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Welcome to Arizona

Arizona—also known as the Grand Canyon State, thanks to its best-known natural wonder: Grand Canyon National Park—combines a desert- and mountain-dotted landscape with increasingly cosmopolitan cities to form one of the United States' best places for exploring the outdoors mere minutes from bustling downtowns. In Phoenix, Arizona's modern capital, enjoy baseball's sping training in March; hot air balloon rides over the city; tours of the city's burgeoning craft cocktail and farm-to-table dining scene; and helicopter flights. Meanwhile, nearby Scottsdale entices with its 200 golf courses and major tournaments. To the north, Sedona's red rocks are best enjoyed on Jeep tours of the open desert, while the Montezuma Castle National Monument offers an impressive display of Pre-Columbian cliff dwellings. To the south, Tucson serves as a melting pot of European, Mexican, and Native American cultures, all of which inform its architecture and gastronomy. If you really want to travel back into Arizonan history, take a custom tour of the original Apache Trail. And, of course, it's impossible to overlook the importance of the Grand Canyon National Park, home to some of the most awe-inspiring views in the world which can be marveled over on a helicopter tour from most Arizona cities.

Top 10 attractions in Arizona

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Historic Route 66

Historic Route 66

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Spanning eight states and 2,448 miles (3,940 kilometers), Historic Route 66 has become a cultural icon, immortalized in song and on the silver screen. This romanticized road trip from Chicago to Santa Monica offers drivers an inside look at classic America—kitschy roadside attractions, diners, historic motels, and plenty of 1950s nostalgia.More
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Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale

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Old Town Scottsdale ranks among the Southwest’s top retail destinations, particularly for shoppers looking for Southwestern and Native American art and jewelry. The area is also home to the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of the West, and the Scottsdale Historical Museum.More
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Camelback Mountain

Camelback Mountain

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Visible throughout most of Phoenix, Camelback Mountain rises 2,704 feet (824 meters) above the Sonoran Desert. The red sandstone formation gets its name from its resemblance to a resting camel, and it’s one of the metro area’s most popular spots for hiking, rock climbing, and other outdoor adventures.More
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Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon

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The road that winds 16 miles (26 kilometers) through leafy Oak Creek Canyon is the most scenic route between Sedona and Flagstaff or the Grand Canyon. With dramatic red rock formations to either side, the gorge is an outdoor playground for camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and swimming.More
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Wupatki National Monument

Wupatki National Monument

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Walk in the footsteps of the Native American tribes who built their pueblos in the deserts of the American Southwest at Wupatki National Monument. For thousands of years, tribes like the Anasazi and Sinagua lived in these rugged deserts, and among the myriad pueblos left behind is Wupatki Ruin, one of the largest and most elaborate in the region. It was three stories tall and had almost 100 rooms when the Sinagua people built it about 800 years ago. Along with exploring the ruins of a dozen pueblo villages, visitors can also hike the easy Doney Mountain Trail to the top of a volcanic cinder cone, and the visitor center has exhibits describing the culture and history of the people that lived here.More
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Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

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Situated on Navajo land in the Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona, Antelope Canyon is one of the most-photographed slot canyons in the United States. Formed by water rushing through the rock over the course of millions of years, this natural wonder has two separate sections—the deep-but-narrow Upper Antelope Canyon (also known as Spiral Rock Arches) and the Lower Antelope Canyon (Hasdeztwazi).More
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Coconino National Forest

Coconino National Forest

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The towns of Flagstaff and Sedona both sit within the Coconino National Forest, a 1.9-million acre area of protected land fringed by four additional national forests. Many of the natural attractions around Flagstaff can be found within Coconino National Forest, such as the San Francisco Peaks—including the 12,600-foot Humphreys Peak—and the Sunset Crater National Monument. Visitors can find ample outdoor adventures within the forest, from fishing and swimming holes along Wet Beaver Creek to hiking and biking on red rock trails like those around Carroll Canyon.More
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Lake Powell

Lake Powell

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Lake Powell is a reservoir—the second-largest man-made reservoir in the United States, actually—in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area on the border of Arizona and Utah. Known for its many sandy beaches, sparkling blue water, and red-rock landscapes, this fun vacation spot is one of Arizona’s top attractions. Some of the lake’s famous features include the Glen Canyon Dam (located in Arizona) and the Rainbow Bridge National Monument, one of the world’s longest natural bridges (located in Utah).More
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Chapel of the Holy Cross

Chapel of the Holy Cross

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Built directly into the side of a red-rock hill not far from downtown Sedona, the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a modern architectural marvel as well as a religious place for reflection. Visitors flock to the Roman Catholic chapel primarily to take in the outstanding views of Sedona’s awe-inspiring desert scenery.More
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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

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The Grand Canyon is a humbling testament to nature’s power. Carved by the mighty Colorado River, this northwestern Arizona wonder is 277 miles (444 kilometers) long and more than a mile (1.6 kilometers) deep. It’s no wonder Grand Canyon National Park is one of America’s most popular attractions, with over 6 million annual visitors.More

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Top activities in Arizona

45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona
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Lower Antelope Canyon Ticket

Lower Antelope Canyon Ticket

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Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure

Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure

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Upper Antelope Canyon Ticket
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Upper Antelope Canyon Ticket

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Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Tour from Sedona
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Grand Canyon Signature Hummer Tour with Optional Sunset Views
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Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride in Phoenix with Breakfast
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Grand Canyon Day Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon
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Guided ATV Tour of Western Sedona
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Sedona Vortex Tour by Jeep

Sedona Vortex Tour by Jeep

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Scenic Sedona Tour
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Scenic Sedona Tour

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Salt River Kayaking Trip

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Recent reviews from experiences in Arizona

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Amazing!
Lindsay, Jul 2021
Small Group Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Trip From Phoenix
The helicopter ride was truly a lifetime experience and the best way to see the grand canyon for three first time.
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Grand Tour!!
Sharde_S, May 2021
Small-Group or Private Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix
I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Arizona and wanting to visit the Grand Canyon, worth every penny!
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A Spectacular Day with Breathtaking Views
Sharon_D, May 2021
Small-Group Grand Canyon Complete Tour from Sedona or Flagstaff
Lunch on the grounds hearing the waterfalls as you enjoy the great tasting food .
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Amazing Tour
Amber_I, May 2021
Small-Group Grand Canyon Complete Tour from Sedona or Flagstaff
Never rushed us but we got to see & learn so much about Arizona & especially the Grand Canyon.
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Exciting tour through beautiful Arizona desert
Robert_N, Apr 2021
Sonoran Desert 2 Hour Guided ATV Adventure
Great chance to see more of the beautiful Arizona desert.
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Great, 100% worth it!
Alexxa_Y, Apr 2021
Grand Canyon Complete Day Tour from Sedona or Flagstaff
Definitely worth doing to see the scenery, and if you are unfamiliar with the area, you’ll experience a lot of things you wouldn’t have on your own!
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Favorite Spring Break activity!!!
Julie_S, Apr 2021
Classic River Run on the Verde Guided Kayak Tour from Cottonwood
This was our most favorite experience as a family during our Spring Break in Arizona.
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Awesome day-trip to "wine country"
kim_q, Jun 2021
Day Trip Wine Tour from Phoenix to the Verde Valley
This is an amazing opportunity to visit one of Arizona's hidden gems, and you do so in style!
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Great Trip to the Grand Canyon
Melissa_S, May 2021
Small-Group or Private Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix
I got to see a good part of Arizona.
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So Great, I rode it 2x in 1 week
Porter50, May 2021
Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure
Highly recommend for anyone who wants to see the breathtaking views of the terrain and history of this part of NW Arizona.
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So glad we took this tour
Young_K, Apr 2021
After Dark Desert Tour and Navigating the Night Sky
He was able to show us everything to see in the night sky.
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Worth the trip!
Peter_C, Nov 2020
Historic Bike Tour in Tucson
This was a fun way to see Old Tucson and the University of Arizona campus.
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Amazing full day trip!
Sandra_P, Nov 2020
Grand Canyon Day Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon
It’s a full day trip towards the end you’ll be tired but it’s definitely worth it if you have a day to see Grand Canyon, part of Sedona, and the village.
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Trip of Excellence!
Earl_T, Feb 2020
Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure
We would definitely recommend this trip to anyone looking for a unique way to see some of the picturesque beauty of Arizona.
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The tour was very interesting. I...
Jacks, Nov 2017
Small-Group or Private Deluxe Phoenix and Scottsdale Day Trip
I learned a lot about Arizona and had the chance to see Chase Field, Hole in the rock and the Capitol Building and monuments.
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This was a fantastic trip. There is...
Tom S, Oct 2016
Grand Canyon South Rim by Airplane with Ground Tour
There is no better way to see a lot of Arizona and the Grand Canyon.
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This your was awesome, I had a...
Ariel H, May 2017
Phoenix Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise
Great way to see Arizona.
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This trip was really good fun. We...
shadylady35, Dec 2013
Small Group or Private Tombstone & San Xavier Mission Day Trip from Phoenix
We had time to visit Big Nose Kates Saloon for lunch and then watch the Gun Fight at the OK Coral.
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Absolutely a wonderful experience...
Michael M, Apr 2009
Small Group Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Trip From Phoenix
Prior to the tour, I worried a day was not enough time to see much.
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Unforgettable Trip- The BEST Guide
Elizabeth_O, Dec 2020
Full-Day Guided Trip to The Grand Canyon from Phoenix
We got to see things that I didn't know existed, like the cave dwellings known as Montezuma's Castle.
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