Best & top Hidden visiting Places in Arizona, Top Family Secret Vacation spots & Destination in Arizona state, Most Beautiful gems Traveling Wallpapers & Popular Pictures HD resorts images for Desktop backgrounds, There are hundreds of attractions in Arizona, in various places from the gorgeous desert nature to the vibrant cities. Finding somewhere a little less well known can be tricky, but here are nine places you won’t find in the guidebooks. They range from spooky to historically significant, and are all worth a visit to get away from the tourist traps and the crowds.
This ghost town harks back to the Wild West, and though not as infamous, it was reputedly wilder than Tombstone. Originally a railroad town, it was built when the bridge crossing the Canyon Diablo was taking longer than anticipated to construct. The bridge ended up taking ten years (1880-1890) to be finished, and in this time the town thrived as a hub of illegal activity. The nearest law enforcement to the town was over 100 miles away, so there were no rules for anything. Brothels, saloons and gambling establishments never closed their doors. Along the main street, which was named ‘Hell Street’, stood no less than fourteen saloons, six brothels and ten gambling houses. By the time it was decided that the army should take over law enforcement by the canyon, the town was deserted due to the completion of the bridge. Though it was short lived, there were no doubted some great stories in this town, and the remains of it still hold a little of the danger and excitement of the Wild West.
“Fireflies” the Yayoi Kusama Infinity Room
A permanent installment at the Phoenix Art Museum, this work is titled “You Who Are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies” and takes up 25 square feet of space. The title of the work sums it up pretty well – polka dots of light move around you in the absolute darkness, giving a supposed sense of infinity. It’s a unique experience and a fun work of installment art, but the woman only makes it more interesting. Yayoi Kusama was popular in the 1960s in the Avant Art scene, and known for her protests against the Vietnam War. She staged large events of artwork utilising polka dots and nudity, but returned to Japan in the early 1970’s to deal with some mental health issues. After being forgotten about, she came back in force in the 90’s and has been rising in the art scene ever since. This installment is a special experience for a rare taste of Yayoi Kusama’s vision of infinity.
Gallery in the Sun
In an Arizonan desert just outside of Tucson lie scattered a series of buildings created by Ettore DeGrazia, a famous American artist. Each building has some unique artistic details, and the area has now been converted into a showcase of DeGrazia’s work. Originally built as his own gallery because no one would exhibit his work, the location is now an attraction which people want to see. The desert setting brings an external element to the artworks you see, as does the fascinating architectural decisions. It’s free to tour around this spot, and the mood is
refreshingly different from other experiences in Arizona. A gift shop exhibits prints of DeGrazia’s work, and with a tour you will feel far more in touch with the artist and his influences. It’s not often you get to look at an artist’s work in a gallery he built himself.
Pumpkin Spring Pool
In the Grand Canyon lies a dangerously tempting hot spring pool, which is shaped almost exactly like a giant pumpkin. Although hot springs are often good for health and rich in beneficial minerals, the chemicals in this pool’s murky green water are dangerous to soak in. High levels of lead, zinc, copper and most alarmingly arsenic make it an unwise choice for bathing and present a health risk, with the amount of arsenic at over 20 times the safe level. The resemblance of the pool to a vegetable is purely coincidental, but it is uncanny. The pool stands above the Colorado river, with the water running into the pool and becoming diluted in the current of the river. Take a rafting trip along the river and you’re bound to notice the huge pumpkin rise up like something from a Roald Dahl novel!
Apache Death Cave
The battles between the Apache and Navajo Native America tribes is infamous. An attack on a Navajo encampment by Apache raiders left only 3 girls alive, who were taken prisoner. The Navajo leaders sought revenge, tracking the Apache raiders, but failed to find them. Another attack let them know the raiders were still in their vicinity, and they sent out a search party to find their enemies. Strangely, they noticed warm air coming up from the ground when they passed over a spot, and found a large underground cave where the Apache has been hiding. The Navajo tribe got their revenge, slaughtering every man in the cave once they learned that the three young prisoners had been killed. Apparently the site is now cursed, and it does have a rather spooky look to it. Visiting it is the only way to truly understand the mood this death has brought the cave.
The world’s best preserved meteor crater is in Arizona, just off the Interstate 40. The asteroid which caused the crater was going at 26,000 miles per hour when it collided with the Earth. The collision occurred about 50,000 years ago, but we still see the effects and their dazzling size today in this crater. The diameter of the hole is about one mile, and the distance around the outside is 2.4 miles. A museum has been erected beside the crater, complete with digital reimaginings of the event and twenty four different exhibits about the meteor and its crater. This museum is the most comprehensive of its kind. The rim tour is the best way to experience the crater up close and personal, plus you’ll learn something on the way.
This stunning part of the Colorado river is exactly what the name suggests, a horseshoe bend in the river. It makes for stunning photographs and is fairly easy to access. The striking blue river does a complete U-turn as it curves around a rock cliff, and you can look out at the cliffs and the curve in the river from a look out. The drop from the lookout is 1,000 feet, and you get a unique perspective on the way the river carves its path through rock as it flows. This is a sight that should be on anyone’s bucket list, and is best seen at sunrise or sunset, when the dimmer lighting makes for an ethereal experience – although it’s a beautiful sight no matter when you see it.
Yuma Territorial Prison
The first prison to open in the Arizona area, the walls that were built in 1876 are still standing – and you can tour them. The first seven inmates actually helped to construct the prison with their free labor as convicts. The Yuma Territorial Prison is now a museum, which has a video exhibition as well as a gift shop. The prison was open for 33 years and housed around 3,000 inmates, and was apparently reputed for how reasonable its punishments were and the relatively good quality of life its inmates were allowed. Still, it had a shadier side: the dark cell was where those who broke the rules went, and was basically a small, damp cage set into a hillside. The classic ball and chain was another punishment favored by the prison, as you can see from some of the many photos of prison life that line the walls of the museum.
The Bird Cage Theatre
Located in Tombstone, this theatre became popular during the silver boom. Its short life (1881-1889) was full of adventure, and have made it a classic symbol of the wild west. Originally, the owners wanted it to be a business of good repute, putting on family shows, but they soon learned that this did not attract the miners who were the main customers in the town. The theatre is very well preserved, and contains a range of historical artifacts which can be interesting to look at as well as educational. It could be described as a kind of time capsule, with everything inside from when the theatre was in use. A paranormal tour of the theatre is available at night, when you will learn about all the ghost stories this historic building has to offer. An entertaining stop on any trip to Tombstone, the Bird Cage Theatre is worth a visit.