Arizona, one of the favorite destinations of snowbirds and senior travelers because of it’s wonderful climate and scenic vistas, is known as the “jewel of the southwest.” There’s plenty to do on a long stay vacations Arizona, from teeing off at the golf course (and there’s many of them in Arizona) to hot air balloon rides, horseback riding tours, hiking, mountain climbing, kayaking and visiting ranches.
The Weather in Arizona for Seniors
Weather-wise Arizona offers an almost perfect climate. There is about 14 inches of rain (maybe) a year, The summer in Sierra Vista is pleasant – can sometimes get to 104 a few days, May and June are the hottest months, but Phoenix thermostats can climb to 115 degrees. People usually turn it off for night and open their windows. It is very dry here so it is not sticky humidity and if you turn the ac on it cools the house very fast, because there’s no humidity. Oh, and no snow storms, no tornadoes, no earth quakes, no extended periods of rain. Arizona has what’s called a “monsoon” from July to the beginning of September. That means there is a chance for rain, most often cloudy skies, and many welcome the clouds because you don’t have to be in the shade in the afternoon. In the afternoons, the sun in Arizona is so intense so you don’t sit in it during this time of day.
Arizona is close to everything
If you plan on staying long term in Arizona, you’ll have time to explore. From Arizona, you can fly to Las Vegas in a couple of hours. Fares to Las Vegas can be found (as of the time of publication) for as little as $150 a round trip air fare. It’s about seven hours to San Diego. Phoenix is about three hours and El Paso, Texas is approximately 300 miles in distance from Tuscon.
Border towns are close by. Agua Prieta, is about an hour away. You can drive to the Sea of Cortez, Puerto Penasca or Rocky Point in Mexico in about five hours for suggested road trips. There are flights to Rocky Point from Tucson now where you’ll find many large resorts are located there.
Activities for seniors in Arizona
Arizona has the desert, mountains, hiking, many lakes in the northern area. On Lake Powell, you can rent a houseboat rental. Sierra Vista is the capital of the hummingbird, there are 14 different hummers in the Sierra Vista area. North Eastern Arizona is Flagstaff with skiing, many native American reservations, petroglyphs to see and of course Sedona, known as the red rock paradise. There’s also the Grand Canyon National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, which offers some of the most spectacular canyon vistas in the world. Camping or lodging in the Grand Canyon National Park campgrounds can be found at El Tovar in the village, Bright Angel Lodge, Kachina Lodge, Thunderbird Lodge, Maswik Lodge, Yavapai Lodge and Phantom Ranch.
Activities are a plenty for the senior traveler in Arizona. Rock climbing and hang gliding for active seniors, hot air balloon festivals to experience for the less active. Visit Tombstone, home of the gunfight of the OK Corral and once a booming frontier town of the old American West. Hiking the mountains is a big draw for those who love to explore nature. You can walk all over the dunes, which look like snow but is actually mica – made up of little bits of ground sand. With some of the most gorgeous vistas in the southwestern United States, Arizona draws camera buffs and artists alike to capture their own personal visions.
Long Stay Vacations in Arizona
Merit Longstays offers a hosted long stay vacation in Arizona at a luxurious resort in Scottsdale. Their long stay vacation is for 30 nights at the exclusive Zona Resort. The price includes a one bedroom suite with a fully equipped kitchen, a balcony or terrace overlooking some of the most spectacular desert landscape.
Golf enthusiasts can get some assistance from the on site golf specialist at the 40 plus nearby golf courses. World class shopping and fine dining are nearby. The Zona Resort offers also offers an on-site restaurant, a 24 hour fitness center, complimentary internet and local telephone calls.
Flights from various Canadian departure cities for this 30 night long stay vacation in Arizona will cost approximately $4,250 based on double occupancy, plus taxes of $180. Departure date is March 1, 2014.
Many seniors move full time to Arizona because of the near-perfect climate. The dryness and the warmth have been known to take away the aches and pains of arthritis. If, for various reasons you cannot move full time to Arizona, perhaps you should consider a long stay vacation, once a year when the weather is most awful where you reside.