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Scenic Drive: Arizona Hot Spots

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See the Grand Canyon State’s finest in 362 miles.

Start: Tucson

Day 1 
Tucson
Experience the unique environment of the Sonoran Desert in Saguaro National Park, a cactus-studded preserve with hiking trails and interpretive exhibits. Be sure to spend time at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to enjoy the zoo, botanical garden, natural history museum, art gallery and aquarium all under one roof. No visit to Tucson is complete without seeing one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens at the Tohono Chul Park. Tucson is also renowned for is restaurants and lively downtown. Just to the south, Cochise County offers even more hiking opportunities in Arizona’s Sky Islands. These mountain ranges on national forests allow the hiker to go from desert to alpine environments. For a different sort of adventure go 1,500 feet deep into the Queen Mine Tour in Bisbee, AZ. You’ll be outfitted with a hard hat, miner’s headlamp and descend and learn everything from the mines history to mining techniques used in the day. While you’re enjoying Cochise County be sure to stop by Tombstone to see a reenactment of the gunfight at the OK Corral.

Day 2
Tucson to Sedona: 229 miles
From Tucson, drive northwest on I-10 to Phoenix. Stop for a few hours to enjoy the MIM – Musical Instrument Museum, which opened in 2010. Stroll along the first floor with instruments from around the world. Then venture to the second floor, where guests are brought face to face with a jazz ensemble, mariachi band or Chinese opera and much more!  Merge onto I-17 in Phoenix and continue north on I-17 to Sedona.  Sedona is an ideal base for mountain biking, jeep touring and hiking among the red rocks. After your outdoor adventure, visit Sedona’s famous art galleries,
spiritual shops, and bookstores.

Day 3
Verde Valley
Spend the day on the Verde Canyon Railroad riding a restored vintage locomotive through the remote Verde River wilderness where you are likely to see numerous wildlife species, including bald eagles and great blue herons. While you’re in the area also stop by the Out of Africa Wildlife Park, visitors can expect to see Armadillo, Black Bear, Bobcat, Camel, Coatimundi, Emu, Giraffe, Hyena, Jaguar, Lemur, Lion, Sloth, Tigers, Wolf, Zebra and hundreds of birds.

Day 4
Sedona to Grand Canyon: 133 miles
From Sedona/Verde Valley, drive north from 1-17 on US 89A through scenic Oak Creek Canyon to Flagstaff.  Stop at the Grand Canyon Store in Flagstaff to get tour, river trip, and other visitor info about Grand Canyon. Spend the night and enjoy historic downtown and an evening at the Lowell Planetarium where visitors can use the Alvan Clark Telescope to enjoy Flagstaff’s dark skies.

Day 5
Flagstaff to Grand Canyon
Continue (93 miles) to the park. From Flagstaff,  take US 180 west to US 180/AZ 64 and drive north to Grand Canyon South Rim entrance. (Be sure to stop by the Grand Canyon Visitor Center IMAX Theatre.)

End: Grand Canyon

Top Ten Things to do in Grand Canyon

1. Go Hiking or Backpacking

Grand Canyon National Park, and the greater Grand Canyon region, is a hiker’s dream. Most of Grand Canyon National Park is undeveloped backcountry. There are literally hundreds of miles to hike and backpack and explore. Despite the Grand Canyon’s popularity and numbers of visitors each year, visitors only need to hike a small distance to enjoy some solitude. Read More...

2. Ride a Mule into the Grand Canyon

Explore the depths of the Grand Canyon National Park on popular trails like the Bright Angel and South Kaibab trail on a mule. A Grand Canyon mule ride is an adventure and easy on your legs. Read More...

3. Ride the Grand Canyon Railway

Adventure, sightseeing and history! If it’s adventure, sightseeing and history all rolled into one that you want on your Grand Canyon vacation, then Grand Canyon Railway is your answer. This is an unforgettable experience and will add much to your vacation to the Grand Canyon. Read More...

4. Take a Scenic Drive

We think that a Grand Canyon vacation is America’s greatest road trip. It’s one big scenic drive. In fact, there are so many scenic drive opportunities it’s hard to limit our favorites. Read More...

5. Spend a Night or More Camping

Camp under the stars in a tent, or at an RV Park. Read More...

6. Go on a Rafting Trip

One of the most exciting ways to experience the Grand Canyon is to float through it by way of raft on the Colorado River. Read More...

7. Take a Scenic Flight

Take a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon for a unique and spectacular vantage of this vast, deep natural wonder. Read More...

8. Go Mountain Biking or Cycling

Log extra miles of breathtaking views. Read More...

9. Stand on the Grand Canyon Skywalk

The Grand Canyon Skywalk is a horseshoe-shaped walkway that extends almost 70 feet out into the Grand Canyon. Visitors on the Skywalk, which has a clear, 4-inch-thick glass bottom, peer over the railing, or down through their stance to see the Canyon and all of its 4,000 feet of vertical abyss. Read More...

10. Take a Desert Jeep Tour

Experience the backcountry desert on and off road near the Grand Canyon and nearby recreation areas such as Sedona. View scenic vistas and the incredible variety of wildlife. Read More...

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