While it is often associated with cowboys, desert wastelands and huge, open lands, Arizona is a state that is seriously misunderstood by a lot of people. Sure, there are some cowboys, and yes, there are large expanses of land, and it absolutely is a desert… but that Arizona has a whole lot more to offer than that. From adventures in Grand Canyon River Rafting to hiking the Petrified Forest, Arizona is truly an incredible state. If you want to learn more about what this southwestern state has to offer, keep on reading because you won’t believe how amazing this state really is.
Things to do in Arizona
Whether you are visiting Tempe or Phoenix, Scottsdale or Sedona, there are so many things to see and do in Arizona. The truth is, a visit to this state is an experience like no other.
Here is a look at some of the biggest reasons why people flock to this southwestern state.
Grand Canyon National Park. Without a doubt, one of the most popular attractions in the state of Arizona is the Grand Canyon. One of the natural wonders of the world and the bulk of it is located in Arizona. You will have the opportunity to take in some of the most awe-inspiring views you will ever see in your life in Arizona. Whether you enter Grand Canyon National Park in Flagstaff or Williams, you decide to simply take in the views from above or traverse down to the bottom, experiencing this natural wonder is, without a doubt, Number One on the list of reasons to visit Arizona.
The Petrified Forest. Head to Navajo and you can experience another amazing wonder; the Petrified Forest. This National Park is prized for its huge deposits of petrified wood. The sights here are simply breathtaking. You will have the opportunity to see an amazing collection of fossils in their natural state, particularly fallen trees that existed some 225 million years ago in the Late Triassic period. This park is truly a sight to behold.
The Painted Desert. Located in the Four Corners regions and the Navajo Nation, the Painted Desert is yet another geological wonder in Arizona. It encompasses nearly 94,000 acres of the badlands and there are rocks of every color; dark red lavender, orange, pink, gray… it’s certainly a sight to behold.
Lake Havasu. Known as ‘Arizona’s Playground,’ Lake Havasu is an oasis in the dessert. Enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, water sports and just soaking up the sun and the beauty of Arizona at this popular vacation destination.