While Arizona is most known for being home to the Grand Canyon, the entire state is awash with incredible natural sights and scenery that offer all kinds of awesome outdoor activities. Besides the iconic Monument Valley and lovely Lake Mead, it also contains countless other famous spots such as Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and the colossal Canyon de Chelly.
Located in the southwest of the States, it is bordered by California, Nevada, Utah, and New Mexico with Mexico lying just to the south. While much of the state consists of endless desert and dramatic plateaus and canyons, some sparkling lakes do punctuate its sun-scorched terrain as does the mighty Colorado River which winds its way here and there.
Due to all its striking landscapes, scenery and nature, Arizona has long been popular with outdoor enthusiasts who come to hike, bike and horseback ride about its numerous national parks and nature reserves. While the aforementioned spots all attract lots of people, just as many head to both Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Petrified Forest National Park.
Aside from taking in the gigantic, jaw-dropping features of the Grand Canyon, visitors to Arizona also have a number of great cities to check out. While its vibrant capital Phoenix has thriving arts, culture, and nightlife scenes to delve into, nearby Scottsdale is the place to go if you want to relax at a spa, play golf, or explore ‘The West’s Most Western Town’.
Set amidst stunning red sandstone rock formations, Sedona is also well worth visiting for its unique New Age spiritual vortices and art galleries as is the lively college town of Tucson which is instead known for its interesting cultural sights and historic landmarks.
Many people also take unforgettable road trips along Route 66 which passes through Flagstaff with Arizona also being known for its Native American history, culture, and heritage with 22 reservations to be found dotted about the state.