The beauty of Northern Arizona awaits you and certainly should not be missed! Northern Arizona is well known for its wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, abundance of trails and forest service roads, extreme topographical and environmental variability, and its rich geologic and human history. There is something for everyone! Whether you are young, mature, single or with family, you are bound to have a memorable time.
NORTHERN ARIZONA features dozens of mountain ranges, including the state’s highest – the San Francisco Peaks. It also contains most of the state’s natural lakes. In the West lies the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, which was cut millions of years ago by the flow of the Colorado River while the land slowly rose around it.
In Northern Arizona, you can do it all! Hike the Grand Canyon rimto- rim, ski at Arizona Snowbowl near Flagstaff, shop ‘til you drop in the many unique and mystical shops in Sedona, while gazing at the stunning red rocks, or grab a drink and some great food in the 19th century Palace Restaurant & Saloon – once frequented by Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday – on Whiskey Row at the historic Courtyard Square in Prescott. As well, you can experience the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site at Meteor Crater, take a joyride along historical Route 66 – also known as “The Mother Road” – or dare to take a different view of the Canyon from the Skywalk®.
Adventure truly awaits for the most enthusiastic and daring! Soar in a helicopter or airplane ride through the Grand Canyon with Papillon Helicopters and Grand Canyon Scenic Airlines. And if you are really up for an adventure, you can raft the Colorado River inside the Grand Canyon for a day or even a week. For a family-friendly option to get to the Canyon, take the Grand Canyon Railway to the South Rim of the Canyon for the day, or stay overnight in a nice lodge or camping site. Right outside the South Rim in the town of Tusayan, don’t forget to stop by the Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center and IMAX® Theatre where you can marvel at the amazing scenery while sitting comfortably in a movie seat.
If you arrive in Phoenix and head north for your adventure in Northern Arizona, a stop in the Verde Valley is a must. Out of Africa Wildlife Park is certainly a one-of-a-kind place where you will see wild animals up close and even experience a live tiger show and have the opportunity to hold a snake. While you are in Camp Verde, stop at the Cliff Castle Casino Hotel for even more fun options for the entire family, including a 20-lane bowling center, arcade, gift shop, live entertainment and a dazzling array of dining choices.
Verde Valley, which includes Cottonwood and Jerome, is also home to wine country! You won’t believe your eyes and taste buds as you sample more than a dozen Arizona wines in the area’s many wineries and tasting rooms. Want a haunted experience? Go to Jerome! Once a ghost town and known as the “wickedest town in the West,” Jerome is filled with history and hauntings. Look for ghosts at the haunted Jerome Grand Hotel. From the central Verde Valley, you can either head north through Sedona to Flagstaff to get to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon or head west through Prescott then north to Williams to get to the same South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Along I-40, just east of Flagstaff, is the Painted Desert, Winslow, Meteor Crater and Twin Arrows Casino Resort, a family friendly place offering casino entertainment, dining and entertainment. Just west of Flagstaff and Williams along I-40 is Kingman, known as the Heart of Route 66, and Grand Canyon West, home of the Skywalk®.
With so many options for sightseeing, recreating and relaxing, Northern Arizona offers something for everyone. Visit a few of the sights in just a few days at an aggressive pace or enjoy all that the area has to offer by staying a week or longer.