In case no one's broken the news to you yet, Arizona is beautiful. This gorgeous state doesn't have just craggy rock formations or red dust wafting in the air, either. Here you'll find greens, blues, browns, and golds, too. You won't find anything else like it in the States.
For USA-based folks, Arizona is an easy getaway. From either the West Coast or the Midwest, you can turn it into an epic road trip and save all those dollars for lodging, burritos, and margaritas. Let's see what our friends at Hipmunk Hotels have to whip up when it comes to two of our favorite cities: Scottsdale and Sedona.
A hop, skip, and a jump away from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is Scottsdale. You're going to want to plop down here for a night or two to shake off the flight or the drive and to see all that Phoenix and the area has to offer. Pro tip: Don't visit in July. I did that, and I almost melted. Thinking about a trip during the fall months? Perfect.
A solid choice in Scottsdale is the Aloft Scottsdale. It rings in at about $175 per night before taxes, and it's a totally modern and luxurious escape from the heat. Your bathroom will be so nifty that you'll want to sleep there. It's in Scottsdale's Old Town, which is where you want to be. From here you can walk to just about anything you'll want to check out, and the hotel offers a shuttle, too.
Sedona is where Arizona really shines, and it's going to be a highlight of your trip. We love Phoenix for other reasons, but it just doesn't compare to the natural beauty Sedona has going on. Let's outline three different options in Sedona.
A Red Rock Getaway
The Amara Resort and Spa, a Kimpton Hotel, is $325 a night before taxes, but if you're willing to splurge, it's worth it. Spend one night on the patio next to the fire overlooking the red rocks of Bear Wallow Canyon, and you'll have to agree. Or walk over to the infinity zero-edge, saltwater pool, and try not to feel like you're living the dream. That's how good this hotel is.
French Sophistication, Sedona Style
L'auberge de Sedona is French for "The Inn of Sedona," and we approve. At $450 per night pre-taxes, this is creeping onto our "yikes" radar, but the views almost look fake they're so pretty. Imagine rolling into your terry cloth robe from your gigantic bathroom, grabbing some coffee and room service from one of the epic French restaurants, and sitting on your own personal spacious patio just to feel the breeze echo along Oak Creek River. This place does a ton of weddings, and it's easy to see why. If you really spring for it, you might even wind up with a room that has on outdoor cedar shower and jacuzzi.
Taking It Easy on the Budget
We're definitely not made of money, so let's look at something a little more realistic. The Sedona Real Inn & Suites comes in at $170 per night pre-taxes and still offers that classic Sedona experience. There's free hot breakfast every morning and fire pits and grills outside. Devil's Bridge, Bell Rock, and Cathedral Rock are 10 minutes away. This is definitely a more reasonable option while still keeping you comfortable in that epic Arizona landscape.
Promise us that you'll take a Pink Jeep tour if you go. You won't regret it.
All this goes to show that Hipmunk is super useful when it comes to planning a vacation, and that's why we paired up with them to spread the word. We would never endorse something we don't love, and we obviously love that little chipmunk.
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