If you like hopping in a car, hitting the open road and traveling to nearby destinations, there are few starting points better than Phoenix. This city is a gateway to adventure. Whether you are crazy about the outdoors, want to take in some culture or are more into unusual attractions, you can find plenty to do within a few hours of this Arizona metropolis.
Some of the nearby destinations worth checking out include:
The Grand Canyon - This national treasure is only about 200 miles north of Phoenix. It is feasible to turn this into a single day trip. Leave in the morning and enjoy lunch looking at the amazing sights and you can still make it home in time for bed. The canyon is a popular destination for sightseeing, hiking and more. For a longer stay, consider taking the tour provided by the Grand Canyon Railways. This train through the canyon does involve a full day, but it is worth the time.
The Pima Air and Space Museum - Located just over 100 miles south of Phoenix, this destination boasts more than 250 different aircraft on display. It covers some 80 acres of land with displays, too.
Sunset Crater - This famous crater is found about 240 miles from Phoenix. It was created by volcanic activity in the 1100s AD. Tours are available daily.
The Verde Canyon Railroad - Found in Clarkdale, Arizona, this destination is about two hours north of Phoenix. The railroad provides a great opportunity to take in the canyon's sights, including the many raptors that make the area home. Clarkdale, by the way, is about 25 minutes from Sedona, which is a great city to tour, too. It is near the famous Montezuma Castle national monument and boasts its share of red rock views, restaurants, shopping areas and more.
Scottsdale - This city is only a few minutes away from Phoenix, but it can take up an entire day or more to tour. It is noted for its many art galleries and shops that make up the Old Town area of the city.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum - This destination is about an hour east of Phoenix in Superior. It covers some 320 acres and is a great place to learn about the desert fauna and flora that make Arizona so special.
Guadalupe - Founedd about 20 minutes outside of Phoenix, this destination is a Native American and Hispanic settlement. It was founded more than 100 years ago by the Yaqui Indians. The town is noted for its shops and authentic eateries and bakeries.
Old Tucson Studios - This destination about 125 miles south of Phoenix was created in the 1930s by Columbia Pictures. The old studio features a replica of what downtown Tucson looked like in the 1860s. The site was used for filming by such stars as Bing Crosby, Gene Autrey and Jimmy Stewart.
Getting away from the bustle of Phoenix only requires a car and a little bit of time to drive. From the Grand Canyon to old time Hollywood magic, the areas surrounding this city have plenty of attractions well worth visiting.