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Welcome to Arizona

Arizona—also known as the Grand Canyon State, thanks to its best-known natural wonder: Grand Canyon National Park—combines a desert- and mountain-dotted landscape with increasingly cosmopolitan cities to form one of the United States' best places for exploring the outdoors mere minutes from bustling downtowns. In Phoenix, Arizona's modern capital, enjoy baseball's sping training in March; hot air balloon rides over the city; tours of the city's burgeoning craft cocktail and farm-to-table dining scene; and helicopter flights. Meanwhile, nearby Scottsdale entices with its 200 golf courses and major tournaments. To the north, Sedona's red rocks are best enjoyed on Jeep tours of the open desert, while the Montezuma Castle National Monument offers an impressive display of Pre-Columbian cliff dwellings. To the south, Tucson serves as a melting pot of European, Mexican, and Native American cultures, all of which inform its architecture and gastronomy. If you really want to travel back into Arizonan history, take a custom tour of the original Apache Trail. And, of course, it's impossible to overlook the importance of the Grand Canyon National Park, home to some of the most awe-inspiring views in the world which can be marveled over on a helicopter tour from most Arizona cities.

Top 10 attractions in Arizona

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Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

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Situated on Navajo land in the Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona, Antelope Canyon is one of the most-photographed slot canyons in the United States. Formed by water rushing through the rock over the course of millions of years, this natural wonder has two separate sections—the deep-but-narrow Upper Antelope Canyon (also known as Spiral Rock Arches) and the Lower Antelope Canyon (Hasdeztwazi).More
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Chapel of the Holy Cross

Chapel of the Holy Cross

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Built directly into the side of a red-rock hill not far from downtown Sedona, the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a modern architectural marvel as well as a religious place for reflection. Visitors flock to the Roman Catholic chapel primarily to take in the outstanding views of Sedona’s awe-inspiring desert scenery.More
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Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

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The Grand Canyon is a humbling testament to nature’s power. Carved by the mighty Colorado River, this northwestern Arizona wonder is 277 miles (444 kilometers) long and more than a mile (1.6 kilometers) deep. It’s no wonder Grand Canyon National Park is one of America’s most popular attractions, with over 6 million annual visitors.More
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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

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Featuring a colorful desert landscape with significant deposits of petrified wood from the late Triassic period, Petrified Forest National Park is an Arizona treasure. Highlights include the Painted Desert badlands that cover the northern area, Blue Mesa Road Loop, and Newspaper Rock, covered with ancient petroglyphs.More
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Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon

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The road that winds 16 miles (26 kilometers) through leafy Oak Creek Canyon is the most scenic route between Sedona and Flagstaff or the Grand Canyon. With dramatic red rock formations to either side, the gorge is an outdoor playground for camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, and swimming.More
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Verde Canyon Railroad

Verde Canyon Railroad

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The Verde Canyon Railroad winds its way along the scenic Verde River at a leisurely 12 mph (19 kph), offering passengers a unique way to experience the Arizona wilderness. The refurbished heritage railroad cars make the round-trip journey through national forest land, with stellar views out windows on both sides of the train.More
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Lake Powell

Lake Powell

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Lake Powell is a reservoir—the second-largest man-made reservoir in the United States, actually—in the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area on the border of Arizona and Utah. Known for its many sandy beaches, sparkling blue water, and red-rock landscapes, this fun vacation spot is one of Arizona’s top attractions. Some of the lake’s famous features include the Glen Canyon Dam (located in Arizona) and the Rainbow Bridge National Monument, one of the world’s longest natural bridges (located in Utah).More
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Cameron Trading Post

Cameron Trading Post

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A popular stop en route to the Grand Canyon, the historic Cameron Trading Post combines American Indian art and culture with a modern travel stop. Browse the expansive souvenir shop, eat at the restaurant, or even stay overnight in the hotel—all while experiencing the traditional food, crafts, and decore of Navajo and Hopi tribes.More
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Wupatki National Monument

Wupatki National Monument

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Walk in the footsteps of the Native American tribes who built their pueblos in the deserts of the American Southwest at Wupatki National Monument. For thousands of years, tribes like the Anasazi and Sinagua lived in these rugged deserts, and among the myriad pueblos left behind is Wupatki Ruin, one of the largest and most elaborate in the region. It was three stories tall and had almost 100 rooms when the Sinagua people built it about 800 years ago. Along with exploring the ruins of a dozen pueblo villages, visitors can also hike the easy Doney Mountain Trail to the top of a volcanic cinder cone, and the visitor center has exhibits describing the culture and history of the people that lived here.More
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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is famous for its red rock formations that soar up to 1,000 feet (305 meters) into the desert sky. It is also known as the setting for classic Western films starring John Wayne. Straddling the Arizona-Utah border, the area is home to nearly 92,000 acres of massive buttes, cacti, and natural arches, as well members of the Navajo Nation.More

Trip ideas

Grand Canyon Tours from Phoenix

Grand Canyon Tours from Phoenix

How to Beat the Heat in Phoenix

How to Beat the Heat in Phoenix

Top activities in Arizona

45-minute Helicopter Flight Over the Grand Canyon from Tusayan, Arizona
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Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Phoenix
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Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure

Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure

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Upper Antelope Canyon Ticket

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Lower Antelope Canyon Ticket

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Upper Antelope Canyon Ticket

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Sonoran Desert Jeep Tour at Sunset
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Lower Antelope Canyon Admission Ticket
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Sedona Vortex Tour by Jeep

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Grand Canyon Signature Hummer Tour with Optional Sunset Views
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Recent reviews from experiences in Arizona

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Amazing place to see
Joe_M, Nov 2021
Half Day Tour of Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon from Page Arizona
I highly recommend to see both upper and lower canyons.
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Perfection…seeing the Grand Canyon on this tour 🥰
Jim_Z, Oct 2021
Comprehensive Grand Canyon Tour from Sedona w/Lunch
We stayed in Sedona and wanted to see the Grand Canyon…this tour was absolutely perfect!
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Amazing!
lindsay_D, Jul 2021
Small Group Grand Canyon Helicopter and Ground Trip From Phoenix
The helicopter ride was truly a lifetime experience and the best way to see the grand canyon for three first time.
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Great experience!
Allison_G, Nov 2021
Small-Group or Private Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix
If you are visiting the state and always wanted to see the Grand Canyon take this tour.
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I wish everyone could have this experience.
LynDee_K, Nov 2021
Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Tour from Sedona
I’m grateful to JR for giving us his valuable time, the Navajo Nation for allowing us to visit their land and for being able to experience these gorgeous natural wonders.
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Thank you to driver Frank!
Lisa_M, Oct 2021
Grand Canyon Day Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon
We wanted to see the Grand Canyon and get a nice overall tour of the area.
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We had a terrific day!
Joseph_P, Aug 2021
Small-Group or Private Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix
Jason made a good call deciding to visit the Grand Canyon first, and then Williams on the way back to Phoenix.
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A Spectacular Day with Breathtaking Views
Sharon_D, May 2021
Small-Group Grand Canyon Complete Tour from Sedona or Flagstaff
Lunch on the grounds hearing the waterfalls as you enjoy the great tasting food .
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Amazing Tour
Amber_I, May 2021
Small-Group Grand Canyon Complete Tour from Sedona or Flagstaff
Never rushed us but we got to see & learn so much about Arizona & especially the Grand Canyon.
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Exciting tour through beautiful Arizona desert
Robert_N, Apr 2021
Sonoran Desert 2 Hour Guided ATV Adventure
Great chance to see more of the beautiful Arizona desert.
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Great, 100% worth it!
Alexxa_Y, Apr 2021
Grand Canyon Complete Day Tour from Sedona or Flagstaff
Definitely worth doing to see the scenery, and if you are unfamiliar with the area, you’ll experience a lot of things you wouldn’t have on your own!
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Favorite Spring Break activity!!!
Julie_S, Apr 2021
Classic River Run on the Verde Guided Kayak Tour from Cottonwood
This was our most favorite experience as a family during our Spring Break in Arizona.
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Worth the trip!
Peter_C, Nov 2020
Historic Bike Tour in Tucson
This was a fun way to see Old Tucson and the University of Arizona campus.
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Amazing full day trip!
Sandra_P, Nov 2020
Grand Canyon Day Tour with Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon
It’s a full day trip towards the end you’ll be tired but it’s definitely worth it if you have a day to see Grand Canyon, part of Sedona, and the village.
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A Great Adventure through Red Rock Canyon
Nicole_C, Sep 2020
Sedona Outback Trail Jeep Adventure
A great way to see Sedona's Red Rock Canyon!!
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Trip of Excellence!
Earl_T, Feb 2020
Verde Canyon Railroad Adventure
We would definitely recommend this trip to anyone looking for a unique way to see some of the picturesque beauty of Arizona.
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The tour was very interesting. I...
Jacks, Nov 2017
Small-Group or Private Deluxe Phoenix and Scottsdale Day Trip
I learned a lot about Arizona and had the chance to see Chase Field, Hole in the rock and the Capitol Building and monuments.
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This was a fantastic trip. There is...
Tom S, Oct 2016
Signature Tour - Grand Canyon South Rim with Ground Tour
There is no better way to see a lot of Arizona and the Grand Canyon.
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Grand Tour!!
Sharde_S, May 2021
Small-Group or Private Deluxe Grand Canyon Day Trip from Phoenix
I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Arizona and wanting to visit the Grand Canyon, worth every penny!
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This your was awesome, I had a...
Ariel H, May 2017
Phoenix Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise
Great way to see Arizona.
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