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Arizona Travel Guide

Our Arizona travel guide will provide all you need to know to plan your trip to Arizona. We research places to stay, the best restaurants, the top attractions, the best day trips and highlight special festivals and events. From the Grand Canyon to Tucson, you will find what you need to know about Arizona travel.
  1. Flagstaff, Arizona (21)
  2. Lake Havasu, Arizona (7)
  3. Phoenix, Arizona (110)
  4. Scottsdale, Arizona (33)
  5. Sedona, Arizona (61)
  6. Southern Arizona (28)
  7. Tubac, Arizona (11)
  8. Tucson, Arizona (49)
  9. Verde Valley, Arizona (5)
  10. Wickenburg, Arizona (10)
  11. Winslow, Arizona (4)

Cultural Sites in Arizona
Want to learn more about the culture, traditions and history of Arizona’s Hispanic and Latino residents? From food to festivals to the arts, there are plenty of ways to broaden your horizons. Here are some of the best places to check out.

Top Baseball Experiences in the Southwest
Summer is here, and if you haven’t sipped a beer and bitten into a hotdog at a baseball game yet, now’s the perfect time. Here are some of the best baseball experiences the Southwest has to offer.

A Dozen Free Things to Do in Northern Arizona
Arizona touring for free. You'll find some great ideas for touring in northern Arizona that will cost you absolutely nothing.

Antelope Slot Canyon - Mystery, Light and Unparalleled Beauty Awaits You
Antelope Slot Canyon in northern Arizona is a mystically beautiful place. Light plays off the red sandstone walls, tour guides may play Indian flute for you and you will marvel at how the water gets from one end of the canyon to the next.

Arizona for Gay and LesbianTravelers
Arizona is welcoming to the GLBT traveler, if you know where to look. Find leads on gay friendly resorts, local events and destinations that offer the gay traveler the best Arizona has to offer.

Arizona State Parks - Clicakable Map
These links will take you on a tour of the crown jewels of the State of Arizona. Click on a park location to start your tour!

Arizona Water Parks
When it's hot hot hot in the desert locals and visitors head for the water parks. Here is a great listing of Arizona water parks and their websites.

Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park
Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park provides visitors with a glimpse into pre-history, and an opportunity to view unusually beautiful specimens of petrified wood.

Bedrock Geologic Map of Arizona
Arizona is divided roughly equally between the Colorado Plateau in the north and the Basin and Range province in the south.

Best Spas in Arizona
Arizona is a spa lover's paradise, with some of the best spas in the country. They're thick on the ground, especially around Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tucson.

Buckeye, Arizona - Visiting Historic Buckeye and Enjoying New Growth
Founded in 1888 and incorporated eight decades ago as a 440-acre town, Buckeye has surged into the 21st century with a planning area of almost 600 square miles.

Camping in Arizona
David Sweet, our About.com Guide to Camping provides this quick reference to campsites in Arizona's State Parks, National Parks and Forests, private campgrounds and more.

Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Northeast Arizona
Canyon de Chelly, located in the northeast corner of Arizona 3 miles (4.8 km) from Route 191 in Chinle, AZ. Canyon de Chelly is Arizona's second largest canyon.

Carefree Resort and Villas in Carefree, Arizona
The Carefree Resort and Villas, near Scottsdale and Phoenix, provides a relaxing desert atmosphere with activities, golf course and fine dining.

Celebrating Halloween in Haunted Arizona
Arizona is THE place to celebrate Halloween. If you’re looking to really be scared this Halloween, then put away those rented horror movies and throw away your tickets to the local school turned haunted house. Instead travel to a place where headless ghosts roam free, abandoned prisons remain almost untouched and ghost towns are alive with spirits. For a truly terrifying and frighteningly fun Halloween, come to Arizona where its “Wild West” history has made it a hotbed for ghostly activity.

Crazy Quartzite - What You Need to Know About Quartzite Arizona
Each winter the flat desert bustles with activity. RVs by the hundreds camp in fairly primitive desert conditions. So whats the attraction? Well, it's warm in Quartzite during winter, for one. And, second, it's pretty inexpensive camping. And third, there are flea markets, gem and mineral vendors and more.

Detours Arizona - Van Tours by Detours
Detours Arizona, a highly regarded tour company, offers both scheduled and customized day and several day tours to the most important destinations in the Southwest.

Dolly Steamboat - Canyon Lake Cruise Not Far from Phoenix
The Dolly Steamboat is a l03 foot replica of a riverboat that has been pleasing Arizona residents and visitors for more than 20 years with tours on Canyon Lake. Canyon Lake is one of the lakes closest to the Greater Phoenix area, southeast of Phoenix in Apache Junction, Arizona. It is on the Apache Trail, probably the best known scenic drive in central Arizona.

Finding Dark Sky Astronomy Sites in Arizona
Want to find dark sky sites in the Arizona? Arizona is an astronomer’s dream. Observatories have been built the mountains across the state. Many of these have extensive public outreach programs and offer tours and viewing opportunities year-round. In addition, dark rangers present “tours of the universe” at some of the best dark-skies sites in...

Finding Fall Color in Arizona
Arizona's high country and botanical gardens are a fantastic place to find fall foliage and color. We guide you to fall foliage sites in Arizona. Be sure and bring your camera!

Flightseeing - Seeing Arizona the the Westwind Way - Luxury, Scenery, Excitement
After flying with Westwind Air, I have come upon a new word and a new way to see the beauty of the Southwest - "flightseeing." Flightseeing is a way to see the geology of Arizona, not from 35,000 feet like we usually do when we fly, but from 1,000 feet.

Fun Things to do With Children in Arizona
From a Mule Trip into the Grand Canyon, to a wild west show in Tombstone, the "town too tough to die," there are wonderful things to thrill children on their trip to Arizona. They will learn, have fun and remember their visit for years. Our top picks are primarily for school-aged children.

Going Nude in Arizona - Naturist Clubs, Resorts and Information
Going Nude in Arizona - Naturist Clubs, Resorts and Information

Grand Canyon West and the Skywalk - The Reality of Getting There
Visiting Grand Canyon West on Hualapai Indian lands can be a wonderful experience. Here is what you need to know about package prices, how to get there and what to expect.

Greer, Arizona - Find Your Cabin in the White Mountains
Greer has long been known as a White Mountain destination for Arizonans. Greer has been revitalized with many new resorts and log cabins dotting the woods and the riverbank. Greer is a great place for a faminly vacation with canoeing, hiking and fishing.

Hidden Meadow Guest Ranch - A Retreat in the White Mountains
Hidden Meadow Guest Ranch is not far from Greer, Arizona in the White Mountains. In this beautiful setting you will find cozy upscale cabins, excellent meals and plenty to do on your weekend getaway or vacation.

Historic Jerome, Arizona Monthly Art Walk
The first Saturday of every month, the historic mining town of Jerome Arizona hosts an evening Art Walk through their many galleries.

Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site - Visiting the Hubbell Trading Post
The historic Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado, Arizona was established in 1876 and is still a functioning trading post today. It is a National Historic site. Ranger tours will take you through the original Hubbell home behind the trading post. Hubbell Trading Post hosts two Native American art auctions each year.

I-17 Mystery Christmas Tree - Who Put the Joy in the Middle of Interstate 17 in
I-17 Mystery Christmas Tree - Who Put the Joy in the Middle of Interstate 17 in Arizona?

Jerome, Arizona Tour of Homes - May Event
The Paseo de Casas, held on the third weekend of May every year, the tour offers a chance to see a sampling of the unique and beautiful homes of Jerome, Arizona.

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa - Tucson, Arizona
The JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa is situated high above Tucson adjacent to the protected Saguaro forest of Tucson Mountain Park. There are 3 nine-hole Arnold Palmer golf courses, all in natural settings.

Lakes of Arizona
The lakes of Arizona will convince you that Arizona is not all desert. Arizona's lakes are a draw for boating, fishing, hiking, camping and much more. They all have unique attractions. One lake is known for it's wild burro population while another provides paddle-wheel tours. Enjoy cooling off at the lakes of Arizona.

Moenkopi Legacy Inn and Suites in Tubac City, Arizona
The Beautiful Moenkopi Legacy Inn and Suites in Tuba City, Arizona was conceptualized by the Hopi People and run by the Hopi. There is a modern conference center, lovely courtyard with pool and 100 rooms, including 16 suites.

Monument Valley Tribal Park - Arizona, Utah
Monument Valley, one of the most spectacular sights in the southwestern United States, is located in northeast Arizona although the entrance is actually in Utah.

National Geographic Arizona-Sonora Desert Geotourism Map and Guide
The Arizona Office of Tourism recently released the National Geographic Arizona-Sonora Desert Region Geotourism MapGuide. I previewed a copy and highly recommend it if you are traveling in Southern Arizona or Northern Mexico.

Natural History of Arizona
This web site is a focus for the study and appreciation of Arizona Natural History. Likely topics include: Plants, Animals, Fungi, Geology, Insects. Anyone with an interest in sharing their accumulated knowledge or appreciation of Arizona's natural scene is welcome to make a contribution.

Navajo Interactive Museum - Tuba City
Read about visiting The Navajo Interactive Museum in Tuba City

Navajo National Monument
Read about visiting Navajo National Monument

Nude Resorts and Travel
We know there are many more naturist organizations, nude resorts and clothing optional destinations in the Southwest than we have listed here. Please provide your input and reviews to share with readers.

Page, Arizona for Visitors - Lake Powell, Slot Canyons and Glen Canyon Dam
Page, Arizona didn't exist until the 1950's and the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam. Now Page is a destination for Lake Powell water sports, float trips down the Colorado River, hiking the slot canyons and much more.

Page, Arizona's Hot Air Balloon Regatta
Each November Page, Arizona, home of Lake Powell, holds a balloon regatta.

Photos of Navajo National Monument
Navajo National Monument is located off U.S. 160 50 miles from Tuba City or 20 miles southwest of Kayenta. You will see ancestral cliff dwellings and high desert natural beauty. Enjoy the visitor's center, campgrounds and picnic grounds. Navajo National Monument is administered by the National Park Service.

Quartzite - When are the Major Quartzite Events?
Sometimes its hard to tell what's happening in Quartzite and when. So we put together a handy little list for those heading to "Crazy Quartzite" in January and February.

Quartzsite Yacht Club - World Famous Hot Spot in Quartzsite, Arizona
The Quartzsite Yacht Club is world famous, they say. It's certainly known as THE place to gather in Quartzsite, Arizona. You'll find out how to join the Quartzsite Yacht Club and what they serve up on their wrap around patio.

Queen Creek Olive Mill - Arizona Olive Oil
The Arizona extra virgin olive oil is a blend of several olive varieties. The classic olives of Tuscany; the Lechino, Frantoio, Pendolino, and Lucca; the Mission Olive; the Spanish varietals Manzanillo and Sevillano, as well as the Italian Baroni and Grappelo, and the Greek Kalamata. The Queen Creek Olive Mill is located at Rittenhouse Rd. south of Ocotillo Road.

Rock Art Ranch Near Winslow Arizona - What You Need to Know
Rock Art Ranch is a private ranch where the buffalo roam and some of the most fascinating Anasazi petroglyphs can be seen. Conact the owner and he will show you where to climb down into a beautiful canyon with etched walls that will keep you guessing as to their meaning.

Rock Springs Cafe, Rock Springs Arizona - The Pie Place off Interstate 17
Everyone raves about the pies at the Rock Springs Cafe. So I headed down I-17 and took the exit leading me to the Cafe. What I found was much more than pie.

Sonoran Desert Wildflowers of Arizona - Photo Album
Sonoran Desert Wildflowers of Arizona - Photo Album by Paul Santori, Sr.

Surprise, Arizona Hotels - List of Hotels in Surprise, AZ
Here's a list of Surprise, AZ hotels and their websites. Very handy for Spring Training, visiting the Sun Cities or attending events at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Tempe Arizona - City of Tempe - Tempe Arizona
Learn about Tempe before you visit.

Tempe, Arizona for Visitors
Tempe, Arizona, home of Arizona State University is a town with character and lots to do. Treat yourself to an ASU Football Game game, have a shopping spree at Arizona Mills or Arizona's only IKEA, kayak on Tempe Town Lake, enjoy a Broadway performance at ASU Gammage, hike in the picturesque Papago Park or simply lounge by the pool.

The Canyons of Arizona - Hidden and Secret Canyons You Can Visit
When we think of traveling Arizona, the magesty of the Grand Canyon comes to mind, but Arizona has some other great canyons you can visit and some are hidden finds. Have a Look at Arizona’s Other Spectacular Canyons.

Tombstone, Arizona - The Town Too Tough to Die - About Visiting Tombstone
Tombstone, Arizona is a historic Wild West town dubbed the "town too tough to die." With shoot-outs, stagecoach rides, an old west main street and Boot Hill, Tombstone is quite a draw for tourists.

Tour Arizona’s Mining History - Museums, Mines and Caves
Arizona is the Copper State. And where did they get all that copper for the State Capital Dome in Phoenix? From Bisbee, way to the south of Phoenix down by the Mexican border. There are some great museums and fun mining tours to take in Arizona. Once you go to an Arizona mining museum and tour a real mine, you will have a better understanding of...

Unforgettable Colorado River Float Trip from Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's Ferry
A leisurely Colorado River raft trip an be a highlight of your visit to northern Arizona. Colorado River Discovery provides raft trips from the base of Glen Canyon Dam to Lee's Ferry.

Visiting Chihuly: The Nature of Glass at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden
Chihuly: The Nature of Glass exhibition at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix reveals stunning displays of world renowned artist Dale Chihuly's hand blown glass.

Visiting the Gold King Mine and Ghost Town in Jerome, Arizona
The crazy Gold King Mine and Ghost Town just outside Jerome, Arizona is worth a visit. Filled with a mish-mash of abandoned classic cars, mine equipment, collectibles, farm animals and a working antique saw mill, this unique place is a fun place to explore.

Visiting the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is one of the highlights of any trip to Phoenix and the Arizona desert. The Desert Botanical Garden is home to a great collection of cacti and succulents. It's a beautiful place with paths to wander, a fantastic gift shop and special events galore.

Visitors Guide to Carefree, Arizona
Carefree, Arizona is a great place to go for some specialty shopping, to have a leisurely lunch or find a great place for a picnic. The Carefree and Cave Creek area is a desert getaway just north of Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona.

Visitors Guide to Cave Creek, Arizona
Cave Creek, Arizona is a great place to go for some fun and funky shopping, to have a leisurely lunch or go horseback riding and hiking in the beautiful hills. Cave Creek is a desert getaway just north of Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona.

Why You Should Not Boycott Arizona
An Arizona boycott may hurt. It isn’t the Arizona lawmakers who will be hurt when you decide to avoid Arizona. It’s the Spanish speaking staff at the Arizona resort and the Native American jewelry makers who set up their wares in Scottsdale who will hurt. The folks who you may care about the most may be hurt. A travel writer provides perspective on current advocacy efforts.

Williams, Arizona - Visiting and Enjoying Wild West Williams and Old Route 66
Williams, Arizona, often called the Gateway to the Grand Canyon is much, much more. Enjoy Wild West history and reminisce about old Route 66. Williams is growning and has much to offer visitors.

Yuma, Arizona - All You Need to Know About Visiting Sunny, Hisotric Yuma
Yuma, Arizona is one of the fastest growing areas in the United States. Combine that with the yearly influx of snowbirds, seasonal winter visitors, and you might wonder why most people know little about sunny, historic Yuma, Arizona.

Best Aquariums in the Southwest
Think you need to be by the sea to see the sea creatures? Think again. Here are some of the coolest aquariums in the Southwest.

Arizona Day-Trippin’
A day-trip to Old Town Cottonwood in Arizona offers gourmet food, delicious wines and more.

Work Out the Arizona Way
Here are some reasons why you should consider Arizona, which is filled with mountainous trails, cliffs and desert terrain, for your next big race.

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