Things to Do Statewide

Tempe’s central, hassle free location is not only easy to get to, but it is also an ideal jumping off point for destinations throughout Arizona. Experience the awe inspiring Grand Canyon. Visit the picture perfect red rocks of Sedona and the pine forests of the Mogollon Rim. Or, see the beautiful Saguaro National Park near Tucson. The choices are endless and the access is incredible from Tempe.

Before visiting one of the state parks below, please go to their website for hours of operation, entry fees and more details.

Things to Do Statewide Listings

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Ranked as one of the great natural museums in the world, showcasing Sonoran desert life. Located near Tucson. (106 miles/170 km south) Photo credit: David Jewell




Phone: (520) 883-1380

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Besh-Be-Gowah
Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park

Meaning “place of metal” or “metal camp.” An ancient 300-room pueblo dating back to A.D. 1225. (78 miles/125 km east)




Phone: (928) 425-0320

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Biosphere 2
Biosphere 2 Center

The world’s largest controlled environment facility housed in a 3.1 acre glass and steel structure. Tours daily. (109 miles/174 km south) Photo credit: Gill Kenny




Phone: (520) 838-6200

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Bisbee Arizona credit Cochise County Tourism Council
Bisbee

Once an important mining center and the largest city between San Francisco and St. Louis. Take a guided underground tour or visit the mining museum. (205 miles/328 km south) Photo credit: Cochise County Tourism Council




Phone: (520) 432-3554

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Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Nature trails wind through 35 acres, featuring desert plants, Queen Creek and wildlife. (54 miles/86 km south) Photo credit: Jennifer Miller




Phone: (520) 689-2811

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Canyon de Chelly
Canyon de Chelly National Park & Monument

Anasazi Ruins, located on the Navajo Indian Reservation. (367 miles/587 km north)




Phone: (928) 674-5507

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Casa Grande Ruins
Casa Grande Ruins

Constructed nearly 650 years ago by the Hohokam, this ruin features a four-story building with more than 60 prehistoric sites. (46 miles/74 km south)




Phone: (520) 723-3172

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Douglas, AZ credit City of Douglas
Douglas

Douglas is a destination for hiking, birding and history. This border town is home to the famous Gadsen Hotel, dating back to the turn of the century. (228 miles/367 km south)




Phone: (520) 417-7344

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Flagstaff Arizona
Flagstaff

Northern Arizona University, festivals, forest paths, skiing, snow sports and mountain biking give this small town a big-town excitement. (175 miles/280 km north)




Phone: (800) 379-0065

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Fort Verde
Fort Verde State Historic Park

Experience life through the eyes of a frontier soldier at Fort Verde State Historic Park. The fort was a base for General Crook’s U.S. Army scouts and soldiers in the 1870s and 1880s. (102 miles/164 km north)




Phone: (928) 567-3275

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