When it comes to the American Southwest, Arizona is hard to beat. It’s got an incredible mix of natural beauty, desert wonders, and vibrant city life all wrapped up in one package.
For those who have been thinking about a trip to Arizona, there’s never a better time than right now. But if you need a little push, keep reading because we’re sharing our top 10 attractions in Arizona that you don’t want to miss.
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1. The Grand Canyon
For many people, a trip to the Grand Canyon is on their bucket list, period. So when you’re in Arizona, make time to see one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders, you won’t regret it.
2. Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam is a truly modern feat of engineering. Straddling the Nevada, Arizona line you can check out this Depression Era build and learn a ton of fascinating facts about the project and the growth of the American West.
While it’s only about 90 minutes north of Phoenix, Sedona is like another world. Surrounded by red rocks, the town is not only stunningly beautiful, but it’s also home to a number of artists, galleries, and museums.
Want to experience what the old Wild West was really like? Head to Tombstone. You’ll find a town that’s decidedly more low key than West World but still full of characters in costume wandering painstakingly restored buildings and streets.
5. Route 66
From the 1920s to the 1960s the famous Route 66 was probably the most popular and well-known highway in the country. It launched thousands of road trips. You can explore parts of it today and experience some of the old charms.
6. Monument Valley
Arizona has no shortage of awe-inspiring natural parks and beyond the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley is the most popular image of the West. You can take a 17-mile self-guided drive through the park and soak it all in.
7. Heard Museum
The Heard Museum is considered by many to be the best collection of Native American art and artifacts in the world. Learn about local Native American culture and view impressive textile, painting, and ceramic works.
8. Montezuma Castle National Monument
The Montezuma Castle National Monument is another truly unique bucket list item for anyone going to Arizona. Over 600 years old, this amazing preserved cave dwelling was home to peoples of the Sinagua civilization.
9. Saguaro National Park
Want to get up close and personal with some giant cacti? You’ll get the chance visiting Saguaro National Park which is not far from Tuscon. Take an easy day hike through the park and you’ll be blown away by the beauty of the desert.
The West is littered with many old abandoned mining towns that became ghost towns. Jerome is one of these. A quick day trip from Phoenix, you can check out the museum, take a ghost tour, or track the path of the sliding jail.
Are you ready to head to Arizona and explore some of our favorite attractions? We don’t blame you, you can see all of these and plenty more on your next stay there.