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In keeping with a state that has doubled its population in 25 years, the choice of accommodations in Arizona continues to grow. The metropolitan areas of Phoenix and Tucson and tourist destinations such as Sedona have the most variety in the hotel and motel categories. Bed-and-breakfasts offer a more personalized option in historic or scenic spots such as Prescott and Patagonia.Read More ...

The state's specialty is the sprawling megaresort. A recent development has come from the reservations, where casinos have provided a nucleus for guest facilities. The resorts provide a wide range of luxury services, including oversized pools, championship golf courses, tennis complexes, hiking trails, children's programs, and renowned spa and fitness facilities. Most rent sports equipment. Many resorts are well worth seeing even if you're not staying there—stop in for a meal or a drink. The Phoenix area is said to have the highest concentration of resorts in the continental U.S., and Tucson is becoming an increasingly popular resort destination.

Hotel rooms (resort and otherwise) should be booked far in advance during the winter months. On the other hand, the pricey resorts offer jaw-dropping summer deals with rates sometimes 50%-70% lower than in peak season. The exception to this rule is the northern part of the state, where the cooler temperatures attract crowds in the summer. Sedona is a big resort area in the north, and many of the properties there specialize in psychic/new-age treatments.

Another option is to stay at one of the state's historic hotels. There are several treasures. There isn't a great deal of choice at the popular South Rim of the Grand Canyon, so at busy periods you should book ahead.

More Old West experiences can be found at the state's dude and guest ranches. They range from the traditional (working ranches with bunkhouses, rodeos, branding demonstrations and family-style meals—no TV allowed) to the luxurious (whirlpools, tennis courts and cabins with their own kitchens). Most offer horseback riding, square dancing, roping instruction and hayrides as the major activities. Some even boast nature preserves where guests can see rattlesnakes and other desert creatures.< Show Less