Looking back at past family travel photos this week, I was reminded of the fun we had in Arizona (June 2011). If you seek out specific locations and fantastic swimming pools, Arizona can be an enjoyable and kid-friendly family vacation. If you are from a non-desert area like the southeast or northeast, Arizona provides a unique landscape and an experience that isn't your same-old summer beach trip.
How did we decide to do a summer vacation in Arizona? I was looking for a kid-friendly US resort with a great pool area. Several travel articles popped up in my Google search which led me to The Arizona Grand Resort - a hotel with an attached waterpark! Amelia was only three years old at the time, so swimming and light sightseeing were the only things on our summer vacation agenda. Phoenix was also an easy flight from Atlanta, so it seemed like a perfect summer vacation choice. We began searching for things to do with kids in the Phoenix area and ended up with a fantastic summer trip.
Water is a must for summertime in the desert, so start your vacation search by looking for water activities and inviting family swimming pools. We began our Arizona summer vacation with a few days at the Arizona Grand Resort enjoying their attached Oasis Waterpark and on-site dining.
|Arizona Grand Resort and Oasis Waterpark|
|Slide Rock State Park, Sedona|
|Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain|
|Road trips from Phoenix|
If you are trying to come up with a unique summer vacation destination, don't be afraid of 105-degree temperatures! A summer vacation to Arizona can provide some life-long family memories, just stay near water or air conditioning. It is beautiful out there!