As folks from famously New Age Sedona, Arizona, will tell you, it's all about the journey. So savor the approach along Highway 89A, a byway that winds through high desert, pine forest, and red rocks. En route, you'll find hiking, history, and a haunted hillside hamlet.
Prescott Valley, Arizona is a nature lover's paradise, surrounded by trails to explore and lakes to kayak. Glorious vistas await on the Glassford Hill Summit Trail, which runs across a dormant volcano. Rent a kayak at Watson Lake to nose into hidden coves created by the granite boulders along the shoreline.
Clinging to the side of Cleopatra Hill, Jerome looks improbable—and it is. Once a ghost town, the burg now bursts with life as an artists' enclave, where funky shops and galleries line the serpentine streets. For killer Verde Valley views, stop at the Haunted Hamburger for a stacked Ghostly Burger. Then visit the Jerome Grand Hotel, a former hospital famed for paranormal activity.