Arizona’s blissfully warm weather makes the state a popular destination for seniors, particularly active travelers who hit tennis courts, swimming pools, and the more than 200 golf courses. In the summer, many avoid the extreme heat at the half dozen casinos scattered around the Valley on Native American lands.
Most Phoenix , Scottsdale , and Sedona  attractions offer discounts for seniors, including the Desert Botanical Garden , which is an excellent opportunity to survey the Sonoran Desert’s diverse plant life without having to leave paved sidewalks.
Also, travelers 62 and older can obtain the America the Beautiful—National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass—Senior Pass, a lifetime pass to all national parks. It can be purchased for $10 at any national park (www.nps.gov ).