Are you on the hunt for the perfect weekend getaway? Look no further; we’ve got you covered with the top five weekend destinations in Arizona. All of these attractions are accessible in six hours or less to beat the heat, spend time with friends and simply explore Arizona.
Beaver Falls – Havasu Falls
Photography by Jerry Cagle
Come swim in the turquoise pools of Havasu Creek! So you’ve made it down to the Havasu campground after a ten-mile hike from Hualapai Hilltop – time for more hiking! The 8-mile journey to Beaver Falls is well worth the trip, and can offer some quieter moments for those looking to escape the craziness of everyday life. Enjoy all of the breath-taking views, and simply relax in the midst of mother nature. The Grand Canyon is an absolute treat but those limestone terraces’ make the hikes worth it. An experience for families, couples and photography!
Photography by Brian Gilman
Horseshoe Bend is considered to be one of the greatest natural wonders in the nation. The horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River can be reached by taking a less than three-quarters-of-a-mile hike through the scenic red rocks that overlook the river. You can experience the Horseshoe Bend when traveling from Rim to Rim of the Grand Canyon via Highway 89/89A by simply taking a short 18 mile excursion towards Page, Arizona.
Photography by Eliphante
Eliphante is a unique sculptural home that was built-in 1979 by an artist couple, and was the first of several mixed media structures now housed on three acres of land in Cornville, Arizona. The structures were created with found materials over a period of 28 years by artist Michael Kahn and his wife Leda Livant. This humble abode is a private residence supported by a nonprofit organization. Your support is needed, now more than ever, to help make Eliphante more accessible to the public. This work of art is a must see for all walks of life!
The Shady Dell
Photography by the Shady Dell
Situated a mile high up the Mule Mountains, in Bisbee, Arizona, (a historic copper mining town) the Shady Dell is home to nine vintage travel trailers. Among them are a 1949 Airstream, a 1950 Spartan Manor and a 33-foot Royal Mansion built in 1951 complete with “leopard carpet, martini glasses, diner-style breakfast booth and phonograph with a collection of records. The vintage radios play era-appropriate radio programs, televisions only broadcast in two colors, period books and magazines which, allow for even more of a mental time travel. Make sure to book early, the trailers fill up months in advance. Leave your iPhones at home and escape the 21st century for a night or two!
Mount Graham International Observatory
Photography by The Daily Sun
Mount Graham International Observatory is home to the world’s largest telescope, which offers even better clarity than the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as other research telescopes. If you’re curious about astronomy and telescopes, you can take a tour on the weekend, which includes a trip up Mount Graham, where you’ll learn about the mountain’s rich geology, history, and diversity of life, lunch, and a guided tour of the observatories.