One of the great perks of living in the Phoenix area is the proximity it has to so many fun places to see. There are many adventures you can embark on that are just within a few hours drive, including a wide variety for every personality type. You can make most of these trips a day trip, or spend a night if you choose. At Roberts Resorts, we are all about seeing the beautiful sights of Arizona, so check out these 4 awesome day trips you should check out:
Those who want to stick close to the city might enjoy checking out this experimental community about 70 miles north of Phoenix and designed in the 1970s by the late architect Paolo Soleri, who employed “green” building practices before they were fashionable. Visitors come from around the globe to gaze at the bronze-casting apse, a semi-circular dome, as well as the community’s oddball architecture, storefronts and stunning outdoor amphitheater.
About 30 miles west of Sedona, this historic city, built on a huge copper deposit in the late 19th century, is now a busy tourist stop. You can visit the Gold King Mine and Ghost Town museum, where rare cars, trucks and farm machinery are always displayed, and then head downtown to check out dozens of art galleries.
Not far from Jerome, this community is worth a visit, particularly to ogle Eliphante, a unique, 3-acre sculpture garden featuring work by artists Michael Kahn and Leda Livant Kahn. More prosaic charm can be found 16 miles away at the Camp Verde Historical Society museum in downtown Camp Verde, where written and oral histories and artifacts tell the story of the Verde Valley.
Visitors who crave an Old West experience can travel about 180 miles south of Phoenix to this popular destination. Stagecoach rides, gunfights and a tour of an authentic “bawdy house” are all de rigueur for tourists. A visit to Boothill Graveyard, filled with grave markers of infamous bandits, is another highlight, as is re-enactment of the renowned gunfight at the O.K. Corral, staged where the actual shootout occurred in 1881.