You want to do something with the kids on Spring Break but its the budget. We have found some fun things to do right here in Arizona.
Explore Kartchner Caverns
Many travelers in Arizona don’t expect to find beautiful caverns in the Grand Canyon State. Kartchner Caverns State Park is about nine miles south of Benson and about an hr South of Tucson. Averaging 50,000 years and more these beautiful cave has 2.4 miles of passages through the limestone cavern. There are no cameras allowed in the caverns, but take pictures of the hummingbird garden at the entrance of the park. This is an easy road trip for families visiting really from anywhere in the state and to all that want to explore all that Southern Arizona has to offer.
Drive to the London Bridge
What? from Arizona? Surprise the family by taking them to Lake Havasu City where the original London Bridge lives today. It was sold to the United States in the 1960’s, this iconic bridge towers over Arizona’s Lake Havasu. Besides seeing the bridge, have fun renting kayaks, jet skis and swimming in the lake. Be sure to check out the Lake Havasu Museum of History then head over to the Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center for waterslides, a wave pool, and so much more.
Take family photos at the Painted Desert
Head 90 miles east of Flagstaff for stunning badlands and the unique Petrified Forest National Park. Your road trip to the Painted Desert will be filled with beautiful Arizona skies, cacti, and I am pretty sure the most amazing sunset you’ve seen in your life. There are several hikes around the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest worth the views, including Red Basin and Blue Mesa. Don’t forget to bring the camera to capture the bright colors and family fun. Better yet. a great backdrop for some family photos.
Take a Tour of Tombstone or even do a Ghost Town Road Trip
Experience the wild, wild west in Tombstone, Arizona, located just over an hour’s drive south of Tucson. This small town is full of cowboy gunfight re-enactments and horse-drawn carriages. Watch a show, go on a ghost tour, then visit the Boothill Graveyard. You’ll be taken back to the olden days in this friendly town known for its fun and history. Like ghost towns? Tons of them are in Arizona.
Go to the Grand Canyon
No road trip is complete without a drive to the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Grand Canyon is almost 2,000 miles in area, meaning you need to find the best spots to check out on your road trip. One of the most popular highlights of a Grand Canyon trip is the Bright Angel Trail on the North Rim. I have actually done this hike, yes I have, all the way to the bottom. If you choose to do it, remember you need a permit so plan ahead. This trail is an intermediate difficulty and has great views for photos. If you’re feeling brave, try Colorado River Rafting or ride a donkey into the Grand Canyon. Vacation rentals around the Grand Canyon are an easy way to be close to the national park while also having your own private getaway.
This Route 66, the high-country-mountain city is a convenient home base between Sedona and the Grand Canyon. It’s also a relaxed college town without the party vibes. There are tons of restaurants and brewery’s and plenty of hiking trails in the Coconino National Forest. One of Flagstaff’s best attractions is its charming downtown shops and the historic Lowell Observatory, which has reduced admission prices on Sundays. Don’t forget to stop at the Joy Cone Ice Cream Factory, one of the largest in the country for your free tour. (check their website for dates)
You may find one of your favorite road trips is right here in Arizona.