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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 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.

Monument Valley

The state capital, 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. 



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Top itineraries in Arizona

Monument Valley, Arizona

Highlights of Arizona & the Grand Canyon

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,520 pp incl. flights

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.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Canyon Country & National Parks fly-drive

15-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,540 pp incl. flights

This epic fly-drive brings you right among some of the USA's most spectacular wilderness, from the Wild-West grandeur of Monument Valley to the world-wonder beauty of the Grand Canyon.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA

Highlights of the American West

14-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,620 pp incl. flights

Driving between San Francisco and Las Vegas, this curated road trip takes in the beauty of Yosemite National Park, austere Death Valley and the ever-spectacular Grand Canyon.

Bryce Canyon - Utah

America's captivating Canyonlands with Tauck

9-day escorted tour from £5,295 pp incl. flights

Starting with the 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.

Top places to stay in Arizona

Amara Resort and Spa

Amara Resort & Spa, Sedona, Arizona

Contemporary resort

Surrounded by red rock monoliths, this upscale resort offers stylish lodging and signature Kimpton amenities.

Royal Palms, Phoenix

Royal Palms, Scottsdale

Historic resort

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.

Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch, Tucson

Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, Tucson

Historic ranch

Combining a resort and ranch experience, this historic hacienda is a slice of elegant luxury that has played host to stars of the silver screen, including John Wayne and Clark Gable.

Enchantment Resort, Sedona

Enchantment Resort, Sedona

Contemporary resort

Struggle to discern between the red rock of Sedona and the clean lines of the resort’s terracotta as Enchantment nestles comfortably in a verdant valley floor.

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Where to go in Arizona

Tucson, Arizona


Located on the northern boundary of the Sonoran Desert, in a basin surrounded by five mountain ranges, Arizona's second-largest city serves up a rich mix of southwestern heritage, delicious food and unmatched outdoor adventure.

Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix & Scottsdale

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.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of the world's great natural wonders, an instantly recognizable symbol of the Southwest. Slicing through Grand Canyon National Park for 217 miles, it is four to 18 miles wide and more than 5,000ft deep.

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Arizona articles

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    5 things to do in Tucson

    From desert wellness retreats to craft brewery visits and ranch stays, discover the top five things to do during a stay in Tucson, Arizona.

  • Monument Valley Tribal Park, Arizona

    Arizona: beyond the Grand Canyon

    Wexas specialist Keely Roberts looks beyond Arizona’s headline-grabbing poster child to discover a rich tapestry of natural beauty, tribal nations and thriving culture.

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    Exploring California by car

    Wexas USA specialist George Clissold picks out the ultimate introductory self-drive trip to California, taking in city greats, prestigious wine regions and UNESCO-listed natural wonders.

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