Within just two or three hours of Phoenix, you can be at one of many magnificent natural wonders, historical sites and attractions, including these spots that make for the ideal Arizona day trip.
1. Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park protects and preserves a giant saguaro cactus forest that stretches across the valley floor near Tucson and is less than a two-hour drive from Phoenix. Although the endless cacti that cover the beautiful Sonoran desert landscape are a breathtaking sight to see, the park offers much more, including prehistoric petroglyphs, historic sites and wildlife viewing. Within the vast mountain ranges of the park, there a number of activities available, like scenic drives, hiking and biking that will allow you to explore the area and the giant saguaros that sometimes reach as high as 50 feet. Late winter through early spring is an amazing time to be here, as temperatures are mild and the wildflowers are in bloom. Watch for animals like coyotes, desert tortoises and javelinas in the lower elevations, and the Mexican spotted owl, deer and black bear in the upper elevations of the park. The park also offers special nighttime events and “Art in the Park” workshops through its artist in residence.