The Grand Canyon State is filled with stunning, picturesque beauty. From its iconic desert landscape to its lush forests up north, there’s so much of Arizona to explore that it can be tough to decide where to begin. Fortunately, we’ve taken the time to put together a list of the best Arizona sightseeing locations to help readers figure out which sightseeing locales might most interest them during their stay in our sunny state! Read on to learn more about sightseeing in Arizona!
About an hour east of Phoenix, volcanic rock punctuates the scenic beauty of this mountain range and its surrounding landmarks, including Peralta Canyon, Fremont Saddle, Weavers Needle, and supposedly the legendary Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine. While you may not find any lost gold, the sights in the Lost Dutchman State Park are pictorial gold, including the massive stretches of wildflowers during years with lots of rainfall.
The short, scenic Sedona hike is worth it for the spectacular views of a number of famous red rock formations, including Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock, Cathedral Rock, Cockscomb Rock, Chimney Rock, Capital Butte, Coffeepot Rock, Ship Rock, and Steamboat Rock. Nearby, there is also the Mini-Mesa, a vortex site where you can feel and meditate in the presence of natural energy.
Saguaro National Park
No trip to Arizona is complete without a visit to see the iconic representation of our desert state, the Saguaro cactus! This national park is replete with Saguaro cacti, as well as outstanding sights of the desert landscape that is unique to southern Arizona.
San Tan Mountains
Near San Tan Valley lies one of our favorite places to go sightseeing in Arizona, the San Tan Mountains. The area provides glorious views of the desert in the southeast Valley, including Goldmine Mountain, flats filled with creosote plants, forests of saguaro, and all sorts of native wildlife.
Chapel of the Holy Cross
This famous Sedona church has unforgettable views of a spread of red rock formations and a portion of the town itself. The interior of the church is also beautiful and one-of-a-kind, with enormous windows overlooking the same views as the outside path.
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