For those who live in areas where the winter's are harsh and uncomfortable the idea of becoming a snowbird, has probably crossed their mind. For those not familiar with "snowbirding" it is simply avoiding the coldest months of the year by staying in a warmer location, often done by those living in the Northeast and Midwest areas of the US and Canada. Arizona, well known for its warm weather -- most areas seeing between 300 to 350 days of it, is one of those places that many snowbirds choose to go.
Throughout Arizona there are dozens of City's that offer tons to do and see that would be great for anyone who snowbirds. Here are 5 top picks to consider for next winter.
Arizona Snowbirds in Sierra Vista, AZ
Sierra Vista is a popular place for those looking to escape to warmer climates during the cold season. The town offers a lot to do and see for the lone or coupled snowbirds. Just southwest of Sierra Vista is a great view and a great place to visit - especially for those who love to bird watch, known as the Huachuca Mountains. Sierra Vista is also attractive to a lot of Arizona snowbirds and general tourists because of the close vicinity to an abundance of attractions including Native American sites, Museums and perhaps the most popular - old mining and ghost towns.Credit: Dru Bloomfield
Arizona Snowbirds in Scottsdale, AZ
Take a tour of Taliesin - this historic landmark was home and work space to Frank Lloyd Wright well known for some of his truly stand alone architectural designs. Not interested in architecture? There are many other places of interest to visit in Scottsdale such as: Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Grey Wolf Gallery (authentic Native American Arts), and Sanctuary Golf Course at WestWorld-- just to name a few. Scottdale is also home to numerous kick back bars, eateries, golf courses, hiking trails, spas, theatres, an elaborate Fashion Square filled with shops, shops and more shops and so much more!
Arizona Snowbirds in Tucson, AZ
St. Augustine Cathedral, beautiful sunsets, spas, golfing, museums, culture and shopping are just a few things that Tucson has to offer Arizona snowbirds. If that isn't enough to peak your interest Tucson also has a Downtown Urban Street Fest on the 2nd Saturday of every month. This urban street fest is filled with arts and entertainment for people of all ages. And if you want a little taste of real winter -- just outside of Tucson is Mt. Lemmon, which during the winter months is the location of one of the best known ski-resorts around, based near an observatory where you can peer out over the beautiful Tucson sky.
Arizona Snowbirds in Benson, AZ
Do you like things a little more rustic perhaps a bit more country? Benson is a town full of fun and history. If you like golf, festivals, rodeo's, round-ups and the old west - this is the place for you to be. Benson has a unique Train Depot which is actually the Benson Visitor Center, that as well as the Gammons Gulch Ghost Town movie set, just north of Benson, gives you a taste of its Old West roots and a glimpse into the type of attractions you can find around these parts. For the more active there is a great walking tour that lets you explore Benson's history and get a feel of what used to be or you can take a trip to Kartchner Caverns (State Park) and explore the many wonderous sites within.
Arizona Snowbirds in Lake Havasu City, AZ
Lake Havasu stays pretty busy with lots to do and see. One of the biggest attractions for tourists and Arizona snowbirds is the well-known London bridge. This attraction was shipped brick by brick from London to it's new home in Lake Havasu City, AZ. That is definitely not the only appeal this city has to offer - one can also partake in: all sorts of tours from professional air, land or water tours, hiking, fishing, camping, boating and more.
Housing for the Arizona Snowbird
If you have an RV you are set up for just about any location that you choose to travel to, as this state is rich with RV parks. If you are not coming equipped with a recreational vehicle there are many other housing options that are available to Arizona snowbirds.
Most AZ rental agencies will offer apartments and houses that are advertised to fit the needs of snowbirds and there is no shortage of hotels, motels and camping grounds throughout all major areas of Arizona. A quick call to some local tour groups or travel agencies may also heed some great deals on places to stay and set you up with something fun to do while you are there.