Arizona is home to a lot of amazing places including the World famous Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is on this list of course, but there are also 9 other places that I highly recommend people visit if they get the chance to. Regardless of which part of Arizona you visit, there will be something on this list nearby.
10. Phoenix Raceway
The Phoenix Raceway is home to numerous racing events including NASCAR events.
9. Chloride Arizona
Chloride is an old Ghost town, however unlike many other Ghost Towns Chloride was never entirely abandoned. There have always been people living in Chloride since it was founded. This fact makes it technically not a Ghost Town even though this town is often referred to in such a way. This area is most well-known for the so-called Chloride Murals which were originally painted in the 60’s but have since been restored to look the same as they did when they were first painted.
8. Sonoran Desert
The Sonoran Desert is a 120,000 square mile Desert that is located in both Mexico and the United States. A large portion of Arizona is covered by the Sonoran Desert. The Sonoran Desert is home to the beautiful Saguaro Cactus. Sonoran Desert Saguaro Cactus Thefts are becoming extremely common. The Sonoran Desert is definitely one of the top 10 things to see in Arizona.
If you plan on hiking any trails in the Sonoran Desert region then make sure that you carry plenty of water and hike extremely early in the morning. During the summer months the days can be extremely scorching hot and then at night the temperatures can rapidly drop. You do not want to suffer heat stroke when you attempt to hike the Sonoran Desert during the daytime.
7. Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix
If you do not want to risk hiking the Sonoran Desert Trails then you can visit the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. There are numerous displays, classes, and events held at the Desert Botanical Gardens. One of the most popular displays at the Desert Botanical Gardens is the Spring Butterfly Exhibit. Children love the Butterfly exhibit because they are able to see hundreds of butterflies fluttering about around them. This is a great place to come and spend half a day when you are in Phoenix and needing something to do. If you have a long layover in Phoenix then you might consider taking a taxi down to the Desert Botanical Gardens and passing some time.
6. Blue Ridge Reservoir
The Blue Ridge Reservoir is a strong contrast to the Sonoran Desert region. Instead of a Desert we have green trees growing all over in a forest like setting along the Blue Ridge Reservoir. The Blue Ridge Reservoir is truly one of the most beautiful settings in Arizona. The closes town to the Blue Ridge Reservoir is Strawberry. Although the Blue Ridge Reservoir is not near any large towns, it is easy to get to and would make a good trip to camp out for the night in a tent.
5. The Grand Canyon
I know you were expecting the Grand Canyon to be the number 1 place to visit in Arizona, but not on my list. The Grand Canyon is definitely one of those must see places in Arizona, however there are a lot of other cool places besides the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is one place you do not want to forget to take your camera when you visit it.
4. Tumacacori Mission
The Tumacacori Mission is located in the Tumacacori National Historical Park. The entire park has a lot of Spanish Mission ruins where you will be amazed at the architectural structures the ancient the people devised and lived in. The highlight for many people is the Tumacacori Mission.
The Tumacacori Mission was originally built around 1691; however the Tumacacori Mission was moved to a new location in 1751. This is the location that the Tumacacori Mission is today. When you are there make sure you also visit the Tumacacori Museum. You can learn a lot about this are and its fascinating history by a trip to the Tumacacori Museum.
3. Page, Arizona
Page, Arizona is a super cool little town. It is near the Glen Canyon Dam and bridge. It is also near Lake Powell. Page has been used to film numerous Hollywood movies including the Original Planet of the Apes, The remake to Planet of the Apes, Broken Arrow, and Hulk. Although the Hulk movie truly sucked, the town of Page is still awesome.
The town of Page is relatively new. It began in 1956 with a few buildings built to house the workers who were beginning to build the Glen Canyon Dam. After the Dam was complete many of the workers stayed in the area and brought their family to live with them. The town has remained prosperous ever since, albeit it is still low in population. Tourism to the Glen Canyon Dam brings in countless visitors to Page each year.
The Rock formation above is called a Hoodoo. This Hoodoo is located near Page.
2. Superstition Mountains
1. Monument Valley
The Navajo Word for Monument Valley means the “Valley of Rocks”. The Valley of Rocks is a great description for this scenic and inspiring area. Monument Valley is located in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. Yep, watch out for the nearby polygamists. Monument Valley has also been used as the backdrop for multiple movies and television shows.
No visit to the Great State of Arizona can be complete with a tour of Monument Valley. In Monument Valley you can drive in on a self guided tour from the comfort of your car. If you are feeling more adventurous you can always pay extra and tour the area on horseback.
Regardless of how you ultimately see Monument Valley, it is definitely a must see place in Arizona.
Arizona is a State that has a lot of interesting History. The State is large and very diverse. Make sure you plan a visit to see some of the stuff on this list the next time you get to visit Arizona.