Best Places to Visit in Arizona
Arizona is home to incredible landscapes, lively cities, world-class spas and warm weather year-round, making the state ideal for a getaway anytime of year. But to help you decide which Arizona destinations to spend your vacation in, U.S. News considered factors such as number of attractions, availability of accommodations and the opinions of everyday travelers to pick the Best Places to Visit in Arizona. Vote for your favorite spot below to help determine next year's list.
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This massive natural wonder gives Arizona its nickname as the Grand Canyon State, and it's understandable why the attraction is a source of pride for the state. Theodore Roosevelt was right when he said, "In the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world." Travelers can hike the North Rim or raft the Colorado River to explore this national park.
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This central Arizona city is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Regularly described as one of the most beautiful places in America, Sedona not only dazzles with its famous red rocks and hiking trails (found in Red Rock State Park), but also with its energy vortexes. These unique rock formations are said to emit energy from the earth, and it's an experience you have to feel for yourself to believe.
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With an average of more than 300 sunny days per year, Tucson draws sun-seekers in droves. When you're not lounging by the pool, you can spot native animals (like coyotes and prairie dogs) in the 97-acre Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum or take a drive along the Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway for stunning photo ops. What's more, since the city is less than 80 miles from the border, Tucson is home to plenty of authentic Mexican eats.
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As the nation's fifth largest city, Arizona's capital is constantly buzzing with activity. Phoenix is lauded for its well-manicured golf courses and world-class spas, but travelers can also visit unique attractions such as the Musical Instrument Museum and the Desert Botanical Garden. Plus, its diverse population gives Phoenix a dynamic restaurant scene for foodies to explore.
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Surrounded by multiple natural treasures of its own, Flagstaff is more than just a stopover on a road trip to the Grand Canyon. To the north you'll find the San Francisco Peaks and the Arizona Snowbowl, and to the east sit ancient dwellings at the Walnut Canyon National Monument. You should also spend a day exploring the historic downtown and railroad district, which sits on what is known today as Route 66.
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