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Visiting Northern Arizona - Some Great Places Not to be Missed

My Hot Air Balloon Flight
Photographer - Debra Burks

Visiting Northern Arizona is an adventure in itself. Whether its a day trip riding a jeep through the red rock country of Sedona or gazing in awe at the Grand Canyon. There is so much to see and do in Arizona. When at the Grand Canyon some people like to get closer to it and so ride donkeys down the winding trails to the bottom. Or they sometimes take white water rafting trips on the Colorado river before they start back up the trail.

Another place to see is Tonto Natural Bridge Park. This out of the way park NE of Phoenix has beautiful waterfalls and lots of enjoyable hiking trails. For a true sense of adventure try hot air ballooning over the desert. The wide expanse of cobalt blue skies and flowering plants and cactus below will make it an experience not to be missed.

As the seasons change its nice to drive North and visit Pinetop and Greer. The aspens in the Autumn there turn golden and the nights are crisp. Just to stand on the porch of a cabin in the woods and breathe in the evergreen scent is worth the trip. Hiking through the fall leaves on winding trails through acres of deep burnished gold trees is a bit of heaven.

When Winter approaches get ready for fun and excitement. There are great ski lodges with sparkly white snowy slopes just waiting to be tried. Hearing the rush of skies and the wind brisk with the chill of a winters day is exhilarating. And lets not forget the kids building snowmen and making snow angels. What a great way to spend a few days.

But remember to try to visit Phoenix, Arizona and see the spring. Northern Arizona is known for acres of wildflowers such as lupines and daisies and flowering shrubs such as white oleander and hot pink bougainvillea. Many calenders feature photos taken of these magnificent flowers. All in all Northern Arizona and Phoenix is a great place to visit and one of the best kept secrets there is.

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