Best Road Trips in Arizona

Arizona is a great place to road trip. From the Grand Canyon, to Sedona, and Tucson there are so many amazing road trips that you can take. There are also some really cool places in Arizona that you might not have heard of before! In this article we will discuss the best road trips in the state of Arizona that should be on your bucket list!

The road trip from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon is very popular. There are numerous look-outs and hikes along the way that you can take advantage of! The road itself is also a sight for sore eyes as it takes you through some beautiful Red Rocks, pine forests, and more. We recommend taking this road trip in Spring so that you can enjoy the beautiful flowers that bloom all around you.

Another road trip we recommend is from Flagstaff to Sedona. In case it isn’t obvious, this road takes you through some very stunning Red Rocks! There are a lot of great places along the road where you can stop and take in the views as well as hike if desired. If hiking isn’t something that interests you then there are still plenty of pulloffs so that you don’t miss out on any of the beauty Arizona has to offer! We also recommend taking this road trip during spring because it will be warm enough for swimming at Oak Creek Canyon aka “Havasu.” This place makes for an amazing photo op or even just a nice swim after your drive.

This road trip is a little longer and also goes through some amazing desert landscapes. We recommend this road trip for those who want to go off the beaten path because it takes you into Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain park, Old Tucson Studios (from movie sets), Tombstone, Kartchner Caverns, and more! This road is beautiful in all seasons but will be extra pretty during autumn when the leaves change colors. You can even take your time driving along this road as it’s only two lanes wide much of its length so there isn’t too much traffic. If you love history then check out Oro Valley which was once an old Spanish settlement from the 1800s that still has preserved buildings today

You can also road trip from Flagstaff to Tucson. This road takes you through the Coconino Forest and past some beautiful Red Rocks! We recommend taking this road in Spring so that you can enjoy all of the blooming flowers throughout your journey as well as hike Camelback Mountain which is a popular local attraction. If hiking isn’t for you then there are still plenty of pull-offs where you can stop and get out, take pictures, or even go on an adventure with one of the many trails available here!

The road trip from Sedona to Payson is another great road trip we recommend for those who love nature because it will take you along Oak Creek Canyon aka “Havasu” where you can swim at a number of gorgeous waterfalls and take amazing photographs. This road trip is a beautiful road to drive on during any season because you’ll be surrounded by Red Rocks and pine trees! There are also plenty of great places for picnics, hiking trails, or just a lot of pull-offs so that you can enjoy the views without distractions. We recommend this road in September as it’s not too hot but still warm enough to go swimming at Oak Creek Canyon aka “Havasu.”

The road from Phoenix to Tucson has quite a few interesting sites along its way including Kartchner Caverns (which we have talked about above), Tombstone, Old Tucson Studios (from movie sets), Saguaro National Park and Museum (where the west was actually won!), Tumacacori, and more! There are a lot of great places to hike as well so if road tripping doesn’t interest you we recommend checking out some cool hikes along this road. This road is very scenic in all seasons but will be extra beautiful during the fall when the leaves turn colors or right after it rains due to the desert blooms that show up for short periods of time.

This road trip takes you from Tucson down into Mexico through Nogales which provides a unique opportunity to experience another country while staying on American soil. The drive itself has many twists and turns with plenty of pull-offs where you can stop if desired such as mile marker 23 aka “Hassayampa River Preserve” where there’s an old road that leads to a beautiful, secluded area. This road trip is best in the fall or spring when it’s warm enough for swimming along Oak Creek Canyon aka “Havasu” which we have talked about above and will take you past Saguaro National Park where there are some great hikes and picnic spots!

The US is a vast country, and for every major city there are amazing places to explore just outside of town. Whether you’re looking for natural beauty or cultural heritage, Arizona has something waiting for you. If it sounds like the right place to spend your summer road trip this year, we hope this post gave you some ideas about what to see and do when visiting the Grand Canyon State!