Red Rocks, Sedona, Arizona

A Photo Essay: Arizona

We’ve visited Arizona several times over the past couple of years–three of those times happened to be within the last year while working on a video project. During our visits, we have had some amazing adventures throughout the state, and some of our favorites were hiking through the Red Rocks in Sedona, hot air ballooning, rock climbing, going for a bumpy jeep ride on the cliff hanger hummer tour, kayaking the Black Canyon along the border of Arizona and Nevada, soaking up history at Montezuma Castle National Monument, exploring beautiful landscapes at the Grand Canyon and Tonto Natural Bridge, kayaking and SUP on Lake Powell, admiring art at the Desert Botanical Garden, and touring Colossal Cave in Tucson. We road tripped through almost the entire state and hit up cities such as Flagstaff, Sedona, Page, Tucson, Pinetop, Scottsdale and Phoenix to name a few.

Antelope Canyon was also on our itinerary, and while we were not quite sure what to think of the tour, the canyon was undeniably gorgeous. The old western towns were also fun to explore–we had a great time pretending to be from the Wild Wild West.

One of the aspects about Arizona that always seems to surprise me no matter how many times we visit, is the extremely diverse landscape. From forests, to deserts, to mountains, canyons and lakes, the scenery is constantly changing. The majority of our visits have been during the winter months, which was perfect weather for us Minnesotans; however, when we visited in the summer, we just about keeled over from the scorching heat!

With that, here are our favorite photos from our visits to the great state of Arizona:

Hot Air Balloon Ride, Sedona, Arizona

Hot Air Balloon Ride, Sedona, Arizona

Hot Air Balloon Ride, Sedona, Arizona

Hot Air Balloon Ride, Sedona, Arizona

Rock Climbing at Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona

Rock Climbing at Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona

Cliff Hanger Hummer Tour in Sedona, Arizona

Cliff Hanger Hummer Tour in Sedona, Arizona

Kayak at Lake Powell in Arizona

SUP at Lake Powell in Arizona

Antelope Canyon Tour, Page, Arizona

Mountain Biking in Sedona, Arizona

Antelope Canyon Tour, Page, Arizona

Antelope Canyon Tour, Page, Arizona

Arizona Photo Essay

Arizona Photo Essay

Arizona Photo Essay

Arizona Photo Essay

Arizona Photo Essay

Arizona Photo Essay

Arizona Photo Essay

Colossal Cave Tour, Tucson, Arizona

Colossal Cave Tour, Tucson, Arizona

Colossal Cave Tour, Tucson, Arizona

Colossal Cave Tour, Tucson, Arizona

Arizona Photo Essay

Downtown Tucson, Arizona

Downtown Tucson, Arizona

Cartel Coffee in Scottsdale, Arizona

Arizona Photo Essay

Arizona Photo Essay

Kayaking Black Canyon in Arizona

Kayaking Black Canyon in Arizona

Kayaking Black Canyon in Arizona

Arizona Photo Essay

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Grand Canyon, Arizona

Montezuma Castle National Monument, Arizona

Red Rocks, Sedona, AZ

Red Rocks, Sedona, AZ

Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park, Sedona

Hot Air Balloon, Sedona, Arizona

Hiking to Devil's Bridge in Sedona, Arizona

Hiking to Devil's Bridge in Sedona, Arizona

Red Rocks, Sedona, AZ

Red Rocks, Sedona, AZ

Desert Botanical Gardens Chihuly Exhibit, Phoenix, Arizona

Desert Botanical Gardens Chihuly Exhibit, Phoenix, Arizona

Desert Botanical Gardens Chihuly Exhibit, Phoenix, Arizona

Desert Botanical Gardens Chihuly Exhibit, Phoenix, Arizona

Restaurant in Tucson, Arizona

Restaurant in Tucson, Arizona

Arizona Photo Essay

Arizona Photo Essay

Red Rocks, Sedona, Arizona

Have you ever been to Arizona? What would you like to do most there?

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24 Comments
  • Les Petits Pas de Juls
    Posted at 10:07h, 23 March Reply

    First time I went to Arizona was yeaaaars ago as a leader to a summer camp. We’ve gone through so many of those places at such a rapid pace that I only want to go back and enjoy it all at a more leasurely one.

    Antelope Canyon, I’ve never been to and can only gape at your beautiful pictures; kayaking in the middle of it all must provide an awesome feel to it too… Those landscapes! Sedona…

    Oh well, as usual, I need to plan a flight back to the US soon enough! 😉

    Happy wandering, guys!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 20:48h, 24 March Reply

      Hope you can go back again and spend a bit more time there! And yes, you definitely need to plan a trip back to the US soon!! 🙂 Antelope Canyon was definitely gorgeous–the tour was a bit frustrating, but we loved visiting the canyon–more on the tour in the next post, though!
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  • Elaine
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    Posted at 15:22h, 26 March Reply

    I’m so glad to see the diversity of Arizona highlighted. It’s so much more than the Grand Canyon! Great pictures and what incredible adventures you’ve had. I need to return.

  • Cailin
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    Posted at 23:02h, 26 March Reply

    Awesome images! I can’t wait to visit Antelope Canyon someday! Was that Chiuly glass amongst the cacti? So cool!

  • Anda
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    Posted at 01:19h, 27 March Reply

    I’ve seen some of these gorgeous places in Arizona, but I never went up in the air with a Balon. That looks a little scary, but I see people are crazy about it. Did you feel sick up there?

  • Bernard Tan
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    Posted at 01:31h, 27 March Reply

    Very beautiful photos! Would love to visit Arisona

  • Betsy Wuebker
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    Posted at 02:56h, 27 March Reply

    These beautiful photos give such a multi-faceted perspective! And that’s wonderful because I think there’s a tendency for people to think of Arizona in terms of only the one thing they associate: the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Spanish missions, cliff dwellers, etc. There’s obviously far more and it looks like you made the most of your visits.

  • Heather
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    Posted at 11:51h, 27 March Reply

    Stunning photography! Arizona is officially on my travel wish list. I especially enjoy the outdoors, and your photos have me wanting to plan a visit soon than later. Thanks for all the adventure recommendations, hiking through the Red Rocks in Sedona and kayaking the Black Canyon would top my list!

  • Lillie
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    Posted at 20:04h, 27 March Reply

    Ahh, I feel like I’m there! What evocative photos. That hot air balloon ride is really something I’d like to do. I’ve only been to Arizona once when I was very young, so the memories are hazy, but I remember the hot, dry air in my throat quite well.
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  • Francesca
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    Posted at 21:05h, 27 March Reply

    I would love to know more about the Antelope Valley tour – I haven’t been to AZ yet and was thinking about doing it! Your photos are gorgeous. How did you manage to get that swirling effect in the last one? It’s amazing!!
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    • Jenna Kvidt
      Posted at 13:56h, 23 April Reply

      Thanks, Francesca! Antelope Canyon was gorgeous–we would recommend the photography tour if you are up for the splurge though–it’s so much less crowded and you’ll have much more space! Thanks–the last photo was a long exposure so that’s how we got the swirling effect!
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  • Rob
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    Posted at 00:55h, 28 March Reply

    Love the photos especially the ones from Antelope Canyon. How did you find the SUP? I tried it in Hawaii and it was a lot harder than I expected. The balloon ride also looks like a fantastic experience.
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  • sarah
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    Posted at 05:20h, 28 March Reply

    Incredible photos! I had no idea Arizona had so many beautiful places. I’ve only been just outside of Phoenix and that was to visit family so we didn’t sight see much. Obviously I’ll have to make an effort to get back there and explore much more.

  • Mary
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    Posted at 19:35h, 02 April Reply

    Stunning gorgeous landscape in Arizona! The state certainly provides the unexpected – such as a British-style phonebooth.
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