Arizona is an excellent destination for any kind of vacation but in particular, one that’s family-friendly.
Thanks to the open roads lined with some of the world’s most stunning landscapes and scenery, it’s ideal for a road trip.
You can rent an RV from Outdoorsy in Mesa or any nearby town, and go from there. The reason renting an RV in Mesa or nearby can be best is because it’s close to Phoenix. If you’re flying into Arizona rather than driving, this is likely where you’ll land.
While the full list would be extremely long, the following are some can’t miss family-friendly spots for a road trip through Arizona.
Since you’re already in or near Phoenix, it’s a great place to start.
There are so many things to do in Phoenix that are perfect for families with kids, and one is the Arizona Science Center, which often offers a reprieve from the hot temperatures of the area.
There’s also the Children’s Museum of Phoenix and the Phoenix Zoo.
You might also consider saving time for Papago Park, which is where the Phoenix Zoo is located, and where family travelers will find the Desert Botanical Center and hiking, golfing and fishing.
Beaver Falls is an incredible thing to see, and it’s located at the Havasupai Campground. The area is known for its limestone terraces, where pools of water cascade over them. There’s also swimming at Havasu Creek, and the water is striking and turquoise in color.
It’s an 8-mile hike to Beaver Falls, so prepare for that, but it’s well worth it.
If you want to access Beaver Falls, you have to be camping at Havasu, and you’ll get a wristband indicating you are.
Grand Canyon South Rim
It’s difficult to envision any family trip to Arizona without a visit to the Grand Canyon South Rim.
The South Rim is around 4 ½ from Phoenix drive time. There’s also the town of Williams at the South Rim, which feels like the Wild West.
Sedona is around a two-hour drive from Phoenix, and like so many other must-see stops in Arizona, it has something for everyone.
Sedona is known for its stunning red rock formations where you can hike and bike.
Sedona activities for the family include a trolley ride from the Village of Oak Creek to West Sedona, as well as Sedona astronomy tours. There’s the Blazin’ M Ranch where you can go for a cowboy themed dinner, and the Verde Canyon Railroad featuring a train ride through a canyon.
Finally, if time allows Tucson is also a good place for families. Tucson has plenty of spa resorts, but if you’re more of an outdoor-loving family, you can hike the Sabino Canyon.
You can also visit the Sonora Desert Museum or the Pima Air and Space Museum.
This list only touches on some of the many family-friendly activities and destinations you can look forward to if you’re planning an Arizona road trip. The state is full of things to discover.