10 Mysterious, Unusual Spots In Arizona You Never Knew Existed
Sometimes visiting conventional tourist spots can get predictable. You have a general idea of what to anticipate during your visit; the sights you will see, what to expect at the visitor’s center and gift shop, and other typical tourist attractions. If you’re looking to visit someplace a little out of the ordinary (or, in some cases, outright strange), you will want to check out our list of suggestions for some of the most unusual spots in Arizona.
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Unusual Spots In Arizona
What are the best little-known attractions in Arizona?
There are many little-known attractions in Arizona that are often overlooked for the more popular ones but they are worthwhile to visit and won’t be overrun with tourists. The experimental town of Arcosanti was designed by architect Paolo Soleri in the 1970s and is a fascinating spot. Today, this town has a few dozen residents and offers tours throughout the week as well as workshops in photography and ceramic silt casting. You may even choose to spend the night in one of the guest suites or camp on the property. It’s quite a unique place to spend some time! Grand Canyon Caverns are often overlooked in lieu of the Grand Canyon itself, but you should take the time to visit. Located along historic Route 66, these caverns sit 300-feet below the surface and include walkways that are accessible to most. You will also find an underground restaurant and hotel here.
What are the most unique towns in Arizona?
When thinking about unique towns in the Grand Canyon State, two immediately come to mind: Jerome and Bisbee. Sitting high atop a 5,200-foot hill is Jerome, a former mining town that has turned into more of an art village. In town, you can check out the 1,900 mine shaft that was once used to mine copper, silver, and god between 1915-1938. There is also a jail, ghost town, and plenty of shops and restaurants to visit here. Bisbee is another former mining town that has many restored businesses that preserve a bygone era. One feature of note in town is its use of stairs to get around town. There are so many stairs that each year a fitness challenge stair-climbing event known as the Bisbee 1000 is held. Here, you can also explore an old copper mine, dine at any one of the top-rated restaurants, and stay at any one of the unusual accommodations like the Shady Dell vintage trailer park. It’s a quirky town just full of history!
What are the most well-known attractions in Arizona?
The Grand Canyon is the most well-known attraction in the Grand Canyon State with millions of visitors flocking to the park each year. There’s plenty of hiking to do around here but most people come just to look at the breathtaking canyon. Saguaro National Park in Tuscon is 91,000 acres of saguaro cactus, mountains, petroglyphs, and wildlife and is a popular tourist destination that’s worth a few days to explore.