Arizona

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When it comes down to planning your day-to-day list of things to do, ShermansTravel experts have you covered. To make sure you get the most out of your vacation, we recommend the can't-miss museums and attractions, as well as the off-the-path activities and unique local experiences that will make your trip truly memorable.

Things to do in Arizona

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Wonderfully preserved Anasazi Indian ruins lie inside 1,000-foot-high sandstone canyon walls here; some 80 Navajo families still live and farm here, too. Hikes into the canyon can be arranged with a Navajo guide.

222 miles NE of Flagstaff; off of Route 191, AZ, 928-674-5500, www.nps.gov/cach
Tags: family | hiking | things to do | outdoors | culture | history

Drive Route 66

Once part of the historic “Mother Road” from Chicago to Los Angeles, this little slice of Americana still offers glimpses of honky-tonk motels and shops (most of which now push kitschy souvenirs).

Sections accessible from Flagstaff and Williams, AZ,
Tags: family | things to do | culture | history

Drive the Apache Trail

This 48-mile route in the shadow of the Superstition Mountains is marked by breathtaking scenery, ghost towns, and ancient Indian ruins. Tours are recommended due to unpaved roads.

Apache Trail Tours, Goldfield Ghost Town; 4650 N. Mammoth Mine Rd., AZ, 480-982-7661, www.apachetrailtours.com
Tags: family | things to do | culture | history

Grand Canyon

Hike this immense chasm’s spectacular depths, raft the Colorado River, circle the canyon from a chopper above, or simply contemplate the scenery from different vantage points along the South Rim.

Grand Canyon, South Rim, AZ, 928-638-7888, www.nps.gov/grca
Tags: family | hiking | things to do | outdoors | adventure

Lake Powell Houseboating

Why stay on land when you can drift along the massive turquoise lake all day (and night) long? Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas offers top-tier luxury class vessels for rental that can sleep a dozen or more people and come equipped with barbecue grills, hot showers, entertainment systems, private staterooms, and more. As of 2008, complimentary concierge services and options like pre-ordered, chef-prepared meals are provided. Visitors can rent the boats at the main Wahweap Marina in Page, Arizona, or at the Bullfrog Marina in Bullfrog, Utah. Not nautically savvy? Hire a personal captain (for about $100 an hour) and a dockhand (rates start around $40 an hour) for smooth sailing. Three-day rentals run from about $1,000.

Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas, 100 Lakeshore Dr., AZ, 888-896-3829, www.lakepowell.com
Tags: luxury | things to do | outdoors

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

You’ll recognize the landscapes of monolithic, red sandstone buttes and spires from films like Stagecoach and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Located on Navajo land, the park has only one road; guided tours are available.

200 miles northeast of Flagstaff; off of I-40, AZ, 435-727-5874, www.navajonationparks.org
Tags: family | hiking | things to do | outdoors

OK Corral

The scene of the Wild West’s most notorious gunfight is now marked by a museum with an exhibit related to the town’s iconic Earp brothers and the outlaw crew they battled in 1881; a reenactment of the gun-slinging showdown is held daily at 2pm.

308 E. Allen St., AZ, 520-457-3456, www.ok-corral.com
Tags: family | things to do | history

Petrified Forest National Park

Overlapping with the multi-hued Painted Desert, this geographically diverse park features bizarre landscapes comprised of colorful badlands, petrified-wood, plant and animal fossils, and archaeological digs.

177 miles east of Flagstaff; off US 163, AZ, 928-524-6228, www.nps.gov/pefo
Tags: family | hiking | things to do | outdoors

Saguaro National Park

This wonderland of cacti “forests” offers plenty of photo ops of the mammoth, multi-armed desert plants that, while unique to the Sonoran Desert ecosystem, are among the most quintessential Southwest symbols.

3693 South Old Spanish Trail, AZ, 520-733-5158, www.nps.gov/sagu
Tags: family | hiking | things to do | outdoors

Sedona Jeep tour

Explore the Sedona area’s unspoiled backcountry via jeep tour – try Pink Jeep Tours for stops at ancient ruins, rock art sites, and coyote-filled canyons.

Sedona, AZ, 800-873-3662, www.pinkjeep.com
Tags: smart splurge | things to do | outdoors | tour

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