As home to some of the most beautiful sights in the United States, Arizona has to be one of the visual feasts of anybody’s road trip, and if you are traversing the states, the Grand Canyon state needs to be one of the highlights of your journeys. But what actually is there for those on their travels that are looking for a combination of culture and fantastic sites?
El Tovar Dining Room – Located in the National Park South Rim, this eatery is classic American dining at its best! Be sure to reserve your table to get the best seats in the house, or if you’ve spent a long day hiking across the trails, you could relax in the cocktail lounge for some after dinner drinks.
The Walnut Canyon National Monument – If you head into the city of Flagstaff, you will see these dwellings that date back to the pre-Columbian era. And if you are looking for the right hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona, The Comfort Inn is one of many great places to put your feet up and contemplate the wondrous sites you’ve seen that day. The Walnut Canyon was home to a village of cliff dwellers, and if you go there during the winter months, you will see the area white with snow, providing quite a contrast to what the typical image of Arizona is.
Heard Museum – In Phoenix, this museum shows the vast history of the American Indian tribes in the Southwest. As far as an insight into the natives of hundreds of years ago, this museum provides an education for every single one of us, detailed via various films, art galleries, and spirit dolls, known as Hopi Kachinas. In addition to this, there are various events posted throughout the year, such as Indian fares or even competitions! As far as an educational experience is concerned, this museum is actually one of the best overall in the whole of the United States!
The Lowell Observatory – If you head down to Flagstaff on a clear night, you should swing by the observatory, and see the Cosmos for yourself! This landmark is famous for the first sighting of Pluto back in 1930. And, since 1894, people have had the opportunity to look at the universe through various telescopes, including the 1896 Clark Telescope.
Musical Instrument Museum – While there are millions of things to do in Phoenix, get yourself to the greater Phoenix area and have a musical education unlike anywhere else! Throughout these five galleries, you will experience the 200 countries and territories musical heritage, from Hawaiian ukuleles to thumb pianos from Uganda, here is where music comes to life, especially with wireless recordings of long-forgotten relics of the musical past you can listen to via headphone, but if you are looking for something a little more “contemporary”, check out the Alice Cooper display!
Not just a state of sweeping canyons, Arizona is, of course, home to many national parks, but this is scratching the surface of what Arizona has to offer.