This Natural Wonders Road Trip Will Show You Arizona Like You’ve Never Seen It Before
Inspired by one of our previous posts about scenic road trips in Arizona, we decided to create a natural wonders road trip in Arizona that you won’t soon forget. You can find amazing scenic views all over our beautiful state, so to make it a little easier, we decided to take a look at some of the iconic spots found in Arizona’s northern half that qualify as a definite must-see and are, for the most part, pretty easy to access. Here are nine fantastic spots to stop along the way!
If you want to check out the map we created, just click this link for a guide on how to get to each stop. However, feel free to create your own itinerary and directions; this is merely a guide on how to get started.
These are just a few of the many incredible scenic views you can discover when you jump in your vehicle and take one of many possible road trips in Arizona. Want to see our (almost) complete list of Arizona natural wonders? You won’t want to miss out on these 13 most incredible natural wonders in Arizona!
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What are some affordable parks to visit in Arizona?
When going on road trips in Arizona it's easy for expenses to climb pretty quickly, so finding inexpensive activities is crucial. While Antelope Canyon is pretty stunning, it gets a bit pricey to see if you have a large family. Here are some affordable parks in Arizona to explore that won't break the bank:
Canyon de Chelly: This park is free to visit, and offers you incredible scenic views and plenty of hiking trails down to the canyon floor. You'll also be able to explore the White House Ruins completely free.
Colossal Cave Mountain Park: This large cave about 40 minutes from Tucson is another relatively affordable attraction. Tickets for the Classic Cave Tour will run for adults in the low 20s with a pretty good discount for children ages 5-12. Tours these days are even more fascinating because they are done with lanterns and backlights to help pressure the delicate cave system.
Monument Valley: You'll recognize these iconic buttes from photos all over the internet, but for only $10 per person or $20 per vehicle you can see them in person. Everybody loves a nice butte in person.
Tumacácori National Historical Park: If you love old Spanish architecture you'll dig the Tumacácori Mission and the ruins of the town around it. The park entrance fee is $10 per person over the age of 16 and is good for seven days. There are also free annual passes for active military and their dependents. As with all national parks, you can take advantage of the 4th Grade Annual Pass which gets them into all national parks for free during their 4th grade school year and the following summer. (Although children of that age would be free at this park anyway)
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Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at email@example.com.