Looking for an unforgettable Arizona experience? With so many ways to Explore Arizona, it can be hard deciding what to do. Head outside the city centers and explore the one-of-a-kind communities that hold a charm all their own. From grand to small, to amazement and adventure, these must-sees will help you make the most of your trip.
A trail that spans 800 miles, a county known for its Old West Outlaws, an infamous highway dotted with kitschy attractions? You are sure to experience something unforgettable in Arizona.
The Grand Canyon
A national Park since 1919, the Grand Canyon is much more than just “a big hole in the ground.” Unique combinations of color and forms, decorate a massive canyon that is 277 river miles long, and up to 18 miles wide in parts. Fun fact? It’s also up to a mile deep!
Places to explore in the Grand Canyon:
- The North Rim
- The South Rim
- Havasupai Falls
- Phantom Ranch
From ancient American Indian cliff dwellings, to mid-century modern marvels designed by none other than Frank Lloyd Wright, Arizona’s architecture has always surprised visitors with its variety. The Mission San Xavier del Bac, south of Tucson, is the oldest European structure in Arizona, combining the native culture of the nearby Tohono O’Odham Nation with the Mission’s Catholic heritage.
Places to explore:
- Taliesen West
- Hopi House
- Historic Architecture at Arizona’s State Parks
Dark Sky Parks in Arizona
Explore Arizona via International Dark Sky communities. More than anywhere else in the world! Flagstaff was the world’s first designated community! It has since been joined by Sedona, the Village of Oak Creek, Fountain Hills, Camp Verde, and the Thunder Mountain Pootseev Nightsky community on the Kaibab Paiute Reservation.
Take in the sights and gaze up at the stars:
- Mount Graham International Observatory
- Lowell Observatory
- Kitt Peak Observatory
- Stay & Stargaze
Famous ROUTE 66
There are few drives as iconic as Route 66. Running nearly the full width of Arizona’s northern half, Route 66 takes travelers on a journey through quirky small towns, historic roadside attractions and motels, and breathtaking scenery courtesy of nearby parks, the Petrified National Forest and the Grand Canyon.
Get your kicks on Route 66:
- The Mother Road – Route 66