13 June . 2019
Arizona Bucket List - Places
One of the best parts about living in Arizona is the never-ending list of things to do and places to see. Estrella by Newland is located in Goodyear, which makes popular destinations across Arizona just a road trip away. In this installment of our Arizona Bucket List Series, we rounded up a few of our must-visit places in the state. Check them out and start planning your next adventure.
For those looking to find some water in the desert, take a journey to Supai, Arizona and visit the stunning Havasupai Waterfalls nestled within the Havasu Canyon desert landscape. For this trip, most visitors plan to stay two to three nights in Havasu Canyon. This allows enough time to see all the falls and is about as long as hikers will be able to carry an adequate amount of food and water.
Located in Northern Arizona, west of the Grand Canyon, Havasupai includes five falls: Navajo, Fifty Foot, Havasu, Mooney, and Beaver Falls. Visitors will start their journey to the waterfalls at Hualapai Hilltop. From there, you can travel to the waterfalls on foot, on a pack animal, or by helicopter. The falls are open February through November and reservations are required.
If you’re looking for a quick day trip, check out the quaint and historic town of Bisbee. Located in Southern Arizona, among the Mule Mountains, Bisbee made its mark back in the 1800s due to an abundance of copper and other metals that made the town notable in the mining industry. Today, Bisbee offers a variety of shops, dining options, and fun attractions such as the Queen Mine Tour. Visitors can put on hard hats and head underground to get an in-depth look into the world of mining.
Bisbee is also a popular destination for art lovers due to its many galleries and art studios. For those interested in learning more, check out the Bisbee after 5 art walk. The monthly event showcases more than 30 galleries, shops, and restaurants that stay open late with shows, receptions and live music workshops.
For a day of fun (and education!), head north to Flagstaff and explore a world of science and history at the Lowell Observatory. Founded in 1894, Lowell Observatory is a nonprofit research institution that studies astronomy and evolution of the solar system. The observatory offers a variety of programs, tours, presentations, and open houses. Visitors will learn more about the world, see historic artifacts, and get an up-close look into our solar system. The observatory sits at a high elevation, so temperatures rarely exceed 90 degrees, making this a cool getaway.
Named one of the country’s “Top 10 Swimming Holes,” Slide Rock is the best natural waterslide in Arizona. Formerly an apple farm, the 43-acre Slide Rock State Park is located in Oak Creek Canyon. Slide Rock is open to the public year-round for swimming, wading, and sliding. For those who don’t want to take the plunge, the state park is a popular spot for trout fishing, wildlife viewing, and hiking on its three beautiful trails.
Grand Canyon Skywalk
Most of us living in Arizona have probably been to the Grand Canyon at some point, but there is so much to see, it’s hard to squeeze it all in. Next time you make the trip up north, visit the Skywalk. Located 4,000 feet above the Grand Canyon, the glass-bottomed walkway extends 70 feet out over the West Rim, giving visitors a look into the canyon below. Although the South Rim is closer to Goodyear and attracts more visitors, the West Rim is the only part of the canyon that offers a thrilling attraction like the Skywalk. If you’re feeling extra adventurous, travel a mile from the Skywalk and purchase a ticket to zipline across the west side of the canyon.
Mission San Xavier del Bac
Take a day trip to Tucson and see one of the most beautiful buildings in the state, Mission San Xavier del Bac. A church, school, and museum, Mission San Xavier del Bac attracts tourists from all over. Visitors are welcome to attend mass, admire the building’s architecture, learn about the history, and see the elaborate artwork. Free, daily tours are offered, but be sure to call in advance to check availability. After your tour, visit the museum, open from 8am-4pm daily.
Our bucket list of Arizona places could go on and on, but these are just a few of our favorites. On your next Arizona adventure, be sure to tag us on social @EstrellaAZLife and share your favorite places in the state. For more bucket list ideas, check out our Arizona Bucket List Events blog.
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