Arizona December 31, 2016
The 17 Places You Should Go In Arizona In 2017
Are you preparing your calendar events for 2017? If you want to add in a few new places to visit, you’re in luck! We’ve compiled a list of some of the most spectacular places Arizona has to offer and ones that you must visit! (By the way, links to more information about visiting each location are included in the captions.)
1. Aravaipa Canyon
We’re starting the list with one of Arizona’s most pristine canyons, Aravaipa. Located in southern Arizona, this canyon only allows 50 visitors in at a time and is one of the perfect places to experience the quiet nature has to offer. Details for visiting can be found at
2. Arizona Salsa Trail
Perhaps you want to add a bit of spice into your life in 2017. How about a visit to Arizona’s one
and only Salsa Trail
, which combines a handful of Mexican restaurants in southern Arizona with their best salsa recipes.
3. Biosphere 2, Oracle
Thinking of setting up your own little garden in 2017? See this on a massive scale
at Biosphere 2
, a huge greenhouse that was used as a sort of space colony experiment and continues to serve research purposes for the University of Arizona.
4. Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona
sitting in Sedona’s picturesque red rock formations is one stunning place that you need to see at least once!
5. Chiricahua National Monument
It’s probably safe to say that most of our readers have never visited
Chiricahua National Monument
, located deep in the southeastern portion of Arizona. This incredible park has an array of spectacular rock formations, hiking trails, and opportunities to see wildlife.
6. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson
If airplanes tickle your fancy, then you need to head over to the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group,
otherwise known as the Boneyard
. You will literally finds hundreds of iconic airplanes that are both historic and incredible.
7. Guayo’s El Rey, Miami
This Mexican restaurant is a well-known treasure hiding in one of Arizona’s many mining towns. A visit here will remind you why Mexican food is so delicious! Read more about the restaurant and location details
8. Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon has many jaw dropping sights but few quite compare to
. It’s bright waters contrast well with the red rocks, making a trip here simply unforgettable.
9. Hubbell Trading Post, Ganado
Arizona’s oldest trading post is one historic spot where you can experience the old way of purchasing goods. You can still purchase goods and even
tour the premises
10. Humphrey’s Peak, Flagstaff
Visiting Arizona’s tallest peak is one place you should definitely considering adding to your bucket list! The peak is also home to the southernmost tundra in the United States, making this place an absolute treasure. Learn more about hiking Humphrey’s Peak
11. Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson
Beautiful and historic,
this centuries-old mission
is one of the finest examples of the earliest European architecture to find a home on this continent. A visit here will remind you why this place is often called the “White Dove of the Desert.”
12. Petrified Forest National Park
13. Queen Mine, Bisbee
If you want to explore places underground in 2017, then you should add the
Queen Mine tour
in Bisbee to your to-do list! The tours are led by former miners and will give you some incredible insight into life in the mines.
14. Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, Payson
towering travertine bridge
will wow you with its impressive views. It does require a relatively short hike but is one sight certainly worth the effort.
15. Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
If you want to experience nature at her finest, then a trip to
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
should be on your to-do list for 2017! The gorgeous landscape combined with a relatively low visitation rate means you’ll get to experience nature in peace.
16. Wigwam Motel, Holbrook
If you want to stay in a unique little place while out on the road,
the Wigwam Motel
might be just the stop you’re looking for. This motel has been a Route 66 icon since it first opened in 1950 and even inspired a similar motel in the Disney film
17. Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, Yuma
Finally, a place that is historic and a little spooky, the
Yuma Territorial Prison
is one of several destinations you should make when in this section of the state. The prison was a temporary home to quite a few famous criminals and you might even feel the presence of a few who decided not to leave the grounds.
I hope you make the best of what the new year has to offer you! What amazing plans do you have set for 2017?