Arizona Travel

Although mostly desert, Arizona has a huge range of tourist attractions. Whether you’re after rafting down the Grand Canyon, shoot-outs in Tucson and Tombstone, or missile launching and space research, there’s something of interest. Here are some facts, trivia, and information that may be of interest to visitors traveling to Arizona.

Tombstone, Arizona

“The town too tough to die.” Tombstone, Arizona has a fascinating and violent past and is truly a historical American landmark. Founded in 1879 in…

Arizona Ghost Towns – Klondyke

Arizona has its share of “Ghost Towns” and Klondyke is one of them.  Located in Graham County the town has only about a dozen residents…

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument – Coolidge, Arizona The Casa Grande Ruins are the remains of a “Great House” that probably appeared around 1350.  It…

Border Town of Nogales, Arizona

Nogales, Arizona Nogales is a community that is located on the southern boundary of Arizona, borders Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. It is a major international gateway…

Things to do in Southern Arizona

Many have attractions that are just what you expect to find; the Sonoran desert beauty, ghost towns, birding, hiking, and biking. However, don’t miss the…

Arizona Dude Ranches

Guest Ranches in Arizona This type of lodging is also now known as “Guest Ranches where you can enjoy horseback activities on miles of open…

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Lake Mead National Recreation Area – Lake Mead, Arizona Explore Lake Mead National Recreation Area. If you love spending time in the outdoors, Lake Mead…

Kofa National Wildlife Refuge

Discover Desert Wildlife at the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona Kofa National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona is an outstanding attraction if you enjoy viewing…

Cheap Date Destinations in Scottsdale

Looking for romantic but cheap things to do in Scottsdale? Easy access to a high-end lifestyle helped Scottsdale earn its nickname as Arizona’s Most Livable…

Arizona’s Superstition Mountains

Hiking and Exploring Arizona’s Superstition Wilderness Area The Superstition Mountains, located near Phoenix, Arizona, offer both hikers and treasure-seekers hours of fun and excitement. At…

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

Arizona Desert and Frank Lloyd Wright Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West offers a striking example of the architect’s theory of organic architecture applied to the…

Boulders Resort & Spa in Carefree, AZ

A beautiful resort in Arizona The Boulders is a remarkable place. Remarkable because it is a hotel that is built into the Sonoran Desert landscape….

Arizona Kitsch on Highway 40

Stewart’s Petrified Wood and Rock Shop Midway between Holbrook and the Painted Desert, you see the first sign of the singular lifestyle a few hardy…

Free Things to Do in Scottsdale, Arizona

Entertainment and Recreation Around Old Town “Old Town” Scottsdale is a Phoenix-area hub for nightlife, shopping, and the arts. It is also ripe with activities…

Arizona Ghost Towns – Jerome

Largest Ghost Town in America – Jerome, Arizona It is a town that at one time was the 4th largest community in Arizona and then…

Visit Flagstaff, Arizona

For many visitors of northern Arizona, Flagstaff is a town they remember passing through on their way to the Grand Canyon. But Flagstaff has so…

Arizona’s Route 66 Trivia

Facts about this picturesque stretch of America’s Highway Although most of Route 66 has been bypassed by the interstate, some of the scenic transcontinental roads…

Arizona Outdoors Vacation

Grand Canyon, Slide Rock State Park, Kartchner Caverns Plan an outdoors getaway to Arizona and see the natural beauty of this southwestern US state; from…

Walnut Canyon National Monument

Historic Cliff Dwellings in Arizona A mere 7 miles east of Flagstaff is a place where the Pueblo Indians carved out a home for themselves,…

Petrified Forest National Park

Living Museum of the Painted Desert in Arizona The wood is scattered everywhere and actually looks like a rock. Here and there you can come…

Clothing-Optional? Arizona Nude Resorts

Naked Truth About Clothing-Optional Resorts in Arizona Arizona with its beautiful year-round climate should be an ideal clothing-optional vacation destination, but there is only a…

Arizona Travel Facts & Trivia

  1. You can’t visit Arizona without visiting the Grand Canyon. It’s every bit as incredible as it’s been hyped to be, and the truly brave can try white-water rafting along with it. Be warned, though – the rapids hit Grade 10 in places.
  2. The state plays host to many Native American people, and to get a taste, head to the annual Navajo Nation Fair in September. It is held on the vast Navajo Indian Reservation.
  3. Biosphere 2 in Tucson is a self-sufficient mini-earth, although many pour scorn on those claims to self-sufficiency, and there have been teething problems in the past.
  4. Those wanting to get in touch with their spiritual side should head to Sedona. Amongst the New Age community, it is revered for its ‘energy vortexes’ and thus it proves a magnet for hippy types. Expect the state’s highest concentration of beards and sandals.
  5. The Kitt Peak National Optical Observatory near Sells is the largest of its kind in the world. If little green men are to be discovered by anything, then this is it this monstrous research center.
  6. Well, either it’ll be at Kitt Peak or the Flagstaff Observatory. The latter has previous on this score – it was here that Pluto was first spotted. And, even though Pluto is no longer graded as a planet, that’s still a pretty good claim to fame.
  7. Sells is also home to a big missile launch site, and weaponry fanatics can check out the Titan Missile Museum.
  8. The town of Winslow is namechecked in Takin’ It Easy by The Eagles.
  9. The original London Bridge is no longer in London, England. It’s in Lake Havasu, Arizona after being bought by an American businessman and shipped over. An English-themed village has sprung up around it as a tourist attraction.
  10. If you’re into your Wild West re-enactments, head to the aptly-named town of Tombstone. This was where the infamous gunfight at the OK Corral took place, and now the shoot-out is restaged for tourists every day by stuntmen.
  11. Shoot-outs were also once held at the Old Tucson Studios, which used to be a major film set for western movies. Tucson also plays host to the Center for Creative Photography
  12. Old Oraibi has been continually inhabited since the 12th century. This would arguably make it the oldest town in the United States.

Arizona Travel Guide

For scenery on a grand scale, there are few places in the world to rival the American Southwest. Within the wide-open spaces of Arizona, there’s a wealth of spectacular sights and haunting landscapes familiar as the backdrop of countless Westerns. The highlight of any visit to Arizona is undoubtedly the awesome Grand Canyon, while the stunning Red Rock country of Sedona, the Sonoran Desert around the resort cities of Phoenix and Scottsdale, and the extraordinary multi-colored Painted Desert and Petrified Forest are equally memorable. Here are provided some Arizona travel ideas to make your travel to Arizona an exceptional one.

The main tourist attraction in Arizona is the breathtaking beauty of the Mogollon Rim, a region of ancient volcanoes and earthquakes, and prehistoric oceans. This 300-mile long, 7,000-foot high rock formation dominates Arizona’s northern landscape. This is a perfect place for a getaway to experience majestic landscapes including alpine forests, over a dozen lakes, and mountain rivers and streams. The unpaved General Crook Trail was built to connect Arizona’s military holdouts during the Apache Wars, and now hosts hikers and bikers who may spend up to several days exploring the area in isolation. Along this trail, one will find a network of trails and roads leading to the sources of the state’s four rivers, which offer some of the best fishing in the country as well as lazy days spent sunbathing along the banks.

For winter sports enthusiasts, the White Mountains beckon from November through April. Skiers will adore the White Mountain Apache Tribe’s Sunrise Park Resort, which boasts three towering peaks with over 65 runs and provides facilities for beginners to masters. For the avid golfer, this area is a paradise offering several stunning clubs that highlight the landscape making use of the rugged landscape. The town of Alpine hosts an 18-hole course that is one of the most beautiful in the state, as well as the highest course in the Southwestern United States at an elevation of 8,500 feet.

The city of Prescott serves as the state capital and as an interesting diversion from outdoor pursuits. One can spend days here browsing the many antique shops, unique boutiques, art galleries, and artisan shops. Don’t miss Courthouse Plaza and the historic Palace Saloon on Whiskey Row. For some engaging Arizona history, check out the Sharlot Hall Museum which displays three renovated Victorian mansions, a one-room schoolhouse, and the fabulous Territorial Governor’s Mansion and Rose Garden.

A scenic mountain road climbs the Sierra Prieta Mountains through the world’s largest Ponderosa Pine forest to the historic mining community of Jerome, with several abandoned mineshafts dotting the surrounding mountains. Jerome was once a bustling city producing millions of dollars worth of precious minerals and has become a haven for artists and unique shops, galleries, and restaurants. Further down the Verde River Canyon, don’t miss Montezuma Castle National Monument showcasing the well-managed ruins of a five-story, 20-room cliff dwelling built almost 1,000 years ago by the region’s native Sinagua people. Montezuma well is nearby, a sinkhole with a deep pool of cool, crystal clear water.

Although not as mountainous, southern Arizona radiates outstanding landscapes, interesting cultures, and stark contrasts. The state’s Spanish heritage is very evident here. South of Tucson, be sure to visit the Mission San Xavier del Bac, an 18th-century church recently restored by artists from the area’s Indian nations along with a team of Italian preservationists. The San