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5 Best Places to Visit in Arizona on a Budget

Arizona is known as the Grand Canyon State, but it has so much more to offer! Whether you’re planning your next vacation or trying to find an excuse to take a few days off work, you can check out these five great places to visit in Arizona on a budget! From stunning views of the red rocks at Sedona to getting up close and personal with the native wildlife at Phoenix Zoo, you can experience all that this state has to offer without breaking the bank.

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1) The South Rim of the Grand Canyon

While it may be one of America’s most famous natural wonders, visiting one of our country’s most stunning landmarks doesn’t have to break your bank. A visit costs just $25 per vehicle (not including entrance fees for attractions within Grand Canyon National Park), and there are plenty of ways to cut costs even further. Campgrounds are located near all main viewpoints, so you can stay cheap and spend time exploring other sites nearby. Lodging is also affordable at first-come, first-served campgrounds ($18 per night). Alternatively, cabins at Phantom Ranch along Bright Angel Creek start at just $50 per night. If you want to change your plans you can still make Spirit Airlines cancellation policy

2) Horseshoe BendSpirit Airlines cancellation policy

A trip out to Horseshoe Bend is best done early in the morning. Despite being surrounded by Phoenix, it’s just an hour from downtown and feels like a world away. No cars are allowed, but you can still bring cameras, dogs and everything else you’d normally take with you when going for a hike. It’s an easy three-mile round trip with spectacular views of the Colorado River below. It costs $10 per car (less if you arrive before 10am) and provides access to all of your other favorite hiking trails right after, so there’s no reason not to make time for Horseshoe Bend.

3) Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park is a beautiful place for hiking or just exploring. It’s open 24 hours and is free of charge. There are also plenty of other state parks within driving distance that offer similar natural experiences, like Kartchner Caverns State Park and Superstition Mountain Preserve. A visit to any one of these places will give you plenty of breathtaking views without breaking your budget.

4) Lake Havasu City, AZ

Lake Havasu City is a beautiful desert city with bustling activities and amazing weather. Enjoy fishing, boating, snorkeling, paddle boarding and dining by embarking on one of many cruises around Lake Havasu. If you want to get out of town for an afternoon but stay close enough for dinner plans, drive about 30 minutes south and explore Fort Mohave or Bullhead City. And if you cancel your flight you  get a refund with a spirit refund policy. For an inexpensive hotel experience that is right near restaurants and shops check out Motel 6 Historic Route 66 in Lake Havasu City—the rooms are basic but well-kept. 

5) Valley of the Sun

Located smack dab in the middle of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, we have sprawling desertscapes, fantastic golf courses and lots of good restaurants. You’ll find dozens of resorts with luxurious spas, fantastic shopping at boutiques like Lucky Brand Jeans & Silver Spoon Boutique. Scottsdale has plenty to see and do for everyone but it’s even more fun if you stay for less than two weeks! There are many other options if you need help deciding where to visit here; there’s something for everyone but only two weeks is a limited amount of time. Where should I go? What’s worth my time? These are just some of the questions you might ask yourself when considering your vacation destinations here in Arizona.


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