22. Paradise Valley, AZ
Why go: The transition between summer and winter brings some of the best weather to Arizona, when skies are clear and blue, and temps average in the 70s. Paradise Valley is a great place to use as a basecamp for local hiking. It’s just outside of Scottsdale, near the edge of Tonto National Forest. McDowell Sonoran Preserve has five major trailheads connecting 146 miles of trails, and Camelback Mountain has two 1,200-foot summit trails.
Where to stay: Mountain Shadows traces its roots back to the ‘50s but its modern design stands out among Arizona architecture. There are two 75-foot pools with dramatic views of Camelback Mountain, and it’s also home to Arizona’s only par-3, 18-hole golf course.
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