The state of Arizona is well-known for one of the world's natural wonders, the Grand Canyon. But fun and adventure spots abound around the State. 

Grand Canyon - Panoramic View

Interesting fact: Arizona was the last state - out of the contiguous 48 - to be admitted to the union. 

Grand Canyon West - SkywalkAlthough the southern part is known for its desert climate, there are a lot of green valleys, mountains, and forests - in the North - inviting visitors and residents for some adventure. 

A visit to Flagstaff will take you to an alpine forest and ski resorts. A short drive away will land you at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Not to be outdone, the Grand Canyon West Rim is worth a visit so you can walk on the Glass Bottom Skywalk or go on a Colorado River rafting adventure.

Tip: The West Rim is not part of the National Park system. So you will have to pay a separate fee to enter and another fee for the SkyWalk. Go here for the latest fees and rules.

Although Joshua Trees have a home in the California National Park, there is an even more impressive Joshua Tree Forest on the road to the West Rim. The best place to view this forest is at Grapevine Mesa Point at the intersection of Pierce Ferry Road and Diamond Bar Road. 

Grand Canyon West - Joshua Tree ForestFor a different landscape, go to Sedona, with its red rocks and mystical vortexes. The red rocks jut out of the valley, creating some eerie-shaped spires. Some claim that the Vortexes have health benefits.

For Western Cowboy movie buffs, a visit to Tombstone is a must. It is best known as the site of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Most people know it from the popular movie, but the events of the shootout actually happened.  

Interesting Facts: Sedona’s vortexes are a popular draw for many spiritual seeking visitors and new age thinkers.

Phoenix

Phoenix Central Aven - Wikimedia - JCordovaPhoenix, one of the largest metro areas in the USA, is also known as the "Valley of the Sun" due to its warm weather and 300 days of sunshine.

Before you enter the city center, you will encounter the usual American urban sprawl but with desert landscaping, many cactus trees, and stark black hills. 

If you love the hot-dry desert climate, then you will enjoy living in or visiting Phoenix. Many people do, which is why it is one of the fastest-growing cities in the country.

Phoenix is well-known for high-end spa resorts, Jack Nicklaus–designed golf courses, and vibrant nightclubs. 

If that is what you are looking for, then have fun. We really enjoyed the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Zoo, and Camelback Mountain.

Read more about Phoenix here.