Sightseeing in Arizona

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – 36% Off

Tucson

$39 $25

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Explore 21 acres of lush Sonoran Desert habitats, complete with native flora, fauna, and two live animal presentations

30% Off Helicopter Tours

Multiple Locations

$270 $189

Soar past Camelback Mountain and over Old Town Scottsdale on a Paradise Valley tour, or take in famous red rock formations over Sedona

Up to 55% Off Scavenger Blitz on August 2

Downtown Flagstaff

$64.29 $29

Urban scavenger race challenges participants to cross the finish line after deciphering clues, taking pictures, and gathering items

Up to 60% Off from Goodenough Mine Tour

Tombstone

$30 $15

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Guides discuss 19th-century silver-mining techniques, artifacts, and structures while leading groups up ladders and through narrow passages

Up to Half Off Biosphere Visit

Oracle

$40 $20

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Engaging tours enter rain forest, fog desert & other diverse ecosystems housed within groundbreaking biosphere's 6,000+ window panes

Up to 51% Off Zoo Visit

Prescott

$16 $8

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Zoo serves as the home of more than 150 rescued native and exotic animals such as black bears, tigers, and emus

Planes of Fame Air Museum – 50% Off

Valle

$13.90 $7

When the museum opened in 1957, it housed 10 planes; today it hosts more than 40

Arizona Science Center – Up to 52% Off Family Membership

Downtown Phoenix

$115 $55

Full year of museum admission, special-exhibition, IMAX(R) and Planetarium discounts, along with Evans Sky Cycle rides

48% Off Haunted-History Walking Tour

Tucson

$50 $25.99

A two-hour walking tour covers the creepy history of Tuscon's most haunted areas, such as the Fox Theater

57% Off City Scavenger Hunts

Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza

$67 $29

Teams wind through the city solving physical and mental challenges as they compete in a scavenger hunt

Up to 38% Off Wildlife-Park Visit to Bearizona

Williams

$20 $13

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Three-mile road sends guests cruising through enclosures with bison, bighorn sheep, black bears, and other native and exotic creatures

Up to 51% Off at The Amerind Museum

Benson

$16 $8

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The history of native peoples awakens with archaeological exhibits, galleries, and visits from artists amid a scenic Texas Canyon backdrop

Up to 55% Off a Double-Decker Bus Tour

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

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Taste drinks from four venues or vie for prizes in a treasure hunt aboard a London-style double-decker bus

Up to 52% Off Pedicab Tour or Pub Crawl 

Multiple Locations

$50 $25

Pedicab driver cycles tourists or pub crawlers around town during two- or three-hour jaunts

Up to 55% Off Pop Culture Museum Visits

Desert Ridge

$20 $10

Museum with more than 13,000 action figures, comic books, and pieces of memorabilia covers the last 50 to 60 years of pop culture

Up to 60% Off Urban-Race Entry

Coaches Corner

$50 $20

Teams race on foot past city landmarks, solving clues and tackling obstacles for a chance at cash and other prizes

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Bessie Heard dedicated years of her life to philanthropic efforts throughout the McKinney area, helping plant hackberry trees along downtown streets and establishing an American Red Cross chapter during World War I. However, she accomplished her greatest feat in 1967 when the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary opened to the public. With 289 acres of rolling space, the sanctuary functions as a testament to the diversity of local flora and fauna, educating visitors and urging them to protect those species for future generations.

More than 6.5 miles of unpaved hiking trails wind throughout the sanctuary, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in habitats that range from tall-grass prairie to limestone slopes. The grounds shelter more than 150 varieties of wildflowers and plants, as well as more than 240 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. In addition to the trails, the sanctuary also features an extensive garden of native trees, grasses, and perennials, as well as a treetop ropes course (reservation required; additional fees apply). Indoors, interactive exhibits and collections impart valuable information on north-Texan geology, marine life, and venomous snakes.

2301 N Central Ave
Phoenix,
AZ
US

As they enter the massive brick building, visitors pass the Watercarrier, a curved bronze statue that lends a first glimpse at a staggering collection of ancient and modern Native American works. Established in 1893, the Arizona State Museum celebrates and records Southwest Indian cultural history with more than 3 million objects, including a collection electrified with more than 25,000 pieces of woven basketry, more than 300,000 catalogued artifacts, 500,000 photographic negatives and original prints, 90,000 volumes of rare titles, 6,000 maps, 1,500 feet of archival documents, and more than 1,000 sound recordings. The collection forays out onto the museum floor in exhibitions such as Ancient Architecture of the Southwest, where striking photographs frame some of the crumbling archaeological ruins of 1,000-year-old cliff dwellings set against a rugged desert landscape while tastefully photoshopping out the ancient satellite dishes. The Pottery Project spans 2,000 years of Native ceramics with more than 20,000 whole pieces and a lab for hands-on pottery testing. Using artifacts, life-size dioramas, and film, Paths of Life explores the history and contemporary lifeways of ten Native cultures, including those of the Yaqui, O’odham, Apache, Navajo, and Hopi.

Museum staff further engage visitors in events that range from talks with museum curators and Native artisans to learning expeditions, which invite guests to tag along with museum and university archaeologists to survey nearby sites, immersing them in the scientific dig experience nearly as effectively as watching Indiana Jones with your nose to the screen. Educational outreach for public-school and university students immerses them in camps and workshops. At the Native Goods museum store, visitors browse a stock of books alongside basketry, jewelry, carvings, and textiles crafted by artists from Yaqui, Hopi, and other nations.

1013 E University Blvd
Tucson,
AZ
US

No one knows where Dr. Vantas lost his way. Once an esteemed doctor at the vanguard of electroshock therapy for the mentally insane, the physician let his psychiatric hospital become a madhouse, prompting rumors of Vantas using inhumane experiments on patients. Those who enter The Asylum risk falling prey to its deranged denizens and the quack’s extremely cold stethoscope. This is the spine-tingling, horror-film narrative that plays out to visitors as they creep through The Asylum, a haunted site modeled after an 1870s-style mental institution and half of The Crypt Haunted Attractions’ two-piece tribute to fear.

The other creepy venue, The Crypt, beckons intrepid guests to descend into a vault filled with the living dead. As they tiptoe through the chamber's darkened corridors, voyagers must stay poised as they strafe around staggering corpses groaning about their hunger for brains or the lack of legroom in their casket.

2036 South 87th Street
Mesa,
Arizona
US

It begins with a flurry of activity. Balloon operators prepare for lift-off, checking equipment and tossing ropes as spectators wander the grounds, observing the action. And then it reaches a new level: dozens of balloons take flight at once, filling the crisp December dawn sky with brilliant blues, purples, oranges, and reds that rival the colors around them. The Arizona Balloon Classic's orbs then set off on an aerial hare-and-hound race, drawing cheers from below as onlookers snap pictures.

For one weekend each year, visitors gather on the grounds to snap pictures and watch the balloons inflate and lift-off outside the Gilbert Civic Center for the Classic––a three-day festival celebrating hot-air balloon flight and culture. But the fun doesn't end with the descent to earth. After sunset the tethered balloons begin to glow, lighting up for the DESERT GLOWS portion of the festivities. Attendees browse exhibits and feast on treats from a variety of vendors, and children play in the Family Fun Zone. Last, on Saturday evening, sparks give balloons a run for their money, springing through the sky in a stunning fireworks display.

48th St. and N Loop Rd.
Chandler,
AZ
US

Locally owned and operated full service framing and art store. www.Perspectiveframe.com

7700 W Arrowhead Towne Ctr
Glendale,
AZ
US

Nestled within 18,500 square feet and designed by award-winning architect Will Bruder, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art's quintet of galleries—formerly a cineplex's five theaters—have hosted changing and permanent exhibitions of art, architecture, and design since 1999. The outdoor sculpture garden features acclaimed pieces such as James Turrell's experiential Knight Rise skyspace and James Carpenter Design Associates' Scrim Wall. After viewing the art outside, visitors can return indoors to explore furnishings and jewelry in the shop or examine work by local youth in the young@art gallery. The museum's Visions Teen Program continues to nurture burgeoning talent, pairing teenagers with visual-art teachers and visiting artists. Adults can also enrich their artistic know-how at lectures and workshops until they are able to draw a perfect circle with a pencil still tucked behind their ear. The museum's lounge fosters artistic communities through events ranging from screenings of international art movies to art-making sessions.

7380 E 2nd St
Scottsdale,
AZ
US

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