Arizona Road Trips: Pick a Destination


Karina Nardo

Exams are coming up and the stress to maintain one’s GPA is rising.  What could be better than to have a day of traveling to help cope with this stress? Traveling with family and friends can take your mind off exams, while learning about historical landmarks and seeing wonderful views. Here is a list of one-day trips which are perfect for relaxing.

Old Town Scottsdale

The 57-minute drive north has plenty of restaurants, as well as shopping and picture opportunities. The sculpture LOVEmade by Robert Indiana is a perfect picture opportunity for your Instagram feed. Nearby is the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, where the exhibits change every few months. Student tickets are only $7, and they are open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m to 5 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m., and closed on Mondays and major holidays.


Sedona was one of my favorite spots to visit. The red rocks and scenic areas were a beautiful sight to see. Only three hours north of Phoenix, this hilly drive is definitely worth it. Take a tour around Main Street and view the beautiful desert landscape. Make sure to visit the cute shops and attractions that are nearby. Slide rock is a great place to relax, especially by the cold water while viewing the red rock mountains.

Flagstaff- Arizona Snowbowl

Just fifty minutes further from Sedona, a trip to Flagstaff can be a fun experience. My family and I usually stay at my aunt’s cabin to enjoy more days up there, but this trip can be accomplished in one day. Make sure to pack warm clothes for the cold weather and have proper gear for the snow. Arizona Snowbowl is popular for their chairlift that ascends to 11,500 feet in elevation. You’ll view northern Arizona’s most impressive scenery. This winter season, the scheduled opening date is November 22, so there is plenty of time to purchase tickets and plan a trip.

Grand Canyon National Park

Arizona is the only state in the U.S that contains one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and visiting it is a perfect way to cross off an item off your bucket list. Visiting the Grand Canyon takes a 4-hour drive, so plan to leave earlier in the day to spend more time enjoying the canyon. It is about 2,000 miles in area, so there is plenty to see. The south rim is open all seasons, but the north rim is closing soon due to snow. The park permit for one vehicle is $35 but includes entry for all passengers inside. On November 11th, all travelers can visit the Grand Canyon for free to honor the Veteran’s Day holiday.


If you want to go back in time to the wild, wild west, this is the perfect place. Head south and enjoy legendary stories of the past. According to the Tombstone website, you can catch a glimpse of life in Tombstone through museums, an underground mining experience, shopping, dining, and a gunfight reenactment.


Enjoying time off from school can help students escape from an overload of schoolwork. Planning a day off can help create a stronger bond with family and friends, all the while experiencing the wonderful views of Arizona.