Looking to get out of town this Labor Day weekend? Arizona boasts a slew of short drives that are sure to make lasting memories. Hop in the car and make the most of this three-day weekend and the Grand Canyon State’s unique landscape with these three adventure itineraries.
What to do: This unassuming town in northern Arizona is home to some of the most breathtaking natural scenery this side of Lake Powell. Hike to Horsehoe Bend for panoramic views of the Colorado River’s emerald green water surrounded by sloping cliffs. Pro tip: The landmark’s lookouts are located on steep cliffs with no guard rails, so watch your step. Next, take a guided tour of Antelope Canyon, a stunning slot canyon burrowed just beneath the earth’s surface (ladders are needed to reach it) and be sure to bring a camera to capture the canyon’s colorful walls and the light cascading between them.
Where to Stay: The quaint, cozy Red Rock Motel (928-645-0062, redrockmotel.com) is just a stone’s throw away from Page’s alluring attractions as well as an array of charming shops and restaurants.
Approx. Driving Time from Phoenix: 4 ½ hours
What to do: Simply wandering the streets of this supposedly haunted historic mining community is a must. If you’re looking for something guided, get your brew and boo on with a haunted pub crawl or take a tour of the Queen Mine. This tiny town boasts a seemingly countless series of stairs, which were built so miners could reach their hillside homes in the late 1800s. Bisbee also boasts numerous claims to fame nestled in its sloping sidewalks, like the first public library and the smallest bar in the state.
Where to Stay: Constructed in 1906 and restored in the ‘80s, The Bisbee Grand Hotel (520-432-5900, bisbeegrandhotel.com) features six suites and seven guestrooms decked out in Victorian décor. An second-floor veranda offers sweeping street views while The Bisbee Grand Saloon offers authentic Wild West vibes.
Approx. Driving Time from Phoenix: 3 ½ hours
What to do: Check out this college town’s emerging brewery scene at tasting rooms like Dark Sky and Mother Road. Snap a pic of the old-school Hotel Monte Vista sign or catch a show and a cocktail at The Green Room. For a dose of nature, hit up Lockett Meadow just outside city limits for a meandering hike marked by a kaleidoscope of aspen trees and wild flowers.
Where to Stay: For over a century, the Weatherford Hotel (928-779-1919, weatherfordhotel.com) has been a mainstay on Flagstaff’s main drag. Come for the charming vintage-style suites and stay for the food – this historic hotel houses three different bars and restaurants.
Approx. Driving Time from Phoenix: 2 ½ hours