Arizona. The Grand Canyon State
Exploring your options has never been so fun.
Free in spirit and wild in character, Arizona is a wonderland all its own. With luxurious spas, trendy galleries and a thrilling landscape, it’s the perfect place to get away. Set your own pace for adventure as you relax with a mud wrap at a five-diamond resort, hike the wildflower-laden trails of the Superstition Mountains, or dine al fresco as the sun sets over the Sonoran Desert. With options as sweeping and diverse as its terrain, Arizona is primed for all kinds of discoveries. What adventures await you here? You’ll just have to visit to find out.
Enjoy the view
With a terrain that takes on all shapes and forms, Arizona boasts incredible scenery and adventures to follow suit. Wake up in Phoenix and start your day with a hike. Ranked as one of the best hiking cities in America by National Geographic and over 180 miles of trails to choose from, you’ll find a hike that’s prefect for your skill level and expectations.
Venture to Tucson and explore Saguaro National Park, an enchanting preserve filled with majestic cacti and exotic plant life. With 165 miles of hiking trails to take you through, there are many ways to enjoy viewing these sub-tropical giants and the exquisite habitats they encompass. And, since you’re in the neighborhood, carve out some time to visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, ranked Top 10 Museums in the country and #1 Tucson attraction by TripAdvisor. The Desert Museum is actually a combination zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum and aquarium, and a must see for those visiting Southern Arizona.
Savor every moment
Discriminating foodies love Arizona. The state is rapidly becoming known for its culinary excellence, thanks to James Beard and Forbes Five Star award winning restaurants, farm-to-table fare, food truck trends, American Indian specialties and, of course, authentic Southwestern cuisine. From sophisticated ambiance to rustic, down-home surroundings to romantic, candlelit dining, you’ll find an adventure to suit your taste in Arizona.
In addition to a bourgeoning culinary scene, Arizona is also being recognized for its wines and craft beers. If you have an appreciation for the grape, spend a day tasting wines grown and produced in Arizona. There are three growing regions to choose from: The Sonoita/Elgin Wine Trail just southeast of Tucson, the Willcox Wine Trail just east of Tucson, or the Verde Valley Wine Trail, two hours north of Phoenix. The soil and climates in the regions are similar to the wine growing regions of the south of France, Spain and Southeastern Australia, so prepare to be pleasantly surprised by the variety and quality of Arizona wines. If you’re more of a craft beer aficionado, be sure to sample flights of hand-crafted beer in breweries featured on the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail.
Embrace new cultures
With cosmopolitan diversity and deep Native American roots, Arizona’s arts and culture scene is one of the most dynamic in the world. Visit Phoenix and tour the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art. The mission of this museum is to educate the public about the heritage, cultures and arts of American Indians, with an emphasis on the Southwest. Venture outside the city boundaries and into Scottsdale, where you’ll find the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). A unique and vital cultural resource for the Southwest, SMoCa is devoted to featuring the art, architecture and design of our time.
In north Scottsdale, let your senses take a melodic adverture through the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), the first global museum of instruments. The collection includes 6,000 instruments from 200 countries and territories, and most instrument displays are enhanced with state-of-the-art audio and video so visitors can truly experience the instrument. And don’t be afraid to touch in the Experience Gallery, where musicians of all ages are encouraged to handle and play every instrument on display.
Venture north toward the Colorado Plateau and tour the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) to explore an entirely different way of life. Through art, music and performances, the MNA provides insight into the Hopi, Navajo, Zuni and Hispanic cultures living on the Colorado Plateau and within the Four Corners region. Festivals and presentations are also held year-round to help guests learn about the legacy of the surrounding land.
Prepare for adventure
Whether you prefer emerald fairways or verdant forests, there are countless ways to explore Arizona. Get your cosmopolitan fix in Phoenix, then see where the day takes you. From hidden mountain trails to Jeep tours, from sparkling lakes to sparkling wine, you’ll find the greatest element of our bountiful landscape is that of surprise. You may not know what to expect, but do prepare to be wowed.
Start planning your Fiesta Bowl adventure at VisitArizona.com