​Getaway for the Holidays: 3 Places You Should Visit in Northern Arizona

It’s never too early to start planning your next vacation. Whether you’re looking for a place to bring the whole family, or set out on a solo adventure, Northern Arizona is the perfect setting for a glorious getaway. If you’ve never experienced Northern Arizona before, it’s not what you’d expect. The climate is vastly different from its Southern counterpart, averaging at least 30 degrees cooler than the high in Phoenix. Although you will likely run into snow, that’s no reason to hide inside. In fact, most Northern Arizonans spend their fall and winters outside.

Mormon Lake Lodge

Located just 30 minutes away from Flagstaff, Mormon Lake Lodge offers cabin packages to fit any budget. They have camp fires, s’mores, and snowball fights – basically all the joys of camping, without having to sleep in a tent. Take in some fresh air as you enjoy nearby outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling (depending on the recent snowfall). Mormon Lake also offers cross country ski rentals. Don’t worry if you’re not a seasoned skier; newbies are welcome, too!

Downtown Flagstaff

Home to the NAU Lumberjacks, Flagstaff is the perfect small college town to visit in the cooler months. Schedule enough time to take a stroll through the downtown area, where you’ll run into plenty of tasty restaurants, museums, and local breweries. While you’re there, you’ll want to check out Flagstaff Brewing Company, Diablo Burger, and the historic Lowell Observatory. Finished with your downtown tour? Head up a few miles north to Arizona Snowbowl, where travelers can take a scenic chair lift ride or dart down the mountain on a snowboard.

Sedona

With over 2 million visitors each year, Sedona boasts breathtaking views and beautiful weather. While you’re in town, make sure to spend a few days exploring the red rocks by foot or in an off-road vehicle. There are several popular hiking trails of varying difficulty nearby, or, if you’re looking for a new thrilling venture, you could schedule a Sedona Pink Jeep Tour. Pink Jeep tours have been in business since 1960, making it the longest off-road adventure tour offered in America. Jeep tours are a great alternative for those who wish to experience the scenic trails up close, but do not have the time or ability to hike miles. Finish up your day with a walk through downtown Sedona, where you’ll see countless art stores and local restaurants.

Whether you have two days or a week to spend vacationing this holiday season, you’ll want to make the most of it. Mormon Lake Lodge offers the ideal location and activities for any out-of-town visitor. Call us at 928-354-2227 today to begin your holiday planning.

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