While Phoenix has plenty to offer visitors, there’s also plenty to see and do beyond the city limits. From stunning natural wonders to charming small towns, the surrounding area is full of exciting day trip destinations just a short drive away. Here are some of the best day trips from Phoenix, with recommendations for different interests and budgets.
Sedona is a must-visit destination
Known for its stunning red rock formations and vibrant arts scene, Sedona is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Phoenix. Take a scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon, explore the art galleries and shops in town, or embark on a hike in the nearby wilderness. Spirit of Arizona Tours offers a Sedona Day Tour with a guided tour of the town and its famous landmarks.
Grand Canyon National Park
One of the world’s most iconic natural wonders, the Grand Canyon is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Arizona. From Phoenix, it’s about a 3.5-hour drive to the South Rim, where you can explore the park’s many overlooks and hiking trails.
Visit the former mining town of Jerome
This former mining town turned artist colony is a quirky and charming destination that’s just a short drive from Phoenix. Explore the galleries and shops on Main Street, learn about the town’s mining history at the Jerome State Historic Park, or take a ghost tour to learn about the town’s haunted past. Spirit of Arizona Tours offers a Jerome Ghost Town Tour that includes a guided tour of the town and its history.
Discover vibrant Scottsdale
Just a short drive from Phoenix, Scottsdale is a vibrant and upscale destination that’s perfect for a day trip. Explore the shops and galleries in Old Town, indulge in a spa treatment or round of golf, or take in the stunning desert scenery on a hike or bike ride. Spirit of Arizona Tours offers a Scottsdale Wine Tour that includes a guided tour of the city’s history and culture.
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Located in the nearby town of Camp Verde, this ancient cliff dwelling is a fascinating glimpse into the history of the area’s Native American cultures. Take a self-guided tour of the ruins and learn about the Sinagua people who called the area home. Spirit of Arizona Tours offers a Montezuma Castle Day Tour with a guided tour of the monument and its history.