What to do in Arizona

Arizona is a place that inspires, invigorates and exhilarates. Whether you’re planning a short weekend or a long, leisurely trip, Arizona is packed with activities to experience, from outdoor activities to foodie fun to kid-friendly destinations. Keep reading to learn how to visit Arizona like a local and stay for free!

Adventures await you in the Grand Canyon State. It’s always a good time to be here with warm winter temperatures in the lowlands to a cool summer climate in the mountains. This is your ideal place for getting away in the great outdoors. Catch trout in a pinyon-lined mountain lake. Hike or ride horseback along desert trails. Raft the Colorado River with the towering Grand Canyon walls rising above you.

In Arizona, the journey is as exciting as the destination. And -wait for it- there are over 225 homes available for a Home Exchange!

Here are the top things to do in Arizona:

Grand Canyon and Other hikes

grand canyon

Hundreds of hiking trails can be found in Arizona, with trips ranging from short, easy loops in the heart of the city, to multiple-day treks in remote wilderness areas. Grand Canyon hiking is a favorite but there are also countless hiking trails at other sites, including many of Arizona’s national parks, monuments, and recreation areas.

Several trails are close to city centers, too, making it easier to get out in nature to enjoy iconic saguaros and other beautiful sights throughout the desert. The Arizona Trail, a National Scenic Trail that forms a meandering 800-mile path across Arizona, from Mexico to Utah, offers an excellent opportunity for those who want to make a challenging trek across the entire state. Before your trip, check out Arizona hiking tips for important information on staying safe.

Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village


An unforgettable Sedona experience must include spending time at internationally renowned Tlaquepaque (pronounced Tla-keh-pah-keh), Sedona Arizona’s Arts & Crafts Village. Nestled beneath the shade of the sycamores on the banks of beautiful Oak Creek in Sedona.



The town of Tombstone, located in southeastern Arizona, is a registered National Historic Landmark. Known as “The Town Too Tough To Die,” it is the most famous of Arizona’s old mining camps.

Navajo Reservation


The Navajo Nation extends into the states of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, covering over 27,000 square miles of unparalleled beauty. The Navajo Reservation is home to more than a dozen national monuments, tribal parks and historical sites, and is peppered with a dozen lakes and ponds.

Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum

Founded in 1952 by William Carr and Arthur Pack, the museum is dedicated to conserving the Sonoran Desert by protecting native plants and animals, providing educational programming, maintaining and improvung the museum’s collection of plants and animals.

Bearizona Wildlife Park

Enjoy a 3 mile drive through the Kaibab forest and encounter bears, wolves, bison, mountain goats, and many more species of North American wildlife.

A Home Exchange in Arizona | Video Story

Lourdes and Leonard recently went on a Home Exchange to Arizona. They happily swapped their beautiful 4 bedroom 1920’s Tudor on Long Island, NY, for an apartment in Arizona. For a whole week AND for free.

Hiking Red Rock, exploring Montezuma’s Castle and enjoying a glass of champagne in their exchange’s home hot tub are just some of the amazing things they did during their trip. Check out their adventure on the 2-minutes video above.


photos: Graeme MacleanWolfgang StaudtJessica Spenglerscreaming_monkeyKen Lund

2 Comments on “What to do in Arizona

  1. Yes we did explore Arizona for 5 weeks and it was great. Arizona did offer us so much more than we expected: the Sonora desert with its Saguara’s beautiful. After travelling for some days or just after a daytrip it felt good te come ” back home” in the condo of Louise and Sergio.

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