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Make Yuma a part of your Summer Getaway
Published on Jun 7, 2016

Travelocity has announced its list of best summer vacation destinations for 2016. See why Yuma, Arizona makes for a perfect stop along the way, or as an alternative to a big city stay!

Online travel agency Travelocity has named the 11 major cities topping its list of the best summer vacation destinations in 2016.

“Our team analyzed which of the 50 largest cities in the U.S. can deliver the most important factors for a good summer vacation — availability of the most-wanted attractions, probability of good weather and affordability of lodging for the summer months,” said Alan Cunningham, director of marketing analytics for Travelocity.

Making the list, with their respective rankings: Los Angeles (1), San Diego (2), Las Vegas (3 - tie), Phoenix (3 - tie), and Tucson (9 - tie) — five locations within a five hour drive of Yuma.

So, you're now gearing up for that mid-year getaway to one of Travelocity's top picks? Great! We have reasons why you should make Yuma a stop along the way.

Not too keen on the idea of vacationing in a metropolis? No worries! Yuma serves up great accommodations and exciting attractions without the hassle of traffic, those long lines, and the hefty price tags.

Whichever best suits you, here's our breakdown of what's good in the Gateway of the Great Southwest, with something to mimic the offerings of Yuma's neighboring big brothers.


Image from The Adobe House

Relax like you're in Los Angeles. Designed by L.A. architect Glen Hunter, and built in 1938, The Adobe House is Yuma's premiere bed and breakfast experience, bar none. With four, themed rooms to choose from, this adobe abode is the definition of tranquility, even as it sits in the heart of Yuma. Rise and shine to breakfast and beverages in the morning, with wine and appetizers served as the sun sets on a long, summer day.

Of course, if you're looking for other places to stay, our directory is where you will find great accommodations for all budgets and needs.


Explore history like you're in Los Angeles. The City of Angels is chock full of historic sites which tell the tales of the Wild West; and Yuma, too, is in the thick of it when it comes to reliving the early years of the American West. Walk the grounds of an old United States Army depot, get locked up at Arizona's first territorial prison, see the very airplane which flew for 47 straight days in skies above Yuma, visit a true ghost town, and so much more!


Make a splash like you're in San Diego. It's true that America's Finest City is a great place to spend a summer vacation, but you don't have to trek to the Pacific Coast to find water. Yuma's location along the Colorado River means the city truly is a desert oasis! With numerous lakes ready for water recreation and a revitalized riverfront perfect for an evening stroll, beach fun can be had before even stepping foot into The Golden State. Need equipment for full-throttle fun or a slow, flowing adventure? Jet Rent has watercraft while Yuma River Tubing will send you floating comfortably downstream.


Try your luck like you're in Las Vegas. Whether you enjoy the penny slots or you're a serious poker player, Yuma-area casinos have machines and table games running day in and day out. More than just great for gaming, Cocopah Resort & Casino and Quechan Casino Resort offer up outstanding hotel rooms, while the aforementioned and Paradise Casino host fantastic, year-round entertainment.


Image from The Kress Ultra Lounge

Party like you're in Las Vegas. Two floors of pulse-pounding nightlife, The Kress Ultra Lounge in Historic Downtown Yuma is the place to spend an evening with friends and the locals. Keep cool at the venue's indoor lounge and concert hall, or head for the open-air rooftop to get a glimpse of Main Street at night.


Keep cool like you're in Phoenix. Separated by fewer than 200 miles, a logical commonality between Yuma and Arizona's capital city is the warm, desert climate. Yet, that hasn't stopped summer travelers from coming and in search of fun under the sun. In fact, sun is Yuma's specialty — the city has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the Sunniest City on Earth! So, what better a way to beat the heat when outdoors but with a trip to Waylon's Water World at Z Fun Factory, conveniently located off Interstate 8.


Image courtesy of The Chile Pepper

Eat deliciously like you're in Tucson. The Old Pueblo can dish out some serious food; but, as one food writer found out, "the black sheep border town of [Yuma] Arizona is actually a real-deal dining destination." Even, the curators of all things awesome, dubbed a Yuma-born burrito from The Chile Pepper as one of America's best. Beyond the burrito, the list of places to dine in Yuma is full of fantastic flavors and fresh, homegrown ingredients. If you leave here hungry, you're vacationing is all wrong.


Enjoy a sunset like a Yuman. With more sun than any other city on Earth, spectacular sunsets just come with the territory. 

Now, what are you waiting for? You have a summer getaway to plan! Check out our Getting Here, Getting Around page to see how Yuma fits into your vacation travels, and start creating your custom trip to Yuma with our new itinerary builder.

Need more information? Call the Yuma Visitor Information Center at 800-293-0071 (Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST) to speak with our friendly and knowledgeable staff, and browse our visitors guide online.

Feature image from The Adobe House.


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