Top Staycations to Enjoy in Arizona and Things to Do

If you are experiencing the travel bug and have an itch to get out, you don’t have to go far to have a change of scenery. Staycations offer a great opportunity to break free from your normal routine, relax and unwind without having to worry about travel time. Plus, there are plenty of staycation deals in Phoenix and in the Valley year-round for those looking for a fun way to enjoy Arizona on a budget. 

Not sure where to start? Here are four iconic staycations in Arizona that offer a little something for everyone:

ARRIVE Phoenix

Uptown Phoenix’s first-ever boutique hotel offers the finest hospitality within its mid-century, funky walls. Upon arriving at ARRIVE Phoenix, guests check-in at the flavorful Pop Stand where they can enjoy a tasty handcrafted popsicle while they receive their keys. During their stay, guests can visit the Lylo Swim Club which is its poolside bar and restaurant. Give your taste buds a treat with a sorbet bellinis or a rum-spiked pineapple soft serve while deciding which plates to try first from its menu of Hawaiian-Japanese-inspired dishes. The hotel will soon be opening its rooftop cocktail bar, Say When, which will feature a variety of retro sips and bites with 60s and 70s flair. Whether you’re lounging by the pool reading a good book or playing ping pong or foosball with friends, there are plenty of things to do at this staycation destination!

The Saguaro Scottsdale

Located in a prime spot in Oldtown Scottsdale, The Saguaro offers the ideal staycation whether you are looking to stay in and relax or want to go out and explore the surrounding area. For those looking to get out, the hotel is steps away from some of Scottsdale’s best restaurants, shopping and museums. For the guests who are looking to stay in, check out the hotel’s tasty restaurant, La Señora, for some Mexican bites and margaritas. You can also rent cruiser bikes to ride around town and enjoy Arizona’s perfect winter weather. Then, at the end of the day, treat yourself to some spa time and enjoy a massage, private yoga class or facial. 

The Hermosa Inn Paradise Valley

What was once the escape for famous cowboy artist Lon Megargee, The Hermosa Inn is now a staple staycation in the Valley and one of the best ways to enjoy Arizona and the breathtaking desert landscape. If you are looking for a romantic getaway, this is the place to go! The Hermosa Inn was named a “Best Romantic Boutique Hotel” in 2015 by USA Today. The hacienda-style guest rooms and casitas add a homey-touch with warm, Southwestern charm. You can enjoy an afternoon at the spa, rent a bike to enjoy a sunset ride and then wrap up the day with a delicious meal at their restaurant LON’s, which is known for its fresh globally-inspired Arizona cuisine.

Great Wolf Lodge Scottsdale

Looking to get away with the whole family? The Great Wolf Lodge offers a variety of activities and fun things to do on your staycation! The resort features an expansive indoor waterpark that is filled with exciting slides and a lazy river, as well as a selection of dry activities including mini-golf, rock climbing, ropes course, arcade and more. With plenty of dining options onsite, you and your little ones are guaranteed to find something to satisfy your cravings.

With COVID-19 and social distancing still a prevalent part of our lives in the new year, it’s important to understand the risks associated with travel of any kind and be sure to take extra precautions to keep yourself and others safe. If you do decide to travel be sure to maintain social distancing, wear a mask, avoid large gatherings and wash your hands frequently. 

For those looking to escape from their everyday routine, the Valley offers an abundance of beautiful staycation opportunities whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or want to enjoy a weekend away with the kids. There are plenty of fun things to do on a staycation that will build lifelong memories, as well as will have you planning your next stay in no time!