Arizona Travel Guide

Day trips to Rainbow Bridge National Monument and other sites can be arranged through Aramark, which operates the Lake Powell’s five marinas.

The two-and-a-half-hour Canyons Adventure Cruise of the Lake and its surroundings departs from Wahweap Marina. Tours depart three times daily from April through October and cost $65 for adults and $42 for children.

Pick up a fishing permit (or an ice fishing permit, in the winter) at a reasonable $6 per day. The one-stop shop also carries bait.

One of the town’s best galleries also has a sculpture garden.

Kayak and stand-up paddleboard rentals near several departure points, including Antelope Point, Wahweap Marina, and more.

On the Arizona side of the border town of Nogales (locals cross over seamlessly on an almost daily basis), this boot maker has been around since the 1950’s and sells handcrafted pairs from $500.

Three-day rafting trips along the Colorado River, from $725 per person.

Go beyond the touristy town center to the northern boundary of town to see the burial site of many of Tombstone’s most infamous outlaws: the Clanton’s, McLaury’s, and more.

Originally opened in 1877 along the town’s Whiskey Row, this saloon once served as a hub for men looking for work, an election meeting point, and mineral transactions.

Instead of a poolside lounge or round of golf, visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s former studio and retreat (now home to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation). Daily guided tours are kept small and last from one to three hours.

The shop sells sinful slabs of homemade fudge (locals swear by the cookie-dough variety).

The City of Phoenix estimates that this summit’s trail is one of the most heavily used in the country; it draws an estimated 4,000 to 10,000 hikers per week.

In an effort to lure non-museum types, this trendsetting institution began sponsoring SMoCA Nights a few years back.

Known as one of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpieces, Taliesin West was built in 1937 as Wright's winter home. Still inhabited by a team of architectural experts and students, Taliesin West is a living desert complex in northeast Scottsdale at the base of the McDowell Mountains.

Geological history, dramatically summed up in one 5,500-foot-deep abyss. If you drive to the South Rim yourself, leave your car in Tusayan and take the shuttle into the park. At the Grand Canyon Visitor Center, decide on an easy tour or an ambitious hike.