The Ultimate Arizona Road Trip
The Ultimate Arizona Road Trip
If you’re looking for an excellent road trip destination, look no further than Arizona. The state is home to some of the most stunning scenery in the United States, from epic red rock canyons, through to turquoise waterfalls, out-of-this-world rock formations, and serene camping spots. Travel start-up company AllTheRooms has rounded up the best destinations in Arizona that you simply have to visit on your road trip.
Marvel at Geological Formations at Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon is one of the most photographed spots in the U.S. The canyon is home to stunning cave-like formations formed from thousands of years of geological changes. The reason Antelope Canyon is so photographed is the red-orange rock that makes up the walls in the main cave, known as ‘Upper Antelope Canyon’, creates the illusion of flowing water due to its geological composition -- and it’s a breathtaking sight.
Visit the Grand Canyon National Park
It’s easy to see why the Grand Canyon National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At over 6,000 feet deep, the canyon has been exposed to around two billion years of geological history. It’s one of the most epic sights in the world and draws millions of tourists each year. The Grand Canyon is best known for its vibrant red rocks and the flowing Colorado River that cuts through the center of the canyon. Adventurous travelers hike to the bottom of the canyon, while travelers looking for a calmer journey can walk around part of the canyon’s rim. If you have the cash to splash, go on a helicopter ride over the canyon – it will give you a much better perspective of just how enormous it is.
Hike Down to Havasupai Falls
In the heart of the Grand Canyon lies Havasu Falls, one of the most colorful destinations in the United States thanks to the contrasting color combination of vivid red rock and vibrant turquoise water. The falls lie within the land of the Havasupai Indians who have lived there for centuries, and there’s a campground where you can stay for a night or two– although you’ll need to book with plenty of time in advance to secure a spot. To get to Havasu Falls, it’s a ten-mile hike down the canyon and you’ll have to hike back up to the top. Reservations for camping open annually in February – and it’s first-come-first-served.
Explore the Town of Sedona
The mystical town of Sedona in Arizona is known for its bright red rocks, spiritual energy, and ancient Native American communities. Sedona oozes a mystical vibe, and is known for ‘healing tourism’, where visitors come for spiritual vortexes, which many believe are powerful and transformational energy centers. The vortexes are said to be in the spot where twisted trees grow, of which there are many in the area. Visitors also come to Sedona to connect with themselves and nature -- and it’s a great place to base yourself if you want to visit the Grand Canyon or Antelope Canyon.
Visit Meteor Crater Park
No road trip to Arizona would be complete without visiting the impressive Meteor Crater Park. Around 50,000 years ago, a giant asteroid hit planet earth. It was traveling at 26,000 miles-per-hour and left an enormous crater imprint that can be seen at Meteor Crater Park in Arizona; it’s now known to be the most well-preserved meteor impact site on earth! There's an on-site campground and it’s a magical experience to camp beneath the starry sky and imagine just how many asteroids are up there.
Explore the City of Tucson
The city of Tucson is well worth a visit during your Arizona road trip. It’s home to the beautiful Saguaro National Park, where you can see the country’s largest cacti, which are the saguaro cacti specie. Other things to do include going on one of the many scenic hiking trails around Tucson, exploring the Sonoran Desert, visiting ancient caves, or walking around the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which is an interactive museum where you can find out more about the flora and fauna in the area. The museum is also home to a stunning botanical garden.
Tucson is a great place to base yourself as in the surrounding area you can find vineyards, revived Old West towns, and colonial architecture.
Take Photos at Horseshoe Bend
Along with Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend is also one of the most photographed places in the U.S. Horseshoe Bend is an incredible u-shaped-turn in the Colorado River and the combination of red rock, Arizona desert, and the bending river is so picturesque you’ll spend hours taking photos of the scene. The big question is when is the best time to visitHorseshoe Bend? Some claim it’s at sunrise, while others say it’s at sunset.
Go Caving at the Grand Canyon Caverns
Arizona is home to tons of eerie caves – and they are an excellent place to visit if you want to stay cool and beat the Arizona heat. The Grand Canyon Caverns is the largest dry cave in the U.S. It’s a limestone cave that goes down to 300 feet underground, and you’ll have to take a lift down 21 stories to get to the bottom. There are a variety of walking trails in the cave and there’s even an underground hotel room, which lies at 220 feet below the earth's surface – great if you’re looking for an unusual accommodation experience. Colossal Cave is another brilliant spot to visit if you want to explore more of Arizona’s caving system.
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