Sights to See in Southern Arizona | Arizona Travel Tips
I had never been south of Canada, save landing in the Seattle airport one time on my way to Juneau, Alaska. So basically, I had never been to the USA until last month, December 2019. Which seems crazy, because I feel like EVERYONE from Canada has been to the states at some point in time. That being said, there are SOOOOOO many places I do want to visit in the US and hope to scratch a few more off the list in the not-so-distant future.
Yuma, Arizona was my destination this time. I chose that spot, mostly because there is an older couple there from Alberta, that I used to live with during college. I won't go into details on that, but I WILL outline a few of the highlights around that area that I highly recommend checking out.
NUMBER ONE: Joshua Tree National Park, California
Guys, this place is incredible. This is actually in California, but we flew into Palm Springs, so drove though it on our way to Arizona. We didn't have a whole lot of time, but stopped and hopped out a few times. WOW. I could spend at least a whole day there and not be bored. Go check it out.
NUMBER TWO: Rae-Dawn Arabians, Scottsdale, Arizona
I'm sure you already knew, but I am IN LOVE with horses. So needless to say, I was absolutely pumped to visit Rae-Dawn Arabians. And the coolest thing about it - I know the people who own it! Murray and Shirley are from Saskatoon, and that's where I went to school.
Can we talk about the beauty and sleekness of these stunning creatures? Worth a visit, even if you aren't super into horses like me ;)
NUMBER THREE: The Imperial Sand Dunes, near Yuma, Arizona
Ok, this place is AMAZING. I could have walked around for hours. I was super busy when we were there, being Christmas time. Tons and tons of people camping with their side by sides and dune buggies. But we just walked up the one section.
These dunes stretch on for ever! They're super cool and I would go back in a heartbeat.
NUMBER FOUR: Date Shakes, Yuma, Arizona
If you love dates, you MUST try this. They are everywhere in California and Arizona, and for good reason. There are date palm farms everywhere, so dates are extremely plentiful.
I even tried making my own date shake - you should too! Super easy, with 4 simple ingredients:
Vanilla Ice Cream
Vanilla (preferably the real Mexico vanilla)
Blend the milk and dates until smooth, then add the vanilla and ice cream. VOILA!! Date shake in your hands. SO SO good.
NUMBER FIVE: Telegraph Pass, Yuma, Arizona
So we read the All Trails reviews from different hikers about this trail. Some said, "A test for the whole body. Very steep and grueling." Others said, "Easiest hike ever. Super easy. Took me only 1 hr."
Basically, this trail is a VERY steep switchback, paved, that leads up to a forest of telegraph towers (hence the name). Approximately 10km round trip, this hike indeed was a workout. I wouldn't exactly call it a test to the whole body, but the legs and knees definitely took a hit. It was a fun challenge though, and I'd highly recommend it if you're in the area.
Well folks! That's it for my top recommendations in the south west corner of Arizona! Also take a trip across the border to Mexico if you're in the area!