Spring break ideas for Arizonans include Grand Canyon Railway, staycations

PHOENIX - March is here, which means spring break is right around the corner.

For those without plans, AAA Arizona put together a list of quick and affordable family getaways.

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'

Southern California is always a popular draw for Phoenicians year-round. The area is filled with popular attractions, such as Disneyland, Legoland, Seaworld and the San Diego Zoo. However, there are also a host of other activities to consider, such as taking a boat tour of San Diego, renting and riding bikes on the beach or visiting the USS Midway or Queen Mary in Long Beach.

RIDE THE RAILS

If you’re seeking an unforgettable spring break adventure, consider exploring the Grand Canyon by rail. The Grand Canyon Railway has several options and offers available. In fact, children can ride for as little as $29. The train departs in Williams, which is about a 2.5-hour drive from Phoenix. Be sure to give yourself extra time in Williams to explore Bearizona, a drive-through wildlife park that allows guests to experience wildlife in a natural environment and from the comfort and safety of their vehicle. 

PARK IT

Arizona is home to more than 50 state and national parks. Each offer a wide variety of activities and all offer affordable entrance fees. Parks make for a perfect day trip or weekend escape for families. The Montezuma Castle monument is only about 90 miles north of Phoenix and Red Rock State Park in Sedona is less than two hours from Phoenix. 

STAY PUT

We still have a few months before summer staycation season begins, but if you’re looking to leave home without leaving town, look local. There are several AAA Four and Five Diamond properties that practically double as water parks for families to enjoy during spring break.

The Hilton Tucson El Conquistador, a AAA Four Diamond, has rooms available for less than $150 per night at AAA.com. The property’s waterpark, Desert Spring Oasis, features a 143-foot "Sliderock" waterslide. There’s also a children’s pool shaped like a fish with interactive water features in the tail. In Phoenix, the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, also a AAA Four Diamond, has rooms for less than $200 per night at AAA.com. The property’s waterpark, Falls Water Villages, and Kids Korral will run during spring break.

For more information, visit AAA.com/travel .

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