You can’t say you truly experienced the southwest if you’ve never been to Arizona. This magical state is best known for its vast and dreamy deserts, the famous Hoover Dam, even more famous Grand Canyon, remarkably tall Saguaro cacti, various national parks, and many other equally iconic destinations; so if you’ve just started to plan out your trip to Arizona, you better roll up those sleeves all the way up!

Here are some of the vital destinations for those planning to travel to Arizona with kids:

1. Monument Valley and the Navajo Experience

Certainly, among the most spectacular sights, not just in the southwest but all of United States, Monument Valley is attracting thousands upon thousands of tourists each year. Even though most people know what this miracle of nature and landscape looks like from the photos, one really must see it and experience it for themselves.

However, it’s not just about the famous rock formations of Monument Valley, it’s about Navajo Tribal Park as well. The families of Navajo lived in the valley for generations and finding out about their culture first-hand is something both you and your kids will enjoy.

2. Tombstone

For those who want to see and feel what life was truly like in the Wild West, the ghost town of Tombstone should definitely find its slot in your Arizona itinerary. Your kids will feel like they are in a western movie as you will likely stumble upon actors dressed in authentic 19th-century costumes, depicting what Wild West looked like in the olden days.


3. Page and the Antelope Canyon

Page is a nice little town in Coconino County that harbors some mesmerizing caves and lakes. One of the main reasons to visit the city is definitely the amazing Antelope Canyon. This miracle of nature is adorned with otherworldly shapes and colors, and it simply must be seen with one’s own eyes since there is no photograph that does it justice.

4. Sedona

Sedona is among the must-see towns for those who are visiting Arizona with kids and family. This destination has a strange power to heal, rejuvenate, and inspire each and every member of your family. It is located right in between Phoenix and Flagstaff, and people from all over the world come here to experience its famous energy vortexes that have healing powers, and to admire the incredible red rock canyons that can only be seen in the southwest.

5. Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon

Perhaps THE most important destination for anyone visiting Arizona is, of course, the Grand Canyon.

Most people who come to see the Canyon in its full glory stay in the small but charming town in northern Arizona called Flagstaff. It is even often referred to as “the gateway to the Grand Canyon.” Of course, there is always an alternative to staying here as some visitors do opt for camping or staying in national park lodging.

The Grand Canyon offers a glimpse into what once was. A unique and breathtaking combination of geologic colors and unbelievable erosional forms that decorate its majesty stretch for 277 river miles (446km), and up to 18 miles (29km) wide, while a whole mile (1.6km) deep. As Ron Swanson once said: crying is acceptable at funerals and the Grand Canyon. Couldn’t be more accurate.

6. Canyon de Chelly

Another must-see giant earth crack is Arizona’s Canyon de Chelly. Located near Chinle, in the heart of the Navajo Nation, this beauty was once home to the Anasazi (the Old Ones), while today the Navajo keep sheep on the very floor of Canyon de Chelly. Truly an amazing sight.

We hope we managed to depict but a small fraction of what Arizona has to offer to its visitors. What are your favorite Arizona destinations?

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