Travel Writing by Cory Hanson

Scenic Hotels in Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Grand Canyon

Arizona has something to offer travelers of every taste. Extreme adventurers can climb high mountains and deep canyons, while culture vultures can experience top-notch music, theater, and shopping in the state’s major cities. Whatever your own personal travel style, when booking your own Arizona adventure, consider staying at one of these five affordable favorites.

A Classic Route 66 Stopover

Historic Route 66 in Arizona | Image via Flickr by “Caveman Chuck” Coker

For decades, road-trippers from around the world have traveled the American Southwest following the path of Route 66. While this iconic American drive has been sadly segmented and re-routed onto major highways, many enthusiasts continue the Route 66 legacy, cruising in classic cars with the top down and stopping in many of the towns mentioned in the famous song of the same name, including Flagstaff, Arizona. When you’re making your own way through Arizona, take a break from the traditional motor lodges and check out Little America Flagstaff, a spacious, secluded resort in the pine forests just outside the city.

Affordable Inspiration at the Grand Canyon

“Crying: acceptable at funerals. And the Grand Canyon.” —Ron Swanson, “Parks and Recreation”

The Grand Canyon at Sunset | Image via Flickr by ahisgett

Truly one of the most beautiful (and most accessible) Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon should be on every North American traveler’s bucket list. Unfortunately, the overwhelming majority of its visitors only get a brief glimpse of the canyon from the South Rim before getting back in the car and going on their way. To really experience this American treasure, spend the night so you can walk into the canyon at dawn and dusk, getting the best views without the crowds. Save money without sacrificing comfort by booking at a budget hotel in the nearby town, like the Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn. Remember that the Grand Canyon’s jaw-dropping views and ease of access from Interstate 40 make it a busy attraction during all seasons, so book early.

A Golfer’s Paradise

Arizona has built a reputation as a major golf destination. With warm, sunny days dominating the weather forecast year round, thousands of hackers and pros alike make their way to Scottsdale every year to enjoy challenging courses and great weather. Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia offers every step-up amenity for visitors with clubs in tow. Wake up in a comfortable suite, have a delicious breakfast with a view of the desert and nearby Camelback Mountain, hit the links, and enjoy a massage in the spa to celebrate (or forget) your score for the day.

Unwind in Style

Just a few miles northwest of downtown Scottsdale—near Echo Canyon Recreation Area at the foot of Camelback Mountain—book an unforgettable getaway at Royal Palms Resort and Spa – Destination Hotels and Resorts. Outdoorsy types can get an early start on one of the many trails on Camelback Mountain, and those who want to stay in and relax in luxury can book a spa day with the on-site resort.

In the Heart of Phoenix

Those with business in Phoenix should book their stay at a comfortable-yet-affordable downtown favorite like the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. Here you’ll be close to the Phoenix Convention Center—and Talking Stick Sports Arena and Chase Field, if you have the budget to book your meetings in the skybox suites at a basketball or baseball game—or you can use the Hyatt Regency’s multi-use event space for everything from business luncheons to ballroom keynote addresses.

Whatever your reason for visiting Arizona, prepare for good weather, gorgeous Southwestern scenery, and a friendly welcome. Save money and last-minute stress by booking early at one of these five favorites, and don’t forget your sunscreen!

Cory Hanson is an American travel writer specializing in American and European travel. This is part of a series of American destination posts brought to you by the awesome travel search engine and booking service Hipmunk. Check out more Hipmunk posts and read more about sponsored content in this full disclosure

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