Tombstone County Courthouse, Arizona
Arizona's Historic, Fun & Weird Wonders
From the Old West to ancient civilization to Steve McQueen, Arizona’s many activities keep visitors coming every year. Ideal weather coupled with vast deserts, forests, and cityscapes have created legendary landmarks throughout the Grand Canyon State – and not just the Grand Canyon.
1. Casa Grande Ruins
The first archeological site preserved by the federal government, Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is a four-story structure and preservation site of the Ancient Sonoran Desert People. The purpose of the “Big House” is a mystery, yet visitors are welcome to draw their own conclusions through the museum, self-guided tours, and the 22-minute interpretive film. Set in southern Arizona in Coolidge near Casa Grande, the site is found between Phoenix and Tucson.
Set along Interstate 10, Tombstone is a famed, Old West town located in southern Arizona near Benson. Home to the Boothill Graveyard, the Bird Cage Theatre, and the legendary O.K. Corral, this National Historic Landmark District was once the stomping ground of Wyatt Earp.
3. Vulture Mine
Once Arizona’s most productive gold mine, Vulture Mine is set in Wickenburg – just northwest of Phoenix in central Arizona. Closed in 1942, and surrounded by the Vulture City ghost town, the site now features the two-hour Vulture Peak Gold guided-tour – also showcasing the Hanging Tree, Assay Lab, and Vulture’s Roost.
4. Barringer Crater
Said to be the world’s best-preserved meteorite crater, the Barringer Crater – known locally as simply the Meteor Crater – is set in northern Arizona near Winslow. A National Natural Landmark, the 50,000 year-old crater is nearly 4,000 feet in diameter, and 570 feet deep. Head to the north rim for the Meteor Crater Visitor Center, the American Astronaut Wall of Fame, and guided tours.
5. Taliesin West
A U.S. National Historic Landmark, and listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, Taliesin West was the final home of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Built in 1937 and located in Scottsdale, Taliesin West is open for guided tours. Though a tourist destination, TW also houses the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.
6. Lowell Observatory
Established in 1894, Lowell Observatory houses the 24-inch historic Alvan Clark Telescope, and the Steele Visitors Center. Located in Flagstaff of northern Arizona, this National Historic Landmark – also listed U.S. National Register of Historic Places – is one of the oldest observatories in the entire country.
7. Whiskey Row
Keeping up with the Old West theme of early Arizona, Whiskey Row is a historic street boasting boutiques, restaurants, old-fashioned dessert shops, and of course, plenty of saloons. Set in Prescott across from the quaint Courthouse Square, WR features the Bird Cage Saloon, Jersey Lilly, and the famed Palace Restaurant & Saloon – a former hangout of the Earp brothers and filming site of Steve McQueen’s “Junior Bonner.”
8. London Bridge
Spanning the Bridgewater Channel Canal, London Bridge is a reconstructed roadway using bricks from the original London Bridge in – you guessed it – London, England. Transported to Lake Havasu City brick by brick in 1962, visitors heading to Lake Havasu or Parker may cross a piece of history in western Arizona.