyone knows that Arizona is hot, and that’s sometimes an understatement, especially in July and August. With temperatures soaring into the 110s, one of the only ways to keep cool and have fun outside in the summer is to be in the water. Arizona has more than a few amusement parks, water parks, and splash pads, perfect for passing by those long, toasty summer…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Visiting an amusement park is a vacation that families sometimes spend years saving for, especially at some of the biggest parks in the country (think Disneyland). In Arizona, several amusement parks may not be on the same scale as Disney, but can still give a day or two of, dare I say, amusement. Amusement parks usually have attractions that range from roller coasters, water…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Who doesn’t love a good road trip? Close friends, classic tunes, open highways, scenic views, and exciting destinations are some of the things that make a road trip one of the great American pastimes. The journey is half the fun, and Arizona’s highways are better maintained and safer than many other states. Whether you’re wanting a day trip or a weekend adventure, Arizona has…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Arizona is famous for its desert vistas, towering saguaro cacti, and hot summer days. Although much of the Grand Canyon State is a desert landscape and sits at a lower elevation, the northern and eastern parts of Arizona are more mountainous and have higher elevated areas. Generally, the higher elevation an area has, the more likely it is to get snow in the winter.…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Antique stores can be a treasure trove of trinkets, gifts, unique items, historic relics, and even things that are much more valuable than they might first appear. Many people enjoy browsing antique stores near them (including myself) and it can sometimes feel like you are stepping back into time as you peruse the antiques. Antiques, by definition, are any sort of piece of furniture,…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Farmers markets are an excellent place to wander and shop for fresh produce, homemade baked goods, handmade trinkets or gifts, and other unique and locally-made products and foods. These markets can be either big productions with hundreds of vendors or smaller events with a few local farmers and gardeners selling their organic products. Even when grocery stores are plentiful and produce isn’t difficult to…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Daylight-saving time can be a bit of a headache for most citizens of the United States of America; the twice-annual changing of the clocks can get confusing at times and causes mild sleep deprivation for a few days! However, if you aren’t a fan of trying to keep track (is it fall forward? Spring backward?!), you’ll be happy to know that there are two…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Fall is an amazing time of year in Arizona- the temperatures (slowly) drop, and mornings get chilly and the afternoons remain warm. Pumpkin spice everything pops up in all the restaurants and bakeries, and Halloween decorations start to go up in the neighborhoods. Carving pumpkins is an immensely popular activity this time of year, and in Arizona, you’ll find charming pumpkin patches around the…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Arizona is one of the most diverse states in the country, with landscapes ranging from the driest deserts to the deep snows and alpine forests of the high country. Many species of animals in the American West make their homes in Arizona, including several species of wild cats. From the elusive mountain lion to the more common bobcat, wildlife enthusiasts would be thrilled to…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Few things are more educational and entertaining than spending hours walking through a well-curated museum. Arizona has a rich history, both in natural history and the ancient and more recent history of people who lived and settled Arizona over the centuries. In museums, you may find ancient artifacts that were found hundreds of years after they were used by their makers, or you could…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Botanical gardens can feel like an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the city. When you step among the flowers, plants, and other flora, you can almost feel a hush come over your surroundings. Gardens have historically been a place of peace and quiet, and if that’s something you feel like you’re missing (who isn’t?), visiting a botanical garden should be in your…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Meteor Crater is more than a giant hole in the ground. It’s a physical record of an ancient impact by a mammoth meteor (hence the name) that is now a point of interest for many road trippers and visitors to Arizona. Meteor Crater is located in the high desert near Flagstaff, and the scope and size of it is almost unbelievable, even when you’re…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Tucson is the second-largest metropolis in Arizona, with just over a million people living in or near the city. Tucson is known for its southwestern charm, excellent Mexican food, museums, and hiking, and is also the home of the University of Arizona. The majority of the surrounding area is desert, but Mount Lemmon and a few other “sky islands” nearby provide pine trees and…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. The phrase “ghost town” sounds spooky, but it doesn’t always mean these small and abandoned towns are haunted. A ghost town gets that moniker by being a once booming town that suddenly dwindles down to almost nothing. Usually, this happens when a town was developed quickly due to a discovery of gold or other minerals, and then the town’s residents would leave when the…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Bargain lovers and high-end shoppers alike always enjoy a good flea market. Arizona has many memorable and entertaining flea markets to choose from, and all are full of a variety of products, handmade gifts, farm-grown produce, and whatever else you are on the lookout for. Arizona is a tourists playground, and it’s well worth your time to add a flea market or two to…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Mountain biking is a sport that is climbing in popularity. In Arizona, you’re likely to be cruising among the saguaros or red rocks, but you’ll also find perfect single-track trails winding through pine and aspen forests. Although I’m a trail runner, I married a mountain biker, and we have desert trails less than a mile from our house suitable for both sports. We’ve traveled…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Mesa, Arizona is a quickly-growing suburb about 30 minutes east of Phoenix, and this city has no shortage of activities and things to do for every age. Whether you’re looking for hiking trails, iconic restaurants, museums, movie theaters, arcades, or parks, Mesa has it all and so much more. Much of the things to do on this list are family-friendly, while some might be…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Phoenix, Arizona is a sprawling city with surrounding suburbs; the entire valley covers 517 square miles. Surrounding this desert valley are mountains in all directions, with many opportunities for day trips from the city. Whether you want to spend a day exploring ghost towns, or going on a long hike, or skiing in the snowy mountains, there is a day trip for everyone. There’s…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Visiting caves, also called spelunking, can be a thrilling and sometimes dangerous venture. In Arizona, you can find caves formed by water, ancient lava flows, or wind and sand erosion. Some of these cave systems are contained inside state parks, and others are accessible on public land. The nice thing about visiting caves in Arizona is the climate inside them! Most of these caves…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Arizona has one of the most diverse ecological systems in the entire United States. From alpine forests to arid deserts landscapes and everything in between, there are so many different terrains and varied species of wildlife that make their homes here. Scattered throughout Arizona are several wildlife parks, refuges, and zoos that allow visitors to see Arizona’s wildlife up close and personal, and they…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Arizona is a desirable destination for worldwide travelers and for good reason- our mountains and vistas are breathtakingly beautiful and provide some of the most unique landscapes in which to enjoy nature. Having lived in Arizona my entire life, I’ve been lucky to have the higher elevation mountains only a two hour drive away from my home, perfect for escaping the summer heat. Even…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Arizona is no “land of 10,000 lakes”, but we do have many bodies of water that are big enough for all sorts of recreational activities. The majority of the lakes in Arizona are reservoirs, or man-made lakes created by dams built on rivers and streams. Given the dry climate in this state, these lakes help to preserve water for use during droughts while also…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. For a landlocked state, Arizona still manages to feature some excellent beaches on the shores of our rivers and lakes. Freshwater “beaches” have the advantage of no scary sharks, no salt water in your eyes, and no dangerous waves. Roll up your beach umbrella, pack your cooler with cold drinks, put on your swimsuit, and come enjoy one of Arizona’s refreshing beaches! Beat the…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Hidden along the numerous creeks and rivers in Arizona lie some of the most refreshing and picturesque swimming holes that the southwest United States has to offer. The Grand Canyon State is mostly desert, but if you know where to look, you can find little oases tucked in between canyon walls. Many of these swimming holes are fed by natural springs, meaning the water…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Growing up in Arizona, we were taught in elementary school about the ancient history of this state and the many different cultures that once called Arizona home, as well as the descendants of those ancient people that still reside here. We also learned about our national parks, places that were set aside by the government years ago to preserve uniquely wild and exotic places.…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Mesa, Arizona, a city of almost 500,000 people twenty minutes east of Phoenix, is an unexpected hub for outdoor enthusiasts. I grew up in the neighboring city of Gilbert, and have lived in Mesa for the past 3 years. As a trail and ultra marathon runner, I have logged hundreds of training miles on the trails near my home. Trail running allowed me to…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Arizona is a hiker’s paradise; from desert landscapes to mountain vistas and everything in between, there’s a hike for all ages and abilities. Having lived in Arizona for my entire life, I’ve done dozens of hikes around the state, and have enjoyed the iconic views and trails that the Grand Canyon State has to offer. When hiking in Arizona, it’s always important to take…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Close your eyes and imagine for a minute – the sun is shining brightly, the birds are chirping, maybe a friendly bee buzzing around, you’re surrounded by your friends and family while enjoying a pot luck of BBQ and sides. Relaxing, isn’t it? There are few things better than a picnic full of friends, family, laughter and delicious food. Picnicking is definitively one the…

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Travelness is reader-supported. When you purchase through our links we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. In particular, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. We greatly appreciate your support. Deserts are bone dry, blazing hot, and can seem completely desolate at times. More than half the state of Arizona is considered desert, and you wouldn’t expect there to be much water, especially waterfalls, to be found here. However, the diversity in the geography of the Grand Canyon State allows for some beautiful and truly unique waterfalls, and people have been known to travel…

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