Arizona is notable for having dry, hot weather year-round, which makes Yuma one of the best options for those seeking refuge from the wintertime cold. Of course, the local deserts drop in temperatures as the sun goes down, but the inner valleys and neighborhoods remain well-lit and warm. Yuma is the kind of place you go to get away from the hustle and bustle of ginormous cities for a while.
It is one of the best Arizona cities for explorers and adventurers, as there are dozens of natural cave systems, rock formations, and hiking trails to explore. There are also hundreds of fishing spots, some in the heart of dense forests, where you can camp out and stargaze for a night or two.
Yuma offers a slew of family-friendly fun things to do and see!
Settled alongside the Colorado River on 110 acres of city-owned lands, West Wetlands Park is a family-friendly go-to for nature lovers. Large and well-kept, the park offers dozens of things to do on the river, such as kayaking, canoeing, tubing, fishing, and swimming. There are several playgrounds, all interconnected to form one huge playground with hide-outs, splash zones, covered swings and slides, and lots of monkey bars. The hummingbird gardens are abundant with nature paths and beautiful spring and summertime blooms that the birds flit across. You will also find picnic areas, plenty of shaded rest benches, walking paths, hiking trails, bike trails, and clean public restrooms.
Calling all history buffs! The Yuma Territorial Prison is now a must-see museum of stoned-walled mazes and observation decks. You can take a self-guided tour around the prison, or opt for a guided tour with a professional actor that might regale you with a ghost story or two. Take a comfortable pair of walking shoes, as the paved walks stretch for miles throughout the ginormous territories. The style of this prison has been described as Wild West. Be sure to take the time to read all of the plaques to learn about the prison itself and the prisoners that were once housed there. For instance: The first seven prisoners to ever set foot in Yuma Territorial Prison in 1876 built their own stone cells.
Take a sidetrip and see the Bridge to Nowhere ... literally! Drive 18 miles north on Highway 85 to take a stroll across the McPhaul Swinging Bridge. Originally built in 1929 by Yuma County and the state of Arizona to cross the Gila River, a new bridge was constructed due to the realigment of Highway 85.
Local eateries put the 'yum' in Yuma!
Yuma, Arizona is home to well over 200 restaurants, each unique in their menu options and cultural foodie fusions. From American BBQ and steakhouses, to Italian, French, and lots of fast food places, there are lots of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Prison Hill Brewing Company is a local favorite, serving up American pub-style fare with an upscale twist. Ranked third best restaurant in all of Yuma, this restaurant allows you to sample local craft brews while you munch on homemade meals, like a pretzel bread and barbecue wings appetizer platter, a classic cheeseburger, and a club sandwich with melted Swiss cheese.
If you plan on booking a stay for a night in Yuma, consider the following best hotels for your weekend getaway
The Wingate by Wyndham Yuma
The Wingate by Wyndham Yuma on South Sunridge Drive offers simple accommodations for budget-minded travelers seeking all of the comforts of home. This hotel is nice, clean, and comfortable, with a plethora of basic amenities, such as pleasant, reliable customer service, spacious and comfortable rooms, free hot breakfasts, and close access to a handful of shops, supermarkets, restaurants, and Yuma attractions. Other accommodations include an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub, a business center with meeting rooms and internet access, and an on-site bar and lounge with daily happy hours and drink specials.
Great for families, couples, and business professionals, this hotel sits less than a mile from Yuma Palms Outdoor Mall. So, if you have the time, go for a walk around the outdoor pavilions, have a sit-down lunch in the outside eateries, and shop for things you never knew you needed.
On South Redondo Center Drive sits the Radisson Hotel, a classic place for Arizona natives and national travelers to book a stay. Online reviews highlight accommodations as being pleasant, comfortable, and reasons to plan a return visit. Amenities include queen-sized sleep number beds, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a continental breakfast of fresh, delicious selections, an on-site bar, lounge, and small restaurant, free high-speed internet, and room service. The Radisson is pet-friendly too!
Take a chance on somewhere new with a visit to Kneaders Bakery, less than half a mile from the Radisson Hotel. Breathe in the amazing scents of fresh-baked bread, have a homemade sandwich, and watch the world go by.
The Coronado Motor Hotel
The Coronado Motor Hotel on South 4th Avenue is a top-ranked Yuma hotel, where the comforts and accommodations are basic and reliable, but the customer service leads the way in superiority. Past guests have cited the polite manners of the manager as a highlight of their stay, while others are keen to note the super-comfortable beds, spacious and well-furnished rooms, and clean, fresh-scented linens. Other describe it as a blast from the past since the hotel looks like a historic roadside treasure from the outside, but the interior has been updated to accommodate modern travelers. The Coronado is also pet-friendly, subject to availabilty.
The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is a short walk from the hotel. Spend the day exploring acres of historic monuments and antiques, like a retired steam engine and views of the Gateway Park Bridge. Plus, fishing poles are available at the hotel.
Oak Tree Inn
Another South Sunridge Drive favorite, located alongside Interstate 8 and US 95, the Oak Tree Inn is a clean, quiet, comfortable stay option for families, couples, and weekend vacationers. The amenities are basic but comfy in every room, inclusive of a queen-sized bed, free high-speed wireless internet, good shower pressure and plenty of bathroom toiletries and fresh, clean towels, and a well-furnished sitting area. Customer service here has been described as above and beyond the norm, and the hotel is in close walking distance to several shops, restaurants, and other forms of entertainment. The Oak Tree in is pet-friendly.
Craving a midnight snack after a weary day of travel? Sit down to dine at Penny’s Diner, the Oak Tree Inn’s on-site, 50s-style, 24-hour restaurant. Go classic with a juicy, homemade cheeseburger, fresh-cut fries, and a chocolate shake with whipped cream and a cherry on top.
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