Places to Explore in Arizona

There’s plenty to love about Scottsdale. However, it can be fun to escape the heat of your home and take an adventure to a northern Arizona city — especially during the summer months. Here, we’ll explore the top destination towns in northern Arizona, and we’ll give you a sneak peek of what to expect when you visit. Let’s go!

1. Flagstaff

Although desert and heat are the typical words that come to mind when conjuring thoughts about Arizona, Flagstaff offers a cool and tranquil retreat from it all. Situated at 7,000 feet of elevation, Flagstaff is an all-year vacation paradise where outdoor activities are enjoyed by many. In the winter, snowboarding, skiing (both downhill and cross country), and playing in the snow are typical activities. During the summer months, visitors and locals enjoy the miles of trails in the area through biking and hiking.

Additionally, Flagstaff is known as the commercial hub of northern Arizona. Here, you’ll find everything you need in Old Town shops, the Flagstaff mall, and a variety of local marketplaces.

2. Sedona

Sedona is a world-famous destination in Arizona known for breathtaking views, gorgeous landscapes — including mountains and buttes, and rocky features. While here, bask in the gorgeous views after a trail hike or drive up windy mountain roads to enjoy the scenery.

Then, after your activities, relax in one of the many luxury spas or spiritual vortexes that are abundant in Sedona. Aura readings, psychics, crystal sellers — along with traditional facials, massages, and spa days — are readily available in Sedona and they are high quality too. Be sure to consider Sedona for your next northern Arizona vacation. Plus, it’s just over an hour drive away from Scottsdale, so you can choose to make a quick day trip out of your visit or stay for a while.


Cottonwood, Arizona is a vibrant community made up of historic homes, a traditional main street, and comfortable temperatures throughout the year. In Cottonwood, you can enjoy the ultimate experience of northern Arizona, without the crowds. Typically, Cottonwood is less busy than its neighboring towns, providing a serene and small-town feel to its visitors.

And, the main street is full of boutiques, restaurants, and bars for you to enjoy day and night. Other attractions include visiting the nearby state and national parks, taking a ride in a hot air balloon, canoeing, golfing, and enjoying wine at local vineyards.

4. Page

Known as the “gateway to Lake Powell,” Page is one of northern Arizona’s most beautiful cities. This city is filled with attractions which draw in visitors and vacationers throughout the entire year. In addition to Page’s easy access to Lake Powell, the city is also located near the Arizona-Utah border and the Glen Canyon Recreation area, which gives tourists incredible options for outdoor play. Famous sights, like Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Lees Ferry, and Navajo Tribal Lands are popular attractions around Page.

Additionally, Page is a small, scenic town. Yet, it features an abundance of fun events. From golf games to live music and escape rooms to dance venues, there’s always something to enjoy in Page.

5. Williams

For a trip to northern Arizona — and to see the South Rim of the Grand Canyon — take a trip to Williams. The town is described as being rustic, laid-back, and western. Located on historic Route 66, Williams houses traditional saloons, railways, and historic buildings. While in the temperate city of Williams, be sure to stop in the picturesque local shops and enjoy the town, located under the shade of Ponderosa Pine trees.

A home in Desert Mountain gives you the best of both worlds. You can live in a luxury gated community with a plethora of amenities, while having access to northern Arizona’s beauty and lower temperatures in just a drive away. If you’re interested in exploring Desert Mountain homes in Scottsdale, reach out. With our expertise in the area, we can help answer all your real estate questions and needs.