One of the biggest attractions in America, and certainly in the state of Arizona, is the spectacular Grand Canyon. This incredible landscape, carved out by the Colorado River, reveals the power of nature and and the wonder it can create.
The canyon walls glow a variety of colors in the late afternoon sun, with hues of orange, red, yellow, and everything in between. Most visitors see the canyon from the South Rim, where there are numerous lookout areas all along the road and walkway running along the canyon's edge.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
The Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is a stunning area of blue water, desert landscape, and dramatic stone walls. In addition to Glen Canyon, the area is also home to Lake Powell, one of the largest manmade lakes in the United States.
Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon and very popular photography location. Photos of Antelope Canyon can be found in almost every major gallery in Arizona.
The Wave is a sandstone formation with brilliant, undulating, colorful layers resembling waves. It is located close to the border between Arizona and Utah on the steep slopes of the Coyote Buttes and it is one of the top Arizona tourist attractions.
The Wave is very popular among photographers as well as hikers who love the challenging, rugged, trail-less hike they have to brave in order to reach their destination. The Wave consists of U-shaped troughs formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone during the Jurassic period.
Located close to the isolated village of Supai, the capital of the Havasupai Indian Reservation, Havasu Falls is a waterfall of the Havasu Creek which flows through the Havasupai land in the Havasu Canyon, a part of the Grand Canyon.
If you are looking for beautiful places in Arizona to visit on vacation, this place is amazing. Of the various waterfalls on the Havasu Creek, Havasu Falls is the most visited and most famous: it drops 100 feet (30 meters) down a vertical cliff into a beautiful blue green pool.
The color comes from the high amount of calcium carbonate in the water. Visiting the village, the creek, and the waterfalls is popular but requires a two to three day hike.
Hoover Dam is a concrete dam located in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada. Once known as Boulder Dam, it was built between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression, and was the largest dam at the time it was built. Thousands of men worked and more than one hundred people died during its construction.
Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park is a great place to experience the desert landscape around Tucson and see the famous saguaro cacti up close. The park has two sections, an east and a west portion, located on the east and west side of Tucson, approximately a half hour drive apart. Both offer great opportunities to see the desert flora and fauna with roads and hiking trails.
Visitors can do a self drive tour through the valley, take a guided tour or photography tour, or simply appreciate some of the views from the passing highway.
One of the many destinations for the adventurous is the Horseshoe Bend, a horseshoe-shaped bend that the Colorado River forms as it meanders around the town of Page, about five miles from Lake Powel and the Glen Canyon Dam.
The best way to see Horseshoe Bend is from the high cliff above the river, which can be reached by a mile and half hike from U.S. Route 89. It is a one thousand-foot drop to the river from the overlook.
Cathedral Rock, Sedona
Cathedral Rock, Sedona is one of the most famous landmarks in the U.S. and one of the best places to visit in Arizona. It is located in Yavapai County in the Coconino National Forest. The rock is carved from red sandstone created from sand dunes around the ancient Pedregosa Sea.
Barringer Crater is a meteor crater near Winslow, Arizona, a popular tourist destination, and the source of endless speculations about the origin of this perfectly round giant hole in the ground.
The first person to venture a guess that the hole was created by an impact from a meteor was Daniel Barringer, who gave it the name and whose family also owns the crater and the surrounding land.
The big hole is 4,100 feet in diameter and 570 feet deep. It was created about 50,000 years ago by an asteroid about 130 feet wide. Scientists believe that the asteroid was a part of a larger asteroid that broke apart while passing through the atmosphere.
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Montezuma Castle is an awe-inspiring National Monument about 50 miles from Flagstaff, which tells the story of the intelligence, ingenuity, and resilience of people who built it thousands of years ago.
It is a five-story dwelling cut into the soft limestone cliffs of Beaver Creek Canyon that is located 100 feet above the canyon floor.
The castle consists of twenty very well preserved rooms built by fieldstone glued together by mud and clay mortar. Montezuma Castle National Monument is one of the top things to do in Arizona.
Bisbee, 90 miles southeast of Tucson, is located on the slopes of the Mule Mountains, and it was founded in 1880 as an Old West mining camp.
It was one of the richest mining towns in the world. With the riches, the town population grew to more than 20,000 people at the beginning of the 20th century.
The lively town had a library, opera house, ball fields, and the first golf course, along with 47 saloons. By the mid 1970’s, the mine closed, the miners left, and the artists and free spirits started moving in, as they found the spectacular nature and colorful history inspiring and attractive.
Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness
Located in northern Arizona and southern Utah, the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness is a large area of canyons, cliffs, and plateaus. Covering 112,500 acres the wilderness lies in the dry Colorado Plateau area of Arizona’s Coconino County and Utah’s Kane County.
The area is known for the amazing beauty of its red streaked rocks cliffs, especially the 3,000 foot high Vermilion Cliffs, its sandstone arches, and its wildlife.
Backpacking, camping, hiking, and photography are the most popular activities here, and visitors are often able to see the beavers, bobcats, coyotes, deer, fox, mountain lions, and bighorn sheep that live in the area.
The Wave on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes is one of the most popular places to visit.
Papago Park is a city park in Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona. Consisting of 1,200 acres in Phoenix and 296 acres is Tempe, the park is a hilly area known for its red sandstone formations, its giant saguaro cacti and other desert plants, small lakes, biking paths, hiking trails, and much more.
Canyon de Chelly National Park
The Paria Mountains
The Paria Mountains' 18 miles from Kanab, Utah in Hwy 89. Paria Wilderness, Utah, USA. These mountains are found beside a dirt road that connects to Highway 89 just before the Paria River. Hwy 89 takes you from Kanab Utah to Page Arizona.
The side of the mountains have spectacular colors (better that the Grand Canyon, Bryce, the Painted Dessert, the slot canyons and even White Pocket) due to their encrusted minerals like iron oxides, manganese, cobalt and others that geologists describe.
Supermoon at Point Imperial, Grand Canyon National Park
Beaver Falls on Havasu Creek
Beaver Falls is so unique that some argue its status as a waterfall. It is a series of cascading miniature falls that are located within roughly 25 feet of each other. The blue waters that feed this waterfall are from Havasu Creek.
Beaver Falls gets its name for its appearance resembling that of a beaver damn. The water flowing down the landscape is extremely shallow and not fit for swimming. In fact, even wading through these waters is a dangerous venture due to the force generated by the rapidly moving waters and the slippery limestone surface beneath.