Attractions in Arizona
Historic Cities in Arizona
Bisbee Arizona is 90 miles southeast of Tucson, in the picturesque and historic Cochise County. The community was founded in 1880 and named after Judge DeWitt Bisbee, a financial backer of the Copper Queen Mine. Stroll its sidewalks and find delight in the many art galleries, gourmet restaurants, coffee houses, or wonderful bookstores and specialty shops. Visit the charmingly restored neighborhoods of Victorian and European-style homes perched miraculously on the hillsides. Tour the mines, visit the museums, and relive the past greatness of Bisbee. Bisbee is a wonderful place to visit, and unwind…relax…and find soothing respite from your everyday world.
Just 106 miles north of Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, the beautiful town of Prescott, Arizona awaits. Visitors from all over the world are drawn to this wonderful city to enjoy its unique rolling hills setting, old-west history, and a very enjoyable climate. All throughout the year Prescott offers a great variety of events and activities so that no matter when you choose to visit, you’ll get a chance to experience the many faces of Prescott and find out for yourself why Prescott is considered one of the top emerging metropolitan cities around.
Some of the West’s most beautiful country surrounds Flagstaff. From the Coconino National Forest and the San Francisco Peaks (12,633 feet) to the Red Rocks of Sedona to the rugged deserts of neighboring Native American nations, Flagstaff is a key destination for people adventure in the great American west. Surrounded by natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff offers dozens of accommodations, conference and meeting venues, more than 200 restaurants, numerous night spots, and a variety of cultural, historic and scientific attractions. Flagstaff has visitors from all over the world who are attracted to the clean mountain air, year-round outdoor recreation opportunities, historic downtown charm and a Western legacy of pioneer ranchers, railroad builders and lumbermen. Flagstaff is near the Grand Canyon National Park, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, and the Wupatki National Monument and Meteor Crater. Your American West adventure starts here.
About 90 miles north Phoenix, Jerome Arizona has been called “America’s Most Vertical City” and “Largest Ghost Town in America.” Jerome is located high atop Cleopatra Hill, between Prescott and Flagstaff Arizona, established on a 30-degree incline. Jerome was a historic copper mining town, once known as the wickedest town in the old west. Once just a copper mining camp, Jerome grew from a settlement of tents to a roaring mining community. Founded in 1876, Jerome was once the fourth largest city in the Arizona Territory. After the mining operations closed, the town population dispersed. Today Jerome is a thriving tourist and artist community with a population of about 450. It is a photographers dream. It is home to several fine restaurants, shops, and bed and breakfast inns.
“The Town Too Tough to Die,” Tombstone was perhaps the most renowned of Arizona’s old mining camps. Days of lawlessness and violence, climaxed with the infamous Earp-Clanton battle, fought near the rear entrance of the O.K. Corral, on October 26, 1881. Truly a Historical American Landmark, Tombstone is America’s best example of our 1880 western heritage, which is well preserved with original 1880′s buildings and artifacts featured in numerous museums. The thriving community offers tours, museums, historical re-enactments, restaurants, inns, and a variety of shops. We recommend you enjoy taking a step back into the old west with us!
Local Attractions + Websites
There are twenty-three casinos in the state of Arizona; these casinos cater to natives and tourists alike.
Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
The Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum was created to commemorate the mining industry that helped build Arizona. The collection, already one of the finest in the world, has been growing and improving year after year. Today, thousands of visitors tour the museum each year. The Museum draws mineral collectors and rock hounds from around the world.
Arizona Renaissance Festival (Seasonal) >Open every Saturday and Sunday
The Arizona Renaissance Festival is one of the most interactive entertainment shows ever created with wonderful amusements and antics on going all around you! Enjoy non-stop entertainment presented on 13 stages every event day. There is comedy, music, dancing, falconry, circus performers, jousting knights on horseback, and much more! Restaurants, unique foods, shops, and over 500 costumed characters roaming the festival village! Located on Hwy 60 between Phoenix and Tucson, the festival is located in Gold Canyon, AZ.Now through March 31, 2013Including Presidents’ Day
Rain or Shine – No Pets – Free Parking
Dates for 2014 are not yet determined.
Arizona Science Center
The Arizona Science Center is located in downtown Phoenix at 600 E. Washington Street. The center offers hands-on eye-opening fun for everyone. With permanent as well as seasonal exhibits, the Arizona Science Center is worth a visit. Check it out online to see the varied exhibits currently offered.
Arizona State Capitol Museum
This National Register site served as both the Capitol of the Arizona Territory and the State Capitol and has been restored to its historic appearance. Exhibits include: House and Senate Chambers, Offices of Governor and Secretary of State, Hands-on exhibit for sight impaired, and more. A gift shop is also available. The museum is located at 1700 S. Washington Street in Phoenix, AZ.
Hot Air Ballooning is a popular sport in Arizona. With multiple events scheduled throughout the year, hot air balloon rides and festivals are sure to excite even a novice. Check out the schedule of events on the link below.
Welcome to Arizona’s favorite waterpark. SunSplash Waterpark boasts lots of attractions and one of the world’s largest wavepools with 450,000 gallons of fun, moving water. There are numerous slides, rides, and plenty of food. Other attractions at the park make this a ‘must experience’ event. The park is located in Mesa, AZ.
Chase Field is a multipurpose venue best known as the home of the Major League Baseball’s Arizona Diamondbacks. Located at 401 E. Jefferson in Phoenix, AZ. But Chase Field hosts other events. Check out the game and event schedule below.
Camelback Mountain is famous for its telltale hump giving it the shape of a resting camel, and for the unique rock formation that resembles a Praying Monk. Camelback Mountain has a summit of 2.704 feet above sea level and offers hiking trails with an elevation of over 1,200 feet. The unique features along with the sheer red sandstone cliffs, draws thousands of hikers to Camelback each year. Friendly advice: Hiking to the top is not for beginning hikers — the two summit trails are strenuous climbs over sometime tricky trails. Some easier trails allow close-up exploration around Camelback’s base. Trailheads are open from sunrise to sunset daily except when closed for maintenance.
Arizona has all types of camping opportunities. Please find all the available camping sites in the complete Arizona Camp Resource Guide below.
Canyon Lake Arizona
Less than an hour drive from Phoenix lies the unspoiled beauty of Canyon Lake. 28 miles of cactus-dotted shoreline offering wondrous rock formations and peaceful private cove. A boat lift and boat rentals are available as well as a store.
The Chinese Cultural Center
The Chinese Cultural Center represents the most advanced facility in North and South America featuring Chinese architecture with an exterior highlighted by traditional Chinese gardens and replicas of ancient Chinese pagodas and statues.
Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden is nestled amid the beautiful red buttes of Papago Park. Hosts to one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits to enjoy. The Desert Botanical Garden offers educational programs, hands-on classes, field trips, guided tours and more. Check out their website for more information. Don’t forget your cameras/video cameras.
The Dolly Steamboat
Cruise Canyon Lake on Arizona’s “Junior Grand Canyon” Tour as a guest on The Dolly Steamboat. An old-fashioned rear paddle wheeler, the Dolly offers daily sightseeing cruises of beautiful Canyon Lake. The Dolly has been cruising the waters of Canyon Lake for over 25 years. There are any sights to be seen from the open-air decks but if the weather is too hot or cold, the enclosed cabins feature air conditioning or heat, weather dependent. For a fun filled day of family fun, check out the Dolly.
Golfland has been a great family fun park since 1953, and is still going strong today! We we’ve got you covered with fun for the whole family.
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon National Park offers an elevation spanning from around 2000 feet to over 8000 feet, and a variety of weather conditions as well. You will find powerful and inspiring landscape, and you may become overwhelmed by the canyons immense size; 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. Today the Grand Canyon National Park receives close to five million visitors each year. The temperatures can be quite cold so bring a jacket. The Grand Canyon is a “must experience” opportunity.
Grand Canyon Railway
We would like to invite you to take a step back in time with us on the Grand Canyon Railway. The moment you step onboard one of Grand Canyon Railway’s beautifully restored vintage train cars, you are transported to a seemingly different era where the romance of train travel surrounds you. Plan a memorable trip that will take you to the past, but help you seize the day. With 4 wonderful classes of distinct passenger service, the Railway will have you thinking of the past, but soaking up the present. The novelty of your train can only be overshadowed by one thing: the breathtaking majesty of the stunning Grand Canyon.
Hall of Flame Firefighter Museum
The Hall of Flame Fire Museum and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes has almost an acre of fire history exhibits, with over 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus on display, dating from 1725 to 1969. Most of the exhibits are American, but we also have pieces from England, France, Austria, Germany, and Japan. The Hall of Flame sponsors the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes, which honors firefighters who have died in the line of duty or who have been decorated for heroism. This wonderful museum is located in Phoenix, Arizona.
Explore the museum’s rich history as one of the Phoenix area’s first cultural attractions. See how the museum has grown to be one of the world’s finest destinations for learning about American Indian arts and cultures. Come and view the comprehensive collections, intriguing exhibitions, distinctive festivals and interactive learning opportunities. These features combine to make today’s Heard Museum an outstanding destination. Phoenix settlers Dwight B. and Maie Bartlett Heard founded the museum in 1929.
Lake Havasu is home to the world-famous London Bridge, and is both a water lover’s paradise and a desert lover’s dream. Many new and longtime visitors enjoy the top-rated RV resorts and condominiums with spectacular views and convenient locations. With more than 300 days of sunshine per year in Arizona, Lake Havasu is ideal for golf, tennis and desert tours, just to name a few of the local attractions.
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Spend a few hours and discover the incredible legacy of an ancient people. Prior to 1951, visitors were still allowed to explore the inside of the ruins. Gaze through the windows of the past into the America’s best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America. Marveling at this enduring legacy of the Sinagua culture reveals a people surprisingly similar to today.
Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Lions, Tigers, and Bears, “Oh My” – and Giraffe, Ostrich, Cobras, Zebra, Rhinoceros, Black Bear, Wildebeest, Jaguar, Leopards, Wolves, Camel, Exotic Birds, Tortoise, Hyenas and more! People from all around the world visit the Out of Africa Wildlife Park to the experience a thrill of a lifetime. The mission is to teach and educate everyone to appreciate animals in natural settings, and to share a peaceful interactive relationship with them in a physical and spiritual way that touches visitors’ hearts. It is a fun, friendly, and informative experience, and open to the entire family.
Phoenix Art Museum
Since 1959, The Phoenix Art Museum has been the home of an outstanding collection of more than 18,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design. Here you will be immersed in culture while viewing popular exhibitions that feature artists such as Rembrandt, Norman Rockwell, and Annie Leibowitz, and Monet. And the list goes on.
The Phoenix Zoo is host to approximately 1,200 animals on exhibit, including collections of mammals, fish, invertebrates, birds, and reptiles. There are 125 acres of land including exhibit, non-exhibit and operations areas. The Phoenix Zoo offers Special Events, Family programs, and School/Youth programs.
Pink Jeep Tours
Pink Jeep Tours has been providing the most talked about off-road family adventures in the Southwest for almost 50 years. Their award-winning excursions are known as the premier “must-do” tours in Sedona, Scottsdale, and the Grand Canyon, Arizona and even have a site in Las Vegas, Nevada. The spectacular tours take you places you may have never imagined existed. So sit back and enjoy the ride!
Pioneer Living History Museum
The Pioneer Living History Museum is located just 30 minutes north of downtown Phoenix. Here you can visit over 90 acres of an old 1800′s town, with no cars or smog, just authentic buildings and historically accurate reproductions. See the Opera House where Lilly Langtry sang; look through a rifle port in the actual cabin that survived Arizona’s bloodiest range war; laugh your way through a “melodrama” or browse through an 1890′s dress shop and much more! Don’t miss out on this bit of history!
Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park
The Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, a National Historic Landmark, offers a unique opportunity to learn about and enjoy the prehistoric and historic cultures of the Valley of the Sun. This historic site features three galleries, a theatre with an award winning introductory video, and an outdoor interpretive trail as well. Come and enjoy a taste of history for yourself.
Tortilla Flat is an authentic remnant of an old west town, nestled in the midst of the Tonto National Forest. Mosey down the boardwalk and visit the Superstition Saloon where real saddles serve as bar stools while you sit and enjoy a cold brew or sarsaparilla. As well as being home for six adventurous people, Tortilla Flat has a charm that has surpassed time. Along with the unique wallpaper made of dollar bills from visitors from all over the world, the restaurant serves the biggest burgers, and the hottest chili and the coldest drinks every day. You will love the experience!
Welcome to Skydive Arizona, the largest skydiving resort in the world…where skydivers come to explore the possibilities… You don’t have to be a champion to jump here… But you just might become one if you do! “You must be 18 years of age to skydive at Skydive Arizona.” Skydive Arizona is located in Eloy, about half way between Phoenix and Tucson.
University of Phoenix Stadium
Official home of the Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals President Bill Bidwill and son Michael embarked upon the task of building a new stadium for the team with a very clear focus, constructing a bold and innovative venue that would set the industry standard for design excellence and provide the ultimate in fan comfort. The result is a $450 million complex that opened in August of 2006 on a 165-acre site in Glendale, just west of Phoenix. Honored site of Super Bowl XLII and hosts the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl annually.