Top 10 Places to Visit in Arizona State
Arizona State in the United States is said to be one of the leading revenue earners from tourism due to its rich composition of many natural sites and scenes. These tourist attractions are spread all over different parts of the state. Among the top ten tourist destinations in Arizona, stated in any order, are as follows:
- Sedona Town
Sedona is a town found in Arizona and borders Phoenix town to the north. For a long time, Sedona has been considered one of the prettiest towns in Arizona and has remained a top tourist destination city due to the beautiful nature of the red rocks and parks. It is also known as an arts community and has over 90 art galleries, holding several art festivals every year. Some of the precious attractions that make Sedona attractive include Cathedral Rocks, Coconino sandstone, Schnebly Hill, Sandstone, Redwall Limestone among others. Apart from beautiful scenes and art galleries, Sedona also has beautiful recreational centers that are good for hiking and picnic activities.
Mesa is the third largest city in Arizona. It hosts various breathtaking parks and a wide variety of unique museums. Some of the attractive sites found in Mesa include; Rose Garden, Mesa Historical Museum, Mesa Arts Center, Riverview Part, Arizona Museum of Natural History, and Usery Mountain Regional Park. Rose Garden was established in 1997 and is located in the Mesa Community Village, having over 300 different varieties of roses. Apart from being a picnic center, it is also used as a center for study and a botanic garden. Mesa Historical Museum was established in 1987 and preserves a large collection of historical objects including agricultural tools used in the earlier days.
Phoenix is the capital city of Arizona State and has a population of over 1.5 million people. Considered as a city full of life, the city experiences a significant number of tourists who frequently visit to enjoy a wide range of recreational and outdoor activities. It is the home of Desert Botanical Garden which has almost all types of desert vegetation and cactus garden. It is also the home of Papago Park which offers nature trails, Phoenix Zoo, and Botanical Gardens. Heritage Square acts as a tourist attraction site as it restores the great nature of fine buildings built in the early years. Other sites found in Phoenix City include Heard Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, and South Mountain Park.
Tempe is a city in Arizona bordered by Phoenix city on the west and to the east is Mesa town. It is the hometown of the famous Arizona State University. It is known for its large assortment of restaurants, entertainment joints and very colorful nightlife in Downtown Tempe. In the Arizona State University is Arizona State University Art Museum that has a broad range of collection of more than 10,000 objects. Also found in Tempe is The Tempe Center for the Arts submitted to West Rio Salado. The building represents state of the art performing center and houses various dance companies. Other attractions located in the Tempe include Hayden Butte Preserve, Tempe Beach Park, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo among others.
This city is located in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. It is surrounded by mountain ranges among them Rincon Mountains, Santa Rita Mountains, and Tuscon Mountains. It has a relatively warm and dry climate which attracts tourists and people especially during periods of winter in the northern region. Other features that make Tuscon a tourist destination of choice include Saguaro National Park (home of cactus and variety of desert animals like desert tortoises and rattlesnakes), Tuscon Mountain Park, Pima Air, and Space Museum, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Catalina State Park, Reid Park Zoo and International Wildlife Museum.
- Scottsdale City
The city of Scottsdale was named after its founder Winfred Scott in 1894 and late incorporated in 1951. The area is characterized by high-end entertainment destinations as well as an extensive collection of art galleries and much affordable but state of the art restaurants. Most of the tourist attractions here are comprised of modern architectural works, old buildings as well as old art galleries. Other sites here include Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, Toliesin West, Pinnacle Peak Park, Carefree Desert Gardens, Soleri Bridge and Plaza, Fountain Park, Cattle Track, among others
Glendale city is found in Maricopa County. It is one of the top tourist destinations in Arizona State being the home to many of the beautiful sceneries and parks like Brand Park, Central Park, Forest Lawn Memorial, Deukmejian Wilderness, Alex Theatre and Fremont Park.
In the Southeast of Phoenix lies Gilbert Town. Just like most of the towns in Arizona State, Gilbert proud itself with wide range of magical and beautiful scenes that acts as tourist attractions. These include; Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch (home to various bird species), Gilbert Temple, SunDust Gallery, San Tan Village, Hale Centre Theatre among many others.
- Colorado Plateau
Colorado Plateau is a city shared by four states in the United States namely; Mexico, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. In the border of Utah and Arizona lies Monument Valley, a desert region consisting of red rock buttes surrounded by sand. Also, called Navajo Tribal Park, the site has a beautiful scenery and overwhelming landscape and is a regular place where Western movies are filmed. Monument Valley is also one of the leading tourist attractions in Arizona and believed to be the most photographed scenes in the world. It provides the most spectacular and prolific images found in the American West. Some of the scenes found here are Valley Drive, Camel Butte, Lone Tree and West Mitten Butte.
Bisbee is a city found in Cochise County. It is the only city in Arizona with a rich history and well-preserved monuments. Among the points that draw a lot of interests in Bisbee city are Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum, Muheim House, the Abandoned Pool Snooker Joker, Mule Mountains located in the southeastern part of Arizona and Center Town Old Bisbee. According to USA TODAY readers, Bisbee was named the best historical town in the category of small towns having a population of fewer than 25,000 people.