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Step outside the valley and explore the grandeur of Arizona’s national parks and monuments.  There are some truly wonderful and amazing sites to see throughout the state of Arizona.

We have also added some cool towns to visit while your out and about all within a days trip. They are listed at the bottom of this page.   Also, please feel free to click on the provided link to each of our spectacular day trips for further information.

Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon Arizona

Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon


Lake Powell, Page

As someone who is a native of Arizona,  This town and lake have a special place in my heart.  Lake Powell is truly a destination of a lifetime and I highly recommend making the trip.  You won’t be disappointed.   Lake Powell is a paradise for boating, fishing, camping, geology, archaeology and just plain relaxing.

Page Arizona Lake Powell, Wahweap

Lake Powell, Wahweap

Grand Canyon

Visiting this majestic, overwhelming creation is one of the great privileges of a lifetime.  Walk the South Rim and hear a dozen languages being spoken. Drive your car an hour and realize you’ve hardly scratched the surface of this vast space.  Hike or ride a burro down the canyon and see mankind etched in rock. Tour the El Tovar Hotel and eat in the elegant dining room.  Timeless in its beauty and ever changing in light and shadow, the Grand Canyon is truly a wonder of the world.

Arizona Grand Canyon Overlook

Grand Canyon Overlook

Casa Grande Ruins, Coolidge

Learn the ways of the Valley’s original Hohokam settlers, their villages, architecture and use of farming irrigation canals.

Casa Grand Ruins

Casa Grand Ruins

Red Rock State Park, Sedona

The beautiful red rocks of this 100 year old town are showcased here. Twenty minutes away is Slide Rock State Park, where thousands of people every year go slipping and sliding in the water down smooth sandstone.

Sedona Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Saguaro National Park, Tucson

See the world’s most iconic cacti in this protected 143 square mile Sonoran Desert Park.

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park

Jerome State Historic Park, Jerome

This 100 year old copper mining town is rich in character.  Visit the Douglas Mansion that has been an eye catching landmark in Jerome since 1916.

Jerome Historic Park

Jerome Historic Park

Kit Peak National Observatory

Located about 50 miles southwest of Tucson, astronomers the world over seek to find a window of the universe. An 18 story observatory and the world’s largest solar telescope are featured.

Kit Peak Observatory

Kit Peak Observatory

Organ Pipe National Monument, Ajo

The Sonoran Desert’s plants and wild life create a fascinating ecosystem.

Organ Pipe Park

Organ Pipe Park

Petrified Forest National Park

Puerco Indian ruins amid a forest of petrified wood.

Arizona Petrified Forest

Petrified Forest

Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff

Lowell Observatory is the home of Pluto.  The Observatory has been home to many discoveries, including the first detection of the expanding nature of the universe.

Lowell Observatory

Lowell Observatory

Tuzigoot National Monument, Clarkdale

Educational exhibits illustrate Indian life from atop a hill.  Created in the early 1400’s more than 200 Sinagua Indians lived here in about 100 rooms with limestone walls.

Tuzigoot National Monument

Tuzigoot National Monument

Sunset Crater National Monuent, Flagstaff

Nearly one thousand years old, these cinder cones are among the highest mountains in Arizona.

Flagstaff Sunset Crater

Sunset Crater




Located 5,000 feet above seal level in southeastern Arizona, this old mining town has a special charm.


Home of Route 66.  At 7,000 feet above sea level and a road trip up the switchbacks from Sedona, Flagstaff is home to Northern Arizona University, the San Francisco Peaks, Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort and a rich Native American tradition.


Located one hour North East of Phoenix, Payons is a Lake and hiking country small town located in the rim country surrounded by tall ponderosa pines in the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest.

Pinetop / White Mountains

Outdoor mountain country amid the tall Ponderosa Pines.  Also home to Sunrise Mountain Ski Resort.   A gorgeous drive through the Salt River Basin and is roughly 4 hours East of Phoenix.




The original territorial capital of Arizona is surrounded by a national forest.  This is truly an Old West Town that’s long on history and architecture.

Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon

Here you will find seekers, settlers, retirees, the well to do and a respite from the world.  Red rock majesty surrounds this town of 20,000 on two sides.  At night, it’s dark, it’s quite and the stars shine bright.


Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, the Clayton gang and a culture of liquor, gambling, mining and ill repute gave this town a reputation that lives 120 years later.


The gateway to the Grand Canyon.  Take the Grand Canyon Railway through Arizona’s high country and in December take a trip on the Polar Express.  Book early as train availability fills fast.