Arizona is know as the Grand Canyon State after its most famous site, and offers stunning natural beauty. To the south, near Phoenix, Scottsdale and the capital Tucson, is the eerily beautiful Sonoran Desert, while further north the landscape rises through high desert plateaus to canyons and mountains, the kind romanticised by 'Wild West' cowboy films. Here the city of Flagstaff and Sedona attract the bulk of visitors. More than 25% of Arizona's land is given over to Native American reservation land and the state has several ancient Puebloan ruins.
Over in the Canyonlands, Monument Valley is an unmissable stopping point on the border with Utah. The soaring buttes of the Navajo Tribal Park are particularly spectacular, and unsurprisingly a filming location for many Western movies. Even the drive there is truly awe-inspiring: an emblematic loop of ochre sands and wide, empty, all-American roads – don't forget to stop at overlooks for panoramic vistas of the famous slopes of the Mittens buttes. Delights continue at Lake Powell that wouldn't look out of place in a sci-fi movie, with its bright blue waterways snaking among arid deserts and jutting rocks – the winding Horseshoe Bend is particularly impressive. Both rustic and luxury lodges abound – they're the perfect vantage point for hiking, swimming or boating, alongside both classic American and fine dining.
Phoenix is the gateway city to the Grand Canyon and as America's fifth largest city you're sure to find plenty to keep you amused. Stretching across the Salt River Valley, Phoenix started out as a farming town in the 1860s and today has many historic attractions as well as being filled with live music venues and rooftop lounges. Nearby Scottsdale was absorbed into Phoenix as it continued to grow and is famous for its designer stores, hotels, cafes and world-class gold courses. The quiet, tree-lined streets and desert setting attracted the visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright to establish his winter studio, Taliesen West, here in 1937.
Top itineraries in Arizona
This unforgettable itinerary will see you discover the awe-inspiring landscapes of Arizona as you self-drive emblematic desert highways to reach the likes of Monument Valley, Sedona and the spectacular Grand Canyon.
Let expert-led escorted touring bring you to the jagged red-rock bluffs and sweeping plains of some of America’s most impressive national parks. Round it all off with a stay amid the glitzy shows and all-night casinos of America's 'Sin City' – Las Vegas.
Take a trip along Route 66, America’s most celebrated highway. inspired countless films, books and songs, from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road to Woody Guthrie’s 'The Ballad of Tom Joad' and Bobby Troup’s classic '(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66'.
Top places to stay in Arizona
Surrounded by red rock monoliths, this upscale resort offers stylish lodging and signature Kimpton amenities.
Dating back to 1929 when the estate served as a winter getaway for a New York industrialist, today the resort’s stately library and immaculately landscaped grounds invites guests into a world of mock-Spanish charm.
Combining a resort and ranch experience, this historical hacienda is a slice of elegant luxury that has played host to stars of the silver screen, including John Wayne and Clark Gable.
Where to go in Arizona
Tuscon is the second largest city in Arizona, located on the northern boundary of the Sonoran Desert in a basin surrounded by five mountain ranges. The town has a colonial past dating to the 1770s and most of the main sites are clustered around the university campus ...
Phoenix is the gateway city to the Grand Canyon and as America's fifth largest city you're sure to find plenty to keep you amused. Stretching across the Salt River Valley, Phoenix started out as a farming town in the 1860s and today has many historic attractions.
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