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Perfect for tourists who enjoy military history, Yuma, AZ, has several attractions to offer including the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park (just looking at picture on Google will convince you to make a stop there) and the Marine Corp Air Station. For those looking to stay on a budget over a quick weekend, appropriate hotels include La Fuente Inn & Suites, Yuma Cabana Motel, and Comfort Inn and Suites. Any of these choices range between $60-$70 per night and will be plenty comfortable.
If you’re an adventure seeker but looking to break away from the Grand Canyon crowds, Page, AZ, is a great little city you might want to check out. Known for Antelope Canyon and Lush Lake, hikers and canoers (not to mention photographers) will love Page’s landscape and natural secrets. You can also get away with a strict budget here; hotels like Best Western View of Lake Powell Hotel or Rodeway Inn Page will be no more than $100 per night during the less-expensive November and December months.
Not terribly popular with younger tourists looking for adventure, Sedona, AZ, is mostly known for its spa getaways – and expensive ones at that. Those who want to soak it all in (literally and figuratively) should check out Days Inn Kokopelli Sedona and Kings Ransom Inn to stick to a cheaper budget while still having the ability to enjoy pampering. Popular spa spots include the Amara Resort Spa, the Crystal in Sedona, and Stillpoint. In the evenings, resorts typically have a variety of dining establishments to pick from, and guests can enjoy fine wines and cocktails to sum up their day in the spa.
Grand Canyon, AZ
Many people will visit the Grand Canyon, AZ, at least once in their life, a glorious site that usually takes the day to appreciate. Nearby hotels offer great deals, including Motel 6 Grand Canyon or Super 8 Grand Canyon, with the majority of the savings during the cooler winter months (although for northerners it will still feel pretty warm!). Renting a car during your stay will be the ideal mode of transportation as getting to the Grand Canyon any other way will be difficult. Make sure to visit the famous south rim when you can get gorgeous sunsets in the west and amazing sunrises toward the east.
A fun stop on iconic Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ, is another great option when visiting the Grand Canyon. While the case for budget-friendly properties is the same during the colder winter months, you might consider coming in the fall and putting up with slightly higher rates to adore the beautiful fall foliage. Inexpensive accommodations include Ramada Flagstaff East, Budget Inn and Highland Country Inn. Just like if you stay near the Grand Canyon, it’s also advised to have a rental car in Flagstaff, too, as its location to Route 66 gives you a great advantage to visit neighboring cities and all they have to offer. In September, when the summer heat begins to wear off, make sure to check out the Route 66 Days Festival.
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