Tripps Travel Network has announced its top picks for winter travel in the state of Arizona this year. Because the Copper State is such a unique mix of high country and desert terrain, it is one of the few U.S. states to offer both cold and hot weather getaways for travelers from all over the world.

Each winter, outdoor enthusiasts as well as more traditional tour mavens descend on Arizona for a special vacation experience. Tripps Travel Network offers up an annual listing of the state’s best travel bargains each winter season in Arizona. For winter 2016, those heading to Arizona for a one-week, two-week or longer vacations should consider these destinations:

Flagstaff: Nestled 7,000 feet above sea level, Flagstaff is one of Arizona’s hidden gems. So different from the southern desert country of the state, Flag (as the locals call it) looks directly onto the majestic mountains of the San Francisco Peaks, Arizona’s highest mountain range. Winter tourists can view golden aspens against an alpine backdrop. The nearby Coconino National Forest, with its bountiful natural wildlife and gorgeous trees, is just a short drive outside of town. Tripps Travel Network highly recommends at least a one-day stop in Flagstaff during a winter vacation in Arizona.

Grand Canyon National Park: One of the most popular travel destinations in the world year-round is a bargain during the winter according to Tripps Travel Network. As winter gets closer, the Grand Canyon becomes less crowded and is an all-around top pick on any list of U.S. tourist destinations. For 2016, Grand Canyon National Park has several new hiking trails. The South Rim is always open, no matter what season travelers arrive. One reason Tripps Travel Network chose this spot for 2016 is the unique opportunity to view the canyon during its snowy months, which most tourists never get a chance to do.

Nogales: Those who cherish a true international trip are advised by Tripps Travel Network to make a Nogales stop during any tour of Arizona. Nogales is actually two cities in one, half in Mexico and half in the U.S. Tourists can leave their vehicles in a secure lot on the U.S. side and then walk across the border and shop in Mexico. Hundreds of vendors set up along the plaza and offer everything under the sun. There are always plenty of bargains for keen-eyed shoppers. Tripps Travel Network Club rates Nogales as a top travel recommendation, especially for anyone who has never had a chance to tour the Mexican side of the U.S. border.

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