Ultimate Arizona Bucket List – Top 100 Things to do, see and eat in Arizona

Ultimate Arizona Bucket List – Top 100 Things to do, see and eat in Arizona

Arizona is a top destination in the United States for not just the great weather, but the number of attractions the state has to offer. The thing is, there are so many that you really need a bucket list to check them all off. Simply put, here are 101 items you need to check off your ultimate Arizona bucket list.

Your Northern Arizona Bucket List

  • Hike the Grand Canyon – This is essentially a no-brainer. The Grand Canyon is an iconic feature to Arizona and hiking it from rim to rim is a must.
  • Raft the Colorado River – Another way to travel through the Grand Canyon is by raft and the Colorado River.
  • Havasupai Hike – A famous hike to turquoise colored water and a gorgeous waterfall.
  • Sunset over Horseshoe Bend – Head south of Page to see this horseshoe-shaped beauty.
  • Antelope Canyon – Awe-inspiring sandstone slot canyons formed by erosion and flash flooding.
  • Monument Valley – Right on the Utah/Arizona border, Monument Valley is picturesque.
  • Lake Powell – This man-made reservoir screams scenic boat ride.
  • Hike to The Wave – The permits are hard to get, but hiking this sandstone rock formation on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes is worth it.
  • Emerald Cove – Black Canyon is home a cave that you can kayak to and enjoy glowing emerald waters.
  • Lake Mead – Home to the largest reservoir in the U.S., this is a very popular boating oasis.
  • Skiing at Snowbowl – A top spot for skiing in the winter.
  • Chairlift to the top of Snowbowl – Head to the top of the San Francisco Peaks and enjoy amazing views of volcanic mountain ranges.
  • White House Ruin Trail – Located in Canyon de Chelly National Monument, you will experience cliff dwellings built by the Anasazi in caves.
  • Keet Seel and Betatakin –  The Navajo National Monument is home to two ancestral Puebloan villages circa 1200s.
  • Walnut Canyon National Monument – Cliff dwelling rooms were constructed here from about 1100-1250 CE by the Sinagua.
  • Humphrey’s Peak – Take a hike up Arizona’s tallest peak.
  • Sycamore Canyon – Second only to the Grand Canyon, Sycamore Canyon is true backcountry.
  • Petrified Forest National Park – Experience fossils, badlands, buttes and mesas, ancient petroglyphs, wildlife and wildflowers, and vast vistas for more than a hundred miles.
  • Little Colorado River – Grand Falls – Towering falls that are higher than Niagara Falls, the Grand Falls are more of a brown, muddy flow.
  • Drive Route 66 – Connecting Chicago to Santa Monica, CA., Route 66 is one of the original highways stretching across the U.S.
  • Window Rock – Literally a rock with a hole through it.
  • Meteor Crater – A real meteorite impact crater that is located near Flagstaff.

Your Central AZ Bucket List

  • London Bridge – Travel to Lake Havasu City to see the famous London Bridge that was once used to travel across the River Thames in London. It was dismantled, sold and recreated in Lake Havasu.
  • Slide Rock in Sedona – Take a plunge down a natural water slide among the red rocks of Sedona.
  • Grasshopper Point – Another great scenic swimming hole in Sedona.
  • “The Crack” in Wet Beaver Creek Wilderness – just southeast of Sedona, this another swimming hole to visit.
  • Red Rock State Park – The unique Red Rocks that make Sedona so beautiful.
  • West Fork of Oak Creek Trail #108 – The perfect fall hike, these trails are lush with vegetation and changing seasons.
  • S-Canyon – Close to the border of New Mexico, these forests lie in the Blue Range Primitive Area.
  • Tuzigoot, Montezuma Castle – Ancient structures, cliff dwellings and a ton of history to discover.
  • Aravaipa Canyon – Perhaps the most unique area in all of Arizona, this canyon is home to creeks, cliffs, various flora, fauna and bighorn sheep.
  • Lone Pine Trailhead – Located in Four Peaks Wilderness Area, you can get lost in a trail covered in beautiful pine.
  • Fossil Creek – This hike leads to large waterfalls, but might require a permit these days.
  • Mogollon Rim – For the most far-reaching scenery in the whole state, you want to hike the Mogollon Rim and bring your camera.
  • Jerome Ghost Town – A haunted town full of shopping and scary adventures.

Your Phoenix Metro Area Bucket List

  • Peralta Trail – Nearly 5 miles long with interesting rock formations.
  • Flatiron in the Superstition Mountains – A more strenuous hike with a large plateau at the top.
  • Hieroglyphic Trail – Also part of the Superstition Mountains, this is an easier trail to hike.
  • Camelback Mountain – Probably the most popular hike in all of Arizona.
  • Piestewa Peak – Another popular and tough hike.
  • Wind Cave – A moderate hike through the Sonoran desert.
  • ASU Game Day – Catch a college sports game in Tempe.
  • Mill Ave. – Stroll through the college town’s main drag.
  • Rawhide – An old western town full of entertainment and food.
  • Mesa Donuts – Best donuts in the valley.
  • Karl’s Quality Bakery – Your stop for cronuts.
  • Worth Takeaway – Crispy chicken never tasted so good.
  • Little Miss BBQ – This restaurant competes with the best that Texas has.
  • Realeza Michoacana – Tons of great tasting Mexican treats.
  • White Castle – Brand new to the valley and the largest in operation.
  • Four Peaks Brewery – Local brews and great food.
  • Matt’s Big Breakfast – The best place for breakfast in the valley.
  • Cerreta Candy Co. – Famous candy maker that makes it home in Glendale.
  • Gelato Dolce Vita – Top notch Italian gelato.
  • Odysea – Ocean life that can be found in the desert.
  • Butterfly Wonderland – A peaceful experience and interaction with live butterflies.
  • Organ Stop Pizza – Home to the largest Wurlitzer pipe organ in the world and decent pizza.
  • Farmer’s Market – Tons of farmer’s markets throughout the valley with locally produced goods.
  • Mary Coyle’s Icecream – Classic ice cream shop.
  • Taliesin West – The winter home of architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • Desert Botanical Garden – A huge collection of desert plants from around the world.
  • The Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art – Artifacts and art of the Native American cultures.
  • DeSoto Central Market – Eat, drink, and shop.
  • Walking Tour of Downtown Phoenix – Learn all about the history of Phoenix.
  • Street Art in Roosevelt – Popular art district.
  • Saguaro Lake – Perfect for boating and wakeboarding.
  • Salt River – Go tubing and float along the relaxing Salt River.
  • Phoenix Zoo – A huge collection of wildlife located right in the center of the city.
  • Hole in the Rock at Papago Park – An easy hike for a very scenic geological formation and city views.
  • Phoenix Art Museum – Both modern and contemporary art is displayed.
  • Scottsdale Museum Contemporary Art – A small and modern museum.
  • Old Town Scottsdale – Eat, drink and stroll through Old Town.
  • Wrigley Mansion – Take a tour through the home of William Wrigley, Jr. – yes, the gum maker.
  • Tovrea Castle – a mini “castle.”
  • Rosson House – Tour a Victorian home from the 1890s.
  • Orpheum Theater – Catch a show that was originally home to traveling vaudeville acts.
  • Diamondbacks Baseball –  Catch a baseball game.
  • Phoenix Suns – Catch a basketball game.
  • Coyotes Hockey – Catch a hockey game.
  • Cardinals Football – Catch a football game.
  • Spring Training Game – Tons of teams train in Arizona during the springtime.
  • Schnepf’s Farm – Pick peaches or whatever fruit is in season.
  • Bats take flight 40th St and Camelback – Mexican Freetail bats fly out of the flood control channel.
  • Arizona Biltmore – Spend the night at this historic hotel built in 1929.
  • Grady Gammage Auditorium – Catch a Broadway show here.
  • MIM – The Musical Instrument Museum has both modern and contemporary art.

Your Southern Arizona Bucket List

  • Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway – Take a drive through the scenic Santa Catalina Mountains.
  • Skiing at Mount Lemmon – America’s southernmost ski destination.
  • Mission San Xavier del Bac – A historic Spanish Catholic mission.
  • Kartchner Caverns- Carved out of limestone and fill with speleothems.
  • Seven Falls Trail – Hike through this impressive canyon and falls.
  • Picacho Peak – A more difficulty trek with cables and catwalks.
  • Chiricahua National Monument – Extensive hoodoos and balancing rocks.
  • Biosphere 2 – A science research facility.
  • Saguaro National Park – Hike and enjoy petroglyphs and saguaro cactus.
  • Blue Canyon – Located the Hopi Indian Reservation, you will need to schedule a guided tour.
  • Aqui Con Nene Tacos – Your stop for tacos.
  • Cafe Poca Cosa – Unique food combos.
  • El Charro – This is the place for a chimichanga.
  • Tombstone Wild West Show – Enjoy reenactments of the wild west.

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