Arizona is one of the best places in the country to adventure. Every weekend, hundreds of outdoor adventurers from near and far, venture out to experience all Arizona has to offer. Whether you’re venturing out for the day, three-days or longer, you can enjoy outdoor adventures and take in breathtaking scenery when you visit any one of the six following must see places. Just be sure to have a safe trip and avoid barricaded areas.
#1: Grand Canyon
One of the biggest attractions in Arizona, and quite possibly, the nation is the spectacular Grand Canyon. Stretching 277 miles from end to end, steep, rocky walls descend more than a mile to the canyon’s floor where the wild Colorado River traces a swift course southwest. This incredible landscape reveals the power of nature and the wonder it can create. When visiting the Grand Canyon there are four main destinations for you to visit: South Rim, West Rim, East Rim, and North Rim.
Official Site: Grand Canyon
#2: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
The Glen Canyon National Recreational Area provides visitors with more than 1.2 million acres of stunning scenic views, unique geology, and evidence of 10,000 years of human history. The area is also home to Lake Powell; one of the United States largest manmade lakes. The Glen Canyon Dam, a visitor favorite, was constructed between the years of 1956 and 1964 to block the Colorado River and create Lake Powell. The town of Page is a good base for exploring everything that the area has to offer.
Official Site: Glen Canyon
#3: Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam is a testimony to what our country is capable of, even in the face of adversity. As one of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders, Hoover Dam was built during the Depression, and completed in 1935. The Dam is 726 feet high and 1,244 feet wide. It crosses the magnificent Colorado River, links Arizona and Nevada, and its views are truly breathtaking. The Hoover Dam Visitor Center is open every day of the year except on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Official Site: Hoover Dam
Located two hours north of Phoenix, and 30 miles south of Flagstaff, lies one of the most beautiful places on earth. Surrounded by 1.8 million acres of national forest land, Sedona provides visitors with instant access to recreational activities, such as: hiking, biking, off-roading. Multi-hued stone formations, in varying colors, create a mesmerizing scene that changes hourly. It’s the perfect getaway for outdoor enthusiasts, visitors, and families alike. Sedona truly provides something for everyone.
Official Site: Sedona, AZ
#5: Havasu Falls
Hidden in the Grand Canyon, on the Havasupai Indian Reservation (the people of the blue-green water), is the 100-foot Havasu Falls. The pools at the falls’ base have a bluish, green tint to the water, and the fall is forked so it gives the illusion that there are two falls when the river is flowing heavily. Havasu Falls is a premier destination for hikers – particularly experienced hikers as it requires a 10-mile hike each way in order to take in the breathtaking scenery.
Official Site: Havasupai Indian Reservation
#6: London Bridge
Lake Havasu’s main attraction is the 1831 London Bridge. It was relocated to Arizona in 1968, and officially rededicated in a ceremony in 1971, after it was discovered that the Bridge was sinking into the Thames (it hadn’t been designed to withstand 20th century traffic). The Lake Havasu City Visitor Center conducts a 90-minute walking tour of the London Bridge. The Bridge has consistently remained a favorite attraction in Arizona, drawing in thousands of visitors each year from around the world.
Official Site: The Iconic London Bridge