Sure the summer heat is brutal, but nothing can truly beat Arizona’s natural and invariable beauty; open skies, saguaro cactuses, roaming wildlife and all. It’s no wonder that people from across the globe make it a goal to visit the U.S. state that makes home to one of the natural wonders of the world.
With all this right in our own backyard, make sure to schedule a weekend road trip to one of these fascinating Arizona travel destinations:
Millions of people have made the special journey to see the spectacle wonder that is the Grand Canyon. Hike to the bottom of the canyon on special trails, enjoy an old fashioned mule ride and scenic helicopter rides. Visitors may also enjoy white water rafting in the Colorado River, fishing, guided tours, star-gazing, bicycling or nature walks.
Patagonia Lake State Park is home to a variety of wildlife, from white-tailed deer to aquatic birds, such as great blue herons. In the summer, guests can be seen swimming and water skiing, while relaxing on the picnic area with ramadas tables and grills. Campsites are available for tents and RVs. Tip: The park is adjacent to Sonoita Creek State Natural Area, another scenic place to hike.
Take in fantastic views from above a hilly city. The Lavender Jeep Tour is a must, offering fun and informative narrated tours. Ramble up hidden back roads, discover mansions in lofty, cloud-scraping neighborhoods or catch a sunset over the San Pedro Valley. Another fun activity is the popular Queen Mine Tour. Visitors are lent hardhats and slickers and are then led 1,500 feet down into the tunnels for an up-close look at mining techniques, conditions and dangers.
The red rocks, cool water and shade of Oak Creek Canyon and higher elevation make the area one of Arizona’s most scenic places. This picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths, while the city’s north end boasts the stunning Oak Creek Canyon. Natural endowments aside, you’ll also find world-class hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts and a very good variety of dining to keep you satisfied as well.
One of the grandest – and most photographed – landmarks in the United States, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is a sprawling, sandy preserve that spans the border between Arizona and Utah, bathing the region in rich red hues. Take in the panoramic view of the world-famous Mitten Buttes and Merrick Butte from self-guided tours, guided jeep tours or an adventure on your own.
Where are you favorite places to travel in Arizona?