10 Reasons to Visit Arizona (Photos)

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Arizona – sunshine, heat, home to the Grand Canyon and Saguaro-filled Senoran desert… but what else? After a road trip driving the full length of the state of Arizona from the capital, Phoenix, through to Navajo Nation and beyond… here are the 10 best reasons to visit Arizona (like, now)….

Antelope Canyon

1. Antelope Canyon

This slot canyon in the north of Arizona is situated in Navajo Nation, just a short drive outside of Page. Needless to say, it’s reason enough to visit Arizona. You’ll need to book a tour in advance to avoid disappointment (you cannot visit the canyon unless with a Navajo guide), as they regularly book out a few days in advance.

Horseshoe bend arizona

2. Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River is a marvellous site to see – and best of all, it’s free to visit! Just drive up to the parking lot, walk about 10 minutes and you’re there. No barriers, no observation deck, just pure natural beauty. Combine this site with a visit to Antelope Canyon, as each attraction are just a few minutes drive apart.

Arizona Hot Air Balloon

3. The Senoran Desert

The Senoran desert is filled with Saguaro cactus’ – so if you’re looking for an authentic Arizonian desert adventure, look no further. A great place to base yourself for hiking in the area would be Scottsdale, AZ, a city located just outside of busy Phoenix.

hiking in Sedona

4. Sedona’s Hiking Trails

Perhaps nowhere is as pretty as Sedona and the surrounding area – so be sure not to miss this hidden gem on your Arizona adventures. There are oodles of great hikes in the area, so if you’re interested in getting outdoors and capturing those amazing views, be sure to spend a few days here. Great hikes: Devil’s Bridge, Bell Rock Trail, Cathedral Rock.

Sedona Devils Bridge

5. Devil’s Bridge

This attraction is perhaps the safest dangerous-looking natural wonder you will find. It is around 40 minutes to hike from the parking lot (each way), and is best viewed at golden hour (the hour before sunset). Just be sure to pick up the pace on the way back, as you don’t want to be hiking in the dark.

Ghost Town Jerome

6. Ghost Town, Jerome

For something fun and different, be sure to stop into Jerome when driving North or South between Phoenix and Sedona. The nearby ghost town attraction is a fun stop to break up the trip, and the fudge shop in the town itself is well worth a visit! Entrance fee: $5 per adult.

Grand Canyon Arizona

7. Grand Canyon

A UNESCO World Heritage site that needs no introduction – the glorious Grand Canyon. If you’re driving the length of Sedona, approach the Canyon from the South entrance and escape the hoards of tourists visiting on a day trip from Las Vegas (who approach from the West entrance). Flights over the Canyon take off from Tusayan, the small town just before you enter the National Park. Entrance fee: $25 per car / 7 day pass.

Active Arizona

8. Outdoor Activities

If you’re an adventurer at heart, there are endless opportunities to spark your interest in Arizona. Consider yourself fulfilled with so many outdoor activities to choose from including kayaking, white water rafting, hot air ballooning, bike riding, motorbike riding, 4-wheel driving, and oodles of hiking trails.

Mexican Food, Saguaro

9. THE FOOD

It would be a disservice to talk about the glorious Southwest and not mention the food. Oh, THE FOOD! Due to the close proximity to Mexico, you will find fantastic Mexican eats in and around Phoenix & Scottsdale. Head further South to Tucson and you’ll find even more flavoursome, fantastic eats.

Saguaro Scottsdale

10. Scottsdale

If you’re flying in from afar to start your Arizona adventures, consider staying just outside of busy downtown Phoenix in the nearby neighbouring city of Scottsdale. This affluent neighbourhood is bursting with oodles of great restaurants, hotels, art, and many activities to keep you busy. It is a little more low-key than busy Phoenix and with summer deals to attract more visitors in the warmer months, you can score a luxury hotel for bargain prices (less than half price!!!).

 

All photos: @worldwanderlust on instagram

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

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    Christina

    April 13, 2016

    Arizona is definitely on my bucket list! Wonderful photos.

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    Ashley

    August 10, 2015

    You did justice to my hometown (Scottsdale) and state. I’m so glad you loved it here! I love reading your blog. Keep it up!

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    Martyns Edward

    June 14, 2015

    Wao!, the pics are quite impressive. I would surely add Arizona on my menu list when next I visit the USA.

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    Brittany Stopa

    June 10, 2015

    Everyone raves about Arizona, about all of the gorgeous natural wonders if has to offer. If I wasn’t convinced before, I certainly am now that Arizona is a must-visit destination!

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    Christie

    May 22, 2015

    All of your photos are amazing! I haven’t visited Arizona yet, but I will be going to the Grand Canyon in October and I’m so excited! Unfortunately I won’t be able to visit any of these other places in Arizona then but I’ll definitely need to plan another trip back at some point 🙂

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    Angelica Barragan

    May 21, 2015

    Fyi- In Arizona, it’s called the Sonoran Desert, not Senoran. other than that, yes Arizona is beautiful. Sedona is my absolute favorite.

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    Deb

    May 20, 2015

    Last year we did a 14 day ‘all-paddle’ river rafting trip down the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River. It was our best vacation ever! A trip that shouldn’t be missed. You also raft to Phantom Ranch which is beautiful and can only be gotten to by river, mule, or hiking down the Bright Angel Trail. Since we got their by river raft we didn’t hike the trail, but that is next on our bucket list. They have cabins that you can book, but book out at least a year in advance. They also serve the best steak dinner at their commisary! Absolutely a trip not to be missed. Enjoy!!!

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    Lee

    May 19, 2015

    Fantastic images! Makes me want to go there…

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    Claire @ TallGirlBigWorld

    May 19, 2015

    I’ve visited Arizona 3 times in the past and have loved each trip! The Grand Canyon is absolutely gorgeous, and I’d recommend visiting it in the Fall/Winter. Initially, it’s cold at the top, but once you start hiking it warms up very quickly (up to 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit even in December).

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    Kari

    May 19, 2015

    I love visiting Arizona during the Winter and Spring. The weather and natural beauty are such a respite from the rest of the country.
    Kari

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    Emily Thompson

    May 19, 2015

    I’m heading to Arizona next year, so this is perfect! Thanks for the tips!
    -Emily

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    Sarah

    May 19, 2015

    Wow, thanks for sharing this list! I can’t wait to incorporate some of these places (like the Devil’s Bridge) into my Southwest road trip plan 🙂

    -Sarah

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    Lara von Linsowe-Wilson

    May 19, 2015

    I used to live in and around Phoenix, Arizona (for about 7 years), so this totally makes me homesick! Hope I get to visit again soon.

    xoxo,
    Lara
    Sea Foam & Diamonds

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    Shelby

    May 19, 2015

    Always wanted to see the Grand Canyon! Didn’t know Arizona had some many cool sights

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    Kelly | The Wandering Blonde

    May 19, 2015

    Arizona is such a great place to explore within the US, and you’ve hit the nail on the head with some of the top places to explore. Sedona is such a beautiful place!

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    Susanna

    May 18, 2015

    Whenever I road tripped across the US, Arizona and NM were always my favorite states to be in. Most people are surprised when I tell them that. I guess they assume that it is a desert and desert is boring. Horrible misconception! The desert scenery is some of the prettiest landscape in the USA, and do not even get me started on the FOOD!

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    Faruk

    May 18, 2015

    Really wonderful lifestyle. I always dream to visit more countries without any worry. Maybe one day 🙂

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    Vanisha

    May 18, 2015

    Such amazing photos! Arizona is most definitely on my list! 🙂

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    Janina

    May 18, 2015

    Its pictures likes these that make me really hard to believe that places like this exists! So beautiful 🙂
    XO Janina

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    Staci

    May 18, 2015

    Hi Brooke,

    As an Arizona native gal, I just have to let you know that our desert is actually the Sonoran (not Senoran)–and yes, I agree that it’s very beautiful and unique. I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed Arizona…

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    Megan

    May 18, 2015

    Your pictures of Arizona have inspired me this last week! Taking off to that lovely place for Memorial Day weekend. 🙂

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    Camille

    May 18, 2015

    I’ve only been through Arizona once when driving from Las Vegas to Zion National Park in Utah, but I was seriously impressed by the natural beauty!

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    Amy Airlines

    May 18, 2015

    Wow, so beautiful! The Ghost Town looks like fun too!

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    Sunny Rolfs

    May 18, 2015

    So beautiful! I wanted to plan a road trip from Southern California to the Grand Canyon, but it seemed difficult to find things in between those 2 points.

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    Allie

    May 18, 2015

    It was a pleasure meeting you at the farmer’s market in Scottsdale. Glad you enjoyed your stay here!

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    Julia

    May 18, 2015

    I love the Grand Canyon so much, I remember when I stood in front of it for the first time it completely took my breath away. There is so much hiking to do in Arizona which is what I love about it. And, it’s easy to visit! I’m a born and raised California girl 🙂

    Julia

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    Kati Rose

    May 18, 2015

    Arizona had never much been on my travel radar until I started blogging. Then I realized just how out of this world gorgeous it is. How that’s not more of a known thing I will never understand.

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    Saakshi Kumar

    May 18, 2015

    The places look so amazing. The pictures look exciting. 🙂
    Definitely, Arizoma is one of the must visit places in this world to visit before you die. 🙂

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    Malena Permentier

    May 18, 2015

    Wow, this looks incredible!

    X Malena

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    Lisa @ Strum Simmer Sip

    May 18, 2015

    Beautiful pictures! I’ve been dying to go to Antelope Canyon (and the Grand Canyon of course) but had some trouble finding accommodations for the summer. Booking in advance is key!

    Lisa

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    vonny

    May 18, 2015

    SO SO SO BEAUTIFUL! add it to my bucketlist :)) amazing pics

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    Kate

    May 18, 2015

    I’m going to add Arizone to my Travel Bucket List! This place looks like so much fun.

    x Kate

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    selina

    May 18, 2015

    Your Photos are amazing! they make me want to book next flight to Arizona 😀

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    Sara

    May 18, 2015

    You’re making me want to pack my bags RIGHT NOW for a cross-country road trip… Arizona looks so beautiful!

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