famous for being the location of the iconic sand dunes that were featured in Return of the Jedi, but many of the Many of the Victorian buildings survived demolition and continue to enjoy new life as art galleries and bookstores. dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking to retire in Arizona. hours north of Phoenix, just northeast of Prescott and Cottonwood, Sedona is a With a steady population of approximately 10,000, the town has a strong arts, food, and tourist scene that keeps it alive and plenty of attractions that mark up its beauty and quirkiness. Valley, which is most famous for being the original capital of the Arizona Alpine is located in Bush Valley and is an unincorporated community in Apache County. The desert location makes it perfect for snapping some gorgeous photos and building your portfolio. snowbirds looking to relocate to Arizona. A town located in Navajo County, Winslow was one of the destination towns along US Route 66 until the construction of Interstate 40. Local Listing each amazing town in an article would be nearly impossible since we have such a long list of them. The Tucson area is also known for having a more laid-back vibe than other Arizona destinations, and that is apparent in many of the fantastic local restaurants you will find here. Seeing the fort can take you back a few hundred year to an exciting part of the nation’s history! If the goal is to Often called “The Heart of Arizona”, it is surrounded by the Tonto National Forest and is a mecca for outdoor activity enthusiasts. Located less than 20 miles west of Phoenix, Goodyear is one of the most popular destinations for residents looking for a more suburban feel than what Phoenix has to offer. Feel like you’ve gotten away from the city without driving for hours, and spend some time here. scenery in the entire state. And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: Located in Apache County a short distance from New Mexico, Alpine has both a tiny town feel with some pretty views. galleries with plenty of delicious dining options ranging from fine dining to Paradise Valley It has a population of about 350 residents and is primarily located in Gila County, though part of it does lie in the neighboring Pinal County. residents can embrace this part of the town at the Pinal County Historical settled as a smelter town for the nearby copper mines. This is why thousands of people choose to visit the beautiful sites that the National Park has to offer. Today, it is home to Wrap your arms around ancient Ponderosa Pines, or take a stroll across Tonto Natural Bridge, one of the world’s only natural travertine bridges. If you’re counting census-designated places, Willow Canyon in Pima County would be the smallest by population. Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, and plenty of history right in Though the town is relatively small and probably not ideal for those who always need to be in the middle of the action, it’s one of the best places to live in Arizona if you enjoy hiking and serenity. some of the best bird watching in the entire state. Save some time for the Flying Leap Tasting Room and Art Gallery – whether you’re inspired to pick up a paintbrush or a glass, you won’t be disappointed. Globe boasts a fascinating, authentic Wild West history: murders, stagecoach robberies, outlaws and Apache raids abound in the town stories. Arizona is a place of spectacular natural beauty and desert landscapes that eagerly awaits your visit. Check out the Williams Depot and see a steam locomotive before wandering the historic Business District. If you are here in the summer, spend some time hiking the West Baldy Trail, the beauty and quiet calm will make you glad that you came! But in addition to being a great place to catch a game, Known as Arizona’s premiere location for holiday retreats, Paradise Valley features an upscale population. The sign needs to be updated though because the current population is about 1,900. Prescott, AZ is known as one of the most picturesque in the state. 500,000 residents that enjoy a wide range of amenities like championship golf We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. Caught in between the county lines of Coconino and Yavapai counties, Sedona stands firm in its own identity in the northern Verde Valley. One of the many small towns sitting outside of Payson, Strawberry’s small town atmosphere is made even better by all the pine trees. residents. A little off the beaten paths we use nowadays, Winslow had maintained some good old-fashioned charm and hospitality. Winkleman has a population of 353. Also located in Apache County, Eager is in the southern part of the county, north of the Apache National Forest and at the foot of the White Mountains. Whether you are In addition to Rich in Native American history, Wild West stories and so much more, Arizona has many hidden gem small towns that are ideal for a quick getaway. North of Tucson, you’ll find Summerhaven, a small community on Mount Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains in Pima County. Festival of the Arts, Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake, the Arizona And with more than 80,000 current residents, it is also one of the fastest-growing destinations in Arizona. Originally a mining hotspot, Tombstone was the largest productive silver district in Arizona. Sedona has an incredible number of long-term, resident artists, according to the Sedona Verde Valley Tourism Council’s website. This town with a strange name only has a population of 110, making it small and quiet. They’ve continued in this same rebellious streak when it comes to modernization. Using fresh ingredients from local farms isn’t just a popular trend here, it’s a lifestyle. First settled by Anderson Bush in the late 19th century, the first building was a log cabin known as “Fort Bush” and was a local stronghold for the settlers in the surrounding areas. This small town packs quite a punch though, and it offers a much different experience than many of the other Arizona destinations. Located in the northeast corner of Arizona, agriculture, tourism, and retail have been keeping this city booming. It was incorporated in 1974, which makes it fairly new, but its growth rate has been phenomenal. Visit a real life ghost town at Gold King Mine and Museum before heading back into town to shake off the eerie vibes. Nature is at the top of everyone’s to-do list in Cottonwood, and Dead Horse Ranch State Park has some of the best bird watching in the entire state. is known as a luxury resort town that sits in a prime location right between home of Arizona State University, Tempe is a cultural melting pot located just just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, the area is home to some of the most stunning While Route 66 is no longer in use, its essence lives on here in Williams. There is plenty to see and do here – hiking the trails of the surrounding forest or kayaking the stunning Granite Dells, for instance – and it’s definitely a lot of people’s favorite places for a retreat, adventure, and more. Santa Cruz River Valley, there is always enough greenery for Green Valley to small town of right around 12,000 residents that sits about one hundred miles If you’re from a small town, what do you love about it compared to the cities? the 2010 census, there were 24,535 people living in Sun City West, and it Leave your electronic devices at home and come out here to get away from the stress of everyday life. It has a population of about 145 but tends to get a bit busier in the summer months. East Allen Street is worth exploring: its boardwalks are lined with shops, saloons and restaurants. Stretch your legs at Bearizona Wildlife Park and don’t forget Pete’s Rt 66 Gas Station Museum! You can head back in and unwind at Arizona Winery Tours or relax at Sedona’s New Day Spa. Some locations Its Downtown area was added to the National Register of Historic Places since the 1980s, and still mining still holds a significant role in the local economy to this day, along with tourism, of course! Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People).