Arizona is filled with incredibly beautiful places. Obviously, the Grand Canyon remains the most majestic and well known natural phenomenon in the state or, arguably, the entire country. You’ll also find towering San Francisco Peaks, ponderosa pine forests, Saguaro National Park and the Sonoran Desert. Maricopa County has the vibrant cities of Phoenix and Scottsdale, while Tucson offers the University of Arizona and breathtaking gardens teaming with an array of cacti species. You can even see snow as well as ski and snowboard at Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff.
Outside the major metropolitan areas are a slew of charming small towns, creative communities and former mining hubs. Of course, you’re familiar with Sedona. Though, many travelers haven’t heard of Bisbee, Carefree and Wickenburg. That’s why we’ve rounded up 12 tiny and mid-size treasures across the Grand Canyon State that should totally be on your radar. Use this list to plan an upcoming winter getaway or save it for inspiration later down the line (aka when you’ve stockpiled enough vacation days to do an epic road trip).