With daytime temperatures in the 60s and 70s, Phoenix may not feel like a traditional winter wonderland. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to go all winter without seeing snow. Here are four easy winter weekend getaways that will get you into the spirit of winter. Pack your sweater!
Payson. Located about 90 miles north of Phoenix, smack dab in the middle of Arizona, is the busy town of Payson. About ninety-seven percent of the town is surrounded by land maintained by the United States Forest Service. Tonto National Forest, Green Valley State Park, and Tonto Natural Bridge State Park make this a recreational wonderland where you can spend your winter vacation hiking, sitting around the campfire, or touring the historic Zane Grey Cabin or Tonto Natural Bridge. Did we mention there is always the chance that you’ll get to play in the snow? This cool mountain town is a good place
Prescott. Just under two hours from the big city, Prescott offers charm, history, and even the possibility of snowfall. The historic downtown, including the shops, hotels, and restaurants of Whiskey Row, make this the perfect winter weekend getaway. Cozy up in one of the city’s bed and breakfast getaways, or enjoy a stay in a rustic winter cabin hidden deep in the ponderosa pine tree forests that surround this charming mountain town.
Pinetop, Lakeside, and Show Low. About the three and a half hours from Phoenix, the small communities of Pinetop, Lakeside, and Show Low offer a high country winter getaway for city-weary travelers. The nearby White Mountains provide a gorgeous scenic backdrop of alpine forests and mountains. Winter recreation, including skiing at the popular Sunrise Ski Resort, draws plenty of visitors during the icy winter season.