When you are planning a trip to Arizona, you obviously want to see what the state has to offer when it comes to nature at its best. There are plenty of pretty places to go in the state, and if you see that the only thing Arizona has to offer is a bunch of dry, brown land, you're not looking in the right place. There are actually a lot of pretty places in the state and below is a list of 10 of the best ones that you might want to check out the next time you're there.
The Grand Canyon
It shouldn't really surprise you that this comes in as number one. It's the place that everybody wants to see when they're going to Arizona and many people dream about the opportunity to see it for years or even decades. It's much more than a big hole in the ground so if that's what you've heard, don't believe it. It is something that epitomizes beauty and during a sunrise or sunset, it is literally a view that can take your breath away. If you love hiking, there are plenty of opportunities for that, as well as riding burrows down the canyon and even taking flights that allow you to see everything from above.
This is the perfect place for a photo opportunity or a solitary hike that allows you to reflect on anything you care to reflect upon. It's been shown in numerous movies and television shows, thanks to its striking beauty. Just like the Grand Canyon, it's something that has become synonymous with the state of Arizona and it's definitely worth seeing it for yourself.
The natural beauty that surrounds Sedona is something that's hard to put into words. You have the beauty of the desert that serves as the backdrop for one of the most beautiful communities in the entire state. If you go during the right time of year, you can see plenty of things growing so don't get in the mindset that nothing green ever grows there. As a matter of fact, the beauty in Sedona is so incredible that it's almost on a spiritual level.
The beautiful part of Phoenix is not within city limits, so to speak. If you want to see it for yourself, you'll have to get on the outskirts of town where you have the big rock formations and areas where you can hike. As a matter of fact, Phoenix has some of the most unique rock formations in the entire state, maybe with the exception of Monument Valley.
This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on the entire Earth, not just in Arizona. Imagine what it would be like to see brilliantly colored rock formations complete with a crystal clear lake that sits right in the middle of it all. If you can imagine that, then you can imagine what it's like to be at Lake Powell. Of course, even the best of imaginations can't do justice to being there in reality.
Petrified Forest National Park
This was once a great forest and now, it is exactly as its name implies. The wood that served as tree trunks is now petrified into a very special type of fossil that essentially turns the wood into rock. It's not only beautiful, it's mesmerizing and the best part is that you can even buy some pieces for yourself to take home with you.
Arizona is not entirely flat like some people think it is. Flagstaff not only rises in elevation, but it has some of the most beautiful forested areas that you're ever going to see. When you're driving through the area, you'll think that you're in Oregon or some place similar. It's definitely something that's set itself apart from virtually everything else in Arizona and you're doing yourself a disservice if you don't see it while you're there.
How could you take a trip to Arizona and not visit Lake Mead? Even though it's set in a desert environment, it's one of the most beautiful bodies of water that you're ever likely to lay eyes on. It's clear and blue and nothing short of amazing. It's something you truly have to see in order to believe.
This is an area that's very similar in appearance to Lake Powell. You have tremendously beautiful coral colored rock formations that have been carved out over thousands of years by running water. In the bottom of the basin, you have water that is so clear you can see all the way to the bottom without even trying. It's a rather secluded area and it's so beautiful that you almost feel like you're on an entirely different planet the whole time you're there.
If you love hiking in backcountry areas, there's nothing quite like the North Rim of Arizona. You definitely have the chance to experience major changes in elevation and it's a challenging hike that's fun all at the same time. Make sure if you do choose to hike this area that you let somebody know where you're going and that you have someone experienced with you, because the hike is challenging and you want to make
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