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Outdoor Exploration

Start an outdoor adventure in Arizona at Grand Canyon National Park, one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. If you’re flying into Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX), it’s about three-and-a-half hours by car to the canyon’s South Rim, the park’s most visited area. Stop at one of the visitor centers or at the Yavapai Geology Museum to learn about the area’s unique topography. Enlist the help of an experienced adventure company or outfitter for a tour of the canyon, as well as the state’s many natural beauties: from Jeep tours in Sedona to float trips on the Colorado River to horseback treks in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

 

Travel Back in Time

Arizona’s history is defined by Native American traditions, larger-than-life adventurers and Old West tales. Today, populations from 22 Tribal Nations live in Arizona. Visitors can tour tribal lands, visit Native American-operated museums and cultural centers, and purchase jewelry and artwork created by American Indians at a variety of shops and boutiques. Journey back to the Old West with a trip to one of the state’s ghost towns to learn about Arizona’s mining history. Or, explore the roadside attractions of old Route 66, the historic roadway known as the Mother Road. In Arizona, Route 66 winds through Petrified Forest National Park, the Kaibab Plateau, Meteor Crater, Grand Canyon Caverns and more.

 

Urban Charms

Arizona’s big cities offer plenty of cosmopolitan attractions. Whether you’re a lover of wine and food, luxury spas, art galleries or boutiques, you’ll find it here. Stroll one of the state’s award-winning wineries. Book a table at one of the many fine-dining restaurants in Phoenix, the state’s largest city. Plan an unforgettable spa day in Sedona, a city well-known for its wellness offerings and new-age vibe. Spend a day enjoying Western artwork at the Tucson Museum of Art or an evening stargazing under stunning skies in Flagstaff, an International Dark Sky City. Golfers will love playing some rounds on one of the state’s 300 courses.

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Fun Fact

Nighttime view of the White Pocket sandstone formation in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
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Arizona is home to 19 Dark Sky Parks and Communities as defined by the International Dark-Sky Association. These parks are specifically recognized for their “exceptional quality of starry nights.”

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A winemaker at work in a bottling room in Elgin, Arizona
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Arizona is home to 3 AVA-certified Wine regions: Verde Valley, Sonoita-Elgin and Willcox.

A Sierra Vista hummingbird
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More hummingbird species can be found in Sierra Vista in southern Arizona than in any other state, earning its title as "the Hummingbird Capital of the United States."

Photo: Sierra Vista Convention & Visitors Bureau

Must see places

Taking in views of the Arizona River in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
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Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, belongs on everyone’s must-see list.

Sipping wine on a patio at Page Springs Cellars in Cornville, Arizona

Arizona Wine Country

What pairs well with a warm, sunny afternoon and a breathtaking view of Arizona’s rugged scenery? A glass of locally made wine, of course. In Arizona’s high deserts, three major grape-growing regions have taken root and are gaining popularity. Visit wineries and vineyards in Sonoita, Willcox and the Verde Valley to get a taste of what makes Arizona wine special.

The stunning formations of Red Rock State Park near Sedona
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Red Rock State Park

Star parties and full moon hikes are popular events in this park near Sedona that is named for its famous red sandstone canyon.

Aerial view of Canyon de Chelly National Monument near Chinle, Arizona

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Hike rugged canyons and view the remnants of an ancient civilization in what is thought to be the oldest continually inhabited area in North America. A vibrant Navajo community assists the U.S. National Park Service in preserving Canyon de Chelly, whose two scenic drives, campground and nine overlooks tell the story of this striking landmark.

Exhibits inside the Explore Navajo Interactive Museum in Tuba City, Arizona
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Explore Navajo Interactive Museum

Located on Navajo lands, this Tuba City museum offers profound insights into the Navajo Indian story through exhibits on the tribe’s land, language, creation stories, history and traditions. A Navajo guide escorts visitors through the museum and helps interpret the displays and artifacts, which include a traditional Navajo Hogan (home).

Flat lay of dishes from Charro Steak & Del Rey in Tuscon, Arizona

Tucson’s Dining Scene

Get the flavor of Tucson, declared a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, when you eat your way through the city’s diverse restaurants, farmers markets and street food scene. Explore Mexican and Native American culture through the city's various cuisines.

Saguaro National Park near Tucson, Arizona
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Saguaro National Park

You’ve seen the iconic saguaro cactus before in photos and movies, but in this preserve, you can marvel at its scale in context.

Lake Powell near Page, Arizona

Lake Powell

Explore a placid, deep blue lake, where 3,200 kilometers of shoreline make the perfect setting for a resort vacation or houseboat excursion. Under the surface, mysterious grottos, canyons and caves known as the Cathedral in the Desert appear when water levels are low.

Aerial view of a Route 66 Mural in Winslow, Arizona
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Route 66

Take a trip down the Mother Road through historic towns such as Hackberry, Kingman, Oatman, Flagstaff, Winslow and Seligman, where you’ll encounter vintage diners, general stores and donkeys as well as some of the state’s most dramatic natural landscapes.

Canyon views at Lost Dutchman State Park in Arizona

Lost Dutchman State Park

Legend has it that the mythical Lost Dutchman Gold Mine offers untold riches for whoever discovers it first. If those rumors don’t entice you to explore, six scenic hiking trails and kilometers of mountain biking tracks might. Spend a night camping under the desert stars or enjoy a picnic in the shadow of the Superstition Mountains.

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