Top 10 Arizona Attractions


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Planning for a vacation in Arizona this Year? Looking for fun things to do? We have been asked many times: What are the top places to see in Arizona? So here is our list of top 10 "Must-See" attractions in Arizona.

1: The Grand Canyon

The Grand CanyonThe Grand Canyon
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Interesting facts:
- Second largest canyon in the world. 18 miles wide and 277 miles long, made a national park in 1919.
- Around 6000 feet deep,800 million gallons of water flow through it per hour.
- Around 88 species of mammals, 250 - 300 species of birds, 25 types of reptiles.

Things to do:
Watch park orientation film, learn more about the nature, science, history and culture, hiking, rafting, search for one of the rarest birds in the world, hike the Rim Trail and bike the Greenway Trail, Grand Canyon Skywalk, AirStar Helicopter Tours.

Website:

www.nps.gov/grca

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2: The Colorado River

The Colorado RiverThe Colorado River
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Interesting facts:
- The Colorado River is 1450 miles in length.
- Spanish explorer Melchior Diaz was one of the first persons to explore the river in 1540, the river begins in the Rocky Mountains and flows into the Gulf of California (in Mexico).
- The Colorado River supplies water to over 25 million people and irrigates around 3.5 million acres of farmland.

Things to do:
Rafting, fishing, camping, exploring nature beauty.

Website:

www.go-arizona.com/Colorado-River

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3: South Mountain Park

South Mountain ParkSouth Mountain Park
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Interesting facts:
- World's largest municipal park, so much space nearly 17,000-acre facility.
- The park has meeting areas, variety of natural wonders like important plant species include saguaro cactus, brittlebrush, and palo verde trees.
- The park is also home to coyotes, foxes, snakes, lizards, and various birds.

Things to do:
Hiking, mountain biking and trail rides, horseback riding, enjoy the great scenery, many kinds of celebrations, small parties, meetings.

Website:

South Mountain Park

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4: Lake Mead

Lake MeadLake Mead
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Interesting facts:
- The largest reservoir in the U.S.A in maximum water capacity, about 24 miles from the Strip southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada.
- 112 miles long when the lake is full, 550 miles of shoreline.
- Around 500 feet at greatest depth, 247 square miles of surface, 28 million acre-feet of water.

Things to do:
Fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming, sunbath, hiking, wildlife viewing, wildlife photography.

Website:

www.nps.gov/lake

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5: Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix ZooPhoenix Zoo
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Interesting facts:
- First opened in 1962, 125 acres Zoo. 190.7% larger than the average of all Zoo's.
- 1,300 animals and 200 different species.
- 1,400,000 visitors are attracted to the zoo each year, It is one of the largest non-profit Zoo's.

Things to do:
See the monkey village, explore different species of animals, photography, many kinds of celebrations, parties.

Website:

www.phoenixzoo.org

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6: Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson Botanical GardensTucson Botanical Gardens
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Interesting facts:
- Non-profit Garden, group of 16 beautiful botanical gardens in Tucson.
- Unique and fresh gift shop, tours and classes available, patio cafe, offer educational and fun tours.

Things to do:
Photography, explore nature beauty, garden tours and walks with an expert birder to see birds on the Garden Trails, Butterfly Magic exhibit.

Website:

www.tucsonbotanical.org

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7: Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National ParkSaguaro National Park
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Interesting facts:
- First designated as Saguaro National Monument in 1933.
- The total area 91,442 acres.
- The park’s giant saguaros sometimes reach as much as 50 feet in height.

Things to do:
Museum exhibits informational slide shows, cactus garden, shops at a sales outlets, Hiking, Camping, Viewing wildlife.

Website:

www.nps.gov/sagu

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8: Sabino Canyon

Sabino CanyonSabino Canyon
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Interesting facts:
- Large waterfalls. In 1905, the Forest Service was created for the first time.
- Bridges over the Sabino Creek and a dam called the Sabino Dam was created and then after some time, in the year 1978, trams were created and started operating.
- See the canyon from a different view during the night; it is during this time when animals roam around on the cool floor of the desert.

Things to do:
Walking, hiking, riding, exploring wildlife, wildlife photography.

Website:

www.sabinocanyon.com

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9: London Bridge In Lake Havasu

London Bridge In Lake HavasuLondon Bridge In Lake Havasu
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Interesting facts:
- Built in 1831, 950 feet long, weights more than 30 tons.
- The historic bridge constructed in 1831 over the Thames River in London. In the 1920s engineers learned it was slowly sinking. The City of London put the historic bridge up for sale.
- The founder of Lake Havasu City, Robert McCulloch, purchased the London Bridge for just under $2.5 million with the intent of moving it to Lake Havasu as a tourist attraction.

Things to do:
Arizona boating and off-roading to hiking and fishing at lake havasu, explore the history & beauty of London Bridge.

Website:

www.golakehavasu.com

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10: Lake Pleasant

Lake PleasantLake Pleasant
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Interesting facts:
- Largest lake in the Phoenix area with 10,000 acres of water.
- 10-lane boat ramp, 1,000 boats, visitor center, a desert education center.

Things to do:
Water skiing, jet skiing, boating , sailing, fishing, biking, ,camping, and hiking, Swimming. Wind Surfing, kayaking, RV camping, tent camping.

Website:

Lake Pleasant

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