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Welcome to Arizona

Arizona—also known as the Grand Canyon State, thanks to its best-known natural wonder: Grand Canyon National Park—combines a desert- and mountain-dotted landscape with increasingly cosmopolitan cities to form one of the United States' best places for exploring the outdoors mere minutes from bustling downtowns. In Phoenix, Arizona's modern capital, enjoy baseball's sping training in March; hot air balloon rides over the city; tours of the city's burgeoning craft cocktail and farm-to-table dining scene; and helicopter flights. Meanwhile, nearby Scottsdale entices with its 200 golf courses and major tournaments. To the north, Sedona's red rocks are best enjoyed on Jeep tours of the open desert, while the Montezuma Castle National Monument offers an impressive display of Pre-Columbian cliff dwellings. To the south, Tucson serves as a melting pot of European, Mexican, and Native American cultures, all of which inform its architecture and gastronomy. If you really want to travel back into Arizonan history, take a custom tour of the original Apache Trail. And, of course, it's impossible to overlook the importance of the Grand Canyon National Park, home to some of the most awe-inspiring views in the world which can be marveled over on a helicopter tour from most Arizona cities.

Top 15 attractions in Arizona

Oak Creek Canyon

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The road that winds 16 miles (26 kilometers) through leafy Oak Creek Canyon is the most scenic route between Sedona and Flagstaff or the Grand Canyon. With dramatic red rock formations to either side, the gorge is an outdoor playground for camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and swimming.More

Grand Canyon West Rim

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The Grand Canyon’s West Rim, located just outside Grand Canyon National Park, is home to the vast Hualapai Indian Reservation and includes 108 miles (173 kilometers) of picturesque canyon views. The closest section of the canyon to Las Vegas, the West Rim is famous for the lofty Grand Canyon Skywalk, Guano Point, and Eagle Point.More

Old Town Scottsdale

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Old Town Scottsdale ranks among the Southwest’s top retail destinations, particularly for shoppers looking for Southwestern and Native American art and jewelry. The area is also home to the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of the West, and the Scottsdale Historical Museum.More

Camelback Mountain

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Visible throughout most of Phoenix, Camelback Mountain rises 2,704 feet (824 meters) above the Sonoran Desert. The red sandstone formation gets its name from its resemblance to a resting camel, and it’s one of the metro area’s most popular spots for hiking, rock climbing, and other outdoor adventures.More

Chapel of the Holy Cross

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Built directly into the side of a red-rock hill not far from downtown Sedona, the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a modern architectural marvel as well as a religious place for reflection. Visitors flock to the Roman Catholic chapel primarily to take in the outstanding views of Sedona’s awe-inspiring desert scenery.More

Desert View Watchtower

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Enjoy a sweeping panoramic view of the Grand Canyon from the historic Desert View Watchtower. Architect Mary Colter created the tower, built in the early 1930s, as an homage to the watchtowers built by the Ancestral Puebloan people who once inhabited the Four Corners area. The murals inside were painted by a local Hopi artist.More

Bell Rock

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Bell Rock is a colorful bell-shaped red rock formation set in the desert outside of Sedona. The area is home to popular hiking trails, wildlife—keep an eye out for coyote and fox tracks—and vista points overlooking the surrounding valley and rock formations. The site is also known as an energy vortex and is a popular meditation destination.More

Grand Canyon South Rim

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The South Rim is the most popular area of Grand Canyon National Park, boasting easy access to the canyon, the bulk of available amenities and services, and the panoramic vistas for which the natural wonder is famous. One of the most famous attractions in the American Southwest, the area offers breathtaking views over the Colorado River and the chance to immerse yourself in Native American culture.More

Tlaquepaque Arts and Shopping Village

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Get a feel for the art scene of Sedona and pick up unique gifts at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village. Located along the banks of Oak Creek, this picturesque outdoor shopping complex and artist community is home to more than 45 art galleries, boutiques, and specialty shops selling hand-made crafts and one-of-a-kind artistic creations.More

Cathedral Rock

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This towering 4,965-foot (1,513-meter sandstone butte stands sentinel over Sedona’s red rock landscape. An icon of Arizona, its image is often emblazoned on postcards and tourist materials. The formation draws camera-toting visitors who want to capture the sight as well as hikers who trek up the short-but-steep Cathedral Rock Trail.More

Grand Canyon Visitor Center

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The National Geographic Visitor Center is both a gateway to the Grand Canyon and a destination in its own right. Conveniently located near the South Rim entrance, the center makes a logical first stop at Arizona’s iconic landmark. Visit the center for guidance on your trip, and to experience its IMAX Theater, cafe, and exhibits.More

Wupatki National Monument

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Walk in the footsteps of the Native American tribes who built their pueblos in the deserts of the American Southwest at Wupatki National Monument. For thousands of years, tribes like the Anasazi and Sinagua lived in these rugged deserts, and among the myriad pueblos left behind is Wupatki Ruin, one of the largest and most elaborate in the region. It was three stories tall and had almost 100 rooms when the Sinagua people built it about 800 years ago. Along with exploring the ruins of a dozen pueblo villages, visitors can also hike the easy Doney Mountain Trail to the top of a volcanic cinder cone, and the visitor center has exhibits describing the culture and history of the people that lived here.More

Glen Canyon Dam

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In 1964, the Colorado River’s roaring waters needed to be harnessed, so the towering 710-foot-tall (216 meter) Glen Canyon Dam was built. The resulting 186-mile-long (299 kilometer) Lake Powell, the second largest man-made lake in the US, took 17 years to fill to capacity. Today, the dam provides hydroelectric power to the American West.More

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

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The red rim and colorful slopes of the Sunset Crater set it apart amongst the surrounding pine forests of Northern Arizona. The Sunset Crater erupted less than 1000 years ago, making it the youngest volcano on the Colorado Plateau. You can learn about the eruption’s effects on the landscape and historic populations on a visit to the park.More

Cameron Trading Post

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A popular stop en route to the Grand Canyon, the historic Cameron Trading Post combines American Indian art and culture with a modern travel stop. Browse the expansive souvenir shop, eat at the restaurant, or even stay overnight in the hotel—all while experiencing the traditional food, crafts, and decore of Navajo and Hopi tribes.More

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Top activities in Arizona

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Centipede Tour - Guided Arizona Desert Tour by ATV
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Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pickup
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Centipede Tour - Guided Arizona Desert Tour by UTV
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Grand Canyon Signature Hummer Tour with Optional Sunset Views
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Sedona Vortex Tour by Jeep
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Recent reviews from experiences in Arizona

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I did this on a whim. I...
Anonymous, Nov 2022
Gold Rush - Guided Hiking & Gold Panning Tour
The area we panned for gold in was beautiful and this is a great way to see a part of Arizona not everyone gets to see!
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Great tour
Amy_R, Sep 2022
Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Private Luxury Car Tour
It was definitely worth the time and trip outside of Sedona to see more of the beauty in Arizona.
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Majestic Grand Canyon
Ruth_S, Aug 2022
Small-Group Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix
Awesome experience of one of the world’s unique places to see and experience.
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Great experience! Such an...
Lyndsey_D, Aug 2022
Centipede Tour - Guided Arizona Desert Tour by ATV
We went with friends and it was a great way to see the Arizona desert while having a fun time!
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What a great way to see...
Michael_W, Jul 2022
All inclusive Sedona Join in Wine Tour 200+ 5 star reviews!
What a great way to see Arizona wine country!
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enjoyable evening!
Susan_I, Jul 2022
Starlight Ride on Verde Canyon Railroad
We all enjoyed it and got to see some scenery we wouldn't have otherwise had the opportunity to view.
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Awesome Experience! Well with the cost!
Juli_T, Jun 2022
Grand Canyon Day Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon
What a great stress free way to see some of the wonders in Arizona.
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A good tour to visit some beauties of Grand Canyon and Sedona
Nisar_E, Jun 2022
Grand Canyon Day Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon
A friendly tour guide, and good spots to visit in Arizona.
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Worth it!!
austin_w, Jun 2022
Salt River Kayaking Trip
My and my girlfriend wanted to find something relaxing to do outdoors while being able to see the beauty of Arizona.
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Adventure of a lifetime
Lindsay_F, Nov 2022
Small Group Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Trip From Phoenix
I have dreamed of getting to see the Grand Canyon since I was a kid--the helicopter experience is a MUST!
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An amazing wonderful day!
Joanie_E, Nov 2022
Small Group Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Trip From Phoenix
Mike and Joanie English
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Fun Desert Experience
Kelli_E, Oct 2022
3-Hour ATV and Shooting Combo
This is an amazing way to see the Arizona desert.
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Great trip, great driver
Barbara_A, Oct 2022
Small Group Apache Trail Day Tour with Dolly Steamboat from Phoenix
While driving to our first stop, Jason provided very detailed background information on the areas we were going to visit as well as Arizona in general.
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What an experience
Kieona_J, Aug 2022
Small Group Antelope Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix
I mean pictures are one thing but to see it in person is another feeling.
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Best way to visit for a day trip
Andrea_G, Jun 2022
Small-Group Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix
We have always wanted to see the Grand Canyon in person and found this day trip while searching options in the Phoenix area.
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(AAA) An Amazing Adventure
paul_w, Jan 2022
3-Hour ATV and Shooting Combo
It was my Son's 21st Bday and he wanted to visit the Grand Canyon so I thought this might be a good attraction for him.
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Amazing place to see
Joe_M, Nov 2021
Half Day Tour of Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon from Page Arizona
I highly recommend to see both upper and lower canyons.
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Perfection…seeing the Grand Canyon on this tour 🥰
Jim_Z, Oct 2021
Comprehensive Grand Canyon Tour from Sedona w/Lunch
We stayed in Sedona and wanted to see the Grand Canyon…this tour was absolutely perfect!
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A Spectacular Day with Breathtaking Views
Sharon_D, May 2021
Small-Group Grand Canyon Complete Tour from Sedona or Flagstaff
Lunch on the grounds hearing the waterfalls as you enjoy the great tasting food .
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Amazing Tour
Amber_I, May 2021
Small-Group Grand Canyon Complete Tour from Sedona or Flagstaff
Never rushed us but we got to see & learn so much about Arizona & especially the Grand Canyon.
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