Arizona is an amazingly beautiful state. It’s diverse landscape could take someone multiple generations to explore. There is so much history here as well. Due to limited time I was only able to see a few of it’s most famous sites.
When I stayed in Arizona I stayed in Flagstaff at the Grand Canyon International Hostel. It was a great affordable option to stay in a city that is built on tourism. When I was hear I notices that everything was 2 hours away. Two hours to get to the Grand Canyon, two hours to get to Horseshoe Bend, etc. So if you were planning on 1 excursion a day definitely incorporate 4 hours of driving time per day. In Flagstaff itself there is a ton of stuff to do from rock climbing (both indoors and outdoors), to an abundance of restaurants and bars to choose from. I really enjoyed staying here and I never really heard of Flagstaff until I started looking into places to stay in Arizona.
Is a local climbing crag in Flagstaff Arizona. It’s mainly single pitches but the have all ranges and styles. I loved everything about climbing here as you felt like you were alone in such a busy climbing area (similar to red rocks). I climbed a bunch of 5.6’s and some harder stuff. Although I don’t have many photos from climbing I do have one from the area itself. As you can see how beautiful it is here! Best part is this is located 15 minutes from the center of town!
Horseshoe Bend is one of those destinations where you have seen endless photos from and just wish you could be one of those selfie takers. When I went here it was late afternoon and I took the 2 hour drive from flagstaff and then hiked to the area to where you are standing right by the bend. It was even more beautiful in person than the photos. It was actually stunning! I just stood there for awhile gazing out into the distance. I eventually waited on the long line of people to get the photo on where you walk out to the rock which protrudes a bit into the distance. I am much better with dangerous things when I am on a rope then not!
This is exactly what you think it is a very very large Canyon! It has those epic Arizona colors and is beautiful. If you wanted to pop in and just have enough time for photos you can do so by the fenced off area. But beware as there are a TON of tourists and you will need to fight your way through to make to the fence. You can capture some great photos from here. If you are brave enough to hike the canyon you can do so and there are hikes which you take you all the way inside the
Is another major tourist destination. In order to visit this canyon you have to come with a guide as it’s on an Indian Reservation. You are not able to pay for it in advance and only when you show up the day of and the park fee has to be paid in cash. The guiding portion you are able to put on a credit card. Seeing Antelope Canyon will set you back a min of 70 dollars! As beautiful as it was to see it was not that enjoyable. It’s overly crowded and it’s a money making machine. So you are like a heard of sheep heading inside. You are told where to stand, when to take photos, when you to move out of the way. I am 100% glad I saw it and I would suggest to anyone going to Arizona to see it. However, you will need to be prepared with the crowds and remember first and forth most that this is a business.