Historic Old Town Cottonwood is quickly becoming Arizona’s new destination to relax and get away from it all. Enjoy four wine tasting rooms and gourmet shops offering the finest in craft beers, craft rum & vodka, olive oils, decadent desserts, flavored teas and small batch gelatos in a few short blocks. Experience antiques, art, books, specialty stores, fabulous restaurants, inns and even take a historic tour to learn about the bootlegging past of this small community. Located between Sedona and Jerome, there is so much to see and do in Cottonwood. Call 928-634-7593 or visit visitcottonwoodaz.org
A short 2 hour drive north on I-17 from Phoenix and you’re greeted to some of the most beautiful country. Snuggled in among the towering ponderosa pines, Flagstaff offers beauty and charm. Located along the famous Route 66, downtown Flagstaff is lined with quaint cafes, boutique shops and historic hotels. Whether you are the outdoorsy type, or simply want to take in smell of pine trees and experience mother nature at its best, Flagstaff is a must stop on your Arizona tour. flagstaffarizona.org
In 100 years, Jerome has been a mining boomtown, the largest ghost town in America and now Arizona’s top art and history destination. Sitting a mile high on Cleopatra Hill, Jerome is one of the most vertical cities in the US. From this vantage point, the entire Verde Valley unfolds with the splendor of the Red Rocks of Sedona and the Peaks of Flagstaff on the horizon. The town is filled with historic buildings, from ramshackle shanties to Victorian treasures, lovingly restored to their former glory. As one of Arizona’s top tourism destinations, the business community of Jerome has created a handmade, one of a kind town filled with wonderful restaurants, charming lodging, special shops, a mine museum, six wine tasting rooms, and galleries galore. Call 928-634-2900 or jeromechamber.com
Page & Lake Powell, Arizona, has a variety of activities. On the water, there’s Colorado River raft trips that float around famous Horseshoe Bend. On the other side of the Glen Canyon Dam is Lake Powell, where you can take a boat tour that meanders through slot canyons, rent a boat, fish, and more. On land, sign up for a slot canyon walking or photography tour. Like history or art? Check out the John Wesley Powell Museum, located at the Page Lake Powell Visitor Center. The Museum hosts Friday night Art Walks, and an Artist of the Month every first Friday. Located at 6 N. Lake Powell Blvd. 86040. VisitPageLakePowell.com or call 888-261-PAGE.
Williams is one of the most picturesque and visitor-friendly communities along historic Route 66. Williams offers clear, cool air and visitors have a wonderful variety of activities and events to choose from: shopping, golf, hunting, hiking, camping, fishing, or simply cruising along Route 66. Located within this same historic area is the historic Grand Canyon Railway and Williams Depot and home to Grand Canyon Deer Farm and Bearizona. To learn more about Williams–the Best of Route 66–please call 800-863-0546 or visit experiencewilliams.com.