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Old 01-28-2012, 08:38 AM   #1
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Your favorite Arizona attractions

You folks have been so great in helping us with New Mexico attractions, now we would like to ask you for your favorites in Arizona. Yeah, I know that we could go to the Arizona state sites and get them there, but they make ALL of them sound good! I would like to know the ones that you were impressed with. Let me say that we aren't interested in art museums and that sort of thing, mostly old western things and beautiful outdoor scenery. Thanks in advance for your help!

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Old 01-28-2012, 10:33 AM   #2
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Of course the Grand Canyon is a must see if you haven't already. While up that way Flagstaff is fun to kick around and if you're an old music fan visiting the "corner in Winslow Arizona" is worth the stop but not worth the trip as a destination. Between Flagstaff and Winslow is the Meteor Crater which I certainly think is worth the trip. Pretty incredible to look down into that big hole and to think about what happened there.

In the south you would probably like Tombstone as they put on a lot of wild west shows and that sort of thing. While near Tombstone, you might want to take in Kartchner Caverns which are pretty incredible too.

We spent a week in Yuma once and didn't find a reason to return.

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Old 01-28-2012, 10:45 AM   #3
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Well lets see. Grand Canyon, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Hoover Dam a ride over to Page and then West to Utah, what a drive, Lake Havasu to see the London Bridge, Air Museum in Tucson , Oatman is a must see
just to name a few. We have never been to Tombstone but we'll get there sooner or later. Hope this helps. Whew I'm tired. Time for a nap.
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Places I went, mostly on purpose, include Grand Canyon, Quartsite (last half of Jan only) and Lake Havasu (spelling) home of the London Bridge, which is most clearly NOT falling down.

Place I went by accident (Literally, over 2,000 in damage to my towed when the pin came out of my receiver) Page AZ.. I plan on returning to Page by the way, Liked it. This is a town that was bult to house workers buliding the nearby hydroelectric dam. It is next door to a Navaho reservation and there are many canyons and gorges nearby (On Native American land for the most part) and the tribe has an office in town where you can take tours. We found it an interesting and lovely town.

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The above suggestions are good but if you get near Tucson - about 25 miles south is the Titan Missle museum. Good for a couple of hours, quite interesting.
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In Tucson: the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Kitt Peak National Observatory, Biosphere 2, Saguaro National Park.

Other interesting places besides those already mentioned, in no particular order: Organ Pipe National Monument, Montezuma Castle National Monument, Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Fort Bowie National Historice Park, Chiricahua National Monument, Cochise Stronghold. There are many, many more, but to see all of the above, plus what others have mentioned, would take you several months!
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I will second Canyon de Chelly if you're near the Northeast of the state.

My recommendation: do the Grand Canyon (North Rim is the BEST for scenic views, South Rim for entertainment), then see Canyon de Chelly. IN THAT ORDER!! The Grand Canyon inspires, but when you look into the canyon at de Chelly, you feel connected to the natives. It is awesome!
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Hi MSHappyCampers,

Please do not consider this a Utah hijack of your Arizona OP. I just could not resist. These are out of the way places.

Adding to the previous posts (been to all of them) consider an area that is only partly in Arizona. That is the Monument Valley, Valley of the Gods and the 4 corners area. If you go to this area, consider staying in Mexican Hat, just over the border in Utah. I think the best part of Monument Valley is the part in Utah. If you take the guided tour, ask your guide to show you where the Chevy Impala commercials were filmed in the mid 60s. FYI, the actress had to spend the night in the Chevy on top of the monument. Due to high winds she could not get retrieved the day the commercial was recorded.

A ride through Valley of the Gods (just over the border in Utah) is a day you will not forget. Pack a lunch there is nothing there except scenery. If it is dry any vehicle will do. If it is wet 4 wheel drive may be necessary.

Lastly, just north of Mexican Hat turn left onto route 261. A short drive and turn left onto route 316. A short drive will get you to Gooseneck State Park. Drive to the end of the road, park the car in the circle and walk to the railing. Be prepared for the view of a lifetime. From here you could easily get to the west entrance of the Valley of the Gods.
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We also like the Colorado River and specifically Lake Havasu/Topoc Gorge. We go about every other year where we have a lot. ATV'ing, boating, walking; dining out...these are the things we do and love there.
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Along with some of the others posted I would add.
Wupatki National Monument and Sunnset Crater on hwy 89 north of Flagstaff.
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Sedona, Tombstone, Williams area,Grand Canyon, Took a Day drive to Monument Valley some of our favorites.
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Drive south from Flagstaff down Alt 89 through Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona and the red rocks country. Go up on the mesa at the Sedona airport and enjoy the view!

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Antelope Canyon just outside of Page ...

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If you don't do AZ -88 from Apache Junction to Tortilla Flat or Roosevelt Dam, Hiway 60 from Mesa to Globe or Mesa up to Payson, then you haven't seen Arizona at all.

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