Arizona July 09, 2015
10 Places in Arizona You Must See Before You Die
Have a travel bucket list? How many of your top stops on that list are Arizona locations? If your answer is “few to none” then let us help you out. Arizona not only has beautiful landscapes to offer travelers and budding photographers but also plenty of historical sites and top notch museums.
Whether you are an Arizona native, a recent transplant from another state, or simply a visitor, here are the top 10 places in Arizona that should be on your bucket list.
1. The Grand Canyon
Who wouldn't have this on their list? Even if you decide not to attempt hiking down to the bottom, you can still enjoy the beauty from any of the look-out points on the north and south rims.
While you're at it, add a mule ride. When else are you going to ride one?
2. Antelope Canyon
Truly one of the most beautiful and graceful views you could ever see. What are you waiting for? Go!
3. Red Rock State Park
More of the iconic red rocks you'll see throughout the desert southwest. While you're here, check out one of the vortices to see if you really do sense anything unusual.
4. Canyon de Chelly
Anglicized from the Navajo word "tséyi," meaning canyon, so much history sits within the 83,000 acres of this site.
You can also check out the White House Ruins, the former home of the Anasazi.
5. San Xavier del Bac
If you're a history buff, an art lover, or simply love to revel in beautiful architecture, be sure to check out San Xavier del Bac. It is one of the oldest missions in the US and the building is a true knockout.
The interior is just as stunning.
6. Hubbell Trading Post
Take a look at how life was like for settlers and indigenous peoples by checking out this still-operating trading post that sits outside of Ganado on the Navajo Nation. You can get a guided tour of the property and be sure to check out the rug room.
This historic city embodies the image of the Wild West that people love. It's gotten a bit touristy but you don't want to miss out.
8. Lowell Observatory
Still pine for Pluto? This observatory was not only the place where Pluto (or Planet X, as it was known upon its discovery) was discovered but it is also one of the oldest observatories in the US.
On the walk to the observatory, you can get a better understanding of how large our solar system is. Don't forget to check out the original telescope, which is massive.
9. Titan Missile Museum
For a little more modern history, check out the Titan Missile Museum near Tucson to see the largest nuclear missile that, thankfully, was never used. Also, if you're a Trekkie, you ought to know that the 1996 film "First Contact" shot a few scenes here. Can you name the scene?
10. Heard Museum
Sitting in downtown Phoenix along the light rail, the Heard Museum is considered one of the best places that features indigenous art. They routinely host events throughout the year such as the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest and the Indian Fair and Market.
Are there any other places that you think people absolutely must see? Tell us about them in the comments below!