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7 Most Charming Small Towns in Arizona

While big cities are fail-safe places for constant action and attractions, small towns have their own charm that lures us to enjoy the simpler, quieter things in life. Whether you need a weekend getaway or are craving a homey retreat on a long road trip, here are some places in Arizona that will welcome you into their small town cultures with open arms!

Bisbee Bisbee, Arizona
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The artsy town of Bisbee is surely one of the state’s cutest little towns, and it’s so eccentric that it’s impossible not to love. Go on a mine tour, sample local beers, enjoy music, and shop in their antique stores!

Cottonwood Cottonwood, Arizona
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The “Heart of the Verde Valley”, Cottonwood is a beautiful little town in Yavapai Country and deserves to be stopped in along your journeys. With its state parks, vineyards, and artwork galore, Cottonwood’s cozy atmosphere is welcoming to everyone.

Tombstone Tombstone, Arizona
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Tombstone is a little town that has been keeping the Wild West alive since it was founded and hasn’t changed much since the days when Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday roamed the streets. To preserve its character, locals wear 1880s’-style clothing around town.

Pine Pine, Arizona during a snowy winter.
Credit: Pine, Arizona during a snowy winter. by Alan Levine via Flickr


Pine, just as its namesake describes, is a northern Arizona town full of pine trees and heavily wooded terrain. The crisp air is only one of the things that draw people to build vacation and retirement homes in this area.

Jerome Jerome, Arizona
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Jerome was founded in 1899 when it was discovered to be a fabulously plentiful place to mine copper, but today it’s known as a small community with a big appreciation for arts, coffee houses, and haunted historic buildings.

Prescott Prescott
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People might find it shocking that Prescott was once the capital of the Arizona territory in 1864 because today it’s a quiet mountain town with lots of outdoor recreation and Victorian-style houses. The historic downtown area tells quite a story!

Globe Mountains between Globe, Arizona and Roosevelt Lake.
Credit: Mountains between Globe, Arizona and Roosevelt Lake. by Alan Stark via Flickr


What was once an established mining camp is now an adorable town of 7,500 in southern Arizona. The historic downtown is fun to explore, and for those who like to cruise, the Salt River Canyon scenic drive is a must-do!

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