Michael and I have only been in Arizona for a year and a half, but we’ve quickly learned that this state is full of some really beautiful and interesting places. We’ve been to some and have put the others on our travel bucket list, and there’s no denying it will take us time to truly take in all the beauty this state has to offer.
Whether you’re an Arizona resident like us, or just coming to visit this beautiful state, here are 10 places you just have to see…
1. The Grand Canyon
Alright, I’m starting with the most obvious, but the Grand Canyon is one of the most beautiful places in the world, so it can’t be left off the list. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, after all!
2. Havasu Falls
If you’re feeling adventurous while you’re visiting the Grand Canyon, you just have to see Havasu Falls! Located on Havasupai tribal lands inside the Grand Canyon, Havasu Falls can be reached via a ten-mile hike, guided horseback trips, luggage transfers by packhorse, or helicopter ride to the canyon floor.
3. Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon, located near Page, AZ, has been formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to flash flooding during Arizona’s monsoon season. To visit this wonder, you have to take a guided tour, as the canyon still floods.
4. The Wave
Also located near Page, AZ is the Wave, a sandstone rock formation. There are four trailheads that provide access to the Wave, the shortest of which is 8.3 miles, so get ready for a good hike. It’s also important to note that going the hike alone is for experienced hikers only; for the rest of us, there are guided tours. Permits to hike are by lottery only.
Famous for its red rocks, Sedona is an outdoor-lover’s dream, but really, it has something for everyone. Full of vortex energy centers, art galleries, spas and nearby vineyards, it’s a great location for a beautiful weekend getaway!
Jerome is one of my personal favorite places in Arizona. An old mining town built into the side of a mountain, Jerome has an eery beauty to it unlike anywhere I’ve ever been. While it’s said to be haunted, this town of only around 400 residents is also home to various wine tasting rooms and great restaurants and shops!
7. Monument Valley
Located on the Arizona-Utah state line, Monument Valley is a symbol of the Southwest, as one of the most heavily filmed areas in movies that take place here.
I haven’t been to Bisbee yet, but I hear is has an air about it like Jerome, so I’m sure I’ll love it. Also a historic mining town, Bisbee is a haven for artists and history buffs alike, and its history can be discovered in numerous museums and a mine tour that leads deep into one of Bisbee’s caverns.
One of the greener parts of Arizona, Flagstaff also boasts four actual seasons and has lots to do when it comes to the outdoors, visiting new breweries and just generally enjoying all that this thriving city has to offer.
10. Petrified Forest
The Petrified Forest National Park is a 146-sq. mile park located near Holbrook, AZ. Known for its fossils, the park is home to petrified wood and the beautiful “painted desert.”
So, what do you think is the most interesting place in Arizona?