Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Prescott

Sharlot Hall Museum

Prescott's chief museum highlights the town's period as territorial capital (1863–67). The museum is named for its 1928 founder, pioneer woman Sharlot Hall (1870–1943). A small exhibit in the lobby commemorates her …
Top Choice Museum in Flagstaff

Museum of Northern Arizona

Housed in an attractive Craftsman-style stone building amid a pine grove, this small but excellent museum spotlights local American Indian archaeology, history and culture, as well as geology, biology and the arts. …
Top Choice Park in Sedona

Red Rock Crossing/Crescent Moon Recreation Area

Famous for its splendid views of Cathedral Rock, this picnic area is a lovely place to while away an afternoon, and can be a great alternative when Slide Rock State Park is too busy. Splash in Oak Creek, swim in its…
Top Choice Volcano in Flagstaff

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Around AD 1064 a volcano erupted on this spot, spewing ash across 800 sq miles, spawning the Kana-A lava flow and forcing farmers to vacate lands tilled for 400 years. Now the 8029ft Sunset Crater is quiet, and mile…
Ruins in Central Arizona

Wupatki National Monument

The first eruptions of Sunset Crater (AD 1040–1100) enriched the surrounding soil, luring the ancestors of today's Hopi, Zuni and Navajo to the rich agriculture land. By AD 1180, it was home to roughly 100 people, a…
Architecture in Verde Valley

Arcosanti

Two miles east of I-17 exit 262 (at Cordes Junction, 65 miles north of Phoenix), Arcosanti is an architectural experiment in urban living that's been a work in progress since 1970. The brainchild of the late, ground…
State Park in Verde Valley

Fort Verde State Historic Park

Founded by the US Army in 1871 on the site of a farming settlement, Fort Verde was designed to prevent Indian raids on Anglo settlers. Tonto Apache chief Chalipun surrendered here in April 1873. Today, the town’s Fo…
Observatory in Flagstaff

Lowell Observatory

Sitting atop a hill just west of downtown, this national historic landmark – famous for the first sighting of Pluto, in 1930 – was built by Percival Lowell in 1894. Weather permitting, visitors can stargaze through …
State Park in Payson & Mogollon Rim

Tonto Natural Bridge State Park

The fabulous natural formation known as Tonto Bridge was formed over countless centuries of attrition, as the Pine Creek scoured through a massive dam of calcium carbonate. Some 183ft high and spanning a 150ft-wide …
Ruins in Flagstaff

Walnut Canyon

The Sinagua cliff dwellings at Walnut Canyon are set in the nearly vertical walls of a small limestone butte amid this stunning forested canyon. The mile-long Island Trail steeply descends 185ft (more than 200 stair…