My boyfriend and I want to go on a 3-4 day trip between Christmas and New Years. We're looking for somewhere within driving distance of Phoenix, something on a college student budget, and somewhere with things to do (hiking, cool places to explore, city to visit). Ah ideas?
Sedona and Flagstaff are a nice drive up to elevation. It gets cold up there so dress accordingly. Lots of hiking in Sedona and a scenic drive further on to Flagstaff, in Navajo country. It's a college town too, so there will be budget options for food and hotel. walnut Canyon national monument is there. There may be snow, so look out or snowshoeing opportunities. I recommend getting a Gazetteer road map as it as all the small side roads, parks and trails. I used their California, Nevada and New Mexico ones and swear by them. almost 7 years ago