Travel to Northern Arizona – Episode 562

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Travel to Northern Arizona - What to see including 6 National Parks

Hear about travel to Northern Arizona as the Amateur Traveler talks to journalist Mark Smith about his recent road trip to beautiful Northern Arizona including half a dozen different parks in the National Park system.

We start our tour of Northern Arizona in Phoenix and drive to the beautiful town of Sedona which is known for its red rocks. Sedona has a New Age feel so it’s a great place if you want your chi adjusted or the latest crystals, but it’s also a great place just for some nice hiking in the beautiful scenery.

North of Sedona is the beautiful wooded Oak Creek Canyon. Between Sedona and Flagstaff, you’ll find a few different national parks preserving Indian ruins. Montezuma’s Castle is like a smaller, much smaller, version of Mesa Verde in Colorado, and Tuzigoot is a hilltop ruin. Both of these are from the Sinagua people (which literally means without water).

Nearby to Flagstaff, you’ll find three other National Parks worth a visit: Willow Creek Canyon National Monument, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, and Wupatki National Monument. Sunset Crater is a volcanic park where the Apollo astronauts trained in part to prepare them for the moon. Both Willow Creek and Wupatki have more Native American ruins.

Mark and his wife also visited Grand Canyon National Park. Mark tells us of a few places they found to beat the crowds in this beautiful but often crowded park.

Antelope Canyon, located by Page Arizona, is a Navajo national park we have mentioned on the show before. It is one of the most beautiful slot canyons in the world. You can’t take a good picture in Antelope Canyon, then it’s time to put your camera up on eBay.

Flagstaff is a beautiful city and quite small compared to Phoenix. It is at altitude and so it’s also probably much cooler than you would expect, even in the heat of summer.

Come join us on a road trip to Northern Arizona. It is an area that is iconic, beautiful, and sometimes quite surprising.

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Show Notes

Rafting Down the Grand Canyon – Episode 223
Flagstaff, Arizona
Visit Sedona
Chapel of the Holy Cross
Sedona’s Energy Vortexes
Oak Creek Canyon
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Tuzigoot National Monument
Tuzigoot National Monument
Honanki Heritage Site
Walnut Canyon National Monument
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Wupatki National Monument
Mama Burger
Lowell Observatory
Lower Antelope (Slot) Canyon – Page, Arizona
Glen Canyon Dam
Antelope Canyon and Glen Canyon Scenic Tour
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Rainbow Bridge National Monument
Horseshoe Bend
Grand Canyon National Park
Shoshone Point Trai
Grand Canyon Tours
Havasupai Tribe
Petrified Forest National Park


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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast. He has been a travel creator since 2005 and has won awards including being named the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel+Leisure Magazine.

4 Responses to “Travel to Northern Arizona – Episode 562”

Amanda S


Enjoyable episode. I really want to get out to northern Arizona and southern Utah (I’ve been to Phoenix, Scottsdale and Sedona, which is gorgeous). FYI, the podcast that alerted Mark to the Shoshone Point Trail is Extra Pack of Peanuts, with Travis and Heather Sherry. I remember listening to it and thinking I should give the Grand Canyon another viewing (some day). Here’s a link to that podcast episode:



Thanks Amanda!

Justin Y


Flagstaff has some of the best trails in Arizona. There are some really killer hiking and biking trails for novices and professionals. Highly recommended area for any adventure seekers that love the outdoors.



Have a favorite trail Justin?

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