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The southwestern American state of Arizona is a city with an abundance of natural beauty. The hot weather and sunny days are perfect for people visiting from the colder regions. The stunning rock formations, the long stretches of deserts, and the Grand Canyon are not the only attractions of this city. While Arizona is known for its warm climate, there are plenty of skiing opportunities too. Often known as the city of contrasts, Arizona has more to offer than meets the eye.
Famous for the Grand Canyon, Arizona is also nicknamed The Grand Canyon State. Offering some of the most striking rock formations, the Grand Canyon was beautifully carved out by the Colorado River thousands of years ago. The collection of spectacular cliffs and ridges, bathed in the golden hue of the sun at dusk and dawn, is sure to leave you amazed. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers completely different views from the north and the south rims. To make the most of your trip, you can even hike through the trails or book helicopter flights over this majestic natural wonder. The Sonoran Desert in Arizona is also a place worth visiting, where the saguaro cactus grows naturally.
Scottsdale is a city worth visiting if you're looking for a place to relax and let loose. With the most spas per capita in all of America, you can stretch out on the poolside to get a bronze tan and let yourself unwind. Not only that but Scottsdale is also known for its golfing opportunities and the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. The state is also well-known for its culinary arts. Restaurants in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Flagstaff, and Sedona can give the ones in New York a run for their money. So visit Arizona and experience it all first-hand!
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Horseshoe Bend is a horseshoe-shaped incised meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, United States. It is also referred to as the "east rim of the Grand Canyon. "Horseshoe Bend is located 5 miles downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about 4 miles southwest of Page. It is accessible via hiking a 1.5-mile round trip from a parking area just off U.S. Route 89 within southwestern Page.
Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Day Tour from Flagstafffrom $259 USD
The Grand Canyon North Rim Headquarters is a historic district on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Established from 1926 through the 1930s, the district includes examples of rustic architecture as applied to employee residences, administrative facilities and service structures.
45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizonafrom $319 USD
Starting at the North Rim Entrance Road, the paved road to Cape Royal travels through a mixed forest of ponderosa pine, douglas fir and quaking aspen. In autumn—the best time to visit in my opinion—the golden leaves of aspen trees shimmer when the wind blows through the forest adding to the already spectacular scene.
You can visit the North Rim between May and October or fight the tourist trap at the west rim, but we found the South Rim had magnificent views, as well as great hiking trails and infrastructure. Out of the three rims, North, South, and West, the South Rim is popular among travelers as it’s easily accessible and the viewpoints and hikes are stunning. The West Rim might be more convenient, but if you’re looking for more things to do, South Rim is the best option. The north rim of the Grand Canyon is less visited and more wild and the south rim has more touristy things to do and see.
Small Group Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Trip From Phoenixfrom $454 USD
The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a Roman Catholic chapel built into the buttes of Sedona, Arizona. The chapel is under the episcopal see of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix and its ministry is conducted by St. John Vianney Parish, Sedona.
Sedona and Grand Canyon Single Day Tourfrom $245 USD
Cathedral Rock is a natural sandstone butte on the Sedona skyline and one of the most-photographed sights in Arizona, United States. The rock formation is located in the Coconino National Forest in Yavapai County, about a mile west of Arizona Route 179, and about 2.5 miles south of the "Y" intersection of Routes 179 and 89A in uptown Sedona. The summit elevation of Cathedral Rock is 4,967 feet .The Cathedral Rock trail is a popular short, steep ascent from the Back O' Beyond trailhead to the saddle points or "gaps" in Cathedral Rock.Geologically, Cathedral Rock is carved from the Permian Schnebly Hill formation, a redbed sandstone formed from coastal sand dunes near the shoreline of the ancient Pedregosa Sea. Ripple marks are prominent along the lower Cathedral Rock trail, and a black basalt dike may be seen in the first saddle.Cathedral Rock was called "Court House Rock" on some early maps, and Courthouse Butte was called "Church House Rock", which has caused endless confusion ever since.
Sedona Helicopter Tour: Desert Thunder Tourfrom $289 USD
Red Rock Loop Road is located in West Sedona and the entire loop is 8 miles long. It is best in the afternoon, when the sun illuminates the west side of Cathedral Rock. The view from the road is fantastic but there are several overlooks to visit on the drive. Lover’s Knoll offers a beautiful view. I had fun photographing Cathedral Rock with this juniper tree.
Private 4-Hour Tour of Sedona with pickup/drop-offfrom $137.19 USD
You can find the Devil’s Bridge Trailhead along highway 89A in the Coconino National Forest. If you decide to park at the Dry Creek Road parking lot, a Red Rock Pass is required, which costs $5.00. If you park at the Devil’s Bridge Trailhead, a pass isn’t required.
Work off lunch with an easy hike on Soldier’s Pass famous for two unique landscape features —Devil’s Kitchen and the Seven Sacred Pools. Devil’s Kitchen is a natural sinkhole, and the Seven Sacred Pools are a group of natural ponds.
One of the best spa resorts in Sedona, L’Auberge de Sedona is an oasis of tranquility. Natural beauty surrounds you at this elegant resort modeled after a French country inn, made up of private hillside units with breathtaking views and cozy cottages in the woods on the banks of Oak Creek in the heart of Red Rock Country. While it’s close to Sedona’s main street, as it’s tucked away in an especially tranquil setting, you’ll feel as if you’re worlds away. Creekside cottages boast wood-burning fireplaces and outdoor cedar showers, while the contemporary guest rooms are equipped with balconies or patios along with wood furnishings that combine to give it a rustic feel, albeit with high-end, modern amenities. Cress on Oak Creek offers Southern European cuisine and beautiful creek views, while 89Agave Cantina boasts authentic Mexican cuisine and a daily happy hour.
Grand Canyon Day Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek Canyonfrom $178 USD
Oak Creek Canyon is a river gorge located in northern Arizona between the cities of Flagstaff and Sedona. The canyon is often described as a smaller cousin of the Grand Canyon because of its scenic beauty. State Route 89A enters the canyon on its north end via a series of hairpin turns before traversing the bottom of the canyon for about 13 miles until the highway enters the town of Sedona.
eBike Adventure Tour - Village of Oak Creekfrom $295 USD
Arizona State University is a public research university on five campuses across the Phoenix metropolitan area, and four regional learning centers throughout Arizona. ASU is one of the largest public universities by enrollment in the U.S. As of fall 2019, the university had nearly 90,000 students attending classes across its 4 metro campuses, more than 38,000 students attending online, including 83,000-plus undergraduates and more nearly 20,000 postgraduates. The university is organized into 17 colleges, featuring more than 170 cross-discipline centers and institutes. ASU offers 350 degree options for undergraduates students, as well as more than 400 graduate degree and certificate programs.ASU's charter, approved by the board of regents in 2014, is based on the "New American University" model created by ASU President Michael M. Crow upon his appointment as the institution's 16th president in 2002.
Small-Group or Private Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenixfrom $194 USD
Houses minerals, gems, fossils from Arizona and around the world. It also has a six-story Foucault pendulum; local fossils including Colombian mammoth remains excavated in 1985, 1997 and 1999; real dinosaurs, a giant-extinct fossil shark over 7 feet tall (to be featured on the National Geographic Channel in 2009) a rare T-rex brain cavity and cast and many other rare and extinct fossil mammals including saber-toothed cats. The museum also features several large meteorites from the ASU Center for Meteorite Studies; Ore minerals and crystals from the many Arizona open-pit and underground mines, a gemstone exhibit and a 6-foot tall amethyst geode at the museum entrance. Other exhibits include: Volcanology; Mineralogy, Geology of Arizona; Rocks of the Grand Canyon and Arizona's State Fossil: Fossil wood from the Petrified Forest proposed by 2 former ASU Geology faculty members in 1988.
Half-Day Private Grand Canyon Guided Hiking Tourfrom $289 USD
Old Main is the second building on the campus of Arizona State University, in Tempe, Arizona. It was built in 1898, 14 years before Arizona became a state. In 1985, Old Main was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Has glass cases set into the hallways that house dozens of reptiles, including a comprehensive sampling of the poisonous snakes of Arizona.
25-minute Grand Canyon Dancer Helicopter Tour from Tusayan, Arizonafrom $289.87 USD
A vast collection housed mostly underground in the center of campus. It has many unique features, including the only Child Drama collection, various exhibits, and rare and valuable works available to the public through the Luhrs reading room. Where else can one walk in and request to see a page from a Gutenberg Bible?
The Mars Space Flight Facility is located at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. The facility is a research center in Arizona State University's School for Earth and Space Exploration. Scientists, researchers, and students there specialize in using instruments on spacecraft at Mars for remote sensing research primarily concerning the geology and mineralogy of the planet. The instruments based at the facility include the Thermal Emission Imaging System on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter and two Miniature Thermal Emission Spectrometers on the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity.
Private 6 or 8 Hr "Awaken to You": Journey & Sedona Vortex Tour (Specify 6/8 hr)from $777.77 USD
The Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium is a multipurpose performing arts center in Tempe, Arizona within the main campus of Arizona State University . The auditorium, which bears the name of former ASU President Grady Gammage, is considered to be one of the last public commissions of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The Gammage stands as one of the largest exhibitors of performing arts among university venues in the world, featuring a wide range of genres and events. The Auditorium is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Desert Botanical Garden is a 140-acre botanical garden located in Papago Park, at 1201 N. Galvin Parkway in Phoenix, central Arizona. Founded by the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society in 1937 and established at this site in 1939, the garden now has more than 50,000 plants, in more than 4,000 taxa, one-third of which are native to the area, including 379 species, which are rare, threatened or endangered. Of special note are the rich collections of agave and cacti , especially the Opuntia sub-family. Plants from less extreme climate conditions are protected under shadehouses.
Scottsdale Desert Classic Hiking Adventurefrom $145 USD
The Phoenix Zoo opened in 1962 and is the largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the United States. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the zoo was founded by Robert Maytag, a member of the Maytag family, and operates on 125 acres of land in the Papago Park area of Phoenix. It has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride.The zoo has over 1,400 animals on display and contains 2.5 miles of walking trails. It is divided into four main themed areas or trails: The Arizona Trail , the Africa Trail , the Tropics Trail , and the Children's Trail, which includes a petting zoo.The zoo has been conservation minded from its inception.
Phoenix Zoo Admission Ticketfrom $23 USD
Tempe Town Lake is an artificial perennial reservoir located just north of Tempe Butte at the confluence of the intermittent Salt River and the ephemeral Indian Bend Wash in Tempe, Arizona, United States. The reservoir receives much of its water from the Colorado River via the Central Arizona Project. On July 20, 2010, a portion of the west side of the dam that contained the water in the lake collapsed, sending a flood of water into the Salt River and draining the lake.
Small Group or Private Tombstone & San Xavier Mission Day Trip from Phoenixfrom $164 USD
The Tempe Beach Park is located right in the middle of Tempe and is super close to downtown. Tempe Beach Park gotta be one of the best places in the country to run. Tempe Beach park also offers a boat rental kiosk here where you can rent an electric pontoon boat, a kayak or a paddle boat.
The Arizona Science Center is a science museum located in Heritage and Science Park in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Home to over 350 permanent hands-on exhibits, the Center provides 400,000 annual visitors with interactive experiences. Aside from the permanent exhibitions, Arizona Science Center has featured a number of nationally traveling exhibitions. Along with daily demonstrations throughout the Center, the Center provides shows in the Dorrance Planetarium and in a five-story, giant screen IMAX Theater.
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city in Arizona, with 1,680,992 people . It is also the fifth-most populous city in the United States and the largest state capital by population, and the only state capital with a population of more than one million residents.Phoenix is the anchor of the Phoenix metropolitan area, also known as the Valley of the Sun, which in turn is part of the Salt River Valley. The metropolitan area is the 11th largest by population in the United States, with approximately 4.73 million people as of 2017. Phoenix is the seat of Maricopa County and the largest city in the state at 517.9 square miles , more than twice the size of Tucson and one of the largest cities in the United States.Phoenix was settled in 1867 as an agricultural community near the confluence of the Salt and Gila Rivers and was incorporated as a city in 1881.
Centipede Tour - Guided Arizona Desert Tour by ATVfrom $99 USD
Flying down Lincoln Blvd, which is one of the loveliest streets in all of Phoenix, Paradise Valley, and Scottsdale combined, I race towards the mid-century modern Hotel Valley Ho to start my week in Old Town Scottsdale. Old Town Scottsdale is a great vibe, clubs and restaurant scene is top shelf. There’s also “what if Old Town Scottsdale and Fulton Market fell in love, and decided to spice up their relationship by inviting Downtown Milwaukee into a throuple” Old town Scottsdale gotta be one of the worst places on planet earth
Party Bike Pub Crawl of Old Town Scottsdalefrom $59 USD
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in the state of Arizona is a museum in the Old Town district of downtown Scottsdale, Arizona. The museum is dedicated to exhibiting modern works of art, design and architecture. The Museum has four galleries that house various exhibitions, curated from their growing permanent collection and rotating shows. Knight Rise skyspace, by Arizona artist James Turrell, is permanently on view.
Hotel Valley Ho is a historic hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona. Also called the Valley Ho and, for 28 years, the Ramada Valley Ho, the hotel was originally designed by Edward L. Varney, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright. It first opened in 1956 with a forward-looking and futuristic design. Movie stars and famous baseball players stayed, and the building quickly became known for its trendsetting guests and its fashionable atmosphere.
The Phoenix Art Museum is the largest museum for visual art in the southwest United States. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, the museum is 285,000 square feet . It displays international exhibitions alongside its comprehensive collection of more than 18,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design. A community center since 1959, it hosts festivals, live performances, independent art films and educational programs year-round.
The Heard Museum is a private, not-for-profit museum located in Phoenix, Arizona, United States, dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art. The museum presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, as well as exhibitions of traditional and contemporary art by American Indian artists and artists influenced by American Indian art. The Heard Museum collaborates with American Indian artists and tribal communities on providing visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art of Native people, especially those from the Southwest. The mission of the Heard Museum is to be "the world's preeminent museum for the presentation, interpretation and advancement of American Indian art, emphasizing its intersection with broader artistic and cultural themes."
The Japanese Friendship Garden is a Japanese stroll garden located in Phoenix, Arizona. The garden encompasses 3. 5 acres and includes a tea garden and tea house. It is a joint project of the sister cities of Phoenix, Arizona, and Himeji, Japan.
Grand Canyon University is a for-profit, private, Christian university in Phoenix, Arizona. Based on student enrollment, Grand Canyon University was the largest Christian university in the world in 2018, with 20,000 attending students on campus and 70,000 online.Grand Canyon was established by the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention on August 1, 1949, in Prescott, Arizona, as Grand Canyon College. In 1999–2000, the university ended its affiliation with the Southern Baptist Convention. Suffering financial and other difficulties in the early part of the 21st century, the school's trustees authorized its sale in January 2004 to California-based Significant Education, LLC, making it the first for-profit Christian college in the United States.
Be sure to take a walk around this amazing piece of historic architecture set in downtown Phoenix. Built in 1929 in the Spanish Baroque style, this building feature intricate murals and moldings.
The Phoenix Police Museum is located on 2nd Ave & Jefferson Street, on the 1st floor of the Historic Phoenix City Hall. The museum highlights the history of the Phoenix Police Department from 1881, when Henry Garfias, was elected the first city marshal to the present. The museum also has an exhibit which explains the connection between the Phoenix Police and the "Miranda Rights". There are various educational exhibits in the museum some of which the community can participate and have an interactive experience.
The Arizona Historical Society is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect people through the power of Arizona's history. It does this through four regional divisions. Each division has a representative museum. The statewide divisions are as follows: Southern Arizona Division in Tucson, the Central Arizona Division in Tempe, the Northern Arizona Division in Flagstaff, and the Rio Colorado Division in Yuma.
Grand Canyon Caverns, Route 66 with Electric Vehicle Museum & Lunchfrom $119 USD
The University of Arizona Museum of Art is an art museum in Tucson, Arizona, operated by the University of Arizona. The museum's permanent collection includes more than 6,000 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings with an emphasis on European and American fine art from the Renaissance to the present. The museum is located on the UA's campus near Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard. Admission is free to UA students, faculty, and staff with student ID.
The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block is an art museum and art education institution located in the Presidio District of downtown Tucson, Arizona. The museum comprises 74,000-square-feet of exhibition space over a four-acre city block that includes a contemporary main museum and 19th C. historic homes that have been adapted for reuse as the Museum restaurant, pottery school, and galleries. The Museum concurrently presents eight to nine exhibitions including international and traveling exhibitions, TMA-curated exhibitions, and ongoing exhibitions of permanent collections. TMA's collection of more than 8,000 objects is focused on modern and contemporary art, Latin American, Western and Native American, and Asian art.
The house at 145–153 S Main St, Tucson, Arizona, officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the Sosa–Carrillo–Fremont House, is known locally for its association with John Charles Frémont, former Territorial Governor of Arizona. The house was originally listed on the National Register as the John Charles Fremont, Casa del Gobernador, House in 1971, but the official listing name was later changed to Sosa–Carrillo–Fremont House to better reflect the building's association with several important families in the region's history. The building is also known as the Carrillo House, the Leopoldo Carrillo House, and the Carrillo–Frémont House. The building is now owned by the Arizona Historical Society and is operated as a museum.
The Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, Arizona, United States, was founded in 1997, by Julia Latane, James Graham, and David Wright. The museum was founded to create a permanent institution for contemporary art in Tucson's arts district. Originally housed in the HazMat building on Toole Avenue, the museum relocated to the former Fire Department building on Church Avenue in 2010.
El Tiradito is a shrine and popular local spot located at 420 South Main Avenue in the Old Barrio area of Downtown Tucson, Arizona. The shrine consists of the crumbling remains of a brick building, with a large metal rack for candles and desert plants now occupying the interior. Large, glass-encased candles, frequently depicting saints of the Roman Catholic Church are lit and left burning at the shrine, both on the stand and along the ledges of the building. Small slips of paper containing prayers or messages of thanks are also often pressed into cracks in the walls or left elsewhere at the shrine, as are other memorial objects.
Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Day Tour from Flagstafffrom $259 USD
Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Small-Group Tour from Sedona or Flagstafffrom $284.51 USD
Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Day Adventure from Scottsdale or Phoenixfrom $360 USD
Small Group or Private Antelope Canyon Day Trip from Phoenixfrom $370 USD
Antelope Slot Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Day Tour from Sedonafrom $284.51 USD