The southwestern state of the U.S. is home to some of the most well-known tourist places in the world. From Grand Canyon to the mountain town Flagstaff to its other protected areas, towns and national parks, you will see some of the most amazing places in this State. Here are ten places that you have to visit if you are planning a trip to Arizona.
1. Antelope Canyon And Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Page:
In Coconino County, Arizona you will find the city Page. It is near the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell, two favorite spots among tourists in Arizona. There are many places to visit in Page including the Antelope Canyon. Explore the Upper Antelope Canyon and the Lower Antelope Canyon. Tour Lake Powell, enjoy the view from Glen Canyon Dam Overlook. Visit the Rainbow Bridge National Monument and Lee’s Ferry. The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is one of the most famous destinations in Arizona. It is home to the famous Horseshoe Bend.
2. Grand Canyon National Park:
As its name suggests Grand Canyon National Park is home to the world famous Grand Canyon. Enjoy the views from the Mather Point, Desert View Watchtower, Yavapai Observation Station and Lipan Point. You can raft in the Colorado River. The park also has many trails, you can enjoy walking on with a spectacular view. It is also home to the Havasu Falls of Havasu Creek and the beautiful Beaver Falls.
Surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests, Sedona is a desert town near Flagstaff. You will find numerous trailheads access to Red Rock State Park, which offers bird-watching, hiking, and picnicking spots. Cathedral Rock is a natural sandstone butte and one of the most-photographed sights. The Chapel of the Holy Cross, Bell Rock, Airport Mesa, and Sedona Airport Scenic Lookout, Oak Creek Canyon are some of the famous attractions of this region. You will find many walking trails and spas and art galleries in the town.
4. Monument Valley And Canyon De Chelly National Monument:
In Navajo County, Arizona, you will find the Monument Valley with its popular incredible geological features. The area is dotted with red sandstone buttes, and steeply sloped Mittens buttes can be viewed from the road or from overlooks such as John Ford’s Point. On Navajo tribal lands is the Canyon De Chelly National Monument. The 800-feet tall Spider Rock spire and towering sandstone cliffs surrounding a verdant canyon attract thousands of tourists. Some other attractions include Massacre Cave Overlook, Mummy Cave Overlook, Sliding House Overlook, and Tsaile Lake.
5. Saguaro National Park:
Located in southern Arizona, Saguaro National Park has two sections, located on the east and west side of Tucson. You can explore the desert flora and fauna with roads and hiking trails on both sides. The large saguaro cactus is the main attraction of this park. There is a range of hiking trails in this area.
6. The Painted Desert and Petrified Forest National Park:
The painted desert in Arizona running from near the east end of Grand Canyon National Park and southeast into Petrified Forest National Park is one of the most unique desserts you will visit. It is known for its brilliant and varied colors ranging from common red rock to shades of lavender. In northeastern Arizona is Petrified Forest National Park with the Rainbow Forest in its south, full of colorful petrified wood.
7. Hoover Dam:
The concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River called the Hoover Dam was built during the Great Depression. It was built to control the Colorado River and to provide hydroelectric power. Thousands of men worked on it and more than one hundred people died building it. The water from the area began to collect and created Lake Mead. It is the largest reservoir in the U.S.
8. Superstition Mountains:
This spectacular mountain range is located east of Phoenix in Arizona. Explore the Lost Dutchman, State Park. There are challenging but scenic trails through the Superstition Mountain Wilderness Area where you can bobcats, coyotes, black bears or mountain lions in their habitats. There is also an abandoned ghost town and the museum that you can explore.
9. Vermilion Cliffs National Monument:
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument protects the unique Paria Plateau, Vermilion Cliffs, Coyote Buttes, and Paria Canyon covering 293,689 acres of area. The unique sandstone formation with brilliant, moving, colorful layers resembles waves. It is one of the most picture-perfect places you will find in Arizona.
Surrounded by mountains, desert, and ponderosa pine forests, Flagstaff has its own collection of natural gems. It is home to Arizona’s tallest mountain, Humphreys Peak. Visit the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort. You can explore the Wupatki National Monument. To the north, you’ll find the San Francisco Peaks and the Arizona Snowbowl.