Today I am sharing 7 weekend Road-Trip destinations less than 6 hours from Phoenix Arizona. Phoenix has so much to offer. From endless hiking trails to major league sports games and a great craft beer scene, there is always something to do. But Phoenix has another thing… HEAT! And in the summer specifically, it gets VERY hot. Us Phoenicians are always looking to get away for a weekend and escape the hotter-than-hell weather. Luckily, there are many great destinations close by.
7 weekend Road-Trip Destinations Less than 6 hours from Phoenix
After you leave Vegas, you may need a serious detox. What better place to get the much needed RnR than in Sedona! Famous for her red rocks, Sedona is the perfect spot for a relaxing weekend. There are many amazing spas and resorts in the area. If you’re feeling adventurous, plan to do some hiking or check out Slide Rock.
Drive Time from Phoenix: 2 hours 10 minutes
Pro Tip: If you plan to hike or swim in the creek, leave early in the morning to ensure you can find parking. The lots fill up quickly, especially when the temps are rising down in the Valley.
Boy is she Grand! Growing up in Arizona, I have been to the Grand Canyon several times, but she never ceases to amaze me. At 277 miles in length and 18 miles at its widest, there are endless views of the canyon. In 1919 it became the 17th National Park in the United States. It’s a great spot for hiking, camping, and kayaking the Colorado River.
Drive Time from Phoenix: 3 hours 30 minutes
Pro Tip: Just a 2 hour and 30 minute drive from the Grand Canyon is Antelope Canyon. If you have the time, I highly recommend making the trip.
Rocky Point | Puerto Peñasco
Oh Rocky Point! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a few too many beers on the beach in Rocky Point. I haven’t been in years, sadly, but some of my best high school and college memories are from RP. A group of my friends would travel down with a few of our families and spend a week on the beach. Rocky Point was always a hit with us because the drinking age in Mexico is 18.. and honestly, they never cared how old you were anyway. Shhh, don’t tell my mom! Now that I’m an “adult”, or so my age would lead me to believe, I think my vacations would look a little different, but I know it would be a relaxing and fun time.
Drive Time from Phoenix: 3 hours 50 minutes
Pro Tip: Bring lots of bottled water! You’ll need it not only for hydrating, but for brushing your teeth and any cooking you plan to do!
A Mid-Cenury Modern lovers paradise! Palm Springs has probably been plastered all over your Instagram feed in the last couple of years. What was once a resort town for retirees, Palm Springs has turned into a serious desert destination. Many brides book their bachelorette parties here and in the April each year, the town fills with festival goers for Coachella.
Drive Time from Phoenix: 4 hours 5 minutes
Pro Tip: Transport yourself back in time and rent a classic car, like the 66 Cadillac DeVille to explore Palm Springs.
Sin City, baby! What happens here, will probably stay here, because the odds are, you’ll drink too much to remember anything, ha! For anyone who’s ever been before, you know most of your days will revolve around day drinking at the hotel pool and clubbing the night away. Vegas is bumpin’ all day! Most hotels on the strip will have pool parties with DJ’s during the day. Of course, aside from all of the casinos, there are a variety of concerts, clubs and broadway shows. With so many great restaurants and shops, you’ll find plenty of spots to cool down and spend some of that cold-hard-cash!
Drive Time from Phoenix: 4 hours 40 mins
Pro Tip: Plan a couple of extra hours to stop at the Hoover Dam, on the boarder of Arizona and Nevada. The dam was built during the Great Depression and at the time of its competition in 1936, it was the world’s largest hydroelectric power station.
My favorite spot on this list! San Diego was voted one of the 10 best weather cities in the world. And that’s no surprise, because the temp is over 70 degrees 201 days of the year! If you’re looking for great beaches, San Diego has plenty. I recommend heading to La Jolla to watch the sea lions laze around on the rocks or take a ferry to Coronado Island, home to the famous Hotel Del Coronado.
Drive Time from Phoenix: 5 hours 20 minutes
Pro Tip: If you’re driving from home, bring your own bikes to use on the beach so you don’t have to pay to rent them!
Disney/Los Angeles/Beach Cities
I wouldn’t label myself as a “Disney Freak”, but I do love it! Usually a couple of times a year, Paul and I will head to Disneyland and act like a couple of kids for the weekend. With it’s close proximity to Los Angeles and the Orange County Beach Cities, such as Newport Beach, it’s a great spot for a weekend away. Amusement park AND beach day, anyone?
Drive Time from Phoenix: 5 hours 35 minutes
Pro Tip: Use your first full day at Disneyland and save the following day to relax on the beach (Newport Beach is my personal fav!) and give those tootsies a rest in the sand!
What destinations would you add to this list?