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Attractions in Greater Arizona

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Man Made Wonders

Native Peoples

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Railway Adventures

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Man-Made Wonders

Hoover Dam

Completed in 1936, Hoover Dam produces over 2 million megawatts of power and also created Lake Mead, a huge reservoir and recreation area attracting millions of visitors each year.

London Bridge

The reconstructed London Bridge was moved stone by stone to Lake Havasu City in 1971 after having stood across the Thames River in London for 130 years. It is now the showpiece attraction in the city.

The Hualapai Nation hosts many recreational activities on their lands at Grand Canyon West. The newly opened Skywalk extends over the edge of the canyon for unique viewing.

Grand Canyon Skywalk

Now operated by the University of Arizona, Biosphere 2 serves as a center for research, outreach, teaching and learning about Earth and its systems.

Biosphere 2

San Xavier del Bac Mission

A graceful blend of Moorish, Byzantine and Mexican styles, San Xavier del Bac Mission near Tucson is one of the finest examples of mission architecture in the United States.

Kitt Peak Observatory

Twenty-four optical and two radio telescopes representing eight astronomical research institutions are located high above the Sonoran Desert at Kitt Peak, on the Tohono O'odham Reservation.

The Arcosanti Project melds architecture and ecology seeking to improve urban conditions and lessen our impact on the earth.

 

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Museums

B-17 bomber at Pima Air Museum

Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum. You'll see more than 275 aircraft and spacecraft including many of the most historically significant and technically advanced craft ever produced, both from the United States and throughout the world.

Take a self guided walking tour of the Vulture City ghost town and the Vulture Mine, which produced over $200 million in gold from 1863 to 1942.

The Titan Missile Museum is the only publicly accessible Titan II missile site in the nation. Tour the underground missile site. See an actual Titan missile in the launch duct, the launch control center, and experience a simulated launch.

 

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Native Peoples of Arizona

Twenty tribal governments are represented by the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona. Many of the tribes open their lands to tourists and operate facilities for visitors. Although not primarily tourism-oriented, some of the individual member tribe listings at the Council show websites or visitor information.

Driving tour

 

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Natural Wonders

Our state contains some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders in the country, indeed in the world. Many of these sites are included in the National / State Parks section of this page. Here a few more wonders to behold in Arizona.

Meteor Crater

About 50,000 years age a huge iron-nickel meteorite struck the high desert plain of Arizona resulting in a 400 foot deep crater over 3/4 of a mile wide. Visit and learn about Arizona's unique Meteor Crater.

Enjoy 50 degree temperatures year-around by exploring Arizona underground at Colossal Cave Mountain Park near Vail, or Grand Canyon Caverns, located between Seligman and Kingman.

 

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National/State Parks, Monuments, Historic Sites, Forests

Arizona State Parks

Arizona has many State Parks, about half of which are places of interest in the History of Arizona, and half are recreational sites. Select the overall State Parks link at the left to see them all, or select any of the individual Parks listed in the three major categories below.

National Parks & Monuments

Three unique icons of Arizona are preserved as National Parks -the Grand Canyon, the name says it all - the Saguaro, found only in the Sonoran Desert - and the Petrified Forest. But 23 other Arizona sites are also among the 391 units designated by the National Park Service as the treasures of America. Select the overall National Parks link at the left to see their descriptions and locations, or select any individual Park/Monument listed under the three major categories below.

National Forests

Six National Forests comprise a substantial portion of the land in Arizona. These areas preserve forever the natural beauty of the state, while providing a wide array of outdoor activities. Select the overall National Forest link at the left, or any of the Forests listed below under Recreation Sites.

 

Natural Wonders

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Petrified Forest National Park

 

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Saguaro National Park

 

Chiricahua National Monument

Sonoita Creek State Natural Area

 

Grand Canyon National Park

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

 

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

 

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Verde River Greenway State Park

 

Parashant National Monument

 

 

Cultural/Historic Sites

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Pipe Spring National Monument

 

Coronado National Memorial

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

 

Fort Bowie National Historic Site

Tonto National Monument

 

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Tubac Presidio Historic State Park

 

Hohokam Pima National Monument

Tumacacori National Historic Park

 

Homolovi Ruins State Park
(Currently closed; reopening 3/18/2011)

Tuzigoot National Monument

 

Hubbell Trading Post Nat'l Historic Site

Walnut Canyon National Monument

 

Juan Bautista de Anza Nat'l Historic Trail

Wupatki National Monument

 

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area

 

Old Spanish Historic Trail

Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Park

 

Navajo National Monument

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

 

Recreation Sites

Alamo Lake State Park

Lost Dutchman State Park

 

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

 

Buckskin Mountain State Park

Patagonia Lake State Park

 

Catalina State Park

Picacho Peak State Park

 

Cattail Cove State Park

Prescott National Forest

 

Coconino National Forest

Red Rock State Park

 

Coronado National Forest

Riordan Mansion State Park

 

Dead Horse Ranch State Park

River Island Unit (State)

 

Fool Hollow Lake State Recreation Area

Roper Lake State Park

 

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Slide Rock State Park

 

Kaibab National Forest

Tonto National Forest

 

Lake Havasu State Park

 

 

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Railway Adventures

The Verde Canyon Railroad operates scenic train rides through the remote wilderness of the Verde Canyon aboard renovated passenger coaches and open-air viewing cars pulled by vintage locomotives. The train rolls past Indian ruins, through a 680-foot man-made tunnel and over old-fashioned trestles among the indigenous flora and fauna of central Arizona.

Verde Canyon Railroad

Grand Canyon Railway

How did people get to the Grand Canyon before there were modern cars and roads? Relive the past by traveling from Williams by rail on the Grand Canyon Railway, riding in authentic Coach, Pullman, Dome or Parlor cars. Convenient packages are also available offering accommodations both in Williams and at Grand Canyon National Park.

 

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Winter Activities

One the amazing results of the diverse geography in Arizona is a corresponding diversity in climate. As a result, our state provides winter activity enthusiasts with a number of locations for snow sports.

The Arizona Snowbowl offers 32 trails for skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels, high in the San Francisco Peaks at Flagstaff. For even more fun, their Sunset Terrain Park offers fun boxes, rails, hits, spines, and more.

Skiing at Mt. Lemmon

Sixty-five runs promise adventure at Sunrise Park in the White Mountains of central-eastern Arizona. There is also a separate snowboarding area, cross country ski trails and a special children's "ski-wee" area.

Elk Ridge Ski & Recreation offers a number of runs for skiing, snowboarding and tubing at over 8,000 foot elevation. They are located just west of Williams on historic Route 66.

Few people think of snow and skiing when they think of Tucson, but the Coronado National Forest is home to the southernmost ski area in the U.S., near the 9,157-foot summit of Mt. Lemmon.

 

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Zoos /Wildlife Parks

Serengeti Safari at Out of Africa Park

Right in the middle of Arizona, the Out of Africa Wildlife Park is a preserve featuring big cats, wolves, bears and other predators in their natural habitat. Take a 45 minute photo safari, feed a tiger, and enjoy shows and presentations where caretakers interact with animals from around the world.

Experience the animals of Africa, Asia, South America and more without leaving Tucson at the Reid Park Zoo. With support of the Tucson Zoologist Society, the city has recently committed to expand the zoo, particularly the elephant exhibit.

 

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Last Updated: 2/11/2010


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