Arizona features one of the seven wonders of the natural world – the Grand Canyon. Arizona is also home to one of the largest meteorite impact craters in the world – Barringer Meteorite Crater. Fans of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture will enjoy a tour through Taliesin West. Wright built Taliesin West “out of the desert” using sand and stone found on site.
Visitors will find many outdoor activities in the Scottsdale area including golf, hiking, and baseball. One of the most scenic water recreation areas in the “Valley of the Sun”, Lake Pleasant offers fishing, boating, camping, hiking, swimming, and wildlife viewing.
Enjoy a picnic after a hike or bike ride through the mountains or in one of the state parks. Tour the Desert Botanical Gardens or visit the Wildlife World Zoo with more than 2400 exotic, wild and endangered animals. Go on a scavenger hunt at the Deer Valley Rock Art Center. Take in a game at any one of the sporting event centers in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Peoria areas.
Our top 10 visitor picks are:
1. The Phoenix Zoo was voted one of the nation’s top 5 zoos for kids. If animals are your thing, please also visit the Wild Life World Zoo. The Out of Africa Wildlife Park is just 90 minutes from Phoenix.
2. The Frank Lloyd Wright Museum, Taliesen West, offers tours of this famous architect’s former home.
3. Featuring more than 100 rare desert plants, the Desert Botanical Gardens is not to be missed.
4. The Railroad Park features trains of all shapes and sizes to be enjoyed by all.
5. With race carts, bumper boats and family fun, CrackerJax is the thrill park to visit.
6. Works of art can be found at the Phoenix Art Museum.
7. Let Apache Tours take you on a tour of the desert or mountains. Want to tour the desert on your own? Desert Wolf Tours lets you drive.
8. Take a ride on horseback at the MacDonald’s Ranch.
9. Visit the Heard Museum, Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary.
10. Feel the need for speed? Visit Castle & Coasters Thrill Ride Park.