Arizona. Known for the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and its bustling cities, it’s a must for anyone traveling across the country. A southwestern state with a population of nearly 8 million people, it’s filled with natural and man-made attractions.
With hot temperatures throughout the year, it’s the ultimate destination for those looking to relax away from the colder temperatures of nearby states.
If you have it on your travel wishlist, but don’t know which city to travel to first – here is a list of the top cities to visit in the state!
Starting off this list is Arizona’s capital, Phoenix. With over 1 million residents, it’s known for its luxurious spa resorts, golf courses, high-end restaurants, and nightclubs. Home to the University of Phoenix, it’s a popular destination to visit for those of all ages.
Home to over 1,400 animals, Phoenix Zoo is one of the largest zoos in the country. Featuring giraffes, Sumatran tigers and more, it’s a beautiful and extraordinary attraction that’s a must-see. Located within Papago Park, it’s also within easy reach of the Papago Golf Course, Desert Botanical Garden, and other attractions.
This landmark is iconic. Granting panoramic views across the city, it’s a popular place to visit for hikers and nature-enthusiasts. Reaching 1,200 feet, there are two trails you can do – the Cholla and Echo Canyon. It does, however, get very popular during the weekend, so it might be a good idea to hike during the week.
Looking for a delicious, authentic meal? Then head over to Heritage Square. A mixture of historical buildings and modern multi-award-winning eateries, you will feel like you entered another world when you visit Heritage Square. With something for all tastes and budgets, it will make for a unique day in Phoenix.
Surrounded by mountains, the city of Tucson will make you feel as though you’ve been transported back in time. Boasting museums, hiking trails, golf courses, shopping centers, and historic sites, there is plenty to see.
Saguaro National Park
Situated between either side of Tucson, Saguaro National Park is filled with fascinating walking trails, camping spots, and wildlife. It’s also home to the nation’s largest species of cacti. Popular with families, they love the scenic views and beautiful sunsets that the National Park offers.
Tucson Botanical Gardens
Spanning over 5 acres, the Tucson Botanical Gardens feature a Zen garden, a Barrio garden, a butterfly garden and more that you can explore. A picturesque place to visit in the city, it will take you away from the hustle and bustle of the center.
Tucson Museum of Art
Do you love art? Then the Tucson Museum of Art might be just the ticket. Filled with incredible pieces, it’s located in the Presidio District in downtown Tucson. With ever-changing exhibitions, it is an ideal place to visit throughout the year.
Although Litchfield Park is only home to around 6,000 residents, it’s nonetheless an interesting city to visit when in the state. Located in Maricopa County, Litchfield is 20 miles northwest of Phoenix. A hidden gem, it has a variety of boutique shops and parks.
Desert Diamond Casino
If you’re looking for something a bit different throughout your trip, you can head over to the Desert Diamond Casino. Filled with 100’s of games, it will make for a fun night out when in Litchfield.
Wigwam Golf Club
One of its most renowned attractions is the multi-award-winning Wigwam Golf Club. With many amenities within this resort (including swimming pools and shops), it’s frequently adorned by couples and families.
Many people also live within the resort in high-end condos. As there are so many places to see near the Wigwam (e.g Turtle Park and Litchfield Park Library) it could make a wonderful stop-off during your vacation.
Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park
A 215-acre zoo in Litchfield Park, the Wildlife World Zoo has 1000’s of animals from around the world. With the state’s largest collection of exotic species, rides, and other attractions it makes a fun family day out.