Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River

Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River

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Arizona

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Its nickname of “The Grand Canyon State” should give you some indication of the main attraction in Arizona. But while the rust-red and almost impossibly vast canyon is definitely a must-see, it's certainly not the only thing worth experiencing in this state of national parks, bustling cities and historic sights.

With its diverse climate, unique natural attractions and numerous scenic routes, Arizona makes for a hugely popular and rewarding destination for RV enthusiasts. The State can also be broken up in five travel regions: West Coast , Northern Arizona, North Central Arizona, Central Arizona and South Arizona. Each region has something unique to offer and RVers can choose to explore one, two or - for those with time on their side - all five! Whether you prefer evergreen forests or sun-drenched dessert; luxurious resorts or outdoor adventure; pioneer charm or modern-day delights: Arizona is as accommodating as it is stunning.

 

Arizona's West Coast tends to be less frequented by tourists than other regions, but that makes it no less worth visiting (in fact, it means it's a perfect destination for those wanting to avoid crowds!). Bisected by the emerald Colorado river and dotted with cool, turquoise lakes, Western Arizona shines in the summer months - with swimming, water sports and boating sitting high on the agenda for locals and visitors alike. Towns such as Kingman, Oatman and Yuma offer a satisfying blend of friendly locals, eye-opening museums and historic sites, natural beauty and a wealth of recreation options.

 

Northern Arizona is the home of the aforementioned Grand Canyon, as well as the mountain town of Flagstaff and the sandstone spires of Monument Valley. While we wouldn't blame you for being content with simply seeing the jaw-dropping majesty of the Grand Canyon, those who want to get right up close to this world wonder can do so through a river rafting trip through the gorge or a donkey ride to the depths of the canyon floor.

A drive down the famed Route 66 is also on the bucket list of many an avid RVer and, luckily, this historic highway snakes through the charming Northern Arizona towns of Flagstaff and Williams. Sitting a mile high amongst lush pondersoa forests, Flagstaff is rich with Native American history and its cool climate makes it popular with loves of all things outdoors. Williams lies just east of Flagstaff and boasts being one of the most picturesque townships along Route 66 – it has a distinct old-America atmosphere that's bolstered by rodeos, classic car fairs and parades.

 

Known for its vibrant red rocks and new age health resorts, the photogenic town of Sedona is the jewel of North Central Arizona. Host to countless weddings and home to artists, hippies and adventurers, Sedona boasts year-round beauty, activities sand attractions such as museums, galleries and famous Red Rock Crossing and stunning Chapel of the Holy Cross. Other treasures in North Central include the former mining towns of Globe and Miami; the Wild West charms of Prescott and Jerome and the outdoor paradise of Payson, which is surrounded by three national forests.

 

The shimmering desert plane of Central Arizona is home to the cosmopolitan city of Phoenix, as well as sporty Glendale and the Western enclaves of Wickenberg and Scottsdale. With year-round warm temperatures (although summer is better described as scorching hot!), winding dessert roads and a harmonious mix of urban vibrancy and Southwestern scenery, Central Arizona is ideal for RV travel. Here posh resorts and sparkling casinos sit alongside unrivaled hiking trails and old west ranches, while the skyscrapers of phoenix sit against the backdrop of the famed Camelback Mountain. Those who are looking for solitude will find it by parking up in vast central Arizona dessert or the pine forested Coconino Plateau.

 

Finally, Southern Arizona presents a feast for the senses with its fertile vineyards, Victorian architecture, blankets of wildflowers and arty spirit. RV's can be easily hired in Tuscon (the second-largest metropolitan area in the state) and from there you spend a day sampling the local tipples on a wine trail, go birdwatching in beautiful Patagonia, hunt ghosts in Bisbee or explore the caves of Sierra Vista.

 

Here are a couple of great intinerary ideas for travelling around Arizona:

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