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Searching for the perfect way to celebrate that amazing woman you call Mom? Why not plan a special day trip getaway in the heart of the Southwest that will let her feel how much you care about her? Escape the city this Mother’s Day and venture to one of the destinations below to unwind surrounded by nature, incredible sights and delicious food. Fresh air and natural southwest scenery can provide a relaxing change of pace, perfect for Mother’s Day weekend. Here are some fantastic spots that are absolutely perfect for a day trip from Phoenix or Las Vegas with Mom this Mother’s Day – or any time you want to celebrate her.

Sedona

Whisk your Mom away to the land of red rock, epic scenery and art. Enjoy the spindly towers, grand buttes and flat-topped mesas carved in crimson sandstone. Sedona is unquestionably one of the most beautiful places in Arizona, and one of the most scenic cities in the Southwest. Though Sedona was founded in the 19th century, the discovery of energy ‘vortexes’ here in the 1980s turned this once modest settlement into a bustling New Age destination. Enjoy a stroll down main street in town with your Mom and enjoy art galleries, gourmet restaurants and top-end resorts on a Sedona day trip from Phoenix. Looking for something more rugged? Add-on a Pink Jeep tour for a Mother’s Day adventure she won’t forget. Continue falling in love with Sedona and celebrating Mom while you immerse your senses in views of the famous Bell Rock, Airport Mesa, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Cathedral Rock, Snoopy Rock, and Submarine Rock. Every moment spent on this tour is guaranteed to make you appreciate your special bond with Mom and the tranquility of Sedona.

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Sedona | Chapel of the Holy Cross
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Tubac

Art galleries, vineyards and more await you and your Mom in Tubac, Arizona. Originally established in 1752 as a Spanish presidio (the remains of which are open for guided tours) but today, artists are a more likely sight in this town than a military garrison would be. Enjoy the warm sunshine and explore over 80 unique stores and galleries in the gorgeous walkable village. Tubac is often referred to as an artist colony since the architecture and art colors spill out into the streets, often in the form of larger-than-life handcrafted metal flowers or blown-glass sculptures spinning in the wind. Pop into a shop for Turkish rugs, hand-painted silk scarves, and live-edge mesquite tables.

Multiple festivals throughout the year celebrate Tubac’s artisans. Delicious creativity can also be found in the city’s restaurants, where menu items are as equally innovative as they are flavorful. Treat Mom to some extra special gifts this year and take some of the artistic magic home with you, whether its local hand crafted kitchen gadgets or gourmet goods from local shops. Interested in golf? Work up an appetite with a round of golf at the Tubac Golf Resort, the course played in the 1996 Kevin Costner movie Tin Cup. Inquire about a private tour to Tubac from the Phoenix area for Mother’s Day weekend.

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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Whisk Mom away to Boyce Thompson Arboretum, the largest and oldest botanical garden in the state of Arizona. Boyce Thompson Arboretum was originally founded in 1924 as a desert plant research facility and living museum, the Arboretum is located in the Sonoran Desert on 392 acres along Queen Creek and beneath the towering volcanic remnant, Picketpost Mountain. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is on U.S. Highway 60, about an hour east of Phoenix and 3 miles west of Superior, Arizona.

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The Arboretum has a visitor center, gift shop, research offices, greenhouses, a demonstration garden, picnic area, and a looping 1.5-mile primary trail that leads visitors through various exhibits and natural areas. The exhibits include a cactus garden, palm and eucalyptus groves, an Australian exhibit, South American exhibit, aloe garden and an herb garden. There are also side trails such as the Chihuahuan Trail, Curandero Trail, and High Trail. Make lasting memories with Mom when you both enjoy a wonderful day together viewing and experiencing natural Sonoran beauty charms.

Valley of Fire

Dedicated in 1935, Valley of Fire is Nevada’s oldest state park. It is located only 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The rough floor and jagged walls of the park contain brilliant formations of eroded sandstone and sand dunes more than 150 million years old. These features, which are the centerpiece of the park’s attractions, often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun’s rays. Valley of Fire is dominated by creosote bush, burro bush, and brittlebush. Cactus species such as beaver tail and cholla are also abundant.

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The springtime blooms with desert marigold, indigo bush, and desert mallow. This makes the park look especially spectacular in the spring – perfect for Mother’s Day. Swing by the Visitor Center and enjoy exhibits of geology, ecology, prehistory and history of the park and the nearby region. It is strongly recommended that each visitor make this an early stop after entering the park as the visitor center is open daily from 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m. and the rest of the park closes at sunset. Make sure you snap plenty of photos together to commemorate this special Mother’s Day trip!

(Valley of Fire | Mint Notion)

Snow Canyon

Enjoy a little iconic Hollywood history in the desert with Mom this Mother’s Day and make the day trip to discover the majestic beauty of Snow Canyon State Park together! Located just nine miles north of St. George along highway 18, Snow Canyon is notorious for its unique geological features. Snow Canyon State Park is comprised of volcanic cones, sand dunes, deep red sandstone cliffs, and twisted layers of rock. The scenery is so spectacular it has been the backdrop for Hollywood movies including The Electric Horseman and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid! Located in the 62,000 acre Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, established to protect the federally listed desert tortoise and its habitat, the park offers opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. Enjoy hiking, nature studies, wildlife viewing, photography, camping, and ranger talk programs. There are more than 38 miles of hiking trails, a three-mile paved walking/biking trail, and over 15 miles of equestrian trails. Plenty of ways to make lasting memories with Mom this Mother’s Day. Our guides suggest a private tour to Snow Canyon for a trip Mom will remember!

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Mount Charleston

Explore the highest mountain in both the Spring Mountains and Clark County Nevada this Mother’s Day. Located about 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas within the Mount Charleston Wilderness, Mount Charleston is located within the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Mount Charleston is a year-round getaway for Las Vegas’s residents and visitors, with a number of hiking trails and a modest ski area. The mountain, which is snow-capped more than half the year, can be seen from parts of the Las Vegas Strip when looking toward the west. The village of Mount Charleston lies at its base to the east. Mount Charleston boasts nearly 200 camp sites and over 150 picnic areas, some of which are RV-accessible. Swing by the iconic Mount Charleston Lodge for lunch with Mom and toast to the special adventure and the special woman in your life.

(Mount Charleston | Summit Post)

How will you be celebrating Mother’s Day this year? Comment below and let us know!

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