Arizona Travel Guide | Part 1

When you think of popular travel destinations, Arizona doesn’t always come up. I think that should change though. I recently went to Arizona and I truly enjoyed my trip! It is so much more than just a desert and I think there are activities for everyone!

This post will cover Phoenix and the surrounding areas along with many of the photos I took. Part 2 will cover Northern Arizona or the “high country”. Unfortunately, I can’t really recommend many Airbnbs or hotels because I stayed with my family.

Hiking is really big in Arizona. There is Camelback Mountain which is near Phoenix and Scottsdale. The Superstition Mountains have many trails and there is a lot of history behind that mountain range. There is also Brown Mountain in Mesa, which is a very beginner friendly hike. The views are amazing and it’s a great way to get exercise.

Camelback Mountain

This hike is more challenging, but it has a clearly marked trail and beautiful scenery.

Brown Mountain

This is an easy hike and it’s located in Mesa, AZ.

Superstition Mountains and Canyon Lake 

There are many trails in this area (located east of Phoenix). Also, there are many museums and old trading posts sharing the history of the Lost Dutchman and his hidden treasure.

There is also shopping and eating of course. I recommend eating out in Scottsdale, especially if you are plant-based. Phoenix is not the best city for foodies, which is why I would recommend Scottsdale. When I was there I ate at a place called, The Grapevine.

Old Town Scottsdale also has unique stores and galleries based around Southwest culture.

I was also able to find vegan friendly gelato at Gelato Cimmino.

Thanks for reading! I hope this was a decent travel guide. The next part will cover the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas. If you’ve been to Arizona, let me know in the comments your favorite areas!

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    January 3, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Kaley I enjoyed your Arizona Travel Guide. Arizona vacationing have been the best experiences for the girls and I. It has been a some years Scottsdale is a great spot.
    Great blog it definitely brought back fond memories.
    Your photographs are wonderful. Thanks for sharing 💜

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      January 4, 2019 at 8:16 am

      Thank you for this comment! I really enjoyed my trip and it sounds like you and your girls like Arizona also.

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        January 4, 2019 at 10:20 am

        Yes we did

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        January 4, 2019 at 10:24 am

        It is a cherished moment 💜💜💜that is still talked about.

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          January 4, 2019 at 10:34 am


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    Shelly Lynn
    January 13, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    So True! Arizona is epic 😍

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      January 14, 2019 at 5:41 am

      Love it! 😊

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    Allyson Morin
    January 16, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Gorgeous scenery! Looks like an entirely different planet to where I live in the Northeast. You have a nice eye for photography 🙂

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      January 16, 2019 at 2:01 pm

      Thank you so much! It definitely looks like a foreign land.

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    March 7, 2019 at 11:36 am

    The travel guide is well drafted. Indeed I am gonna refer back when I make my plans. Lovely blog. Love from India

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    January 7, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    Love living here in Phoenix! It’s a lot different than living in the foothills of Northern California, but it is quite beautiful. And we get to enjoy 70° winters 😍 loved your travel guide, thanks so much for sharing!

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      January 8, 2020 at 8:16 am

      Thanks for reading, glad you liked it! Enjoy sunny Phoenix ☺️

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