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Must See

With so much to see and do in Arizona, you might have a hard time picking which ones to experience. To help you out, we combed through everything and put together a list of the best, tastiest and most awe-inspiring places that you just have to see while you’re here. From food and fun, to amazement and adventure, these must-sees will help you make the most of your trip.

grand canyon national park

Pictures and paintings just can’t do it justice—it’s one of those things you have to see to believe. Spanning 18 miles at its widest and a full mile deep, this natural wonder is surprisingly accessible to explorers. You can hike, mule or even helicopter down to the canyon floor. Or see the best viewpoints topside with a free shuttle ride along the rim.

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professional sporting events

Arizona is a great state for sports—and sports fans, of course. Glendale is home to two of our professional teams, the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals and the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes. In Phoenix, the 2001 World Series-winning Arizona Diamondbacks. And every April, baseball fans from all over flock to see Spring Training ball at our Cactus League 10 stadiums.

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Saguaro National Monument

Hugging Tucson to the east and the west is Saguaro National Monument, the best place to see the gentle giant cacti Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is most known for. Saguaros grow to be 40-60 feet tall, and their first “arms” don’t sprout until they’re around 95 years old. Immerse yourself in the scenery by hiking, biking or camping, or take it all in from the comfort of your car.

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Monument Valley Tribal Park

If you’re a fan of westerns, chances are you’ve seen a lot of scenes shot in Monument Valley. One of the most photographed spots on earth, Monument Valley lies on the tribal lands of the Navajo Nation. These stunning sandstone formations rise up to 1,000 feet off the desert floor and feature rich, colorful layers of sand and rock that stand out against the blues skies. We recommend a Jeep tour guided by a member of the Navajo tribe, but you can also hike or camp in the park.

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This city of red rocks is favorite among Arizonans and visitors alike, and when you’re there, it’ll be pretty clear why. Red Rock State Park offers stunning trails and drives showcasing the area’s beauty. Jeep tours are another popular way to explore the colorful surroundings. In town, shops, artisans and restaurants all vie for your attention, and each are worth a look. At night, turn your eyes to the skies with stargazing tours by professional astronomers.

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Eat & Drink

Prepare your taste buds for a feast. Arizona’s reputation as a foodie state is quickly rising, with the Phoenix Metro area capturing attention for its thriving food scene and Tucson’s creativity earning it a designation first UNESCO City of Gastronomy. You’ll find everything from regional cuisine to trendy hotspots to hole-in-the-wall local favorites. We’re also big on the craft-brewing scene, with over 70 craft breweries across the state.

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