The Best Places to Visit in Northern Arizona

Aaron & HaydenDecember 17, 2020

The Best Places to Visit in Northern Arizona

When most people think about Arizona, they picture a hot desert landscape. But if you travel to the northern part of the state, you’ll find a surprisingly versatile area with greenery and forests, as well as the rocky red landscapes that the state is known for. It even gets cold enough to snow in the winter! If you have any doubts about your desire to visit northern Arizona, you must put it on your list. It’s an amazing part of the state to visit with tons to offer.

In this article, we’ll cover five must-visit places in Northern Arizona. Buckle up!


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1. The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is truly worthy of all the hype. First of all, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site that draws crowds from all over the globe. Stare in awe at the majestic power of nature and the amazing canyon that has been created over millions of years by the raging Colorado River or take in an amazing hike in and around the canyon.

Challenge yourself with a 24-mile hike all the way from the North Rim to the South Rim. For a multi-day trek, don’t miss a venture down the canyon to Havasu Falls. Just remember: it’s easy to go down, but it’s very difficult to get back out.

If you’re a photographer, plan on being at the canyon for either sunrise or sunset, as the lighting is the most beautiful at these times.

The Grand Canyon is one of the most magnificent places to visit on this planet and there’s a reason why this is on everyone’s “must-see” list, so don’t miss it. 

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2. Sedona

People flock to Sedona to experience the unique energy center, or vortex, that can be found here. The unique rock formations in the area are said to emit energy from the earth. You can also find many palm- and tarot-card readers, crystal shops, and UFO tours that speak to the unique vibe of this town.

Sedona also has a very rich artist community where you can find lots of unique artwork and high-end jewelry.

The red rocks in the area are a hub for outdoor enthusiasts and you can find many beautiful hikes and rock climbing in the area. Sedona is artistic, mystic, and rustic—all at the same time—and is a truly unique place to experience.

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3. Flagstaff

Flagstaff is an eclectic city with a rich railroad history. Northern Arizona University gives the town a youthful, college vibe. Located in the high-desert, it’s a very cute mountain town with something new to experience in all four seasons. You can find giant pine trees, mountain peaks, and even perfect skiing conditions in the winter.

Conveniently located on Route 40 between Albuquerque, New Mexico and Las Vegas, Nevada, chances are you’ll pass through this city at some point during your travels. Nestled right in the center of the other amazing locations on this list, it’s the perfect home-base to be able to explore Northern Arizona.  

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4. Page

A short drive from Page will take you to many beautiful natural attractions including Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. Horseshoe Bend, a near-perfect circle that has been carved into the canyon by the Colorado River over millions of years, has become an iconic spot for photographers, drawing massive crowds. Visitors can walk straight up to the edge of the cliff to admire the clear, blue-green water down below. It can be a quick stop, but Horseshoe Bend is a must-see on any road trip through the area.

Be careful because there is no barrier on the rim and it is a 1,000 foot drop. It gets very crowded during sunset, so make sure to get there early in order to get a good spot.

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Antelope Canyon is an ancient slot canyon that is invisible on the surface. Upon entering a discreet opening and climbing down into the canyon, you will walk through the gorgeous sandstone formations.

The walls of the canyon have been smoothed by thousands of years of water and wind erosion, allowing for the now-famous light beams to peek through the top of the canyon. These light beams are the reason many photographers flock to this area. Sitting on an Indian reservation, you must book a tour through one of the local Native American tour companies in order to visit.

Note: There are specific photography tours that you can take if you want to bring a tripod.

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5. Monument Valley

Straddling the Utah-Arizona border on the eastern part of the state sits Monument Valley. This area is known for its awe-inspiring rock formations that tower above the surrounding flat land. The park is located within the Navajo Nation and has two options for exploring.

You can embark on a self-guided vehicle tour that will take you around some of the most famous formations or hop on a Navajo-guided tour. While the self-guided tour is great, there is something extraordinary about sticking with a Navajo guide.

Not only can they take you beyond where self-guided tours are allowed to roam, but Navajo guides will share a little bit of the tribe’s history and culture. This makes the whole experience much more impactful and special.

brown rock formation under blue sky during daytime

Planning Your Northern Arizona Road Trip

What better way to explore all of these on an RV road trip? Rent the perfect RV today and get out there! Some of the top RV rentals in Arizona can be found on Outdoorsy.

We are Hayden and Aaron Hall and we sold everything we owned to travel the US in an RV. Our goals are to visit every state and every National Park in the U.S. before we travel Internationally to visit every country in the world. We love to highlight amazing outdoor adventures as well as delicious vegan food that we find on our travels.

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