10 Best Places to Visit in Arizona – Travel Video

With a dazzling array of amazing sights, Arizona’s
desert climate is home to some astounding geological formations and canyons that are
well worth exploring. The Grand Canyon, for example, is one of the United States’ most
famous sights, while the impressive Monument Valley certainly gives it a run for its money.
With Indian reservations making up almost a quarter of Arizona’s area, there are lots
of interesting archaeological, historical and cultural sites relating to Native American
culture for tourists to enjoy. The state cities are fun and friendly places to stop by and
there is some great nightlife to boot. Here’s a look at the best places to visit in Arizona: Number 10. Antelope Canyon The winding, twisting cracks of Antelope Canyon
are mesmerizing to wander around, as sunbeams enchantingly snake their way along the sandstone
walls, illuminating and bathing the soft red tones in resplendent light. A beautiful sight
to behold, the two different parts of Antelope Canyon are both well worth visiting; their
distinctive features have led them to be respectively nicknamed ‘The Crack’ and ‘The Corkscrew’.
While they each have their own unique look, in both parts the rock appears to be flowing,
thanks to the shapes created by the erosion of the rock. Number 9. Tombstone A historic town that is famous as the site
of the Gunfight at the OK Corral, Tombstone was one of the last boomtowns. It was a rough
place that attracted hardy prospectors, tough gunslingers and lawless gamblers who came
to win their fortune in the silver mines. Very much a tourist trap, Tombstone is a fun
place to visit in Arizona to learn about how the West was settled. With the historic part
of town perfectly preserved, step into the past and wander around its saloons or check
out a reenactment performance of the gunfight. Number 8. Scottsdale Part of the Greater Phoenix Area, Scottsdale’s
year-round warm weather means that it welcomes millions of visitors to its streets every
year. As such, there is a plethora of hotels, restaurants, and bars that cater to every
budget. Marketing itself as ‘The West’s Most Western Town’, numerous historic sites
are scattered around and festivals embracing this heritage are regularly held, with cowboy
competitions and horse shows often featuring. On top of all this, the city’s nightlife
is pounding; there are loads of great nightclubs, swanky lounges and trendy bars for you to
explore. Number 7. Phoenix Set in the middle of the desert in an area
which is appropriately known as ‘the Valley of the Sun’, the state capital is undoubtedly
the cultural and economic heart of the state. Bathed in glorious sunshine almost year-round,
Phoenix attracts over sixteen million visitors every year. With lots of entertaining museums
on show, as well as some great theatres and shopping options, Phoenix has a lot going
for it. Sport lovers can watch any one of the city’s teams, while golfers will adore
exploring the more than two hundred courses found in the town. Number 6. Canyon de Chelly One of the most visited national monuments
in the country, Canyon De Chelly has been inhabited for over five thousand years. The
canyon walls protect and shelter some amazing old buildings that date back to the days of
the Ancestral Puebloans. Since the Navajos began calling it home in the 1700’s, the
canyon has tragically been the site of numerous massacres, with both the Spanish and US Army
having persecuted the Native Americans. Nowadays, the site is owned and run by the Navajo and
there are a number of great trails and horseback tours available to visitors. Number 5. Monument Valley Iconic in look, Monument Valley’s incredible
geological features have starred in TV commercials, featured in films and appeared in magazine
ads. As such, they are instantly recognizable around the world. Surrounded by a desolate
and featureless desert that stretches almost interminably, the massive sandstone buttes
rear impressively towards the heavens, their vivid reds, and oranges standing out against
the blue sky. Beautiful to behold, the ‘Valley Between the Rocks’ – as it was dubbed
by the Navajo – is a must-see place when visiting Arizona. Number 4. Tucson Home to the University of Arizona, this lively
college town is a fun and friendly place to visit, with some great nightlife on offer.
The second largest city in the state is a delightful mix of cultures that attest to
its long and varied history. Its numerous museums and lively arts and culture scene
showcase the city’s diversity. With amazing natural sights lying just outside of Tucson,
most tourists to the city come to explore the mesmerizing Saguaro National Park or hike
in the nearby Santa Caralina Mountains. Number 3. Glen Canyon National Recreation
Area Mostly consisting of endless desert, the huge
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area surrounds the beautiful waters of Lake Powell. The dark
waters of the lake are lined by beautiful red rock formations and the dramatic rock
faces that plunge down into it. Whether it is jet-skiing on Lake Powell’s waters, fishing
along the shoreline, or hiking amidst the spectacular rock formations; this national
recreation area has something for everyone. The desert scenery is otherworldly, with Paria
Canyon and Rainbow Bridge being particularly memorable. Horseshoe Bend is another must-see
area in Glen Canyon. Number 2. Sedona While the jaw-dropping red sandstone formations
are the undoubted highlight of what Sedona has to offer, there is lots more to see and
do. Nestled amid the beautiful rock formations, Sedona is considered sacred by Native Americans
and people come here to heal themselves and seek spiritual enlightenment. There are many
shops selling alternative medicines and lots of spas for visitors to relax in. With lots
of great restaurants, as well as numerous art galleries to explore, the town can get
a bit busy during summer, although the stunning scenery more than makes up for it. Number 1. Grand Canyon Renowned throughout the world, the Grand Canyon
is awe-inspiring to visit and the beautiful panoramas are simply breathtaking. Gigantic
in size and scale, the views from the edge of the canyon are incredible, as you look
out over the rock face dropping away below you and the dramatic vista stretches towards
the horizon. The arid and desolate terrain is peaceful yet picturesque and indeed a powerful
place to explore. A simply incredible place, the Grand Canyon is undoubtedly the highlight
of what Arizona has to offer.

19 thoughts on “10 Best Places to Visit in Arizona – Travel Video

  1. I am from lndia I have visited. A. Z two. Time and stayed at Phenix You have not added valley of Prescott its climate and natural beauty l like Prescott more than any city of Arizona Thanku

  2. There is nothing dazzling or amazing about Phoenix or Tucson, just cities in the desert and Sedona is nothing with out the red rocks. You need to see Coal Mine Canyon on the Hopi reservation or Saguaro National Park for beauty. Include the Mission San Xavier Del Bac south of Tucson and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument just north of the border with Mexico.

  3. I love Van Buren Street in Phoenix. Lots to be seen, hookers,pimps, and all walks of life flock for the excellent dope coming from our friends south of the border.

  4. Poor Indian Reservations you mean. Scottsdale over rated, and expensive, Downtown Phoenix science Museum is worth the visit, and lots of places to eat, but weekends it turns into a Ghost town, no one there. Tuscon really does not have a nightlife, not sure what this person is talking about, most people travel to Phoenix or Tempe for that from there. Sedona is worth the trip, but break open the piggy bank because you will need here. Mesa, Chandler and Tempe are much better places to visit and a lot cheaper in value then Scottsdale. Save your money and visit those Cities which have younger crowds and way better night life, plus Casinos. Your cost of gas in Scottsdale FYI is .20 cents higher then the other cities I just mentioned and food. Plus the people are friendlier… not all stuck up like the wealthy ignorance looks you get if you are from out of State. Also, if you arrive during the months of September October and November be sure you have vehicle insurance, because these areas are all visited by tourist who drive like OMG .. seriously. Not going say it o.k. SnowBirds, Wink wink

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