Wandering Lizard

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The Top Four Must-See Sites while Driving in Arizona

Arizona is a natural wonderland of geology and nature. With painted deserts, pristine lakes, glistening trees and the marvelous Grand Canyon, Arizona is a gallery of natural phenomena. Arizona attracts every type of traveler, from nature lovers to geologists and hikers to bikers looking for a break from the open road. Roads in Arizona are typically in great condition however summer conditions can be very trying on vehicles and their drivers.  (Proper maintenance of both is important.)   Arizona makes for some of the most dazzling sites you will find in North America. In no particular order, here are the four top sites to see when driving through Arizona.

Sedona- Sedona is located in the Upper Sonoran Desert at an elevation of approximately 4,500 ft with mild winters and hot summers. What truly makes Sedona a spectacle is its "Red Rocks." These orange to red rocks are a type of sandstone that cannot be found anywhere else in the world, making a trip to Sedona is quite literally a once in a lifetime opportunity. Take a drive around the breathtaking Schnebly Hill formation which is comprised almost entirely of this magnificent rock.

Pinetop-Lakeside- This city is home to beautiful Arizona pine forests as well as two lakes: Rainbow Lake and Show Low Lake. The cover of the trees and the cool still waters makes Pinetop-Lakeside a prime destination for those looking to escape the hot Arizona summer heat. Pinetop-Lakeside is truly amazing with the rugged Arizona desert overlooking lines of green pine trees which line up against pristine waters.

The Grand Canyon- This is a natural wonder of the world that needs no introduction. Over 277 miles long and up to 18 miles wide, the Grand Canyon displays cascades of layering rock dating back billions of years. As if the massive chasm was not enough to draw in visitors from around the world, the Grand Canyon also has thousands of years of culture and history. Visitors can see ancestral Puebloan granaries that have been carved into the cliff sides. Many people also come to see the Desert Watchtower and Locomotive No. 4960 to satisfy their thirst for history.

The Capital of Arizona - Phoenix and the surrounding Maricopa County, is a worthy destination in and of itself.  Excellent lodging, restaurants, theaters, museums, and parks are all worthy of exploration.  The Herd Museum and the Desert Botanical Garden are of particular note.  Be sure to bring a good city map, though, the freeway system is chuck a block full of vehicles of all kinds and shapes driving at Los Angeles speeds.  If you are in need of automotive help while visiting Arizona please remember that one of our advertisers, Chapman New and Used Cars Arizona would be happy to help.

Arizona is full of interesting history, magnificent scenery, unusual flora and fauna, and some very imaginative artists and crafts people.  The pages that follow offer some specific destinations for your consideration.

Apache County | Cochise County | Coconino County | Gila County | Graham County
Greenlee County | La Paz County | Maricopa County | Mohave County | Navajo County
Pima County | Pinal County | Santa Cruz County | Yavapai County | Yuma County
Arizona Index | Map of Arizona Counties