With its spectacular landscapes, warm climate, Navajo heritage, and numerous kid-friendly resorts, Arizona offers so many great things to do on family trips. Here's a sampling of the best places for families to stay in the Grand Canyon State.
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Located just 15 minutes from the Phoenix airport, the Arizona Grand Resort has its own private seven-acre Oasis Park, which features three water slides, a 10,000-square-foot wave pool and lazy Zuni River—and that's in addition to the resort's six swimming locales spread across the resort grounds.
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Nestled in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains outside of Tucson, the Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort offers tennis, golf, hiking trails, stunning desert mountain views, and a number of on-site restaurants. For families, the kicker is the Desert Springs Oasis pool area, complete with a 143-foot waterslide, and a splash pad for younger kids. You can also relax in the hot springs and a waterfall-fed cold plunge.
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Founded in 1868, the all-inclusive Tanque Verde Ranch in the Sonoran desert outside of Tucson offers all the horseback riding you want plus a spa, swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts, mountain biking, and age-staggered children's programs for kids ages 4 to 12.
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Twenty minutes from the Phoenix airport, the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa offers four acres of pools and water park features including a waterslide and a 1600-foot lazy river. There's a fantastic spa and two golf courses, too.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Don't let the lowfalutin name fool you. The Wigwam resort near Phoenix is upscale and unabashedly family-friendly, offering dive-in movies, plush adobe-style casitas, swimming pools and a waterslide, Camp Pow-Wow for kids, and fun side trips to the Grand Canyon or skyward in a hot-air balloon.
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Properly plush and yet kid-friendly, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess draws families with five lagoon-style pools and waterslides, dive-in movies, and a kids program for ages 5 to 12 (for a fee). This is Arizona, so naturally, there's also a spa and two championship golf courses.
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The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch wows families with its oasis-like setting, Camp Hyatt kids club, and 2.5-acre water playground that includes a sand beach, 10 pools, and three-story waterslides.
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Located in the desert near Tucson Mountain Park, the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort has been named to Travel + Leisure magazine's World’s Best Hotels Top 500 and appeals to families with its pool complex complete with a lazy river and waterslide, kids' programs, and terrific hiking and other outdoor activities.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Feel like splurging? Four Seasons Resorts Scottsdale at Troon North is a secluded luxury property known for exemplary service and pampering. That pampering extends to pint-sized visitors, who get their own child-sized bathrobes, kids' menus, and complimentary kids' program for ages 5 to 12.
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A historic landmark, the Arizona Biltmore is an upscale Phoenix property with kids programs, family activities, playground, pools and a waterslide.
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The low-key, ultra-authentic Rancho de los Caballeros in Wickenburg offers up many decades of history, a kids' program, golf, spa, and of course, horseback riding. This is a great place to learn about Sonoran desert ecology while having fun.
Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher