With schools nearly out for the summer, some families will soon pack their bags for summer vacations.
Where are they going?
Hotel booking website, Trivago, has come out with a top 10 list of "emerging" travel destinations in the United States.
According to its rankings, not just one, but four Arizona cities were listed in the top ten. One of our cities topped the list.
- Glendale, Arizona
- Indio, California
- Williams, Arizona
- Boise, Idaho
- Kingman, Arizona
- Plymouth, Massachusetts
- Laredo, Texas
- Yuma, Arizona
- Winter Haven, Florida
- Baytown, Texas
The metrics of how Trivago actually came up with its listing is not that clear. You can view the report here.
What can you see in each city or town?
Glendale, Arizona has alongside Phoenix hosted some major sporting events in recent years including Super Bowl XLIX, the College Football Playoffs and, most recently, the Final Four semifinals and title game.
Williams is less than an hour drive from the Grand Canyon and is in Kaibab National Forest's backyard. The famous Route 66 travels through Williams. It's also home to Bearizona, a 160-acre wildlife park that you drive through and watch animals in their natural habitats.
If you've driven from Phoenix to Las Vegas, you've likely driven through Kingman. The town is home to Santa Claus, Arizona, a now-defunct Christmas-themed neighborhood whose remnants still exist. Kingman is 90 minutes from the Grand Canyon, a little less from the Hoover Dam. There are museums, wineries and desert views in town.
Yuma, Arizona is a little over a three hours drive from Phoenix. Again, on a road trip to San Diego, California, you've likely driven through it. According to VisitYuma.com, attractions include the now-closed Yuma Territorial Prison, petroglyphs at nearby Antelope Hill and Painted Rock, and the sand dunes.