Destination guide

Out and about in Arizona

The vast landscapes of Arizona welcome nature lovers to explore deep canyons, sweeping deserts, river gorges and multitudes of national parks, forests, monuments and historic sites. Whether you head straight for the Grand Canyon to hike landmark trails, or spend some time in big cities like Phoenix and Tucson checking out intriguing museums and tasty regional cuisine, you're sure to find a piece of the state that calls to you. With everything from suburban houses and quiet cottages to casitas with refreshing pools and mountain views, there's an Arizona vacation rental to suit all styles.

Things to do

Exploring Arizona's natural wonders

The Grand Canyon is by far the most popular attraction in Arizona, with millions of visitors heading to the national park each year. You can admire the wonder from scenic lookouts and miles of hiking trails, or take to the skies on helicopter tours and hot air balloon rides for incredible aerial views. Nearby, the same Colorado River that traces through the canyon forms other geological wonders, including the dramatic Horseshoe Bend. A number of Arizona vacation rentals are available in nearby gateway cities like Flagstaff and Williams, where you can hop on a train and take a ride to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.


Touring the big cities of Arizona

While the amazing natural attractions are the highlight of Arizona, cities here have a lot to offer as well. Sightseeing in the state's 2 largest hubs will introduce you to a wealth of museums, galleries and cultural attractions, as well as the unique Sonoran Desert landscape. In Phoenix, a botanical garden is dedicated to desert plants, while Tucson's Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum boasts a zoo and aquarium, art exhibits and trails that run through desert habitats. The cities are only a couple of hours away from each other, so selecting an Arizona vacation rental in either one will allow you to take daytrips to the other as well.


Scorching summers in Arizona

Summers in Arizona can be scorching hot, especially in the Sonora desert and southern cities like Tucson and Phoenix, which see average highs at or above 100 degrees. Outdoor activities like hiking and golfing in this region are best reserved for late fall through early spring, when temperatures peak in the 60s and 70s. In the northern part of the state, around Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon, average highs and lows can be 20 degrees cooler than their southern neighbors at any given point, meaning winter lows drop below freezing, while the months on either end of summer hang out in the sunny 70s.

Natural features

The incredible landscapes of Arizona

From the red rocks of Sedona to the cactus-filled desert in Tonto National Forest, there are endless geologic and natural wonders to explore in Arizona. The Kofa National Wildlife Refuge in the western part of the state is a great place to see giant cacti and desert mammals like bighorn sheep and mule deer. The Grand Canyon area is ideal for birding, with more than 400 species, including rare owls and condors. No matter which park, preserve or forest you head to, you're sure to encounter incredible wildlife and interesting plants along the lakes, rivers, canyons and deserts that beautify the state.

Where to stay around Arizona, US?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 15,726 vacation rentals near Arizona. From 7,726 house rentals to 1,137 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Arizona for a holiday or a weekend are on Vrbo.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Arizona?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Arizona. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Scottsdale: 6,864 vacation rentals
  • Sedona: 1,255 vacation rentals
  • Phoenix: 7,547 vacation rentals
  • Flagstaff: 888 vacation rentals
  • Tucson: 1,844 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Arizona! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Arizona?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Arizona:

  • Scottsdale: 6,864 rentals
  • Sedona: 1,255 rentals
  • Phoenix: 7,547 rentals
  • Flagstaff: 888 rentals
  • Tucson: 1,844 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Arizona?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Arizona are:

  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX): 6,857 vacation rentals
  • Payson, AZ (PJB): 164 vacation rentals
  • Scottsdale, AZ (SCF): 6,787 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Arizona?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Arizona. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Antelope Canyon: 138 rentals
  • Slide Rock State Park: 1,309 rentals
  • Arizona Snowbowl: 679 rentals
  • Seven Canyons Golf Club: 1,189 rentals
  • Arizona Science Center: 6,720 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Arizona listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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