Discover the Magnificence that is Arizona
Often times underrated and overlooked, Arizona is a state rich in culture and magnificent in its natural landscape. Whether you want to adventure alone, bring along the family, or escape on a romantic getaway, Arizona beholds many opportunities to truly experience this destination.
Arizona is rich in southwestern, Native American, and Mexican culture. Enjoying the outdoors is a passion throughout the state as the landscape is its most attractive feature. Many Native American reservations offer visits to see their festivals and ceremonies. There are also numerous Hispanic neighborhoods offering authentic Mexican goods, foods, and fiestas.
English is the predominant language in Arizona, but the state is also known to have the largest number of speakers of Native American languages such as Navajo and Apache.
The climate varies significantly throughout the state due to its different elevations. The lower elevations have a desert climate with mild winters and extremely hot summers. The northern part of the state is on a plateau, giving it much colder winters and mild summers.
Deciding what sites to see and which attractions to visit can seem a bit overwhelming for a first-time visitor to Arizona. For this reason, I decided to give you a little assistance with the following 8 recommendations.
I’ll start with an attraction that is contrary to the typical imagery associated with Arizona - The London Bridge at Lake Havasu. This gorgeous bridge and lake are easy on the eyes and a great place for romance.
Next up, I have a gorgeous national monument. Serving as a naturalistic art piece, Montezuma Castle is absolutely jaw-dropping. You definitely need to check it out on your Arizona trip!
Monument Valley is an excellent place to have an adventure if you want to explore a vast sandy landscape. When the sun hits the rocks, the resulting shadows create picturesque scenery. You will also enjoy gazing at the towers — some of which are up to 1000 feet high!
Saguaro National Park
This iconic Arizona park is named after the Saguaro cactus. With over 150 miles of trails, this is the perfect place to visit for those excited to explore the desert wilderness.
The Town of Sedona
If you want to experience the culture of the local Native Americans, The Town of Sedona is an excellent stop. The sacred area is surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest and consists of a variety of shops and art galleries. You can take a quick hike and get an expansive view of the landscape.
Tumacacori National Historical Park
If you are fascinated by Spanish culture, you need to check out Tumacacori National Historical Park. Unlike many old buildings, each of the 3 mission communities hasn't been rebuilt. You get to explore historical ruins that were abandoned after 19th century Apache raids.
White House Ruins
The White House Ruins is located at Canyon de Chelly and is truly one of the most awe-inspiring places in Arizona. I highly recommend taking a guided tour through the areas. You will have a memorable adventure and be able to take lots of stunning pictures.
Though this list provides a wide variety of attractions, I decided to end by including a place representing idyllic desert Arizona. This place is the Sonoran Desert, a landscape that stretches out over 10,000 miles. Be warned though — the countryside is known as the hottest in the entire United States. If you want an authentic Arizona adventure, look no further than this exciting landscape.
As I said at the beginning, Arizona is an underrated destination. This list barely scratches the surface of all the things to go and do in this great state. I just hope that it’s enough to have perked your curiosity and sparked your wanderlust to consider Arizona as the location of your next memory-making vacation.
Don’t forget… No matter where in the world you’re looking to travel, always travel with a trusted travel advisor by your side. You are welcome to schedule a time on Kevin’s calendar to discuss your next dream vacation.