Arizona is made for road trips. Yes, the state has its showstoppers – Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon, Cathedral Rock – but it's the drives between these icons and others that really breathe life and context into a trip. For a dose of mom-and-pop friendliness, follow Route 66 into Flagstaff. To understand the sheer will of Arizona's mining barons, take a twisting drive through rugged Jerome. Native American history becomes contemporary as you drive past the inhabitants of a mesa-top Hopi village dating back 1000 years.
Controversies about hot-button issues – immigration, gay rights – have grabbed headlines recently, but these legislative issues are perhaps best left to the politicians, here only temporarily. The majestic beauty of the Grand Canyon, the saguaro-dotted deserts of Tucson, the sunset glow of Camelback Mountain and the red rocks of Sedona…they're here for the duration.