Trips in Arizona – Ten of Our Favorites

Arizona is an incredible state, with a beautifully diverse history and geography. Although it didn’t become a state until 1912 (the 48th state in the union), it has a long history of civilization. As a result, there are many trips in Arizona that everyone should make a point to see, whether you’re just visiting or call Arizona home.

This list of trips in Arizona is by no means exhaustive, but we’ve done our best to compile the most beautiful, interesting, and historically significant places within these nearly 114,000 square miles.

#1 The Grand Canyon

Maybe it’s a bit of a cliché to include this place on our list, but here it is. The Grand Canyon is incredible! It’s the only place in the United States where mail is delivered by a mule (to the Havasupai Tribe who lives at the bottom of the canyon). There is so much to learn during a road trip to the Canyon, and if you’re feeling ambitious, you can even hike “Rim to Rim” (not for the faint of heart, though!).

#1 The Grand Canyon

#2 Canyon de Chelly

Located on the Navajo Nation native land in Northeastern Arizona, this incredible canyon is sure to leave you awe-struck. Although it is currently closed due to Covid, a visit to this spot should definitely be on your radar for the future. You can hike to the bottom and visit the historic White House ruins, or stop at one of the many incredible viewpoints that surround the canyon.

#2 Canyon de Chelly

# 3 Grand Falls (“Chocolate Falls”)

This waterfall is nicknamed “Chocolate Falls” because of the color the water turns after a good rainstorm. It’s like our very own Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory right here in Arizona! Make sure to plan your visit for after a rainy day, though.

Grand Falls or Chocolate Falls

#4 Montezuma Castle/Montezuma Well

Montezuma Castle is more well known, but Montezuma Well is just down the road, so you should definitely plan a visit to both! The castle is one of the most well preserved Native American ruins in the state, with a self-guided tour that is extremely educational.

Montezuma Castle

#5 Saguaro National Park

Southern Arizona shouldn’t be neglected! Saguaro National Park is one of three national parks in the state, and is simply incredible. It would be difficult to see it all in one day, so best to plan a weekend trip!

Saguaro National Park

#6 Petrified Forest National Park/Painted Desert

The Painted Desert is literally just across the highway from the Petrified Forest, so if you’re visiting one, you might as well visit the other, too! The giant petrified trees are a sight to behold, and there are several Native American ruins and petroglyphs to see. This is a trip you won’t regret taking!

Petrified Forest National Park

#7 Walnut Canyon National Monument

Near Flagstaff, this unique historical site features a rock “island” growing out of the canyon, with ancient cliff dwellings built into the island. It’s one of a kind!

Walnut Canyon National Monument

#8 Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

This is a really unique place to learn about geography and geology! There are several hikes for people of all levels, and the surrounding plant life is beautiful as a result of a volcanic soil.

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

#9 Havasupai Falls

This one takes a bit of planning (and luck). Each year, permits are issues for a select number of people to hike down to Havasupai Falls, camp, swim, and relax before hiking back out. It’s on nearly every adventurer’s bucket list, so if that sounds like you, start trying for a permit!

Havasupai Falls

#10 Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

This southern Arizona spot somehow gets left off a lot of the “lists,” but we couldn’t let it pass us by! The Organ Pipe Cactus is unique and beautiful, and can be found in abundance here (along with lots of other flora and fauna). You can explore this monument by enjoying a scenic drive, hiking, or on horseback if that’s your thing!

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

What Are Your Favorites?

We love exploring new places. What’s missing from our list – what’s your favorite Arizona trip that we should be sharing with our community? Email us at to brag on your favorite trips and sites to see in Arizona.

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