Events, Travel

The Local’s Guide to Arizona

The Grand Canyon state is home is some of the most beautiful and exciting places in the United States, including the red rocks of Sedona, historic Native American preserves and, of course, the Grand Canyon itself!

Whether you are an existing resident or just visiting Arizona, here are a few ‘must see’ items to add to your To Do list.

Desert Botanical Garden
See the beauty of the Southwest in all its glory. With more than 140 acres and 50,000 plants, visitors can opt for a self-guided or guided tour to learn about the history and preservation of the various specious. Learn more.

Out of Africa Wildlife Park
This is anything but a zoo! Out of Africa offers one of kind adventure and insight into the lives of lions, tigers, wolves, bears and many more specious. If you’re feeling daring, take the Serengeti tour where you can get a smooch from the resident giraffes. Learn more.

Grand Canyon
Around 5 million people travel all the way to Arizona each year to see the Grand Canyon! Be sure to plan your visit accordingly as weather conditions may impact visibility and hours of operation. Additionally, look out for holidays when entry is free. Learn more.

Musical Instrument Museum
The MIM is a must see for all music lovers, as it’s the world’s only global musical instrument museum! Enjoy hundreds of instruments from over 200 countries, live demonstrations, shows and more on any given day. Learn more.

Ro Ho En
This Japanese Friendship Garden stroll garden features a koi pond, tea garden, tea house and 12-foot waterfall. Plan ahead to catch shows, events and activities that are fun for the whole family.  Learn more.

Antelope Canyon
Located on Navajo land east of Page, Antelope Canyon is one of the most photographed locations in the state. The canyon includes two separate slot canyon sections that may be toured with an accompanying guide.

Pueblo Grande Museum
In addition to an exquisite art gallery, visitors may explore a two-thirds mile trail containing remains of prehistoric Hohokam people, native plants and an interpretive agricultural garden. Learn more.

Horseshoe bend
This historic park is located along the Tallapoosa river and known for scenic hiking, boating and kayaking. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, try taking an aerial tour via helicopter. Learn more.

Biosphere 2
Operated by the University of Arizona, this unique science center that self and guided tours of a rainforest and ocean in a 3-acre greenhouse. Learn more.

Cathedral Rock
Located in Sedona, this famous landmark is known is perfect for beautiful scenery and hiking trails. While you’re there, explore the other hidden gems that this town has to offer.

What are your favorite places in Arizona? Share them in the comments below.

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