The spectacular red rocks, the spas, the otherworldly cuisine—there are countless reasons why Arizona consistently finds itself at the top of our bucket list. But in case you needed a deeper breakdown, here are our top reasons to visit the desert gem state, right now.
Escape the cold
It’s easy to see why hip New Yorkers choose to beeline to Arizona in winter. Its red rock beauty is the perfect antidote to the winter blues. And there’s desert to explore with over 300 days of sunshine, so all thoughts of winter chill are long forgotten as you thunder through the lush Sonoran Desert in an off-road jeep tour or just warm-up in the sun as you wine and dine.
Christmas can get stressful—the last thing you need in your already busy daily life. Heading to Arizona is an absolute no brainer if you’re looking to relax and unwind. Sedona’s status in particular as a spiritual healing site means that life here is built on wellness, with everything from yoga and meditation to Ayurvedic facials and psychic massages. But anywhere you go, you’ll find plenty of ways to stay zen and stress-free.
Tis’ the season to indulge
If being virtuous isn’t on the agenda, then add Arizona’s lux hotels, award-winning spas and critically acclaimed restaurants to your agenda. This desert state has played the secret retreat to the stars for years so is well-versed in the practice of indulging. Give yourself some well-deserved ‘me time’ in spa’s like the Sanctuary at Camelback or indulge in Tucson’s heritage cuisine.
New Year Inspiration
For years artists have flocked to Arizona, drawn like a magnet to its inspiring dreamscapes—it’s desert vistas, gloriously colourful sunsets and big blue skies give them the freedom and vision to create winning original work. A visit to a museum or architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in Scottsdale, or to the galleries in Sedona and Tucson could just be the creative injection you need for the new year.
Kick start your fitness resolutions
After all the mince pies, fizz and turkey, it’s always a struggle to start those new year fitness goals, but with Arizona’s breath-taking mountain scenery as your gym and playground, you won’t want to waste a moment indoors. Hike Sedona’s red rock canyons, conquer Scottsdale’s pristine Sonoran Desert peaks or hit Tucson’s ranches and get a cowboy workout on cattle drives and horse rides.