Arizona Bucket List

Arizona is full of cool things to see and do, with everything from sweeping vistas to scenic hikes, funky artists colonies to relaxing resorts, historical monuments to only-in-Arizona museums. Below are the must-do items to add to your bucket list when traveling to Arizona.

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Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon yawns across a remote part of Arizona roughly 80 miles from the closest towns, such as Flagstaff and Tuba City. If seeing the majestic canyon is your top priority, the best option is to stay at Grand Canyon Village, a historic town on the canyon’s Southern rim built for the sole purpose of accommodating tourists. A designated national historic landmark, the village was built in 1901 when the Santa Fe railroad established a route and depot through the park. For a complete Grand Canyon experience, stay at the one of the historic and eco-friendly lodges within the park grounds. The company that manages the lodges is authorized by the National Park Service to provide visitor services, and can arrange guided trips and park-sponsored adventures.

Sedona

Whether you only have a few hours in Sedona or an entire weekend or week to explore, you’ll find something to remember. Vortex sites and outdoor destinations make for great hikes, walks and adventures. Closer to town, museums and shops speak to the artist in all of us. If you are just passing through there is also a scenic drive to try.

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Monument Valley

Head into the vast landscape of northeastern Arizona and it’s as if you’ve entered another world. Highways roll endlessly along plains with not a soul in sight. The land rises imperceptibly, cliffs reveal themselves in the distance. Further exploration uncovers a canyon where ancient people once made their homes, and where some live still. The road leads on to a magical place where rocky monoliths burst from the desert floor. Those lucky enough to wander the lands of the Navajo and Hopi people will find treasures that exist nowhere else.

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Lake Powell: Lake Powell draws visitors year-round with its arid desert climate and warm temperatures. While winter months are perfect for chugging along in a houseboat and sunning on the deck, the summer months can reach 100 degrees or more, ideal for a plunge into the lake’s cool waters.

Antelope Canyon: For visitors who prefer to keep their feet on the ground, Upper Antelope Canyon, a small slot canyon a few miles from Page and Lake Powell, is intimate and up close. You can touch its surrealistic beauty and feel the wind that has carved the undulating curves over the past 180 million years.

Horseshoe Bend: The Horseshoe Bend hike, meanwhile, shows how time and pressure have morphed the former sand dunes into intricately striated sandstone, cocked at crazy angles and eroded into weird, otherworldly shapes. It’s a strange and primeval landscape, where you half expect to see a pack of dilophosaurs stalking their prey.

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Bisbee: Maybe the only thing more improbable than the town of Bisbee springing up on the sides of a steep canyon amid the Mule Mountains is that it still is there. Much like its artsy counterpart Jerome in central Arizona, Bisbee reinvented itself in the mid-1970s when its underground and open-pit mining operations ground to a half. Now Bisbee, in southeastern Arizona, is like a big interactive museum with historic buildings, walkable streets, shops and terrific places to eat and stay.

Tombstone: In nearby Tombstone, history is a part of the fabric of everyday life, one that draws visitors from all over the world. Re-enactments, museums and tours are big business here. The “Town Too Tough To Die” survives on its history. The O.K. Corral, site of that infamous gunfight, charges an adult admission of $10 for re-enactments. The gift shop is filled with tchotchkes emblazoned with the O.K. Corral logo.

Havasu Falls

Thirty miles west of Grand Canyon Village, a place so beset by hordes of tourists and motorized vehicles that its name could be Grand Central Canyon, is a world apart. It is the serenely spectacular home of the Havasupai Indians, whose reservation lies within a side canyon of northern Arizona’s great gorge. Most visitors to the village of Supai, the heart of the reservation, come on foot. The most remarkable feature of a trip to the home of the Havasupai is the three big waterfalls. In stunning, spectacular succession come Navajo Falls, Havasu Falls and then Mooney Falls. The falls’ turquoise waters give the tribe its name: ha for water, vasu for blue-green and pai for people. The color comes from the limestone that is highly concentrated in the tumbling waters.

 

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