Arizona Top 10 Attractions

Arizona may have been the last of the 48 contiguous United States, but it offers plenty of options for visitors from near and far. The fame of the Grand Canyon draws in visitors, but the remaining natural features, museums, and family attractions encourage them to stay longer. You can enjoy outdoor adventure, play a round of golf, relax in a spa, go shopping, appreciate Native American culture, or catch your favorite sports team in action. Arizona offers attractions for families and individuals alike, making it the perfect option for groups of any size and all ages. Here is an overview of the top places to visit in Arizona.

1: Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon
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This vast natural formation, often considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, is actually a gorge carved out of the region's sandstone bluffs by the Colorado River. Visitors can access the Grand Canyon on either the North or South Rim; the former is more remote, and the latter provides tourists with a variety of ways in which to take in this breathtaking formation. Mule rides are a popular way to experience the Canyon, though visitors also enjoy the many hiking trails that are available.

Address: Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Website: www.nps.gov

2: Sedona

Sedona
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Mitch Heider

People flock from all over the world to experience Sedona's gorgeous sandstone formations. In the rosy glow of sunrise and sunset, the rocks appear even more brilliant. Combined with the arid desert atmosphere, Sedona's environment lends itself to spiritual practices and draws thousands of people each year for yoga festivals and synchronized meditation. More conventional spirituality resides in the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a chapel built into the surrounding rocks. There are also a variety of music festivals, including bluegrass, jazz, and chamber music, held each year.

Address: Sedona, AZ

3: Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Even if you've never been to Arizona, you'll likely have seen Monument Valley in a number of popular films. Situated in the midst of Navajo territory, the sandstone eminences have become the defining feature of the American West due to films such as Once Upon A Time In The West, Stagecoach, and The Searchers. Various features in the valley have attained their own fame because of their recognizable shapes, including The Mittens and The Totem Pole.

Address: US-163, Monument Valley, UT 84536

4: Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam
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This feat of modern engineering was constructed in 1931 and completed during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt. It was constructed as a means by which to contain the flooding of the Colorado River, as well as to provide water to the desert inhabitants surrounding it. There is no shortage of impressive trivia regarding this structure. It contains enough concrete to run a two-lane road across the entire United States from Seattle to Miami, is thicker at its base than two American football fields put end-to-end, and stands taller than the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C.

Address: Hoover Dam, Nevada 89005
Website: www.usbr.gov

5: Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix Zoo
Photo Courtesy: Flickr/Martin Ely

This privately owned non-profit zoo is the largest of its kind in the United States. Animals in the zoo's collection hail from various regions of the world, including Africa and the tropics, and even featuring a section dedicated to the animals of Arizona. Visitors experience these different regions via trails that make up 2.5 miles of walking area throughout the zoo. Arguably the zoo's most famous resident, Ruby the Elephant gained a reputation in 1973 for her ability to paint with a brush and canvas.

Address: 455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008

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