5 Unique Places to Visit in Arizona This Summer
There are two types of people who live in Arizona: the Arizonan connoisseur who has explored the state border-to-border; and the Arizonan who hasn’t even seen the Grand Canyon. But perhaps even the Arizona connoisseur might have skipped these hidden gems.
If adventure is on your checklist this summer, these 5 unique places in Arizona might spark you to clear your weekend plans for the next few months!
Sitting about 37 miles from Prescott, Arcosanti is an experimental town founded and created by Italian architect, Paolo Soleri. His blend of architecture and ecology led to the creation of a sustainable town, rich with semi-domes and colored walls. As of today, 80 people permanently reside here, but the town hosts over 30,000 visitors every year!
Yabba dabba doo! This classic relic was built in the 70s, and seemingly has kind of withered away over the years. If you’re heading up to the Grand Canyon, this crazy attraction might be worth a stop. It’s about $5 for admission to have a yabba-doo time, and several travelers have raved about the experience. The attraction is currently for sale, so don’t expect it to be in pristine condition. But if you want to change that, for a cool $2 million, you could own Bedrock City.
Sitting off of the historic Route 66, the Wigwam Motel awaits you. Who needs to travel to Disneyland to experience one of the classic Cars’ scenes? The inspiration for it sits about 3 hours from Prescott – and it’s kind of cool to stay in a concrete teepee.
Take a step back into the early periods of the 20th century when you stay at this vintage trailer park in Bisbee, Arizona. Every trailer is decked out in era-appropriated decor, so you won’t find modern-day amenities like stoves. coffee makers, or cable televisions. Instead, you’ll find percolators and charcoal grills. Yes, you might actually have to put forth a little more effort than pressing a button. Be aware though: this is an adults-only getaway, or 15+. Sorry, kids!
Ever wonder what it’d be like to live on a different planet and have to live in a simulated atmosphere? Biosphere 2 in Oracle, Arizona is an Earth sciences research facility owned by Arizona State University. You’re able to take guided tours through seven model ecosystems – including the rainforest and ocean. Yes, it’s still in Arizona. First Look really captured what our future might look like. Make sure to watch the video, it’s a trip.
From awe-inspiring to wacky – there are some really cool destinations in Arizona to visit this summer. Have you visited any of these locations?