Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesen West in Scottsdale.
You can learn just how industrious and resourceful the earliest inhabitants were, first hand.
Tuzigoot National Monument in Camp Verde.
There are blood red rocks as far as the eye can see.
Oh, and some truly clever people decided to build an entire city in a canyon, using the canyon walls as a perfect roof.
Walnut Canyon National Monument just outside of Flagstaff.
You can appreciate the power of Mother Nature from the foot of a volcanic crater.
Sunset Crater Volcano (complete with lava fields) outside Flagstaff.
Some other clever people realized you could build your house right around the big rocks in the middle of the yard. Why build a floor or a wall if the rock already makes one, right?
Wupatki National Monument also outside Flagstaff.
If you ever wanted to see what it looks like when a 150 foot piece of rock traveling at 40,000 miles an hours colides with the Earth, they have something that might impress you.
Meteor Crater, again with the Flagstaff.
If you ever dug Land of the Lost as a kid, you might find the badlands not so bad.
Petrified Forest National Forest in, well, Petrified Forest.
And you can't forget that ginormous hole in the ground. I'm not kidding. It's really big.
Grand Canyon National Park in Grand Canyon (are you starting to see a trend here?)
And don't forget to get your kicks on Route 66.
Route 66 between Kingman and Oatman, just before the Nevada/Arizona border.
Because you just may find yourself in a one horse town...ok, so they were mules, kick me.
The Wild West town of Oatman.
If you are still reading (and have been keeping track), yes, we were successful in making our National Park Golden Eagle Pass worth the fee in just one trip. We may or may not have taken about 700 photos in 7 days, but who is counting - especially with all that amazing scenery!) We also may have hiked every trail in every national monument/park we visited. Except for the Grand Canyon, we stayed on top, because a little bug has bit me and now I want to train and hike that sucker rim to rim. I'm serious.
Sedona was a highlight and a completely unexpected experience. Flagstaff has a great downtown with cute cafes and shops - my favorite breakfast of the whole trip was at the Cafe Espress. But, they also had the worst Howard Johnson motel of all time...don't go there... ever... unless you don't mind bandaid pieces in your towel. Me, I guess I am just picky that way.
Finally, as a little traveler's tid bit for my fellow Californians during this time of high gas prices, not only is the gas in Arizona a bit cheaper, it is a different formulation of gas. So B's gracefully aging beauty that gets ~17 mile per gallon in CA, ended up getting about ~24 miles per gallon in AZ! (Our gas has been oxygenated so that it burns cleaner, but I'm starting to think it may just balance out with such a difference in efficiency.)
And purely as an aside, since this is a post about Arizona, B and I both had a very good night at the penny slot machines in Laughlin (our last night of the trip). We each played $3, B cashed out over $7 and I cashed out close to $23!!!!