By Kristy McCaffrey
Is visiting Arizona on your bucket list? Or maybe you’ve been here a few times, but yearn to return. Here’s a list of can’t miss sites in my home state.
It’s known for positive energy zones called vortexes, but there’s also stunning red rock formations and fine art galleries.
Saguaro National Park
Located in southern Arizona, near Tucson, it features the majestic saguaro cactus, which can grow as tall as 45 feet and live as long as 200 years.
|Saguaro National Park|
The most famous canyon in the world has many access points, catering to the hiker, the river runner, the photographer, or the armchair tourist.
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Long a home to the Navajo, the most distinctive feature in the park is Spider Rock, a sandstone spire that rises 750 feet from the canyon floor.
|Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly|
Petrified Forest National Park
Located near Holbrook and off Route 66, it’s home to large deposits of petrified wood over 225 million years old.
|Petrified Forest National Park|
Taking residence in Flagstaff—named the world’s first International Dark Sky City in 2001 for discouraging artificial night lighting—this observatory served as home base for astronomer Percival Lowell, who discovered Pluto in 1930.
|Lowell Observatory circa 1897|
A 4,000-foot-wide crater that was formed by a space rock hitting the earth 50,000 years ago.
Located on the Arizona-Nevada border, the dam is 726 feet high and creates the largest reservoir in the United States.
A Phoenix winter home for famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, today it’s the main campus for the School of Architecture at Taliesin as well as housing the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
Located in Phoenix, it houses an outstanding collection of American Indian artwork, including over 1,700 Kachina dolls, many of which were donated by the late senator Barry Goldwater and the Fred Harvey Company.
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