Destination guide

Explore Arizona from vacation home rentals

The vast landscapes of Arizona welcome nature lovers to explore deep canyons, sweeping deserts, river gorges and multitudes of national parks, forests, monuments and historic sites. Whether you head straight for the Grand Canyon to hike landmark trails, or spend some time in big cities like Phoenix and Tucson checking out intriguing museums and tasty regional cuisine, you're sure to find a piece of the state that calls to you. With everything from suburban houses and quiet cottages to casitas with refreshing pools and mountain views, there's an Arizona vacation rental to suit all styles.

History

Historic sites near Arizona vacation homes

The rich history of Arizona is showcased in heritage sites and museums throughout the state. Vacation rentals can be found near places like Canyon de Chelly National Monument, an ancient site with Native American ruins and guided tours, and Montezuma Castle National Monument, a cliff dwelling of the Sinagua people that dates back to the 12th century. You'll also like the Meteor Crater Natural Landmark, an ancient meteorite impact site with an interpretive center.

Things to do

Attractions near Arizona vacation homes

The Grand Canyon is by far the most popular attraction in Arizona, with millions of visitors heading to the national park each year. You can admire the wonder from scenic lookouts and miles of hiking trails, or take to the skies on helicopter tours and hot air balloon rides for incredible aerial views. Nearby, the same Colorado River that traces through the canyon forms other geological wonders, including the dramatic Horseshoe Bend. A number of Arizona vacation rentals are available in nearby gateway cities like Flagstaff and Williams, where you can hop on a train and take a ride to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Activities

Things to do near Arizona vacation homes

While the amazing natural attractions are the highlight of Arizona, cities here have a lot to offer as well. Sightseeing in the state's 2 largest hubs will introduce you to a wealth of museums, galleries and cultural attractions, as well as the unique Sonoran Desert landscape. In Phoenix, a botanical garden is dedicated to desert plants, while Tucson's Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum boasts a zoo and aquarium, art exhibits and trails that run through desert habitats. The cities are only a couple of hours away from each other, so selecting an Arizona vacation rental in either one will allow you to take daytrips to the other as well.

Weather

Local weather for your stay in Arizona vacation homes

Summers in Arizona can be scorching hot, especially in the Sonora desert and southern cities like Tucson and Phoenix, which see average highs at or above 100 degrees. Outdoor activities like hiking and golfing in this region are best reserved for late fall through early spring, when temperatures peak in the 60s and 70s. In the northern part of the state, around Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon, average highs and lows can be 20 degrees cooler than their southern neighbors at any given point, meaning winter lows drop below freezing, while the months on either end of summer hang out in the sunny 70s.

Natural features

The incredible landscapes of Arizona

From the red rocks of Sedona to the cactus-filled desert in Tonto National Forest, there are endless geologic and natural wonders to explore in Arizona. The Kofa National Wildlife Refuge in the western part of the state is a great place to see giant cacti and desert mammals like bighorn sheep and mule deer. The Grand Canyon area is ideal for birding, with more than 400 species, including rare owls and condors. No matter which park, preserve or forest you head to, you're sure to encounter incredible wildlife and interesting plants along the lakes, rivers, canyons and deserts that beautify the state.

Food and drink

Sample regional cuisine in Arizona

Arizona reflects the culinary traditions of the Southwest and the rustic cooking of the region. Recipes in Arizona are a fusion of recipes from Spanish colonial settlers, cowboys, Native Americans, and Mexicans. Menudo, nachos, quesadillas, chile con carne, and other traditional dishes are commonly found in restaurants near your vacation rental.

Can I find a vacation rental around Arizona?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 15,639 vacation rentals near Arizona. From 7,729 Houses to 1,119 Cabins, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Arizona for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Arizona?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Arizona. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Scottsdale: 6,791 vacation rentals
  • Sedona: 1,217 vacation rentals
  • Phoenix: 7,477 vacation rentals
  • Flagstaff: 887 vacation rentals
  • Tucson: 1,846 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Arizona! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Arizona?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Arizona:

  • Scottsdale: 6,791 rentals
  • Sedona: 1,217 rentals
  • Phoenix: 7,477 rentals
  • Flagstaff: 887 rentals
  • Tucson: 1,846 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Arizona?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Arizona are:

  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX): 6,776 vacation rentals
  • Payson, AZ (PJB): 165 vacation rentals
  • Scottsdale, AZ (SCF): 6,695 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Arizona?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Arizona. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Antelope Canyon: 128 rentals
  • Slide Rock State Park: 1,275 rentals
  • Arizona Snowbowl: 691 rentals
  • Seven Canyons Golf Club: 1,151 rentals
  • Arizona Science Center: 6,642 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Arizona listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Arizona

Scottsdale
6,791 vacation rentals
Sedona
1,217 vacation rentals
Phoenix
7,477 vacation rentals
Flagstaff
887 vacation rentals
Tucson
1,846 vacation rentals
Lake Havasu City
615 vacation rentals
Mesa
4,566 vacation rentals
Prescott
338 vacation rentals
Chandler
2,398 vacation rentals
Gilbert
2,750 vacation rentals
Bullhead City
227 vacation rentals
Pinetop-Lakeside
540 vacation rentals
Page
138 vacation rentals
Green Valley
161 vacation rentals
Sun City
2,219 vacation rentals
Payson
183 vacation rentals
Tempe
4,409 vacation rentals
Surprise
1,073 vacation rentals
Williams
197 vacation rentals
Sun City West
841 vacation rentals