Arizona Travel Guide

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One of the most rugged and humid states in the US, Arizona also boasts some of the most unique scenery. From the Grand Canyon to the Petrified Forest National Park, to Four Corners Monument and the Roper Lake State Park, Arizona is packed full of national parks and reserves, and contrary to popular belief is not one, giant desert, although portions of the state are indeed quite arid. Instead, the country is a wide range of landscapes, and rich with Native American cultures and traditions, with reservations dotting the countryside as a testament to their once-great nations.

Probably the most evident reason to visit the state is the natural beauty of the landscapes. There are several ways to experience this, and all of them offer up close and personal views. Taking the Amtrak through the state allows you a view of the countryside from the comforts of the train, while hikers and backpackers can simply head up into one of the dozens of national parks and branch out from the nearest trailhead. In addition, riding through the countryside on horseback is another option for the outdoor enthusiast, and with various ranches and other businesses offering guided tours through the various areas, it makes seeing the natural wonders of the state hands-on.

The Grand Canyon is listed as one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders, and it should absolutely not be missed.

But Arizona isn’t all about the natural landscapes. There’s the Hoover Dam, which in and of itself is an amazing sight, and the cities of Flagstaff and Scottsdale provide people with plenty of access to modernity. Phoenix is the capital city, and places like Tucson or Yuma date back over the decades to the days of the Wild West, offering visitors a unique look into the state’s past. All in all, this Four Corners state is a treasure-trove of wealth in a variety of ways, and should be at the top of anyone’s list of states to visit. Many of the major cities boast high end shopping and unique cuisine experiences.

Phoenix #1 most popular location
If American cities are humans of different ages and styles, then New York, Boston and Chicago are the older, established types, while Phoenix is the up-and-coming 20-something just out of sch…
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Tucson #2 most popular location
An energetic and invigorating corner of Arizona with an unsurprisingly hefty hint of Mexico spilling over the border to it, Tucson is cupped amongst craggy desert mountains and has a slight w…
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Grand Canyon #3 most popular location
The Grand Canyon needs little introduction, but even knowing what to expect does little to prepare for you the breathtaking natural splendor of one of the world’s most famous sites. We’ve…
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Sedona #4 most popular location
An Arizona town known far more for its location than the allure of the town itself, Sedona is at the heart of a great American cruising spot (roads around here come complete with intense view…
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Scottsdale #5 most popular location
If there was a test to dictate cities that are somewhat of an anomaly, Scottsdale could apply for entrance into the club and pass without a question asked. Located in the eastern part of Mari…
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Flagstaff #6 most popular location
One moment you are traveling along the interstate enjoying the sprawling vistas offered by the desert, and the next moment you have graduated to a mountainous area covered with ponderosa pine…
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Page #7 most popular location
Official Tourism Site: Page (population 7,250) is a city in Coconino County, Arizona -- near the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell. Once home to grazi…
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Tempe #8 most popular location
Official Tourism Site: Much like its larger neighbor Phoenix, Tempe is a relatively young and up-and-coming city. Incorporated in 1894, Tempe is a landlocked c…
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Mesa #9 most popular location
Official Tourism Site: Mesa (population 457,000) was founded in January 1878 by Mormon pioneers, and its population is still roughly one-tenth Mor…
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Chandler #10 most popular location
Chandler is in the Greater Phoenix area and has developed greatly in the last 10 years. It is home to several venues that are becoming more and more popular. Downtown Chandler is filled with …
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Lake Havasu City #11 most popular location
Lake Havasu City is a small city that lies on the western edge of the state of Arizona, along the Colorado River, about 20 miles south of Interstate 40. The city receives its namesake from t…
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Williams #12 most popular location
Williams, also known as "The Gateway to the Grand Canyon", is a beautiful historic town with a delightful hotel in the center of town. The hotel sits next to the train station with trains th…
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Yuma #13 most popular location
Official Tourism Site: First incorporated as Arizona City in 1871, Yuma (population 93,000) was renamed in 1873 and is now the largest city in Arizona outside th…
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Sierra Vista #14 most popular location
Sierra Vista, Az. has a population over 49,000. The city is the economic and commercial center of Cochise County, and northern Sonora, Mexico. Sierra Vista annexed Fort Huachuca, one of the l…
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Kingman #15 most popular location
Official Tourism Site: Kingman (population 28,000) is conveniently located on Interstate 40 and is the perfect launching point for "Route 66 and Beyond." Scenic h…
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Glendale #16 most popular location
Glendale (population 255,000) is one of the major residential cities that border Phoenix to form the Phoenix Metropolitan Area (or simply "The Valley of the Sun"). People may know Glendale…
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Prescott #17 most popular location
Official Tourism Site: The towns of Prescott (population 40,000), Prescott Valley, Chino Valley and Dewey-Humboldt comprise what is locally known as the "Qua…
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Holbrook #18 most popular location
Holbrook was founded in 1881 and is the gateway to Petrified Forest National Park. Located near many of the Indian reservations Holbrook is located in eastern Arizona and near the 3 routes th…
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Grand Canyon National Park #19 most popular location
Grand Canyon N.P. is a wonderful place. The south rim is a convient drive from Flagstaff. There are many overlooks there but at least half are closed to personal traffic where you have to tak…
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Tombstone #20 most popular location
Quite possibly one of the most famous Wild West cities in the history of America, Tombstone has been portrayed over the years in a variety of formats, ranging from film to theater to novels a…
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Bisbee #21 most popular location
Bisbee was founded in the 1800's (1880 to be exact), interesting the name of the city belongs go a Judge named DeWitt Bisbee. Bisbee is a historical mining town popular for Copper mining. The…
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Tusayan #22 most popular location
Tusayan is a small so-called census-designated place and is not incorporated to a i.e. a village or town as of yet. It is the place closest to the Grand Canyon and as such the main base to st…
1travelers 8reviews 2blogs
Winslow #23 most popular location
Winslow, Arizona is located on Interstate 40, between Flagstaff and the New Mexico border. Mostly known from the lyrics of the song "Take It Easy", written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, w…
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Casa Grande #24 most popular location
Casa Grande is a rapidly growing city in Pinal County, approximately halfway between Phoenix and Tucson. Casa Grande was founded in 1879 during the Arizona mining boom and became incorporated…
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Fountain Hills #25 most popular location
Located just northeast of Phoenix, this new bedroom community boasts large homes, shopping, recreation, and the landmark that made it famous, one of the tallest water fountains in the world.
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Kayenta #26 most popular location
Kayenta is mostly known as the city south of Monument Valley. Another reservation town on the Navajo Reservation without alot of traffic lights nor the glam of bigger cities. A few hotels to …
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Apache Junction #27 most popular location
Official Tourism Site: Apache Junction is the last small town before you venture out into the Superstition Mountains -- where you will find dirt roads, h…
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Globe #28 most popular location
Globe is located in the Tonto National Forest. Mostly known as a mining and ranching town, it was supposedly named due to a globe-shape piece of pure silver found nearby.
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Peoria #29 most popular location
Official Tourism Site: Peoria (population 154,000) is a major suburb of Phoenix, Arizona. Peoria is currently the sixth largest city in Arizona…
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Goodyear #30 most popular location
Goodyear, Arizona . . . a city with a rich, rewarding quality of life and great community spirit. Nestled near the base of the Estrella Mountains, Goodyear is one of the fastest growing citie…
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Seligman #31 most popular location
Seligman is located in Yavapai County, Northern Arizona. The town's claim to fame is closely tied to Route 66: the longest remaining stretch of the original Route 66 runs through Seligman. …
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Benson #32 most popular location
Benson is a decent town of about 5000 (up 5% since 2000) located along Interstate 10 in Cochise County in Southeast Arizona about 45 miles southeast of Tucson. Benson was established in 1880…
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Nogales #33 most popular location
Nogales is a small town on the Mexican border. This is a very convient drive from Tucsan and I 10 to get to Mexico. Drive South on interstate 19 and park in Nogales at a cheap supervised lo…
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Paradise Valley #34 most popular location
Official Tourism Site: The Town of Paradise Valley is conveniently located in the heart of the Scottsdale-Phoenix metropolitan area with…
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Show Low #35 most popular location
Population to be around the 11,000 (census 2006) and it another town on the eastern end of the Arizona. It lies on the Mongollion Rim and according to legend the name was chosen from a marath…
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Eloy #36 most popular location
Eloy is a fast growing town of about 17,000 (up 61% since 2000) located near the intersection of Interstates 8 and 10 in Pinal County in Southern Arizona between Tucson and Phoenix. The popu…
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Chinle #37 most popular location
Chinle lies on the Navajo Indian Reservation and its majority of population is Navajo. It is the closest town to the Canyon De Chelly monument. Most of the town's tourism is a result from the…
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Willcox #38 most popular location
Willcox is a small town with a population of under 4,000. Founded in 1880 as a whistle stop on the Southern Pacific Railway, it was originally named Maley. It was renamed in honor of a visi…
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Tubac #39 most popular location
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Marana #40 most popular location
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Wickenburg #41 most popular location
Wickenburg is a small desert town located in Maricopa County, Arizona, about 35 miles northwest of Phoenix. It has a population of about 5,000 people. The town sits at the junction of US 93 a…
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Green Valley #42 most popular location
Green Valley is a large town on I 19 about halfway from Tucson to Mexico, with many services. It is well landscaped and looks like a good place to live.
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Camp Verde #43 most popular location
Camp Verde is a small town on I 17 on the Verde River on the way to Sedona, Flag, and the Grand Canyon. There are a few services there. Camp Verde is in the scrub desert very hot in summer a…
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Supai #44 most popular location
Supai is part of the Havasupai Indian Reservation located within the Grand Canyon. It can be reached by foot, mule, or helicopter. Supai is very secluded, surrounded by red rocks and magnific…
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Bullhead City #45 most popular location
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Tortilla Flat #46 most popular location
Tortilla Flat is an unincorporated town with a population of 6 located in eastern Maricopa County not far from Apache Junction and the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. It had a peak population of …
Oro Valley #47 most popular location
Oro Valley is a short distance north of Tucson on AZ 77. There are no services there. There you can take the scenic route to Flagstaff instead of that interstate mess in Phoenix.
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Surprise #48 most popular location
Official Tourism Site: Surprise (population 115,000) was founded in 1938 by Flora Mae Statler, who named it Surprise as she "would be surprised if the town ever…
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Patagonia #49 most popular location
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Gilbert #50 most popular location
Official Tourism Site: Gilbert (population 208,000) is the largest incorporated "town" (as opposed to "city") in the United States. Gilbert owes its beginni…
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