Arizona December 21, 2015
10 Fascinating Spots In Arizona That Are Straight Out Of A Fairy Tale
It’s no secret that Arizona is home to some beautiful and unique landscapes. When you think about it, each of those mountains, canyons, rivers, and other features have stories connected to them. These range from creation stories and time immemorial to some crazy event that might have happened last week–and even to serving as the set for movies or as inspiration for stories. Here are ten places in Arizona that will get you thinking about all the fantastical events that could occur there.
1. Copenhaver Castle (Phoenix)
It's difficult finding a usable photo of this place, which is why I included this clip from “This Old House.” But despite the potato-quality look of the video, it does show that both the exterior and interior of this large castle has a luxurious, medieval feel that shows even Phoenix could be the setting for a fairy tale, especially since it sits right along Camelback Mountain.
2. Japanese Friendship Garden (Phoenix)
Lush and peaceful, this place could be a great location for any fairy tale that requires such a setting.
3. The Painted Desert
Colorful, wild, and barren to the untrained eye, the Painted Desert at Petrified Forest National Park would make an incredible setting for any fantasy novel or movie since it looks like it could easily be from another world.
4. Tovrea Castle
A picturesque castle sitting on top of a hill in the middle of a city. What else could you ask for in a fairy tale?
5. San Francisco Peaks
Tell me this doesn't look like a place where you would find some Disney princess singing with some birds. Really, any area around the Peaks is stunning and has a certain romantic look to it.
6. Fossil Creek
Whoa, is this even Arizona? Yes, it is and these photos only show a smidgen of how beautiful and naturally lush our state can be. What kind of story can you see taking place here?
7. Oak Creek
Another Arizona location that has a classic fairy tale setting, Oak Creek has the water, greenery, and overall beautiful atmosphere to be the perfect setting for any story.
8. Monument Valley
Everyone recognizes that first image as the iconic setting for many, many westerns and plenty of other movies. However, it's a large area and plenty of other spots look just as stunning for a fantasy world.
9. Chiricahua National Monument
The collection of hoodoos (tall rock columns) are enough to look like the start of an adventure in some far away land but it's right here in the state.
10. Or, how about anywhere in the state during spring?
The wildflowers are in bloom, the animals are out, and Arizona looks alive weeks (sometimes even months) before plenty of other areas in the U.S. What better location for a fantasy than a place that is alive and warm while other areas are still frozen?
What other spots in Arizona do you think resemble a fantasy landscape? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!