Places to Visit in Arizona
Arizona is a southwestern state in the United States with the capital in Phoenix, which is also the largest city there. This state is very rich in culture and history, home of the Grand Canyon National Park, numerous national forests, national parks and national monuments. About one quarter of Arizona is federal land which serves as home of the Navajo Nation, the Hopi tribe, the Tohono O’odham, the Apache tribe, the Yaqui peoples and various Yuman tribes like the Yavapai people, the Quechan people and the Hualapai people.
When looking for the best places to visit in Arizona, nothing beats a trip to the Grand Canyon National Park, an American symbol known world-wide. One of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is a UNESCO World Heritage Site 277 miles long and 18 miles wide. With its amazing colors and rock formations, the Grand Canyon offers one of the most spectacular views on Earth. If this isn’t enough for you, then it’s time to visit the Colorado River and Horseshoe Bend. From the lookout point on Route 89 near the town of Page, the Colorado River almost doubles back upon itself, leaving a tall column of rock standing in the middle. This smaller canyon is surrounded by steep cliffs dug by the river which is only stopped in its course by the Hoover Dam.
Next on the most amazing places to visit in Arizona is the Meteor Crater, which is just what its name says. Also known as the Barringer Crater, this is a massive hole in the earth caused by the impact of a meteor some 50,000 years ago. The crater is almost 600 feet deep and over a kilometer in diameter and it’s probably the best preserved site of this kind. On our list of places to visit in Arizona there’s also the Phoenix Zoo, one of the top five favorite zoos in the USA. Here you can find over 1,300 animals which can be viewed from four themed trails: the Children’s Trail, with a petting zoo, the Africa Trail, the Tropics Trail with rainforest animals and the Arizona Trail with indigenous plants and animals.
Furthermore, tourists in Arizona shouldn’t miss the Saguaro National Park, a place of protected wilderness of desert and mountains embellished by towering cacti, snowy peaks and gorgeous sunsets. Here you can enjoy seeing wild tortoises, black bears and the poisonous Gila monster lizard. Other important attractions are the Arizona State Capitol, the Coconino National Forest, the Sonora Desert Museum, the Mission San Xavier del Bac or the Heard Museum of Native Culture and Art.