Arizona is the place that defined the landscape for Westerns since 1939, when John Ford directed “Stagecoach” starring John Wayne. Due to its beautiful settings teemed with wildlife, it is also a popular destination for family vacations. An Arizona family vacation offers plenty of exciting adventures for both kids and grown-ups. Arizona is a place filled with tourist attractions that can make a perfect holiday. Here are some of the most popular ones:
Saguaro National Monument
Sonora, Mexico is the only place in the world where these giant species of cactus grow. Your kids will love exploring the Saguaro National Monument during your Arizona family vacation. The park has two sections and many huge saguaros. You can also admire the wide variety of bird species and go underground to see the burrowing animals.
Visitor Centers are closed. Visitor information, some retail, and restrooms available 8am – noon.
All roads and trails are open. Visitor information, limited retail, and restrooms are available on the visitor center patios from 8am to noon daily. Public programs are suspended. Groups are limited to 10 or fewer people. No campfires permitted.
Petrified Forest National Monument
A must-see tourist attraction for an Arizona family vacation, the Petrified Forest is 225 million-years old. It features wide areas of petrified logs, which used to be living trees before the dinosaurs, during the Triassic Period. You can also admire the Painted Desert at the North end.
The Grand Canyon
Kids will love seeing the Grand Canyon during an Arizona family vacation. If your kid likes trains, you can go on a 65-mile historic train ride on the Grand Canyon Railway starting in Williams. If you purchase a family package you might find a hot deal.
Canyon de Chelly
Located close to Chinle, Canyon de Chelly is a wonderful spot for an Arizona family vacation. You can drive on the rim and admire the beautiful scenery or descend by horseback riding or hiking. However, you can’t go inside the canyon without a guide. The 2.5 – mile hike might be steep on occasion, but the setting is breathtaking.
Closures and Restrictions
Navajo Nation under STAY AT HOME & CURFEW order. Per order, Navajo Nation is CLOSED to visitors. To comply with Navajo Dept of Health Order, services and operations are suspended until further notice.
White House Overlook and Trail Closed
White House Overlook and Trail, one of seven overlooks and the only public trail on the South Rim Drive, are closed until further notice.
Visit National Park Service for current conditions.
Other attractions. An Arizona family vacation is a wonderful adventure for the kids. Kids will love the beautiful caves, including Colossal Caves, Grand Canyon Caverns and Kartchner Caverns. Tours of the Biosphere 2 near Tucson are another popular tourist attraction in Arizona. London Bridge is visited each year by one and a half million vacationers worldwide.
An Arizona family vacation offers many exciting adventures for both kids and grown-ups. It is a great opportunity to spend some peaceful moments with your family after a long year of hard work. Both you and your children will come home with many unique memories to share with friends.