Travel Guide | Arizona

5 Must See Sights in Arizona

Arizona is located in the Southwest of the United States. This state is well-known for its sunny weather and huge variety of natural features throughout the state which makes it a great place to visit! Check out these top 5 sights to see

1. The Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon is a very well known spot to Arizona. It is a colorful canyon that was carved by the Colorado River. The canyon is a large 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide. The depth of this canyon reaches a mile. Upon visiting this park you will witness nearly two billion years of geological history showcasing years of erosion. There’s so much possibility at this beautiful place such as hiking, sight seeing, scenic drives, white water rafting, mule trips, and much more. This is definitely a sight you don’t want to miss when visiting Arizona.

2. The Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

It is told by the Native Americans who inhabit this area that long ago, herds of antelopes roamed freely within this canyon. This once was a place where cattle grazed in the winter. For the Navajos, this was a place for spiritual experience. A place where they would go to be uplifted and feel harmony with something greater than themselves. There are two parts to the Antelope Canyon: the upper and the lower. The upper Antelope Canyon is given the Navajo name Tse’ bighanilini. This means “the place where the water runs through the rocks.” The upper canyon is located 4,000 feet elevation with the walls of the canyon rising at 120 feet of the stream bed. The lower canyons is given the Navajo name Hasdestwazi meaning “spiral rock arches.” To enter both of these canyons you will need a guide and pay a small fee but the beauty of these smooth canyon walls will leave you mesmerized in harmony.

3. Slide Rock State Park

This state park is more than just sight-seeing it is also ranked in the top 10 swimming holes in America. It is not only a state park but is also a natural water slide which was formed by the slipper bed of Oak Creek. The park is also surrounded by beautiful red rock formations. To get to this spot takes a bit of hiking but they are all very short hikes and well worth it. Once arrived you can choose to slide down the natural slide or just wade in the creek. It’s a great way to cool off from the warm Arizona weather.

4. Horseshoe Bend


Just around the horseshoe bend – I hope you sang that to the tune of just around the river bend from Pochohantas. This natural wonder is a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River. You take a short hike from the parking lot but just about everything in Arizona requires a bit of walking. Once, arrived you will overlook a 1,000 foot drop. The color and details of the outer rock walls are alluring as they contain a variety of minerals such as hematite, platinum, and garnet. It’s definitely a sight to see and is well known for a great sunset view.

5. Red Rock State Park

This beautiful scenic spot is a 286 acre nature preserve which also serves as an environmental education center. Here you will find green meadows, native vegetation, and lots of red rocks formations. There is also a creek that runs through the park creating a diverse habitat of various plants and wildlife. There’s a lot of ways to enjoy this park from visiting the classroom, theater, picnic spots, and hitting the many trails throughout this park.

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5 Sights to See in Arizona


Alyssa San Agustin

California State University San Marcos | 5 stories

Alyssa has an eye for adventure and photography. She constantly seeks adventure wherever she goes and longs for travel. Alyssa is a photography enthusiast and uses photography to inspire others to travel and seek adventure on her personal blog. Follow along on her travels and adventures at and on her instagram @baabylyssa

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