Arizona sits in the heart of the American Southwest. It is filled with quaint old towns, cosmopolitan cities and numerous natural wonders. Among the natural wonders, the Grand Canyon is the place that tops the list. However, if you go deep within the state, you will discover there are a lot of unique places and interesting people to meet. Scenic destinations like Sedona and Phoenix. Learn about Native American culture, ghost towns from the Wild West era and panoramic views of the country. Arizona is also home to numerous lakes, deserts and mountains. There is a world of possibilities for the adventurous traveler.
The Grand Canyon
One cannot be but inspired by the awesome natural wonder that is the Grand Canyon. Just looking out at the magnificent endless ridges of colorful cliff walls and ravines, you know there is nothing to top this magnificent natural wonder. In the afternoon sun you will discover the beautiful glow that the sun casts on it to reveal shades of yellow, red and orange. This is definitely one of the most popular attractions not just in Arizona but in the entire country as well. A lot of visitors are able to view the canyon coming from the South Rim, where a number of lookout areas are strewn along the edge of the canyon. The North Rim offers an entirely different view but the road is closed during the winter season. If you prefer a one-of-a-kind view of the canyon, nothing beats a spectacular helicopter ride over and through it. Be sure to check it off your bucket list when you visit Arizona today.
If you want to be mesmerized by stunning red rock mountains and buttes, Sedona is the place to go as it has one of the most panoramic settings in the entire state of Arizona. Just a 1.5-hour drive from Phoenix, Sedona is known to be a very popular day trip adventure. You can drive into town coming from the south via the Village of Oak Creek, which is quite stunning by itself already. Sedona’s main street is filled with art galleries, restaurants and tourist shops. A fun way to spend your afternoon. All around town you will find superb mountain bike and hiking trails. Try the Jeep tours, one of the most popular activities here. There are also numerous Native American dwellings to discover scattered around the area.
Sedona is mostly known as a spiritual haven. It is quite popular due to the presence of a energy vortexes found in a number of known sites. There are New Age shops and UFO tours as well.
Aside from the Grand Canyon, one of the most iconic images that you have probably seen of the Southwest are the sandstone buttes that dwarf Monument Valley. Overlapping between Utah and Arizona, these jagged rock formations, sand dunes and stone spires are what make up the iconic image of the area. Located in the center of the valley is the Navajo Tribal Park. There is a huge visitor center including a 17-mile self-drive route along a one-way gravel road through the park. If you want to see the area in detail, there are also guided tours available.
The capital of Arizona is a major destination during winter for golfers and vacationers that want to relax at a resort spa destination or bask in the heat of the desert sun. Phoenix Metropolitan Area includes Scottsdale and Mesa; there are superb shopping opportunities, casual and fine dining restaurants, desert parks and more. Top places to check out include Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West and the Heard Museum.