Arizona

United States of America
Arizona

Arizona is the home of some of America’s most iconic natural landmarks, but its lively cities prove that there is more to the state than its canyons and valleys.

Picture Arizona in your head and you will most likely imagine sights such as the Grand Canyon or the cinematic Monument Valley. These world-famous attractions are rightly celebrated for their eye-catching, dusk-red beauty. Yet Arizona offers more than these famous sights; a trip here could include explorations of ancient cliff-side houses, unusual museums and laid-back, modern cities.

Explore the cliffs of Arizona to find the remains of 12th-century settlements carved out of the rock. Sinagua Indians inhabited these dramatic homes in places such as Montezuma Castle and Walnut Canyon, where you can still find remarkably well-preserved dwellings.

Of course, no trip to Arizona is complete without a trip to the Grand Canyon, 277 miles (446 kilometers) of gorges carved over millennia by the Colorado River. Head to the busy South Rim for easy access to the canyon and an informative visitor center or drive a longer route to the quieter North Rim.

Marvel at the natural beauty of Monument Valley, the iconic location of several westerns, and the man-made majesty of the Hoover Dam. Allow yourself to feel overwhelmed by the wave-shaped crevasses of Antelope Canyon.

Take your family to the museums and attractions in Arizona’s welcoming cities. Sunny Phoenix is one of the state’s cultural hubs, offering multiple theaters and performance venues. Make sure you visit the Phoenix Art Museum, the Musical Instrument Museum and the Heard Museum, which focuses on Native American communities in the Southwest.

Tucson has outdoor museums, cactus-covered desert landscapes and Old Tucson Studios, a theme park built around a western movie set. Visit Flagstaff for access to the mountains, Meteor Crater and the Lowell Observatory, where you can stargaze at night.

Fly to Phoenix or Tucson for the easiest route into Arizona. The best time of year to visit Arizona depends on your destination. The desert cities offer a warm escape from winter, while the Grand Canyon is at its busiest in summer. Come in spring or fall for quieter and milder days at Arizona’s stunning landmarks.

Popular cities in Arizona

Downtown Phoenix featuring a garden
Phoenix
Known for Sports, Golf and Theaters
In Arizona’s capital city, discover a lively downtown, many outstanding museums, fascinating Native American historical relics and stunning natural beauty.

Reasons to visit

  • Musical Instrument Museum
  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West
Sedona showing landscape views and mountains
Sedona
Known for Hiking, River view and Scenery
The Red Rock Country of Arizona is famed for its Native American history, incredible landscape and outdoor activities.

Reasons to visit

  • Bell Rock
  • Slide Rock State Park
  • Chapel of the Holy Cross
Northern Arizona featuring street scenes
Flagstaff
Known for Dining, Hiking and Universities
A great base from which to explore the Grand Canyon National Park and the Arizona Snowbowl, this town offers adventure all year round.

Reasons to visit

  • Oak Creek Canyon
  • Meteor Crater
  • Lowell Observatory
Grand Canyon showing a gorge or canyon and tranquil scenes
Grand Canyon
Known for Excursions, Hiking and Nature
One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World is just a stone’s throw from Las Vegas and the perfect respite for a side trip.

Reasons to visit

  • Yavapai Point
  • Mather Point
  • Bright Angel Trailhead
Tucson
Tucson
Known for Universities, Mountains and Sports
Arizona’s second-largest city is known for its desert landscapes, mountainous regions, science scene and cosmopolitan culture.

Reasons to visit

  • Tucson Botanical Gardens
  • Tucson Museum of Art
Prescott
Prescott
Known for Historical, Mountains and Hiking
Explore Prescott: its library, history, cafés, and more!