The 9 Best Small Towns in Arizona

1. Bisbee

Like many of Arizona's small towns, Bisbee in the Mule Mountains was founded as a mining town in the late 19th century, and that means there's lots of history to sift through during a visit. Head underground to tour the Copper Queen Mine

2. Sedona

Arguably the most famous of Arizona's small towns, Sedona is known for its hiking trails, spa retreats, and stargazing from wilderness areas. That said, not many of those activities happen in the town itself. But Uptown Sedona

3. Arcosanti

Named for the concept of "arcology," a portmanteau of architecture and ecology, the experimental town of Arcosanti was conceived by architect Paolo Soleri, who began constructing his utopia in 1970. Managed by the Cosanti Foundation

4. Jerome

In the early 1920s, the mining town of Jerome led the state in gold, silver, and copper production. Its boom in wealth led to an increase in dozens of bars and bordellos throughout its streets, earning it the nickname "the Wickedest City in the West.

5. Williams

If you're visiting the Grand Canyon but want to stay somewhere with a little more action than Grand Canyon Village or Tusayan, head a bit further south to the town of Williams, known as the Gateway to the Grand Canyon. As the last city on Route 66

6. Winslow

If you're a fan of the Eagles — the band, not the football team — you might recall a lyric from "Take It Easy" that mentions "standin' on a corner in Winslow, Arizona." It turns out Winslow is a real place Eagles singer-songwriter Jackson Browne

7. Tombstone

The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, the most famous shoot-out in American frontier history, took place right here in Tombstone. (Interestingly, the deadly fight didn't actually happen at the O.K. Corral, but in a lot a few doors down.)

8. Carefree

Carefree takes its name pretty seriously. The town is known for leisure, from laid-back yet upscale resorts to golf clubs to the names of its streets (two examples: Ho Hum Road and Tranquil Trail). It's also known for its scenic hiking opportunities.

9. Camp Verde

This small town with a friendly atmosphere in Yavapai County has plenty of history for visitors to enjoy. There’s a quaint old downtown area with Wild West shop fronts, restaurants, and an interesting museum that reveals the history of the area.

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