McDowell Mountains Scottsdale
Craggy red-rock terrain, emblematic saguaro cacti, and verdant green golf courses provide a spectacular backdrop for Arizona's landscape, but the real jewel is The Grand Canyon. Carved out by the Colorado River with temple-like buttes and plunging cliffs, the Grand Canyon is nothing short of spectacular. We love taking a helicopter ride or a hot air balloon to view the Grand Canyon and its colourful Painted Desert from the sky.
Arizona has a diverse array of cities to suit any taste. Phoenix, the state's capital, offers an impressive array of golf courses and shopping. Set in the Sonoran Desert, Tucson preserves both Native American and Hispanic culture. For something a bit more upscale, head to Scottsdale, a veritable oasis in the middle of the desert. Or check out Flagstaff, the lively gateway to The Grand Canyon, for a more laid-back, college-town feel.
Home to the legendary Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Johnny Ringo, and Ike Clanton, Tombstone is more than just a Wild West tale; it is a real town with real inhabitants. The town hosts a plethora of Wild West activities, including gunfights, gold mine tours, old-time photos, and stage coach rides.
More than 300 days of sunshine every year and a choice of over 300 golf courses make Arizona one of the world's top golf destinations. Check out Scottsdale's top rated golf courses, including Troon North Golf Club's Monument, Grayhawk, and Pinnacle, or try the 18-hole Raven Golf Club in Phoenix. Tucson offers Arnold Palmer's Starr Pass or Jack Nicklaus' La Paloma.
Stretching across the states of Arizona and California and south across the border to Mexico, the Sonoran Desert is a juxtaposition of prickly saguaro cacti, red-coloured landscapes, craggy mountains, and forests. Visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which features botanical gardens, a zoo, and a natural history museum to learn about the plant and animal life that live in the region.
While the Grand Canyon National Park is undoubtedly the most famous national park, there are more than a dozen other parks and monuments throughout Arizona. Check out the forests of saguaro cacti at Saguaro National Park, the deep canyon of the Navajo's at Canyon de Chelly National Monument, the colourful volcanoes of Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, or the lake at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.