Arizona gained statehood on February 14th 1912. It is therefore sometimes known as the Valentine State. The southwestern state is most popular for the Grand Canyon that’s carved out artistically by the Colorado River.
Arizona is also home to other breathtaking natural tourist sites and adventure locations beyond just the famous Grand Canyon. From the serenity of the Sedona desert in Phoenix to the Old Mining Town of Jerome, the Sunset State offers several unique landscapes that are worth your viewing time.
Here we attempt to list 15 of the top and most visited locations in Arizona. Brace yourself for a satisfying ride across the Copper State; whether you are an adventurous daredevil or just a laid-back voyager wishing to see the cacti and expansive deserts of the wild.
The picture-perfect site located on Navajo land to the East of the town of Page is a popular photo location in the Sweetheart State. Scarcely any major Arizonian gallery goes without a picture or two of the canyon. Best of all, you have a variety of tour guides waiting to walk you through all the sections of the conspicuous orange canyon; from the ‘The Crack’ to ‘The Corkscrew’.
Tumacacori National Historical Park
When you want to take a breather from canyons, then there are also parks. Firstly this Spanish colonial mission historical center whose construction began as early as the 117th century. The Historical Park located south of Tucson hosts some neo-classical Colonial establishments that have stood the test of time. San Jose de Tumacacori and Los Santos Angeles de Guevavi are the oldest still standing now. An obvious draw for the vacationers!
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
With over 30 different species of the desert cactus spread over three zones, the International (UNESCO) Biosphere reveals to you an amazing selection of and plants. It comprises miles of trails ranging from easy to strenuous that wind carefully round the Cactus Monument. The two most noteworthy pathways are the Ajo Mountain Drive and the Puerto Blanco Drive.
Saguaro National Park
More cacti are available at the desert landscape of Saguaro National Park to the west of Tucson. Visit all the sections of the park with the same entrance ticket and experience the whole range of thrilling adventures. Hike around the extensive trails heading to the 8000-feet peaks which offer perfect rock-climbing experiences.
Petrified Forest National Park
You all know the famous petrified logs by now, right? Well then, now here is the region where you can find loads of them. The park inside Painted Desert offers several highlights including hike trails, fossilized plants, fish and reptiles. Most striking however is the Visitor’s Center where outstanding collections of fossil and artifacts feed your urges before heading out to the field.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
The vast recreational Area covers well over 1.5 million acres, spanning from Lake Mead to Lake Mohave and even the Colorado River. It is equipped with boating, camping and water sport facilities, hiking trails and fishing grounds. Get a room at the small resort town of Willow Beach and enjoy sumptuous dishes, restaurants and visit the fresh-fish hatchery.
Set against the backdrop of mountainous terrains stretching all the way to Mexico, Bisbee is a former mining town in the south of Arizona. The villages lined with cabins were actually former homes to the miners working on the fields. They are now colorful neighborhoods with lively locals and a lovely old street. While in the south, be sure to see the famous Tombstone as well as study the rich revolutionary history of Bisbee.
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Located in the Navajo Tribal lands, Canyon de Chelly National Monument is underscored by the Spider Rock, the White House and over a hundred more spectacular cliff dwellings. The Mummy Cave, Antelope House and Canyon del Muerto are the other most notable historical cliff dwellings in the canyon that has hosted people uninterrupted for over 5000 years. The erfect way to access the National treasure place is by guided tours.
These 100-foot falls is branched so that the blue-green water seems to gush from two separate falls while flowing down heavily. The falls occur in the Havasupai tribe lands of the Grand Canyon in Arizona and as such access may be restricted. Areas around the falls are perfect for hiking and camping adventures. Also enjoy sights of travertine rocks and a bath in the carved out rock basin filled with the blue green waters.
The ghost town in the Black Hills of Yavapai County standing on a mountainside over 5,000 feet above sea level offers a dynamic array of old-meets-new attractions. Several sights at the unique town feed your vision to the very fullest. Most notable highlights include the Gold King Mine Museum, Jerome State Historic Park and the Sliding Jail of Jerome. Also interesting picks are the former Bartlett Hotel – now standing as ruins – and the Jerome Grand Hotel.
Straddling between Coconino and Yavapai counties, the beautiful desert resort town near Flagstaff is most noteworthy for the friendly climate and vivacious new age arts community. The countryside is thick with winding hiking trails around the rocks and around vast picnic spots. Another noteworthy activity in Red Rock State park is the incredible bird-watching ventures at picture-perfect sites. Sedona is above all considered a highly spiritual place.
Constructed way back in 1935, the architectural marvel traversing the Colorado River is a massive 1,244 feet long and 726 feet high. The dam now holds back the largest artificial lake in the United States – Lake Mead. Hoover Dam is erected between rugged rocky outlines that offer even more challenging exploration experiences.
Navajo Tribal Park’s Monument Valley connects Arizona to Utah with an impressive landscape of the Wild West. Visitors get to see remarkable sand dunes, rock forms and craggy buttes. Drive around and through the scenic valley for an unforgettable photo experience.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
A unique and dramatic combination of blue waters and desert topography, Glen Canyon National Recreational Area offers an array of thrilling and refreshing sights and activities. From the Wahweap Marina on Lake Powell to the Glen Canyon Dam, visitors won’t lack options for their tour stops. Also available for sightseeing is the picture-perfect Antelope Canyon with shafts of light through the shafts highlighting the brick-red walls.
The Grand Canyon
Mother of all Canyons: not only in the Sunset State but in the whole expanse of the USA. The spectacular Grand Canyon was actually carved out by the powerfully flowing Colorado River. Either hike the trails of the Canyon or maybe paraglide over it for a complete view of the extensive rocky landscape. The distinguishing banded layers of red rocks are believed to be over millions of years old and the transformation over time is evident.
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Originally posted 2017-05-05 06:07:49.