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Take a 10-Day Family Road Trip in Arizona

Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Sedona offer a diverse range of activities for the whole family. Start in the Valley of the Sun and explore downtown Phoenix’s museums and parks, then head north to Sedona for a series of outdoor adventures. Finally, make your way back to Scottsdale for some Old West fun. Here’s some more information to help you plan a family-friendly road trip in Arizona.

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The Verde Valley Wine Trail

The Verde Valley Wine Trail travels from the banks of Oak Creek in Page Springs to the mountainside town of Jerome. With tasting rooms open year-round, you’ll discover an astonishing number of varietals along this route. Kathleen Bryant shares a helpful list of the best stops on the way.

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Summer Fun in Phoenix

The Arizona desert may not be the first destination that comes to mind when planning a summer getaway, but sizzling summer temperatures mean hot discounts on Phoenix-area resorts and spas. Take advantage of the pricing and enjoy sultry desert nights, sparkling resort pools, and high-country escapes. Kathleen Bryant shares a variety of options for summer fun in Phoenix.

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Moon Guides Author Spotlight

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman has always viewed growing up in Northern California as both a blessing and curse. There is so much to see, do, and experience all within a short drive—from broad sequoias in the Sierras to ancient lava beds north of Mount Shasta, from creaky Gold Rush towns to the pampering Wine Country—that she began to wonder why anyone would ever leave.

Elizabeth was eventually lured out of the Golden State to Alaska’s far north, where she traveled the Inside Passage, baked bread under the midnight sun in Denali National Park, and chronicled the state’s burgeoning sustainable agriculture for Alaska Magazine. These adventures culminated in penning the travel guide InsightGuides: Alaska.

But Elizabeth knew her California roots were too deep to stay away for long. Raised in Carmel, where her great-great grandmother opened the first restaurant (a soup kitchen with dirt floors!) at the turn of the 20th century, she would always call California home. So she returned and devoted herself to writing about the state she loves most. Her work has included the travel guides SmartGuide: San Francisco and InsightGuides: San Francisco, as well as reporting on food and sustainable agriculture for local publications.

Elizabeth Linhart Veneman is the author of several Moon travel guides, including Moon California and Moon Napa & Sonoma.