Winter is one of the most popular times to come for an Arizona vacation, and it’s no wonder! Our summer temperatures may be scorching, but in the winter, Arizona may be one of the most beautiful and temperate places on Earth to spend the cold season.
Even better, there’s plenty to do in the Phoenix area year-round. While many northern cities tend to shut down in the winter, it’s when we desert-dwellers thrive. It’s the top city for Arizona vacation plans thanks to its thriving local culture, wide variety of attractions, and amazing landscapes surrounding.
There’s far too much to do in Phoenix to list here, but we’ve put together some of our favorite ways of spending time in the winter.
Great Winter Activities In Phoenix
1 – Enjoy the sights.
The American Southwest has some of the most beautiful, varied, and interesting desert landscapes in the world. The entire area is packed with stunning mesas, mountains, and hiking opportunities galore. Merely driving around the countryside will bring plenty of photo ops.
The Phoenix area is filled with nature trails and climbs which are an easy drive from the city. And since afternoon highs in the winter are generally in the mid to high-60s, we’re talking about perfect weather for exploring the outdoors.
2 – Outdoor ice skating.
If you find yourself missing the whiteness of a northern winter, and wishing for an opportunity to strap on some skates under the clear blue sky, CitySkate Ice Rink has just what you need. The ice is kept chilled and ready for great skating, and you won’t get too warm or too cold as you enjoy yourself!
3 – Explore the gardens.
You don’t have to go outside the city to have amazing natural experiences. Phoenix is home to several great botanical gardens which can be a great way to spend an afternoon this winter.
The Desert Botanical Garden is world-famous and beloved by both visitors as well as locals. With miles of walking trails and a revolving series of exhibits, there’s always something to amazing to see. Or, for a more Zen experience, the Japanese Friendship Garden offers a traditional Japanese walking garden, complete with imported plants such as cherry blossoms, and other cultural experiences such as tea services.
4 – First Fridays
Is the whole outdoors thing not your bag? If so, Phoenix still has plenty for you to do – especially our monthly downtown First Friday festivals. Our booming cultural center stays up late, putting on an amazing display of local arts, crafts, clothing, and other shopping experiences combined with plenty of dining and entertainment activities.
As the name suggests, they happen on the first Friday of every month all year, so try to time your Arizona vacation to catch one. Phoenix is growing as a trendy cultural showcase, and First Friday shows it off!
5 – The Great Arizona Beer Festival
Finally, if you’re a fan of indie brews, try to arrive in Phoenix near the end of winter. The annual Great Arizona Beer Festival – scheduled for March 5, 2016 – is one of the biggest beer fests outside of Oktoberfest, with hundreds of beers on display and ready for sampling.
Tickets tend to go quickly, so we’d suggest buying early if you’re interested in including it in your Phoenix travel plans.
Stay In Style For Your Arizona Vacation
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