Looking for a Weekend Trip? 5 Best Arizona Vacations on a Budget
Arizona is a state that has something for everyone. From exploring a ghost town to climbing a mountain or seeing a city, you will find many Arizona vacation ideas, with one that is sure to match your tastes.
If your budget is tight, here are some weekend destinations that are both fun and affordable. Need more budget help than just for vacation? Check out our free Budgeting eBook or our free budgeting template.
1. Jerome, Arizona
If you are a fan of all things spooky, you may want to consider a trip to Jerome, Arizona. This ghost town is considered one of the most haunted towns in the state. It’s absolutely free to tour the city on foot if you wish. If you want a little bit of the history of the area, you can tour the Mine Museum. At just $2, the cost is minimal.
A trip to Jerome is great for a weekend or a day trip, depending on where you're coming from. If you have a little money for a splurge, take a Taste of Jerome Wine Tasting Tour. You will definitely want to take at least one haunted history tour, and there are several to choose from. While you are visiting Jerome, head to nearby Tuzigoot National Monument, which preserves a hilltop pueblo, or Jerome State Historic Park, which houses the Douglas Mansion, a 1916 home. The Audrey Headframe Park is another nearby attraction. Here you can stand on a glass viewing platform on the top of a mine shaft.
2. Tucson, Arizona
There’s a lot to do in and around Tucson that doesn’t cost much at all. Even a midweek vacation could be possible here. During your visit, plan a tour of the San Xavier del Bac Mission, the “White Dove of the Desert,” a historic mission that is also a beautiful example of Spanish Colonial Architecture. Tours of the mission are free and teach quite a bit about the area’s history.
Other affordable things to do in and around Tucson include a trip to the top of Mount Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains, a tour of the Center for Creative Photography, a trip through the University of Arizona Museum of Art, or a tour of the Arizona State Museum.
3. Sunset Crater and Wupatki
Sunset Crater and Wupatki are two national monuments sitting just north of Flagstaff. This vacation on a budget costs just $20 to visit both monuments for up to a week. In Sunset Crater, you will experience the area’s geology as you climb mountains and explore nature. When you’re ready for a little history, head to Wupatki, where you can learn about some of the native people of the area. Red rock pueblos are still in the area and available to tour, giving you a glimpse into how people lived in a bygone era.
4. Tour Scottsdale
Scottsdale may be a wealthy community, but it’s full of affordable things to do for your vacation on a budget. Whether you spend some time exploring the natural areas around the city, or spend your weekend touring the art galleries and shops of the city itself, you’ll find plenty to do that doesn’t cost much.
You will want to spend a little bit to enjoy some of the delicious restaurants, however, because there are over 800 to choose from and many that are considered some of the best in the nation. Rent a bike to explore the beautiful trails around the city, and enjoy the best in inexpensive Arizona travel with all of the comforts of a big city nearby.
5. Lake Havasu City and Havasupai Falls
It’s hot in Arizona, so when you’re looking for AZ travel destinations, you’ll want something near the water. Lake Havasu City sits on a lakefront, with 60 miles of navigable waterways. While there is plenty to do here that costs a lot, if you’re creative, you can turn your weekend into an affordable getaway. Bike, boat, hike, and fish through the area, and find out why it’s called Arizona’s Playground. Just make sure you have reservations ahead of time if you want to camp in the Havasupai Falls Campground. They book months in advance!
Taking an vacation on a budget in Arizona is definitely possible, but you have to know what destinations to choose. If you’re looking for budget-friendly Arizona vacation ideas for your next weekend getaway, try these. You won’t be disappointed.
This article is intended to be a general resource only and is not intended to be nor does it constitute legal advice. Any recommendations are based on opinion only.