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TOP 25 ATTRACTIONS IN ARIZONA


Sedona scenery The Wave, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument Lost Dutchman State Park

Welcome to the Bigroads.com guide to the top 25 attractions in Arizona!

There's so much more to Arizona than cactus and the Grand Canyon. Spend some time to get familiar with the natural wonders, excellent museums and southwest scenery of this very special state. What you may not realize is that Arizona can be a wonderful place to visit all 12 months of the year, depending on where you are heading of course.

The list below represents our opinionated selections for the top 25 attractions in the state of Arizona. Please take note that this list is sorted alphabetically (and not by quality or rank).

This list is part of our top 25 USA attractions series.

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ATTRACTION NAME ATTRACTION TYPE TOWN / CITY WHAT MAKES THIS ATTRACTION SO GREAT?
Antelope Canyon (Lower & Upper) Slot Canyon Page one of the world's most beautiful slot canyons
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Zoo / Botanical Garden / Natural History Museum Tucson world-renowned desert gardens plus zoo & museum
Bearizona Wildlife Park Zoo / Drive-Through Safari Zoo Williams one of the best drive-thru zoos in the U.S.A.
Canyon de Chelly Nat. Monument Cliff-Dwellings / Ancient Ruins / Scenic Views Chinle beautiful canyons & outstanding archaeological sites
Chapel of the Holy Cross Church / Chapel Sedona church set among gorgeous red-rock scenery
Chiricahua National Monument Geologic Attractions / Hiking Trails / Hoodoos Willcox interesting & unusual vertical rock formations
Desert Botanical Garden Botanical Garden Phoenix excellent desert gardens
Glen Canyon Nat. Recreation Area Lake Activities / Boating / Kayaking / Hiking Trails Multiple towns amazing boating & hiking opportunities
Grand Canyon National Park Geologic Attractions / Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Grand Canyon NP most famous canyon in the world
Havasupai / Havasu Falls Waterfalls / Swimming Holes Havasupai Reservation features two of the top 10 waterfalls in the U.S.A.
Heard Museum Art & History Museum / Native American Attraction Phoenix excellent American Indian art & history museum
Horseshoe Bend Geologic Attraction Page beautiful natural bend of the Colorado River
Kartchner Caverns State Park Cave / Cave Tours Benson excellent cave tours in one of the US's best caves
Montezuma Castle Nat. Monument Cliff-Dwellings / Ancient Ruins Camp Verde short walk to impressive overhead cliff-dwellings
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park Nature Park / Geologic Attraction / 4WD Tours Oljato-Mon. Valley famous wild west scenery
Musical Instrument Museum Music Museum Phoenix perhaps the best music museum in the U.S.A.
Organ Pipe Cactus Nat. Monument Hiking Trails / Scenic Views / 4WDing Ajo US/Mexico border scenery plus impressive cactus
Petrified Forest National Park Petrified Wood / Hiking Trails / Geologic Attractions Petrified Forest NP colorful badlands plus petrified wood stumps
Pima Air & Space Museum Aircraft / Aviation Museum Tucson one of the finest aviation museums in the U.S.A.
Saguaro National Park Cactus / Hiking Trails Saguaro National Park highest concentration of saguaro cactus in U.S.A.
Slide Rock State Park Swimming Hole / Natural Waterslide Sedona one of the best swimming holes in the U.S.A.
Taliesin West Historic Home Tours / Frank Lloyd Wright design Scottsdale famous Frank Lloyd Wright design
Vermillion Cliffs Nat. Monument Geologic Attractions / Hiking Trails Marble Canyon wild & colorful rock formations, including the Wave
Walnut Canyon Nat. Monument Cliff-Dwellings / Ancient Ruins Flagstaff interesting cliff-dwellings & ruins (some you can enter)
Wupatki National Monument Ancient Ruins Flagstaff several clusters of ground-level ancient ruins

The Wave / North Coyote Buttes, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument
The Wave / North Coyote Buttes, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

Horseshoe Bend, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Horseshoe Bend, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

hiking the upper portion of the South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park
hiking the upper portion of the South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park

Hole In The Rock, Papago Park, Phoenix
Hole In The Rock, Papago Park, Phoenix

Montezuma Castle National Monument
Montezuma Castle National Monument

awesome views in Sedona
awesome views in Sedona

Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona
Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona

White Pocket, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument
White Pocket, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

Slide Rock State Park, Sedona
Slide Rock State Park, Sedona

the 50,000-year impact site of Meteor Crater, Winslow
the 50,000-year impact site of Meteor Crater, Winslow

hiking in Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
hiking in Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Watson Lake, Prescott
Watson Lake, Prescott

Route 66 sign in the town of Williams
Route 66 sign in the town of Williams

real dinosaur tracks in Tuba City near Monument Valley
real dinosaur tracks in Tuba City near Monument Valley

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Wukoki Pueblo, Wupatki National Monument
Wukoki Pueblo, Wupatki National Monument

on a "photographers tour" of Upper Antelope Canyon, Arizona
on a "photographers tour" of Upper Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Driving from Utah towards Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Driving from Utah towards Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

hiking in Lost Dutchman State Park
hiking in Lost Dutchman State Park

Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation
Havasu Falls, Havasupai Reservation (permits required)

The Wave, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument
The Wave, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument (permits required)

Chiricahua National Monument
Chiricahua National Monument

close-up of an organ pipe cactus, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument
close-up of an organ pipe cactus, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Painted Desert, Petrified Forest National Park
Painted Desert, Petrified Forest National Park

Saguaro National Park (Tucson/West District)
Saguaro National Park (Tucson/West District)

White Pocket, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument
White Pocket, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

West Fork of Oak Creek, Sedona
West Fork of Oak Creek, Sedona

RUNNER-UPS: ATTRACTIONS THAT ALMOST MADE THE TOP 25 LIST



Here are a list of other great attractions in the state of Arizona that we considered for the top 25 list above. Please email us @ gparsons66@hotmail.com if you think there are any other attractions of this quality that we should be considering, either for this runners-up list or for the top 25 attractions list itself.

ATTRACTION NAME ATTRACTION TYPE TOWN / CITY
Camelback Mountain Mountain / Hiking Trails Phoenix
Cathedral Rock Geologic Attraction / Rock-scrambling Sedona
Devil's Bridge Natural Bridge / Hiking Trails Sedona
Dinosaur Tracks Dinosaur Attraction Tuba City
Four Corners Monument Monument / Tourist Attraction Teec Nos Pos
Glen Canyon Dam Dam Page
Grand Canyon Railway Scenic Railroad Williams
Lost Dutchman State Park Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Junction
Lowell Observatory Astronomy / Stargazing Flagstaff
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Urban Park / Carousel / Merry-Go-Round Scottsdale
McDowell Sonoran Preserve Nature Park / Hiking Trails Scottsdale
Meteor Crater Geologic Attraction Flagstaff
Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway Scenic Drive Multiple towns
O.K. Corral History Museum Tombstone
Oak Creek Canyon (AZ 89A) Scenic Drive / Hiking Trails Sedona
Old Town Shopping Scottsdale
Out of Africa Wildlife Park Zoo Camp Verde
Papago Park Urban Park / Hiking Trails Phoenix
Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters Helicopter Tours Grand Canyon Village
Phoenix Zoo Zoo Phoenix
Picacho Peak State Park Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Picacho
Red Rock Scenic Byway (AZ 179) Scenic Drive Sedona
Red Rock State Park Hiking Trails / Scenic Views Sedona
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Nature Park / Hiking Trails Tucson
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument Volcanic Attraction / Hiking Trails Flagstaff
Titan Missile Museum Military Museum Sahuarita
Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park History Museum Tombstone
Tonto National Monument Cliff-Dwellings / Ancient Ruins Roosevelt
Tonto Natural Bridge Natural Bridge Payson
Tuzigoot National Monument Ancient Ruins Clarkdale
Verde Canyon Railroad Railroad Clarkdale
Watson Lake Kayaking / Hiking Trails / Biking Prescott
Western Destinations Canyon Creek Ranch Horseback Riding Phoenix
Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park Prison Museum / Prison Tours Yuma

MORE TOP 25 ATTRACTIONS LISTS



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