Attractions April 09, 2021
The Definitive Guide To Uncovering Arizona’s Best Attractions — Small Towns, Gorgeous Parks, Museums, And More!
When it comes to fascinating attractions in Arizona, there are simply so many in each town that it’s impossible to list them all. Locals will agree: we’ve all got that favorite store, favorite park, favorite museum, or favorite landmarks that we find ourselves drawn to again and again. However, if you’re craving a little adventure, we suggest you also visit any southern Arizona winery, any Arizona zoo, or even any of the legendary Arizona shops known for their outstanding antiques. Truth is, there’s a lot to look forward to in the Copper State, and here are our picks for some of the best of the best things to do in Arizona.
The Best Small Towns In Arizona
Arizona is filled to the brim with small (sometimes straight-up tiny) towns, most of which you can visit today. Of course, given our rich history as a mining state unlike any other, a lot of our most outstanding small towns are ghost towns! Of all the places you could call “ghost towns” that are absolutely worth visiting, some of the very best include Jerome, which is home to what might be the most haunted hotel in the country, and Superior, a living ghost town that has more historic buildings than modern ones. In terms of more popular small-town destinations, you can’t go wrong with beautiful Sedona, Arizona, which might just be a little slice of heaven right here in the Copper State - a slice of heaven with plenty of roundabouts. There's also Sonoita and Elgin, both of which have incredible wineries and a rich art culture.
How many of these small towns have you been to?
The Must-Visit Bacon Store In Arizona
If there’s one food that (almost) everyone absolutely loves, it’s bacon, and for good reason: it’s delicious. Salty, crispy, chewy, peppered, with or without brown sugar - no matter how you prefer it, bacon has been a breakfast staple for centuries, as well as one of the most popular additions to burgers, meatloaf, steaks, and more for countless years. The Pork Shop in Queen Creek, Arizona, is a bacon lover’s paradise with more to offer than just bacony goodness; you can also get lunch meat, pork chops, hams, and plenty of other pork-based goods here, but if we’re being real, it’s all about that bacon.
Think your appetite could handle this ultimate bacon emporium?
Address: 3359 East Combs Road, San Tan Valley, Arizona 85140
The Most Unique Park In Arizona
On the hunt for a state park that’s uniquely Arizona (but isn’t the Grand Canyon)? Look no further than Little Painted Desert County Park, a stunningly beautiful park in the town of Winslow (yeah, the one from the song). Experience the uniquely Arizonan Painted Desert like never before in this little slice of paradise. Best of all, this park is definitely under-appreciated, and if you’re hoping to beat the crowds you’ll encounter visiting the Painted Desert, it’s a splendid choice.
How many of these little-known Arizona parks have you been to?
Painted Desert Rim Drive, Winslow, Arizona, 86047
The Most Epic Water Park In Arizona
The term “epic” shouldn’t be used lightly, especially when it’s being used to describe the awesomeness of a local water park. Let’s face it: Arizona gets downright HOT. July and August are sometimes barely survivable thanks to sweltering temperatures and, when you throw in monsoon season, the “dry heat” concept occasionally goes out the window. Yuck. Luckily for us, we’ve got several water parks throughout the state, but none are as legendary as Hurricane Harbor, the largest water park in the entire state. Believe us when we say “epic” is definitely the correct adjective, because this place has over 10 water slides, a crisp and cool lazy river, and plenty of other wet-and-wild things to do.
Which of the slides would you go on first?
Address: 4243 W Pinnacle Peak Road, Glendale, Arizona, 85310
The Most Charming Flea Market In Arizona
This one is a “twofer”, because the West Wind Drive-In and Public Market is two awesome things to do in one! Flea market by day, drive-in movie theatre by night, the West Wind Drive-In and Public Market has been a staple of the Valley of the Sun for decades. Browse the flea market during the day and find things you won’t find anywhere else from local vendors, and then come back later that night with a special someone for a great date they won’t soon forget. It’s as charming as it is unique.
What movie would you like to see at West Wind Drive-In and Public Market?
Address: 5650 North 55th Avenue, Glendale, Arizona, 85301
The Magical Lavender Farm In Arizona
Would you believe it if we told you Arizona is home to lots of farms other than corn, grains, and cotton farms? It’s true! Perhaps one of the best is the 120 acres of paradise otherwise known as Windy Hills Lavender Farm, where you can find all things lavender and totally blow your budget on lavender goodies. The farm plants and harvests over 1,000 lavender plants every year, focusing on more than just one variety as well. If you’re a lover of essential oils or just plain love all the lavender things there are, this Arizona farm is a can’t-miss!
How irresistible is this gorgeous farm and country store?
Address: 3384 Stone Bridge Trail, Heber, Arizona, 85928
The Tallest Bridge In Arizona
The Mike O’Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, at Hoover Dam, is not just the largest bridge in the state of Arizona; it’s also one of the tallest in the United States. It’s an awe-inspiring 890 feet tall, and as such, it’s the second-tallest bridge in the county and the highest concrete bridge on earth. A visit to this Arizona bridge will take your breath away in the very best way. Are you afraid of heights?
Could you brave looking down from Arizona’s tallest bridge?
One Of The Most Unique Museums In Arizona
So, this museum is tiny, but it packs an interesting punch. Ever wonder if there’s a such thing as a mathematical models museum? Just us, then? Silliness aside, this hidden gem tucked away inside the lobby of the University of Arizona Department of Mathematics might just give you a whole new appreciation of math!
How many of these offbeat Arizona museums have you been to?
Address: 617 North Santa Rita Avenue, Tucson, Arizona, 85721