Mention Arizona and you’ll be forgiven for thinking it’s all about the Grand Canyon – the 277mi (445km) comparison-defying stretch of red rock. But there’s so much more on offer – from Tucson’s thriving science scene to hikes up Camelback Mountain. If you’re looking for a cottage in Arizona or an Arizona cabin to rent, we’ve cherrypicked our faves – bookable on Culture Trip.
Located in the small city of Tempe, this cottage is the perfect place for families and groups looking to explore the nearby watery terrains of Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park. Prefer a splash at home? The shared pool means you needn’t leave to keep cool. The kitchen has all mod cons but for those preferring to drink and dine out, Mill Avenue District’s buzzy restaurants, bars and stores are less than a mile’s stroll away.
This luxurious architect’s delight is situated in Arcadia – the flourishing and upmarket neighborhood in the shadow of Camelback Mountain. There’s floor-to-ceiling glass throughout with a private pool and jacuzzi flanked by their own cabanas – so you’ll feel right at home in such a salubrious district. Just 2.7mi (4.3km) away, you can access Camelback Mountain with its testing hiking trails, Echo Canyon and Cholla.
This rental cabin in Arizona may be single-story but it can comfortably accommodate 10 guests. It’s a place for music lovers with a vintage piano just begging for a singalong. You’re in Camelback East so never far from a restaurant, bar or shop – if designer brands are your bag then stroll the 0.6mi (0.97km) to Biltmore Fashion Park, packed with stores like Ralph Lauren and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Sedona Pines Resort is the perfect basecamp to explore this unique Red Rock Country town that’s surrounded by rugged–yet–beautiful buttes, lofty canyon walls and verdant pine forests. The town itself is noted for a thriving creative community and the gallery of the Sedona Arts Center – 7.3mi (11.7km) away – showcases over 100 local and regional artists. The resort itself has a pool, concierge and Bella Viitta restaurant serving Italian staples like linguine polpette.
Enjoy mountain views from the comfort of your own lounge in this Tucson gated resort. Pride of place in evenings goes to the yard’s gas fire pit – while residents get access to the well-equipped fitness center, outdoor tennis court and pool with hot tub. The natural splendors of Saguaro National Park await just 6.7m (10.8km) away – while must-visit Trail Dust Town is less than a 10-minute drive – take a step back in time with its Old West-style boutiques and eateries.
This homely cottage in Arizona is just 3mi (4.8km) from downtown Tucson. The area is flanked by five mountain ranges and is known for its thriving science scene – Big Bang Theory fans should make the short trip to Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium (open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm) top of their lists. Craving some arts and culture? It’s just 3.1m (5km) to the secret El Presidio Historic District with its galleries, independent shops and Tucson Museum of Art.
This sprawling modern villa is equipped to satisfy the most itchy-footed traveler with a swimming pool, huge rooftop patio, pool table and satellite flatscreen television. It’s also the perfect place to explore Scottsdale – the dusty old-world charm of downtown’s independent shops, restaurants, galleries and nightspots are just 1.9m (3km) away. Baseball fan? Come during February and March to watch the San Francisco Giants take part in their spring training at Scottsdale Stadium.
With a dusty backyard dotted with huge, green cacti, this rental cabin in Arizona is a snapshot of the state. It’s a short 2.3mi (3.7km) drive to explore the area’s animal heritage at the lush Reid Acre Zoo – open daily from 9.45am to 4pm. Aviation and space travel fans will get an aeronautical kick from the 400 aircraft across six hangers and an airfield – the Pima Air and Space Museum is a short drive away in your rental car.
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Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
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