Video: Top Things To Do in Northern Arizona


Known as the Grand Canyon State, Arizona is home to the most iconic landscapes in the United States. There is an incredible amount of things to see and do here, so much so, that this video is only covering half the state. So to help you get the most out of your visit, here are the top things to do in Northern Arizona.

Flagstaff and Historic Route 66

Flagstaff and Route 66

145 miles north of Phoenix, Arizona is the city of Flagstaff. This charming, small town is a wonderful mix of historic pioneer days and modern-day amenities. At 7,000 feet of elevation, Flagstaff is also the highest point of Route 66. This Historic Route was built in 1921 and connected 8 states along its 2400 mile route. Visitors can take a self-guided walking tour where Route 66 originally passed through Flagstaff, including some of the original motels and inns frequented during the height of Route 66. For something a little more adventurous, head to EagleRider Flagstaff and experience Route 66 on a Harley Davidson. Book yourself on one of the many guided tours they offer, or take to the open road for yourself.

Sedona

Northern Arizona

For jaw dropping scenery, a vibrant arts’ scene, and something a little out of this world, head to Sedona. This popular Arizona town has been attracting art lovers and New Age mystics for decades. Sedona is filled with art galleries, spas, and notable restaurants. Surrounding the town is an adventure lover’s playground, including 300 miles of trails taking you through the stunning red rock landscape. But there’s something truly unique about Sedona that has been drawing people from around the world, and that’s the Sedona Vortexes. These naturally occurring energy centres are found throughout Sedona and are believed to have incredible transformational and spiritual abilities. Hop on a vortex tour with Safari Jeep Tours to learn about and experience these vortexes for yourself.

Horseshoe Bend

Top things to do in Arizona

Next up, travel towards Page, Arizona and check out Horseshoe Bend. From the parking area it’s about a three-quarter mile walk to the rim over sandy terrain. This 270-degree bend in the Colorado River has become very popular over the past few years and draws lots of crowds. And for good reason. The Horseshoe Bend is a stunning example of Mother Nature’s power and makes for an incredible photo-worthy stop. But be careful trying to get that picture. There are no barriers along the rim and it’s a shear drop to the canyon floor below.

Lake Powell Boat Tour

Lake Powell Boat Tour Arizona

Head north to Lake Powell Resorts and Marina and hop on a boat tour. This two hour boat tour takes you on a panoramic ride of the 2nd largest reservoir in the United States. During the tour, you’ll learn about the history and geology of Lake Powell and some notable spots in the area including Cathedral Rock, Antelope Island, and Warm Creek Bay. The tour weaves it’s way in and around towering sandstone formations, canyons and bays.

But it’s all about the scenery which is epic.

Antelope Canyon

Things to see in Arizona

Just south of Lake Powell is Antelope Canyon, a 400m long slot canyon. Reaching height’s of 100-feet, the canyon walls have been shaped by the elements for hundreds of thousands of years resulting in these beautiful, smooth wavy walls in various shades of orange, red and pink. You can only visit Antelope Canyon on a guided tour, giving you about an hour inside the canyon. If you’re into photography, there are also special photography tours that give you extra time in the canyon to take photos with less crowds.

Monument Valley

Top things to do in Northern Arizona

Nothing represents American West imagery better than Monument Valley. This iconic landscape is found within the Navajo Nation Reservation and has been featured in countless movies and television shows. The best way to explore Monument Valley is on a jeep tour. These 2.5-hour tours wind their way around the 17-mile loop road where you’ll come face to face with the many buttes and mesas found in the area, including the famed Mittens. When visiting Monument Valley, stay at The View Hotel. Every room has a private balcony facing the monuments, perfect for a memorable sunrise panoramic view.

Northern Arizona The View Hotel

Canyon de Chelly

Navajo Reservation Arizona

Also located in the Navajo Nation in Chinle, Arizona is Canyon de Chelly. The landscape is made of sandstone, shaped by the elements for thousands of years. Some of the canyon walls reach heights of 1,000 feet and even house ancient cliff dwellings carved right into the canyon walls. The most important feature of Canyon de Chelly is Spider Rock. It stands 800 feet above the canyon floor and is regarded as the centre of the Navajo universe, making this a particularly sacred spot. Take a full day to explore the area on a self-guided driving tour, and check out some of the hiking trails and lookout spots. The area also provides a fascinating insight into the present-day life of the Navajo, who still inhabit and cultivate the valley floor.

The Grand Canyon

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Last but certainly not least, a visit to Northern Arizona wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Grand Canyon. Carved by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is the most iconic geologic attraction in the United States. It stretches almost 450 kilometres in length, spans about 30 kilometers at its widest point, and reaches a height of over 6,000 metres. To get to the Grand Canyon, hop on the Grand Canyon Railway. This 2-hour train ride takes you through classic Old West territory, including high desert plains and portions of the world’s largest ponderosa pine forest. The train arrives at the Grand Canyon Depot just steps away from The South Rim. It is the most popular side of the Grand Canyon and is open all year long. Visitors can walk along the rim, taking in the expansive landscape and hike down into the canyon along the Bright Angel Trail. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch the sunset from one of the many lookout spots along the South Rim and come back first thing in the morning to watch the sunrise the next day.

Did I miss any top things to do in Northern Arizona? Please leave them in the comments below!

A special thank you to Visit Arizona for hosting my stay in the state!

  • http://www.onegirl-oneworld.com/ Francesca onegirl-oneworld.com

    I still can’t believe I haven’t been to Arizona! There’s so much to do and see there. I really enjoyed your video, it was well done. I didn’t know that there were energy vortexes in Sedona. Sounds fascinating!

  • http://www.whereisyourtoothbrush.com/ Peter Korchnak

    I love Arizona! It’s where my wife and I took our honeymoon roadtrip (along with Utah and Nevada). Pretty much visited all the places mentioned except the Horseshoe Bend. Thanks for bringing back the memories, celebrating 15 years next year 😉

  • megan_claire

    A special place in my heart belongs to Arizona – we lived in Phenoix for a year and were so fortunate to have the opportunity to tour the State. So much incredible nature, obviously the Grand Canyon is at the top of international bucketlists, but between horseshoe bend, monument valley, Antelope Canyon, and the Wave, there are some pretty tough competitors!

    Sedona was probably one of my favorite towns :)

  • Rahul Khurana

    Wow.. every spot there looks so fantastic and mesmerizing. That’s the power of Mother Nature. I would be stunned to see them in real when and if i get to visit Arizona.

  • Punita Malhotra

    Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend are examples of the unmatched creativity of nature. Roadtripping through the region would be such a memorable experience! Hoping to go soon.

  • Lydia Smith

    Oh my word. So much to do in Arizona that I’m beginning to regret I haven’t considered here for a long time. The highlight for me is Antelope Canyon. Though only guided tours are allowed, I’d so much explore here. 2018 bucket list loading.

  • https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annekliens-SoloTravels-and-Foodie-Corner/1374310422830079 Anne Klien

    Arizona has been on my bucketlist for a while now I just need to plan my visit soonest…. i love the stunning views and would be a great roadtrip adventure!

  • Dario Dionisi

    O my god! This is the dream destiantion to all true travelers! I mean i had always wanted to visit The Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon or Horseshoe Bend…. They are just so picturistic and breathtaking. Thank you so much for the wonderful video and pictures. I hope one they to see them in person :)

  • Indrani

    All these are such fascinating sights to see. I haven’t been to Arizona yet… how are these places spaced? I mean how days would be required to plan all in one trip?

    • http://www.seeyousoon.ca Arienne

      They sure are! And mainly shaped by Mother Nature 😀 I’d say 1 full week would be the perfect amount of time to travel around and see all these sights.

  • http://www.asthesparrowflies.com Sam Sparrow

    I never knew that Flagstaff is the highest point of Route 66, that’s so cool! And that street art in your picture is just fantastic, I love street art. Obviously I would love to visit the Grand Canyon, its been on my bucket list for years but you definitely made me think there is way more to Arizona!

    • http://www.seeyousoon.ca Arienne

      I love street art too! Yes, there’s so much in Northern Arizona to see and do. I was most excited to see the Grand Canyon but I’d say Horseshoe Bend, Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly really took my breath away!