You don’t necessarily need to run your own rental management company to plan the perfect vacation. All it takes is some research, planning, and a little creativity to map out a memorable vacation. And if you’ve got Arizona on your list of vacation destinations, you’ll be amazed at how much this state has to offer.

If you’re planning to “vacay” down in Arizona, let’s get started. Here, we’re offering some tips on how to plan the perfect vacation in Arizona. Read on to learn how to make the most out of your trip to the beautiful and unique Southwest. We also discuss reasons why more and more people are turning to vacation rental properties when determining their lodging needs.


Arizona is renowned throughout the world for its amazing outdoor recreation options. The crown jewel of outdoor recreation in the state—and perhaps the country—is without a doubt the Grand Canyon. Spanning over 200 miles and reaching a depth of over a mile, the Grand Canyon is sure to leave you and your family speechless. Boating, camping, fishing, and hiking options are available in and around the canyon, but many people also simply just want to sit back and take in the views.

In addition to the Grand Canyon, Arizona has plenty of other national parks and monuments. In fact, with 24 sites, Arizona has more national parks and monuments than any other state in the country. With three national parks (Saguaro, Petrified Forest, and Grand Canyon), 31 state parks, and dozens of national monuments, you’ll have no trouble experiencing the unique beauty of Arizona. There are countless trails for hiking, biking, or even horseback riding.

If you’re looking to hit any of the state or national parks (or even just find a secluded hiking trail on your own), there are a few things to keep in mind. Even in the fall and winter, Arizona is one of the hotter states and gets plenty of sun. Always pack sunscreen and water before heading out for the trails—and don’t forget a comfortable pair of shoes. It’s recommended that you always pack more water than you think you’ll need.


While, sure, Arizona is officially nicknamed the Grand Canyon state, there’s much more to the state than just the beautiful scenery. Major cities like Phoenix, Tucson, Scottsdale, and Mesa are just a few of the hot spots that will expose you to the local culture, amazing dining options, and entertainment like pro sports. Based primarily out of Phoenix, Arizona has pro sports in hockey (Coyotes), football (Cardinals), baseball (Diamondbacks), and basketball (Suns) to satisfy all the sports fans out there.

The capital and largest city in the state, Phoenix is not to be missed. Located centrally, Phoenix offers an endless variety of entertainment, great cuisine, and opportunities to experience the unique culture of the region. Further south, Tucson is known as a vibrant city with a distinct style and is also home to the University of Arizona. To help you escape the heat, visit Flagstaff up in the mountains. Nearby, you’ll also have to visit Sedona, which is renowned for its unique vibe, luxurious spas, and unique energy vortexes that many claim have helped them gain stronger insight into their spiritual wellbeing.


Before you start planning out your days with fun activities, you definitely want to make sure you have a place to stay. While Arizona and its larger cities like Phoenix and Tempe offer world-class hotels, more and more people are turning to vacation rental properties. Compared to a hotel or motel, vacation properties offer more versatility, space, and can even save you money in the big picture.

Here are some of the top benefits of staying at a vacation property:

1.              More options.

If you’re looking for flexible housing options, a vacation rental property is for you. There’s not much freedom when it comes to selecting the size of a hotel room, which means larger groups usually need to book multiple rooms. Vacation properties truly come in all shapes and sizes so you’ll be sure to find one that fits your taste, group size, and of course, budget.

2.              Kitchen space.

One of the greatest benefits to staying in a vacation property is that most will offer access to a full kitchen. This is a great opportunity to spend time with your friends or family and relax as you create in the kitchen. Having kitchen space is also ideal for longer vacations as it can get a little tiring eating out for every meal—even with such amazing food as you’ll find in Arizona. Plus, cooking some of your meals will also save you quite a bit of money on your Arizona vacay.

3.              A touch of home.

Let’s face it: even with careful planning, vacations can still become hectic or even a bit stressful. For many, staying at a vacation rental helps you relax by making you feel at home even when you’re far away. Simple luxuries like a stocked kitchen and waking up in a real bedroom—not a stuffy hotel room—can help you enjoy your vacation and start relaxing.

4.              Cost-effective.

In many cases, staying at a vacation rental can even save you money. With rising hotel costs, a vacation rental property is often a cheaper option. Add in the savings from cooking some of your meals in a kitchen and the fact that larger vacation rentals allow for more friends and family who could split the cost and you’ll really see some savings by making this smart choice.


Looking to explore a unique part of the country that offers unique cultural centers, bustling cities, and gorgeous landscape? If so, look in the direction of the American Southwest and plan on visiting Arizona for your next vacation. And instead of booking a room at a hotel, consider staying at one of the many Arizona vacation rentals. Not only are vacation properties more versatile and relaxing, but they can even save you money. What’s not to love about this smart choice for your next vacation.

Rachel Sterry