Fun weekend activities in Arizona include visiting Grand Canyon National Park, Skywalk, the Petrified Forest National Park and riding the Verde Canyon Railroad through the canyons of Sedona. In a sunshine-year-round state, it's all about the outdoors.
Grand Canyon National Park is roughly 50 miles north of Interstate 40 and the town of Flagstaff. The South Rim is open year-round and is home to Grand Canyon Village, Hermit Road and Desert View Drive. It is the most accessible part of the park. The North Rim is more rugged and open from mid-May through mid-October.
The Grand Canyon's West Rim is part of Hualapai Tribal lands and not part of the park. It is home to Skywalk, a horseshoe-shaped platform with a see-through bottom and sides that hangs out over the canyon. Tours of the West Rim, including Skywalk, are offered by the tribe.
Petrified Forest National Park is also off Highway 40, roughly 60 miles east of Flagstaff. The main attractions here are the dozens of fossilized, or petrified, fallen trees that date back to the Late Triassic Age. Hiking paths lead past tree trunks made up of colored agates and quartz that replaced the wood long ago.
Train tours on the Verde Canyon Railroad leave form a historic train depot near Sedona. The vintage train, circa 1912, runs from Clarksdale to Perkinsville and back again, winding through Verde Canyon. Special packages for first-class passengers include the Saturday Grape Train Escape, featuring wine tasting, the Tequila Train and the Chocolate Lover's Train, available seasonally.