From road trips and outdoor thrills to rejuvenating resorts and authentic local cuisine, Arizona teems with exciting travel adventures. Experience the exhilarating scenery, including the majestic beauty of the Grand Canyon National Park and the Sonoran Desert. Arizona is made for road trips. Yes, the state has its showstoppers – Monument Valley, the Grand Canyon, Cathedral Rock – but you’ll remember the long, romantic miles under endless skies for as long as you do the icons in between. Each drive reveals a little more of the state’s soul: for a dose of mom-and-pop friendliness, follow Route 66 into Flagstaff to understand the sheer will of Arizona’s mining barons. Take a twisting drive through rugged Jerome and American Indian history becomes contemporary as you drive past mesa-top Hopi villages dating back 1000 years.
Experience the Old West by visiting the ghost towns and boomtowns – shoot-out at the OK Corral reenactment, anyone? – that established it. Tour a mining museum or enjoy a Western-themed amusement park, then savour a steakhouse dinner. Immerse yourself in the cowboy lifestyle by staying at a guest ranch. You’ll also find the American Indian influence everywhere, from rock petroglyphs to silver and turquoise jewellery in high-end shops; that’s because 22 tribes live there. Some Native American reservations, particularly Aztec and Navajo, are open to the public.