17 Places In Arizona That Will Make You Swear You’re On Another Planet

My mom is a major science fiction fan so I spent a good chunk of my childhood watching all kinds of movies and television shows. We watched just about everything in the Star Trek canon, Star Wars, nearly every alien movie that came out in the ’80s and early ’90s, “The X-Files,” and lots of anime. I never became a huge science fiction fan (although, I will admit to dressing up for Harry Potter movies and attending the midnight book releases) but I think the predicaments often found in these films informed a lot of my childhood thinking.

One of the things that always fascinated me with these films and shows were the foreign landscapes you would often see—or, in some cases, not so foreign. Living and traveling Arizona showed me that these so-called alien places looked an awful lot like home. In fact, look at just about any science fiction production and you’ll find inspiration from actual places if not the places themselves. Since so much of Arizona’s landscapes can appear strange, foreign, and fascinating to just about anyone outside of our state, let’s take a closer look at them with new eyes.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

Are there any areas in our home state that have always seemed to be from another planet to you? Share your thoughts in the comments section below or on our Facebook page!