Arizona April 08, 2018
9 Of The Greatest Destinations Most Arizonans Overlook
If you were to look at the average tourist guide for Arizona, chances are you’ll find recommendations for major attractions like the Grand Canyon and Sedona. If, however, you prefer visiting the little spots that make Arizona such a unique destination, then you might want to check out these nine often overlooked places. Whether it’s a look at the state’s history, a chance to wander through beautiful landscapes, or even exploring a side of the state you’ve never seen before, you’ll find some fascinating aspects of Arizona here.
1. Arizona Hot Spring
You’ll need to hike a few miles to get to this hot spring near the Colorado River but the steaming spring is worth the effort! You’ll want to visit within the month or once the fall season arrives, however, since the temperatures are starting to rise around the state.
Details & Location:
National Park Service
2. Arizona Museum of Natural History, Mesa
Love dinosaurs and geology? You will love visiting this unique little museum in Mesa where you can learn an extraordinary amount about Arizona’s natural history.
Address: 53 North Macdonald, Mesa
3. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson
What do you get when you combine a zoo, museum, and botanical garden? This cool spot in Tucson where you can learn more about the desert environment and the wildlife that exists here!
Address: 2021 North Kinney Road, Tucson
This tiny town sits quiet and alone about a mile off Highway 93, but the quirky atmosphere is something you won’t find elsewhere. Visit for a small town experience, their historical "ghost town" attraction, murals, and some interesting yard art.
5. Coal Mine Canyon
This canyon is truly a hidden gem; you can’t even see it from the road! You’ll need to drive a little way off the highway to access the canyon’s rim but it is definitely one pretty spot that you won’t want to miss.
6. Fairbank Ghost Town
If you want to visit a true ghost town, then we recommend checking out Fairbank. A short drive from Tombstone and Sierra Vista, Fairbank’s buildings and surrounding areas are slowly being restored to better preserve the history here for future generations.
7. Keepers of the Wild Nature Park, Valentine
This nature park is actually an exotic animal sanctuary that permanently houses rescued wildlife. During a tour here, you can learn about the stories behind each animal and how they have thrived in their new home.
Address: 13441 East Highway 66, Valentine
8. Navajo National Monument
If you’re planning a trip to Monument Valley, then you’ll want to plan a stop at the nearby Navajo National Monument. This park is hidden away, but you’ll have an incredible opportunity to see some of the best preserved ancient cliff dwellings in the state!
If you’ve ever wanted to visit a living ghost town or see a truly unique attraction on Route 66, be sure to visit Oatman. This former mining town is home to well-preserved buildings, Wild West attractions, and even wild burros wandering the dirt streets!
Do you prefer to see all natural places when traveling? Then you’ll want to make sure to read our previous article:
12 Unimaginably Beautiful Places In Arizona That You Must See Before You Die. Trust us when we say these places are jaw-droppingly gorgeous!