The first name that strikes on our mind while planning a trip to Arizona is Grand Canyon. There’s no doubt that Grand Canyon is a must-visit in the state but Arizona has a lot more than this and you just can’t fill your Instagram Profile with pictures of Grand Canyon every time you visit Arizona.
This time try out the long-table dining, the desert botanical garden of the 30s and various other explorations. Here we have the most unique things to do in Arizona besides Grand Canyon.
Arizona Fresh Foodie Trail
Arizona is considered one of the biggest agricultural player in the United States of America that produces a large amount of the country’s total production. This has made agri-tourism a prevailing trend in the southwestern US state. Visit Phoenix in Arizona – the Phoenix Metro Area to witness the popular trend. In Mesa, you can even book yourself a foodie trail experience with a tour operator. The stops include orange groves, olive mill, and the urban farming community. You can also go for a self-guided tour.
Glamp in the Desert
Are you ready to sleep on a property belonging to one of the oldest farming families of the Arizona state? We are talking about The Cozy Peach in the Schnepf Farms – a 1950s-era land with Airstream trailers set on a peach farm of 300 acres offering spellbinding views of San Tan Mountains. You will be served with breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the cooked-to-order basis from the café and bakery on-site. However, the food scene is not limited to this but you can also have barbeques. If you time your trip well, you might get lucky to experience the seasonal long-table dinners of Schnepf Farms. Check with them while booking the tickets.
Get closer to the ecosystem at Desert Botanical Garden
Situated in Scottsdale, the Desert Botanical Garden is one of eh most unique places to visit in Arizona with your family and friends. You will have great time learning about the amazing Sonoran Desert. The botanical garden offers the visitors with both day and night activities such as behind-the-scenes tours and the light shows at night. You can go for a self-guided tour or book a half-day tour.
Hike on the less-traveled trails of Arizona
There are several hiking trails in the Phoenix area (metro)that you can choose for an adventurous hike. The Mesa area has the famously known Wind Cave hike and the popular Usery Mountain Regional Park. The area is also home to the Lost Dutchman State park and San Tan Mountain Regional Park. You will also get access to the Toto National Forest that includes ‘Superstition Wilderness’ and ‘Four Peaks’ areas.
Enjoy being in waters at Salt River or Saguaro Lake
Arizona is thought of being a place of desert landscape by many but it is not just exploring the desert that calls for a visit to the state. You can also explore lakes and rivers in the Phoenix Metro Area. If you want to observe the watery side of the state, enjoy SUP or kayak along the waterways (canyon-carved) of Saguaro Lake. You can even book a lake cruise for Desert at the Desert Belle. The Salt River is also close and is famous for leisure sports like paddle boarding, tubing, etc. There are other water bodies such as Apache Lake, Roosevelt Lake, Verde River and the Canyon Lake.
Explore the phoenix’s Art Scene Downtown
You will come across several historical places in Arizona while exploring the art scene of Downtown Phoenix.It is in the last couple of years that the art scene of Phoenix has blossomed – all thanks to the revitalization projects in the neighborhood that have helped in paving way for the construction of boutique hotels and some street art projects. You must visit the FOUND:RE Phoenix hotel for its featured local curated art. There are several museums in the area like Arizona Science Center, Children’s Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Wells Fargo Museum, Heard Museum and some more. Do not skip The Churchill Complex.
Take a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Summer Home
The famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright considered Scottsdale as his summer home and you can still witness his legacy in form of the various home designs in the area. The Taliesin West blends magically into the mountain landscape. You can take the guided tours anytime you want (day or night). We strictly recommend making reservations in advance. It is one of the best things to do in Scottsdale.
We hope your trip to Arizona will be unique, different yet amazing even without visiting the great Grand Canyon.
We hope your trip to Arizona will be unique, different yet amazing even without visiting the great Grand Canyon. Book your flight tickets now at Indian Eagle, a reputed US-based travel agency.