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Attractions in Arizona
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Local operators offer raft trips on the Salt and Verde rivers as well as
combined raft and jeep trips in the Sonoran desert. The Colorado River is a
paradise for whitewater riders. Alternatives are hang-gliding, flights on
historic airplanes and hot air balloon rides.
The Apache Trail is suitable as a day trip with an all-terrain car. It
connects Apache Junction on the edge of the greater Phoenix area with Theodore
Roosevelt Lake and runs through the Superstition Mountains and the Tonto
National Forest. The Apache Trail is one of the most scenic routes in the USA:
It leads through deserts and gorges, over rocky foothills, past glittering lakes
and along attractive state parks.
Viewpoints over the Gran Canyon
The viewpoints along East Rim Drive from Grand Canyon Village to Desert View
offer spectacular views. There is a free shuttle bus to West Rim Drive. A
free-floating glass structure at a height of 1,200 meters, the so-called Skywalk
in the Grand Canyon West area, in the Hualapai Reserve, can be reached via a
visitor center. There are also spectacular viewpoints on the northern edge, such
as from the Grand Canyon Lodge, the Bright Angel Point Trail, the Toroweep
Overlook and the Cape Royal Scenic Drive. There is a lodge (phantom ranch) and
several campsites in the valley; however you should book in advance.
A giant ball made of plexiglass, called Biosphere 2, houses the laboratory
northeast of Tucson near Oro Valley for a unique experiment. The plexiglass
sphere contains five separate, self-contained ecosystems in which the University
of Arizona conducts research on climate and ecology. The experiment was
originally intended to help populate Mars and show that it is possible to create
an ecosystem that is independent and self-sustaining from the outside world.
The Grand Canyon is arguably the most famous tourist destination in the
entire United States - its size is undoubtedly impressive. The oldest layers of
rock in the world can be seen on the steep walls. The Grand Canyon Railway runs
between Williams and the southern edge of the Grand Canyon, the most visited
side of the canyon.
Around 200,000 Navajos live in the 15,600 sq km Navajo Reserve. The formerly
semi-nomadic tribes are known for their adaptability and have incorporated many
skills from Spanish and other early settlers into their culture. Some of them
still live in traditional hogans (dome-shaped houses made of wood and adobe) in
small, widely scattered settlements. The rock dwellings of the Anasazi, which
are also in the reserve, were already inhabited by Indians in the 13th
century. Connected museums offer insights into the culture of the Navajos. In
the middle of the reserve is the 1560 sq km Hopi Indian Reservation, in which
7000 Hopis are at home. They have lived in this area for 1500 years and are
known for their amazing agricultural skills in this dry and barren soil.
Lake Havasu City
In the desert city you will find the curiosity of the London Bridge, which
was dismantled in London and originally rebuilt in Lake Havasu City. It now runs
over the Colorado River and is the center of a number of shops, pubs and
pensions in the pseudo-English style ('English Village').
Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend
The area around Lake Powell, northeast of the Grand Canyon, into the state of
Utah, is a real wonderland of red rocks and blue water. Various boat tours are
organized on the huge, idyllic lake, including the Rainbow Bridge, the largest
natural stone bridge in the world. From Lake Powell Resort you can rent speed
boats and houseboats. Rafting tours into the Grand Canyon start from Lee's
Ferry. Nearby are the unique Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, a really worth
seeing horseshoe-shaped loop in the Colorado River.
Montezuma Castle National Monument
South of Sedona is the Montezuma Castle National Monument. The Indian
building, which is set into the rock face above Beaver Creek, has 5 floors and
20 rooms. These rock dwellings of the prehistoric Sinagua, which settled in
Arizona 2000 years ago, are very well preserved.
Monument Valley is on the Arizona-Utah state border in the middle of the
Navajo Nation Reservation. It has repeatedly served as a film location and film
set and is therefore known worldwide for many films such as Easy Rider, Forrest
Gump, Thelma & Louise and numerous westerns. Exceptional rock formations made of
red sandstone make visitors quiet and amazed.
Museums in Phoenix
The Arizona Capitol Museum is located in the Arizona State Capitol. The
Arizona Science Center with a planetarium is located in the Heritage and Science
Park. Other museums worth seeing include the Phoenix Art Museum with art from
the 16th to the 20th centuries, the Heard Museum for art, anthropology, history
and culture of the Native Americans in Arizona as well as the Pueblo Grande
Museum and Cultural Park. The Musical Instrument Museum houses the largest
collection of musical instruments in the world.
Petrified Forest National Park
The Petrified Forest (translated "petrified forest") National Park, is
located in the colorful Painted Desert in northeast Arizona. When the swamps,
which were located here about 200 million years ago, dried up, the fallen trunks
of the huge conifers sank into the mud and were transformed into quartz by a
chemical process. Today they still shine in their original colors, numerous
fossils are stamped on their surface. In 1906 the area was placed under nature
Phoenix, located in the Sorona Desert, is Arizona's capital. It is the sixth
largest city in the United States. In Phoenix the sun mostly shines and the heat
during the summer months can only be endured in air-conditioned rooms. Concerts,
markets and street theater take place on the Copper Square in the center of the
city center. Historic Heritage Square is a restored neighborhood with
19th-century buildings that house museums, restaurants, and shops. The Arizona
Center is a large shopping center in the middle of the city.
Scottsdale offers an interesting cultural offer, excellent shopping and is
well suited for outdoor activities such as golf, horse riding, cycling or
hiking. There are numerous 4 and 5 star resorts and over 200 golf courses. The
Scottsdale Fashion Square and The Borgata invite you to shop. Old Town
Scottsdale resembles an old western town and is home to restaurants, bars, art
galleries and shops. The Scottsdale Civic Center Mall houses the Scottsdale
Museum of Contemporary Art and the Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts. In
the northeast is Taliesin West, home and workplace of the famous architect Frank
Lloyd Wright. The Scottsdale Historical Museum is also worth a visit.
Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon
The city of Sedona lies amidst red rock formations and cliffs at the foot of
Oak Creek in the Verde Valley. Lush greenery flourishes in the beautiful Verde
River Canyon. Attractions such as Slide Rock State Park and the Chapel of the
Holy Cross attract tourists to Sedona. One can visit prehistoric ruins of the
Indians. The Verde Canyon Railroad train route is nearby. Excursions and jeep
tours into the valley as well as hot air balloon rides are offered, often
barbecues in western style by the river or live entertainment are part of the
program. The region is ideal for hiking tours.
Tonto National Monument
The Tonto National Monument is a well-preserved cliff settlement, founded 500
years ago by Salado Indians, and its weaving, jewelry, weapons and tools are on
display in a visitor center.
Tubac, a former Spanish garrison site south of Tucson, is an artist colony
with shops, the Tubac Center of the Arts and art galleries, and the walled
Presidio (Spanish fortress). Historical buildings, a museum and an underground
archaeological collection can also be visited.
This popular western town is the second largest city in Arizona. Tucson is
located in the middle of a mountain range in the Sonoran Desert and is known for
always sunny weather. The place is only 160 km from the Mexican border. The
Mexican influence can be seen in the architecture, the good cuisine, the lively
festivals and colorful cultural festivals. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a
natural history museum with a botanical garden and zoo. Also of interest are the
Tucson Museum of Art, the University of Arizona Art Museum, the Center of
Creative Photography and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Tucson has a lively
The majestic Saguaro cacti can be seen in the Saguaro National Park in the
Sonoar desert near Tucson. The Tohono Chul Park is a desert protection area, in
which you get an insight into the life of the desert and in between you can get
cold refreshments in the tea room. Papago Park is a hilly desert park that lies
between the cities of Phoenix, Tempe, and Scottsdale. In addition to the
vegetation typical of the regional desert and interesting geological formations,
the main attractions of Papago Park are the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical
Gardens. The park also has picnic areas, small lakes, golf, baseball and
softball courts, hiking and biking trails, and the grave of George WP, the first
governor of Arizona. On the border with Mexico, in the Sonoran Desert, the Organ
Pipe Cactus National Monument desert park overlooks the Ajo Mountains. Beautiful
specimens of organ pipe cacti, 15 m high Saguaro cacti, 25 other types of cactus
and other desert plants grow here.
Over and through the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon can also be visited by plane or helicopter. Spectacular
views are guaranteed. Rafting trips through the entire canyon are also
offered. There are numerous hiking trails along the East and West Rim Drive
through the park, mule rides down the Bright Angel Trail to the Colorado River
provide interesting access.
Arizona Office of Tourism Germany
Address: Schwarzbachstraße 32, 40822 Mettmann / Düsseldorf
Telephone: +49 (0) 2104 28 66 72.