Arizona is one of those states where a 7-day vacation isn’t enough to see all the beautiful things there. To get your vacation planning started, here my must-see and do tips for Arizona travel, vacation, and recreation.

When you think of Arizona, you probably see the Sonoran Desert and its unusual Saguaro cactus as a must-see; however, there’s also the one-and-only Grand Canyon which I bet you didn’t know has a very rich wine growing community nearby. You can also step backward in time and experience a dude ranch in Wickenburg,  walk the set of many old Western movies in Old Tucson, or experience the magic of the red sands of  Sedona by foot as it’s been enjoyed for generations.

Arizona Travel Tip: Get Into the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyonlocated in northern Arizona, is immense at 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide. With a depth of one mile, it’s no wonder it’s one of the Seven Wonders of the World.  The two rims, North and South, are quite different from each other so plan to visit both sides or if you’re very in shape, hike it rim-to-rim.

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There’s  a rustic camping experience on the bottom of the Canyon floor available, but it books up months in advance, so check into it as soon as you have your vacation booked. Plan to spend a few days at the Grand Canyon if you’re going to participate in any of the experiences. If you’ll just be peaking over the edge, a day trip is more than enough. You can also take the train from Williams for a quick day trip if you don’t want to deal with the car traffic which can be overwhelming on summer days.

Arizona Travel Tip: Stop and Check Out the Saguaro Cactus

Saguaro Cactus are prolific throughout the southern and middle sections of Arizona. You’re likely to spot them standing majestically in the Sonoran Desert. Each of these cacti is 100-200 years old! Saguaros only grow about an inch a year, and they don’t grow their first arm until they’re about 70-years old. That means most of the cacti you see are 100-200 years old! The blossoms of the Saguaro is the state flower, and its fruit is edible. Many animals call this plant home, and it’s a definite must-see when you visit Arizona.

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Arizona Travel Tip: Visit Wine Country – Both of Them!

Who knew there was really great wine in Arizona? There are two main wine growing regions – one down south near Willcox and the other north near Sedona and Jerome. Willcox is known for producing most of Arizona’s fruits and vegetables and is an excellent cool growing region for grapes. Jerome is up near Sedona, and you can see vines growing on the rolling hills. It will take 1-2 days to visit all the wineries in the northern region and 2-3 days to visit them all when heading down south. It is well worth taking these day trips to see a part of Arizona that very few tourists know exist.

Arizona Travel Tip: Go Back in Time in Tombstone

Head down to Southern Arizona to Tombstone to see where the Gunfight at the OK Corral took place. There are daily reenactments of this legendary gunfight a few times every afternoon. The other notable thing to see in Tombstone is the world’s largest rosebush. It is a Lady Banksia rose which is quite prolific, and it now covers over 8,000 square feet!

What are your must see places in Arizona?

Arizona Travel Books You May Like to Help You Plan Your Trip

Fodor’s Arizona & the Grand Canyon (Full-color Travel Guide)

Fodor's Arizona & the Grand Canyon (Full-color Travel Guide)

Written by locals Fodor’s travel guides have been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for 80 years

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Day Trips from Phoenix, Tucson & Flagstaff – Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler (Day Trips Series)

Day Trips® from Phoenix, Tucson & Flagstaff: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler (Day Trips Series)

Rediscover the simple pleasures of a day trip with Day Trips from Phoenix-Tucson and Flagstaff

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National Geographic Traveler – Arizona, 5th Edition

National Geographic Traveler: Arizona, 5th Edition

The American Southwest landscapes, from the Grand Canyon to the desert, has always held allure for visitors from around the world

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Weird Arizona – Your Travel Guide to Arizona’s Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

Weird Arizona: Your Travel Guide to Arizona's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets

Each fun and intriguing volume offer more than 250 illustrated pages of places where tourists rarely visit,  including oddball curiosities, local legends, crazy characters, and unusual roadside attractions

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Lonely Planet Southwest USA’s Best Trips (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Southwest USA's Best Trips (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet finds your best trips to unique experiences that await you along some of America’s most iconic highways

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Lonely Planet Southwest USA (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Southwest USA (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet – the most relevant up-to-date suggestions on what to see, pass on, and what hidden discoveries await you

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles Phoenix –  Including Tempe, Scottsdale, and Glendale

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Phoenix: Including Tempe, Scottsdale, and Glendale

With more than 4-million people, the Phoenix metropolitan area is one of the country’s largest and filled with plenty of places to get away from it all.

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Secret Sedona: Sacred Moments in the Landscape (Arizona Highways Special Scenic Collections)

Secret Sedona: Sacred Moments in the Landscape (Arizona Highways Special Scenic Collections)

Secret Sedona Sacred Moments in the Landscape takes the reader on an armchair journey to unusual places resonating with the unique spirit of nature and ancient peoples

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Backroads of Arizona – Second Edition Along the Byways to Breathtaking Landscapes and Quirky Small Towns

Backroads of Arizona - Second Edition: Along the Byways to Breathtaking Landscapes and Quirky Small Towns

Explore the wide-open spaces of Arizona with this guide to roads less traveled and awe-inspiring sights less seen

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Moon Arizona & the Grand Canyon (Moon Handbooks)

Moon Arizona & the Grand Canyon (Moon Handbooks)

This full-color photo guide to Arizona and the Grand Canyon includes easy-to-use maps to help with trip planning

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Rand Mcnally EasyFinder Arizona (Map)

Rand Mcnally EasyFinder Arizona (Map)

The durable and convenient Arizona Easy-To-Fold state map will take all the wear and tear your journey can dish out

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Guide to Arizona Backroads and 4-Wheel Drive Trails 2nd Edition

Guide to Arizona Backroads & 4-Wheel-Drive Trails 2nd Edition

This is an ALL-NEW full-color second edition

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Arizona Easy to Read Map

Arizona Easy to Read

Rand McNally’s Easy-To-Read State Folded Map is a must-have for anyone traveling in and around Arizona offering unbeatable dependability and reliability at a great price

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Hiking the Grand Canyon: A Detailed Guide to More Than 100 Trails

Hiking the Grand Canyon: A Detailed Guide to More Than 100 Trails

Perfect for a first-time visitor, day hiker, and seasoned cannoneers alike expert hiker. John Annerino’s book is one of the most user-friendly and comprehensive guides to America’s premier natural wonder and UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Arizona National Scenic Trail – Your Complete Guidebook

Your Complete Guide to the Arizona National Scenic Trail

Explore every part of the Arizona National Scenic Trail with this ultimate resource detailing the trail’s twists and turns its flora and fauna geology water sources and nearby gateway communities

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Arizona Benchmark Road & Recreation Atlas

Arizona Benchmark Road & Recreation Atlas

Arizona s natural beauty and outdoor possibilities are known worldwide

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Grand Canyon Tips: The Local’s Guide to Avoiding the Crowds and Getting the Most Out of Your Visit

Grand Canyon Tips: The Local's Guide to Avoiding the Crowds and Getting the Most Out of Your Visit

Skip the miles long entrance lines and hours-long wait to get into the park. Find out how to see the Grand Canyon while avoiding the crowded parking and full campgrounds. In this book, a local with decades of experience exploring Grand Canyon National Park and the surrounding national forests wilderness areas and national monuments shares with you his secrets for avoiding the crowds

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Utah’s Grand Circle Road & Recreation Map: National Parks of Southern Utah & Northern Arizona, 1st Edition

Utah's Grand Circle Road & Recreation Map: National Parks of Southern Utah & Northern Arizona, 1st Edition

Features & Benefits Comprehensive coverage of Southern Utah (south of I-70) and Northern Arizona Detailed inset maps of Arches Bryce Canyon Canyonlands Grand Canyon and Zion National Parks Grand Canyon Village

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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide – Arizona and the Grand Canyon

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Arizona & the Grand Canyon

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Arizona and the Grand Canyon is an in-depth guidebook to the best of Arizona and its most spectacular natural wonder on Earth

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A Complete Guide to the Grand Circle National Parks – Covering Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde, and Grand Canyon National Parks

A Complete Guide to the Grand Circle National Parks: Covering Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Arches, Canyonlands, Mesa Verde, and Grand Canyon National Parks

A Complete Guide to the Grand Circle National Parks will give you everything you need to know before you go.

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7 Days – ARIZONA

7 Days - ARIZONA

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Overlooked Arizona

Overlooked Arizona

From the towering saguaro cacti of the deserts to the pine-covered mountains of the Mogollon Rim, Arizona is filled with fantastic attractions that most visitors never get to see.

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Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer

Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer

Wouldn’t it be nice to have exactly the right of map whatever your needs may be? You will, with the uniquely versatile DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer Series

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Arizona: The Beauty of It All (Arizona Highways)

Arizona: The Beauty of It All (Arizona Highways)

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Arizona Highways Photography Guide –  How & Where to Make Great Pictures (Arizona Highways: Travel Arizona Collection)

Arizona Highways Photography Guide: How & Where to Make Great Pictures (Arizona Highways: Travel Arizona Collection)

An easy-to-follow illustrated guide combining information about basics of film and digital photography details; different types of photography like landscape, architecture, people, and events; and accurate information about photographing Arizona (including the Grand Canyon, Sedona Monument Valley, and the Mogollon Rim).

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Fodor’s Full-color Travel Guide Arizona & the Grand Canyon 2015 

Fodor's Arizona & the Grand Canyon 2015 (Full-color Travel Guide)

Fodor s correspondents highlight the best of Arizona including awe-inspiring canyons and deserts stellar spas and golf courses and Native American culture

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BNSF’s Arizona Divide

BNSF's Arizona Divide

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Arizona’s Back Roads – A Travel Guide to Ghosts, Outlaws, and Miners

Arizona's Back Roads: A Travel Guide to Ghosts, Outlaws, and Miners

Journey to Arizona through over 240 beautiful photographic images and 36 stories imparting unusual and bizarre regional happenings throughout history

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Lonely Planet Route 66 Road Trips –  Travel Guide

Lonely Planet Route 66 Road Trips (Travel Guide)

Discover the freedom of the open road with Lonely Planet Route 66 Road Trips

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Five-Star Trails: Tucson – Your Guide to the Area’s Most Beautiful Hikes

Five-Star Trails: Tucson: Your Guide to the Area's Most Beautiful Hikes

Tucson lies in a saguaro-studded desert basin surrounded by four mountain ranges and book-ended by two national parks …

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