The Republic | azcentral.com

During Arizona’s copper-mining heyday, Jerome was a boomtown built on a mountainside. Many Cottonwood residents were people who wanted to be free of company-town regulations, or, in another version of the story, got kicked out of Jerome. Today, the two communities complement one another well. In addition to lots of shops, restaurants, galleries and interesting lodgings, a half-dozen wine tasting rooms promote Arizona wines. With two state parks, a national monument and several museums, there is plenty to do in the area.