Tourism in Arizona has developed considerably due to the presence of places of great landscape interest. But in the state there are also numerous vestiges of ancient Indian civilizations and Spanish domination. Among the main tourist attractions of Arizona is undoubtedly the Grand Canyon of Colorado. This is one of the most amazing natural spectacles on the planet. The Grand Canyon was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. But many others are places of the wild beauty of the region, many of which are protected in the form of monuments or national parks.
UNIQUE NATURAL SHOWS
Arizona tourist attractions include many natural and scenic beauties. Do not miss a visit to the three national parks of the state. That is, the aforementioned Grand Canyon National Park, the Petrified Forest National Park and the Saguaro National Park. Another first-rate attraction is Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, located along the Arizona-Utah border. Other interesting natural landscapes are those of the Painted Desert, Meteor Crater, Canyon de Chelly, Paria River, Vermilion Cliffs, Antelope Canyon. But the state is full of natural attractions such as those seen in the Organ Pipe Cactus, in the Wet Beaver Wilderness, in the Oak Creek Canyon, in the Pima Canyon, in the Sycamore Canyon, in the Texas Canyon, in the Topock Gorge, in the Virgin River Gorge and in the Coal Mine Canyon.
INTERESTING REMAINS OF ANCIENT INDIAN CULTURES
Arizona’s most interesting American Indian archaeological sites include the Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Montezuma Castle National Monument and the Navajo National Monument. But an attentive visitor might also consider visiting some of the following natural and archaeological areas of the state: the Palatki Heritage Site, the Pipe Spring National Monument, the Tonto National Monument, the Tuzigoot National Monument, the Walnut Canyon National Monument, the Wupatki National Monument, the Awatovi Ruins, the Hohokam Pima National Monument.
REMAINS OF SPANISH JESUIT MISSIONS
To see the ancient Jesuit missions of the Sonora desert, you must visit the Tumacácori National Historical Park. In this historical park are the ancient Spanish mission of San José de Tumacácori and the shapeless ruins of the missions of Los Santos Ángeles de Guevavi and San Cayetano de Calabazas.
Other beautiful missions are those of San Pedro y San Pablo del Tubutama, San Xavier del Bac, Nuestra Señora de la Asunción de Arizpe (Sonora), Los Santos Reyes de Cucurpe, Nuestra Señora del Pilar y Santiago de Cocóspera, San Antonio Paduano del Oquitoa , San Ignacio de Cabúrica, La Purísima Concepción de Caborca.