Looking for a different canyon experience when you visit Arizona? Antelope Canyon—near Page, on the Arizona-Utah border—is a slot canyon. Over thousands of years, rainwater eroded the sandstone, carving a channel with vibrantly striated and swirled walls. A guided boat or walking tour is the best way to see these fascinating formations. Water from the canyon also flows into Lake Powell, a vast reservoir where you can spend a day wakeboarding or kayaking.
For another visual treat, check out The Wave, a sweeping sandstone rock formation in the nearby Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area. But keep in mind: There’s a limit of 20 visitors per day. Permits for 10 people are issued via an online lottery, and 10 more permits (for the next day) are given out via walk-in lottery.
Visit Arizona’s refined side
Beyond its rough-and-tumble exterior, Arizona reveals a sophisticated heart. Its cities and towns—from Phoenix and Scottsdale to Tucson and Sedona—are packed with buzzy culinary scenes, spas to aah over, world-class resort hotels and browse-worthy arts districts.