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Arizona Travel Guide
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Family Travel Tips
 

Sedona, Arizona

 

Photo by Alfredo De Simone

Family travel to Arizona combines culture, adventure and kids. Visit a Native American Indian Reservation. Explore one of Arizona's many archaeological sites. Discover dinosaur tracks. Spot wildlife or watch birds. Marvel at the Grand Canyon. Hike, horseback ride or take a mule pack trip. And during the winter holiday season, take a train trip to the North Pole on the Polar Express. Whether you camp under the stars or relax in luxury at a destination resort there are countless things to do in Arizona with kids.

Situated just north of Mexico, Arizona shares more than a border, or corner, with five U.S. states - New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Colorado and California. It shares the 'Old West' and Southwest cultures with several of its neighbors. Yet there is much to Arizona that is unique.

Arizona's rich cultural heritage dates back more than 11,000 years when the Clovis people, a Paleo-Indian tribe, traveled through what is today Southeastern Arizona. But it wasn't until AD 400 and the arrival of the pueblo cultures - Hohokam, Anasazi, Mogollon and Salado - that the state was actually settled. Today, twenty-one Native American tribes, each with its own distinct culture and traditions, call Arizona home. Tour a pueblo ruin or visit an Indian reservation on an Arizona vacation and learn more about this corner of the American Southwest.

The history of Arizona is also tied to the Wild West. Gold diggers and mountain men were attracted to this once inhospitable U.S. State. A family trip to the frontier towns situated in Northwestern Arizona provides an opportunity to introduce the kids to times past.

A family trek from corner to corner is a trip across seven of Merriam's Life Zones. Watch closely and take in each transformation along the way. And the change isn't limited to the vegetation; the wildlife also varies with the altitude and latitude. Don't forget your binoculars on a family vacation in Arizona!
Kid-Friendly Hotels in Arizona

2400 East Missouri Avenue

Phoenix, AZ 85016

USA

BEST

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KIDS

There are five reasons to consider the Arizona Biltmore. 1) Designed by Albert Chase McArthur and opened in 1929, this Frank Lloyd Wright inspired resort is a historic landma ...
  • Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Activities for Kids
  • Play Area
  • Spa
  • Tennis

8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway

Phoenix, AZ 85044

USA

BEST

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KIDS

The 7-acre Oasis Water Park is the main draw for families at the sprawling Arizona Grand Resort. This water wonderland, voted a top 10 water park by Travel Channel, boasts an ...
  • Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Activities for Kids
  • Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • Tennis

Grand Canyon National Park

South Rim, AZ 86023

USA

BEST

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KIDS

Location is the sole reason to stay at Bright Angel Lodge. The lodge rooms are akin to a budget motel. The cabins are basic, not just rustic. The service at this Xanterra pro ...
  • Restaurant

Grand Canyon National Park

South Rim, AZ 86023

USA

BEST

  for

KIDS

El Tovar Hotel, opened in 1905 and last renovated in 2005, is the most upscale accommodation in Grand Canyon National Park. It boasts the best on-site restaurant on the South ...
  • Restaurant

Grand Canyon National Park

North Rim, AZ 86052

USA

BEST

  for

KIDS

There are three reasons to consider Grand Canyon Lodge. 1) Grand Canyon Lodge is the only North Rim hotel. 2) It's located at Bright Angel Point and sits on the North Rim. 3) ...
  • Restaurant
  • Pack & Saddle
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