Category: Scenic Towns

Most scenic towns in Arizona

Arizona is a history-steeped place, with beautiful and diverse landscapes. The state is one of the most historic areas in the United States. It’s also characterized by multiple, scenic towns that will truly impress any first time visitor. From former town gems that were mining centers to desert surprises and mountain beauties, here are the top ten most scenic towns in Arizona.

1. Bisbee

Bisbee was established way back in 1880. It’s a charming town whose history is rooted in mining. Located in Southern Arizona, Bisbee was once referred to as ‘The Queen Of The Copper Camps’. Today, the town is home to a beautiful community somewhere among the Mule Mountains, very popular amongst retired folks and artists. Most neighborhoods here range from European-style homes to Victorian, with beautiful hillside constructions. The town also has many art galleries, unique shops, and restaurants. Places to visit in Bisbee include the Queen Mine Tour, and the Ghost Tour, which takes you to some of the most haunted constructions in the region.

2. Cave Creek

Cave Creek has a steady past in gold mining. Not far from Scottsdale and Phoenix, Cave Creek never lost its distinctive Old West charm. There’s almost always something for everyone. There are many attractions, including the Frontier Town, and for outdoor buffs, the immediate landscape offers a lot of recreational opportunities – from horseback riding to hiking. If you’re a nature lover, the Spur Cross Conversation Area is the place to be. The town is very friendly, with many galleries, eateries, and boutiques.

3. Globe

Located in the heart of South Arizona, at the base of Pinal Mountains, Globe is a former mining camp. It was founded in 1876, then incorporated in 1907. Glove comes across the board as a beautiful town characterized by century-old buildings, hillside houses, and cottages. Its historic downtown is popular for antique shopping and leisurely strolls. The Cobre Valley Center is also an awesome place to explore works of art.

4. Greer

Located in Eastern Arizona’s White Mountains, new the New Mexico border, this is an outstanding valley that doubles up as a great spot for outdoor fanatics. Greer has breathtaking surroundings (e.g. the Little Colorado River and multiple forests). Greer is ideal for fishing, hiking, skiing and camping. If you’re a pro photographer and are looking for some great spot, Greer is the place to be. For culture buffs, the Butterfly Lodge Museum has enough to keep you thrilled.

5. Prescott

Prescott is sort of a small city, rather than a town. It is located in Northern Arizona and surrounded by beautiful landscape. It makes an outstanding spot for people who are seeking adventure, and those who love culture as well. Common recreational activities include rock climbing, hiking, and mountain climbing, among many others.

6. Sedona

This is another stunner in Northern Arizona, and actually one of the most scenic places in the nation. The town attracts millions of people who visit the Red Rock State Park, and many other tour hotspots. You can experience the immense energy all around the area, or take a break at one of the many spas. Sedona is characterized by an alluring landscape that makes it ideal for artists who are looking to seek inspiration for their work. There are ample outdoor activities for the open-minded discoverer, from kayaking to hiking!

7. Winslow

Northern Arizona, Route 66 is where you find Winslow. This is a must see place located on desert plains in the valley of Little Colorado River. The Winslow scenery is nothing short of stunning. The town is characterized by a historic downtown that’s ideal for strolling. Other cool places include the La Poseda Hotel.

In addition to these, Tubac, Tombstone and Jerome happen to be other very beautiful towns in Arizona. Truly, the state doesn’t lack an abundance of gorgeous natural scenery and outdoor activities.

What to do in Sells, Arizona

Are you planning to visit the Tohono O’odham capital of Sells in Arizona? If it’s your first time to go to this place, you might want a couple of beforehand tips that you can use to find fascinating things to do in this region. Located in Pima County, Sells is a CDP – Census Designated Place in Arizona State. Below are the best things you can do in this area.

Enjoy desert food

Have you ever tried traditional desert food? If not, you might not believe what you get at the Desert Rain Café in Sells, Arizona. You get to sample some healthy and traditional delicacies that have fed the Native American people for centuries. Dessert Rain prepares meals in the same old ways that it’s been done for centuries, and they try new approaches sometimes. Since the diet is predominantly organic and healthy, it’s a great choice for someone who’s looking to regulate blood sugar or fight diabetes.

Stargaze

How about Stargazing at Kitt Peak, a 6875 feet Mountain that has the biggest concentration of radio telescopes, optical telescope, as well as the biggest solar telescope in the world. In addition to these scientific implementations, Kitt Peak boasts an awesome view of the surrounding areas. The highest mountain in the area, Baboquivari, is 7730 feet. According to local Tohono O’odham cosmology, it’s believed to be the world’s navel.

If you’re looking to take in the vastness of the sky at night, there’s no better place to do it from than here in the dessert. You can take a guided tour or you can just drive yourself to this place. You’ll need advance planning to take part in the ‘Nightly Observing Program’, whereby you can closely view distant galaxies and individual planets. The beauty of it is that you can reserve online, at least 2-4 weeks in advance. Since it’s very cold in the desert at night, make sure that you carry a blanket.

Navigate shaky ramps

The trails leading up to the Picacho Peak is a fantastic hike that boasts about 2000 feet of inclination just under 2.5 hours. The trail starts off easy during the first 30 minutes, but then becomes callous after that. Rocky crevices and shaky ramps lead to the summit. By the time you get to the top, your hard work will pay off and you’ll be rewarded with nostalgic 360-degree panoramic views of the surrounding desert and all its glory as well. But that’s not where it stops – going down requires nearly as much effort as going up. Think about swinging down a zip line without any reinforcements whatsoever. It’s just an awesome way to invigorate yourself for the remaining part of the week.

Sells is not only a unique but also magnificent part of Arizona. Start with a tasty meal at the Desert Rain café then embark on stargazing at night. Make sure you don’t leave before doing the Picacho Peak trail – it’s an outstanding outdoor adventure.

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