arizona

Discover the beauty and power of Mother Nature

the grand canyon state

Explore the diverse landscapes that define this southwestern gem
Embark on a state-wide outdoor adventure - from the red rocks of Sedona, the majestic Grand Canyon, and iconic Monument Valley and Horseshoe Bend in the north to the wild west history of Tombstone and giant cacti that define the Sonoran Desert in the south.

Start your adventure in Phoenix, the dynamic capital and gateway to nature’s wonders. Nestled in the Sonoran Desert it is surrounded by mountains and invites you to traverse hiking trails and embark on desert escapades. Nearby Scottsdale, with its historic Old Town, golf havens, and spa resorts, offers a luxurious escape amidst rugged beauty.

Venture north to witness Sedona's red rocks and nature's crown jewel, the Grand Canyon. Stand on the rim and admire it from above or choose to hike along the top of the canyon cliff, in the ravine, or take an exciting rafting adventure in the river below. Further north lies Marble Canyon with its iconic Horseshoe Bend and The Wave, whilst to the east lies Antelope Canyon and the iconic sight of Monument Valley.

Head south to Tucson, the Old Pueblo, and gateway to the Sonoran Desert. Explore historic towns, visit Mission San Xavier del Bac, and delve into Native American heritage at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Saguaro National Park welcomes with its giant cacti, and a detour to Tombstone offers a living Wild West museum.

Come and embrace the diverse landscapes of Arizona -an outdoor adventure that is as vivid and unforgettable as its sunsets.

Grand Canyon National Park South Rim view of canyon

Things to see & do

Browse through our recommended selection of things to see and do in Arizona. Many of these are included in our suggested itineraries, however, if there is
anything you see that particularly takes your interest, please let us know and we will include it in your holiday package or put you in touch with the right people.

Tombstone

Tombstone, Arizona

Revisit the Old West and saddle up for a wild journey at the historic city of Tombstone, which echoes with tales of the notorious 'Gunfight at the O.K. Corral,' featuring Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Now a hotspot for history buffs, enjoy reenactments, museums, and well-preserved 19th-century buildings, all encapsulating the spirit of the wild frontier.

Monument Valley

Monument Valley, Arizona

Straddling the border of Arizona and Utah, this iconic desert haven, adorned with unique sandstone buttes and mesas, unveils a cinematic landscape echoing the spirit of the American West. Featured in numerous films, the valley invites exploration through guided tours, hikes, or a scenic 27 km dirt road journey known as the Valley Drive. Get ready for a breathtaking encounter with the heart and soul of the Southwest.

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon, Arizona

This aptly named natural wonder of the world is so massive and awe-inspiring that you simply must see it with your own eyes to truly appreciate its scale. Shaped by the Colorado River’s relentless erosion of rock and soil over millions of years, visitors can admire it from above or choose to hike along the top of the canyon cliff, in the ravine, or take an exciting rafting adventure in the river below. There are distinct experiences available at each of the three major rims - talk to Travel USA for more details.

Fall Of Flame Fire Museum

Phoenix, Arizona

Journey through history at the Hall of Flame Fire Museum, widely recognised as the world's largest firefighting museum. Here visitors can discover a vast collection of vintage fire trucks, firefighting gear, and artifacts, each telling a story from different historical periods. Step into the heroic legacy of firefighters, where every exhibit honours their courage and contributions throughout the years. History blazes to life in this museum, a wonderful salute to the unsung heroes.

Hot Air Ballooning

Phoenix-Scottsdale & Tucson, Arizona

Elevate your adventure in one of the best hot-air ballooning spots in the country, offering a magical journey above the mesmerising Sonoran Desert. With the sunrise as your backdrop, drift gently in colourful hot air balloons, capturing breathtaking views of rugged mountains and iconic saguaro cacti below. Arizona's desert beauty takes on a whole new perspective from the peaceful and enchanting heights of a hot air balloon.

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Camp Verde, Arizona

Discover ancient history at Montezuma Castle National Monument as you step into the world of the prehistoric Sinagua people. Explore a perfectly preserved, five-story cliff dwelling nestled into the limestone that provides a fascinating glimpse into the lives of its ancient inhabitants. Feel the ancient vibes, unravel stories in the ruins, and discover the rich history of this captivating archaeological gem.

Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

Phoenix, Arizona

Escape the desert heat with a splash on some of the country's tallest, fastest, and wildest water slides at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor. Whether you're seeking adrenaline or a lazy river retreat, this water park has it all. Join the fun, make a splash, and embrace the thrill under the Arizona sun!

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Tucson, Arizona

Explore desert-life at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and encounter a unique combination of botanical wonders - a zoo with desert critters, an aquarium showcasing aquatic marvels, and a rockstar natural history exhibit. Roam over 3 km of trails, discovering the vibrant tapestry of Sonoran Desert life in every step.

Horseshoe Bend

Page, Arizona

Crafted by the Colorado River's graceful curve, this mesmerising geological wonder unveils a horseshoe-shaped meander embraced by red sandstone cliffs. A short hike leads to the viewpoint, offering breathtaking views and endless photographic opportunities. Stand witness to the impressive power of nature, where every glimpse captures the incredible beauty of this iconic landmark.

Play TPC Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona

TPC Scottsdale offers a world-class golfing experience that attracts golf enthusiasts from all around the globe. Proud host of the WM Phoenix Open - the largest attended tournament in the golfing calendar courtesy of the most iconic hole on the PGA TOUR - the famed 16th hole Coliseum. Visitors have a choice of two courses, including the highly acclaimed Stadium Course, designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf. Check with Travel USA for more details.

Pioneer Living History Museum

Phoenix, Arizona

Step into the past at this living museum that showcases authentic 19th-century buildings, providing a glimpse into pioneer life. Explore rustic cabins, a blacksmith shop, schoolhouse, and more, each offering a tangible connection to the challenges and triumphs of early settlers. Engage with costumed interpreters, witness live demonstrations, and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of America's pioneer heritage.

Lake Powell

Lake Powell, Arizona

Crafted by the mighty Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River, the man-made beauty of Lake Powell straddles the Arizona-Utah border. With crystal-clear blue waters embraced by red rock canyons, Lake Powell is a visual symphony for nature lovers. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, it beckons with scenic drives, hiking, boating, and the hidden wonders of Antelope Canyon, inviting you to witness nature's breathtaking canvas.

Heard Museum

Phoenix, Arizona

Discover Native American art at this cultural gem - a spirited guardian of Native American heritage. Immerse yourself in a captivating collection featuring art, artifacts, and exhibits that breathe life into the rich history and contemporary expressions of indigenous communities. The Heard is your portal to a colourful journey celebrating the traditions and artistry of Native American peoples.

Saguaro National Park

Tucson, Arizona

Check out the icon of the Southwest at Saguaro National Park. This captivating desert landscape, located within the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona, is aptly named after the iconic saguaro cactus - the giant cacti which is native to the region. Visitors can explore scenic trails, discover unique desert flora and fauna, and marvel at the towering saguaro cacti that can reach heights of 12 metres or more - best viewed when silhouetted by the beauty of a magnificent desert sunset.

Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix, Arizona

Take a backstage adventure at the Phoenix Zoo, with over 3,000 animals spread across themed areas like the Arizona Trail, Africa Trail, and Tropics Trail - a global safari in the heart of Arizona! Don't miss the chance for an insider's peek with their optional 'Backstage Adventures,' unravelling the mysteries of animal habitats in this vibrant sanctuary of furry, feathery, and scaly friends.

Hoover Dam

Temple Bar Marina, Arizona

Witness Hoover Dam, a marvel born from the Great Depression, that straddles the Arizona-Nevada border. This engineering wonder not only harnesses hydroelectric power for both states but also tames the mighty Colorado River, forming Lake Mead, the grandest reservoir in the country. Beyond its power, the Hoover Dam stands as a testament to human ingenuity and an adventure waiting to unfold.

Red Rocks of Sedona

Sedona, Arizona

Discover another of Arizona’s natural attractions - a symphony of distinctive red sandstone cliffs and mesas, that define the iconic Sedona landscape. Among the stars of this natural show are Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, and Snoopy Rock. Social strollers can wander around 8 km of interconnected park trails to enjoy the spectacle whilst those a little more daring, guided hikes ranging from 2 to 5 hours promise an immersive experience.

Experience Live Sport

Phoenix, Arizona

Experience live sport - the American way! Catch the adrenaline, the cheers, and the thrill of a live game - because experiencing sports the American way is an absolute must! Phoenix is home to 4 pro teams covering the major sports, including baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks, the NFL’s Cardinals, and the Phoenix Suns NBA team. Chat with Travel USA to score your tickets and we'll look to lock in your seats before you even pack your bags!

Antelope Canyon

Page, Arizona

Nature's artistry comes to life in the narrow slot canyons of Antelope Canyon - gracefully sculpted by water over time. Divided into the Upper and Lower sections, these sandstone marvels boast smooth curves and narrow passageways, creating a visual symphony. Witness the enchanting play of light during certain times of the day as sunbeams dance through the canyon openings, producing breathtaking visual effects.

Arizona State Capitol Museum

Phoenix, Arizona

This architectural gem, constructed in 1899, served as the state's seat of government from 1912 until 1974. Now a museum, it offers visitors a journey through Arizona's political past with exhibits highlighting significant events and figures. Explore the restored chambers, learn about the state's path to statehood, and discover the legacy of governance in the Grand Canyon State within this historic landmark.

Chase Field Tour

Phoenix, Arizona

Step up to the plate at Chase Field - home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and one of the nation's most impressive Major League Baseball facilities, boasting a colossal high-definition video scoreboard, a retractable roof for summer comfort, the D-backs Pool in right field, and the Coors Light Strike Zone. Secure your spot with Travel USA to ensure you don't miss a single pitch in this extraordinary arena where the game meets ultimate fan experience.

Meteor Crater

Winslow, Arizona

Visit the impact site of Meteor Crater - one of the most extraordinary places on the planet!  Also known as Barringer Crater, this marvel was born when a meteorite, over 45 metres in diameter, collided with Earth, unleashing an explosive force exceeding 20 million tonnes of TNT. Today, it stands as one of the world’s best-preserved impact sites where visitors can venture to the rim, gaze into the 200m+ deep crater, and witness the awe-inspiring legacy of a celestial collision.

Musical Instruments Museum

Phoenix, Arizona

Stay in tune at the Musical Instruments Museum, the only museum of its kind in the world celebrating the diversity and beauty of global musical cultures. With more than 7,000 instruments from 200+ countries, MIM is a symphony of cultural diversity. A hit among music enthusiasts, this unique gem is one of Phoenix's most popular attractions promising a harmonic journey that strikes the right chord for every curious soul.

Glen Canyon Dam

Page, Arizona

Another example of engineering brilliance that harnesses the power of the Colorado River forming Lake Powell and in turn providing hydroelectric power to the state.  The dam's towering presence creates a stark contrast to its mesmerising red rock surroundings, offering visitors breathtaking views of the canyon and the opportunity to appreciate the harmonious blend of human ingenuity and nature's grandeur in the iconic Southwestern landscape.

Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix, Arizona

Discover a world of art at the Phoenix Art Museum. The largest art museum in the southwestern United States, houses an extensive collection of more than 20,000 items spanning diverse cultures and time periods. From European classics to Asian wonders, American and Western American gems, to contemporary marvels, fashion design, photography, and rotating exhibitions this museum is an art lover's haven.

Old Tucson Movie Studio

Tucson, Arizona

Originally crafted for the movie "Arizona" and the backdrop for classic films like "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" and "Tombstone," this studio is a living homage to Old West glory. Wander through Western-style buildings, witness staged gunfights, soak in live entertainment, and explore themed attractions. Take a nostalgic journey into the heart of timeless Western cinema magic. 

Hole In The Rock

Phoenix, Arizona

Visit a geological masterpiece located in Papago Park just minutes from Downtown Phoenix. This sandstone formation, sculpted by nature, features a distinctive opening, framing picturesque views of the Valley of the Sun. A popular destination, especially at sunset, where it's easily accessible through a short hike to witness the vibrant colours illuminating the desert landscape below as the sun sets in the background.

Marble Canyon

Page, Arizona

The starting point of the Grand Canyon, the nearby adventurer’s gateway of Lees Ferry, opens doors to thrilling river rafting, hiking, and immersive scenic wonders. Home to the historic Navajo Bridge and within easy travelling distance to iconic spots like Horseshoe Bend and The Wave - an eerie 'wave-like' rock formation formed over time by rippling sand dunes ‘frozen’ in the Arizona rock.

Old Town Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona

Visit the historic core of Scottsdale where Southwestern charm meets modern vibrancy! This historic gem pulsates with Old West character, inviting you to wander its charming neighbourhoods housing more than 70 art galleries, trendy boutiques, and mouthwatering restaurants. A spirited blend of tradition and contemporary flair awaits, ensuring a delightful journey through the heart and soul of this Arizona treasure.

S’edav Va’aki Museum

Phoenix, Arizona

Explore the ancient site at S’edav Va’aki Museum. Formerly the Pueblo Grande, this site is a living testament to the 1,500-year-old Hohokam culture. Dive into captivating exhibits featuring Hohokam artifacts, from pottery to tools and architecture. Stroll the 1 km trail through the ancient village site, where you'll encounter a replicated prehistoric Hohokam village and a partially excavated platform mound.

Grand Canyon Blackbird sitting on top of branch with canyon in the background

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