Looking for a road trip destination for your next vacation? From historic sites to recreation areas, consider adding one of our amazing state parks to your list of places to visit.
1.Catalina State Park
This state park is located north of Tucson and is a great choice for general outdoor activities. While the desert scenery is the most common sight visitors see, you can also find areas like this.
2. Dead Horse Ranch State Park
Birdwatching is a popular attraction but you can also find preserved buildings and reconstructions such as this chuckwagon around the park.
3. Kartchner Caverns State Park
Drive south of Benson and you'll come across one of the few caves in Arizona open to the public. This particular site is best known for having some of the world's longest stalactites (the icicle-like formations in a cave.)
4. Lost Dutchman State Park
The allure of the legend of the Lost Dutchman's gold mine is partially what draws people to this park. The other is attempting to scale the treacherous landscape.
5. Red Rock State Park
Check out the iconic red landscape that surrounds Sedona and see if it's possible to take a bad picture of the landscape. We doubt that's possible.
6. Slide Rock State Park
Another beautiful example of Arizona's red landscape, this state park is best known for its natural water slide.
7. Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park
If you want to have a good look at how law operated back in the Wild West, check out this courthouse and its grounds, which now operates as a historical museum of the era.
8. Tonto Natural Bridge State Park
Need a cool escape? Visit the Tonto Natural Bridge, which is considered the largest in the world.
9. Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park
Once referred to as the “Country Club on the Colorado,” this former prison had some modern amenities and was considered one of the better institutions for the time period. Can you imagine having to serve your sentence here with only ventilation as a form of cooling?
Which location would you like to visit during your next trip across the state? Let us know in the comments!