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Arizona Family Travel Guide

“Night poured over the desert. It came suddenly, in purple. In the clear air, the stars drilled down out of the sky, reminding any thoughtful watcher that it is in the deserts and high places that religions are generated.”

I love this quote by Terry Prachett about the desert. Growing up in the midwestern United States, humid and speckled with lakes, the dry, seemingly dead desert landscape always fascinated me.

Over the years we’ve had the chance to explore Arizona as a family. I quickly learned that this landscape isn’t dead at all. The desert is very much alive, and beautiful. I’ve come to love the silhouette of the saguaro cactus, the colors produced by the rising and setting of the sun, and the benefits of this healthy, dry climate.

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Arizona is a great destination for family travel. Whether you want to escape the chill of winter, explore ancient civilizations or learn about the magical desert, there is plenty to do for families in Arizona. Read on to learn more in this Arizona family travel guide.

Top Things to See and Do Arizona

Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix has consistently dry, warm weather and plenty of easy access options, making this city an ideal destination for your family to warm up this winter. Plus there are plenty of things to do in Phoenix with kids. Here are a few tips to ensure you plan the best Phoenix vacation ever for your family.

The quiet desert under the mid-day sun comes to life in the early evening. Hawks soar overhead. The sun turns they sky pink and reflects off the red rocky hills. And the saguaro cactus tower over everything. The desert is certainly one of my favorite attractions in Phoenix.

Phoenix is well-known for its magnificent desert landscape, but few people outside the area know that there are many scenic lakes within a 40-mile drive from Phoenix. Here are a few of my favorite desert lakes to explore near Phoenix.

Arizona Family Travel Tips

While most people stay away from Phoenix during this time of the year, when temperatures can exceed 110 degrees F, summer can actually be a good time to visit this part of the southwestern United States. You might actually want to consider traveling to Phoenix in the Summer. Simply follow the lead of locals to plan a fun summer getaway in Phoenix.

While there are several dining options in Scottsdale, perhaps none are more family friendly than Proof at the Four Seasons at Troon North. Don’t miss the resort’s casual and family friendly restaurant if you will be traveling in Scottsdale with kids. 

Where to Stay in Arizona

The Four Seasons Resorts Scottsdale at Troon North is a perfect family-friendly getaway.

And if you’re lucky enough to get away with your girlfriends for a weekend in Arizona, I’ve put together the perfect weekend itinerary for a girls weekend in Phoenix. Doesn’t this plan make you want to grab your girlfriends and jump on a plane today?


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