Virtual Tours of Arizona's Attractions

The best way to experience Arizona is to see it for yourself. When you can't, these virtual tours of Arizona's popular sites are the next best thing.

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Credit: Chadwick Fowler

There are plenty of reasons Arizona has to be seen to be enjoyed: the lively metro areas and Insta-worthy food, the historic small towns and their Western charm, and the jaw-dropping landscapes.

When you can't be here in person, these virtual tours, webcams, Google Earth hiking trails and videos of sites like Grand Canyon National Park, Phoenix Art Museum and Tucson Botanical Gardens let you discover Arizona the next best way—from wherever you are, even from the comfort of your couch.

* If you own an Oculus VR headset, be sure to download the Google Earth app for a more immersive experience.

Visit Arizona Experiences

Soar above the Grand Canyon in a skydiving adventure, or shred Sedona's trails on a mountain bike. Visit Arizona teamed up with filmmakers MacGillivray Freeman Films to create a few fully immersive virtual reality experiences

Grand Canyon Skydiving

Paragon Skydive gives you a front-row seat to the breathless excitement of stepping out of an airplane and soaring free over the Grand Canyon. Look around and take in the stunning bird's eye view of this remarkable wonder.

Sedona Mountain Biking

Get a first-hand glimpse at this mountain biking paradise and watch the (virtual) dirt fly as you race across trails surrounded by Sedona's striking red rock cliffs

National Parks, Monuments & State Parks

Featured: Grand Canyon National Park

Dig deep with Grand Canyon's virtual tours (in partnership with Arizona State University) as you explore places within this natural wonder, including Blacktail Canyon, using a combination of 360-degree images, videos and guided lessons. Photo tours by the U.S. Geological Survey take viewers rafting on the Colorado River and on a hike to Phantom Ranch at the bottom of the South Rim. Or go exploring with Google Earth, which recently rolled out virtual tours of the Grand Canyon and several other national parks.

Couple hiking at the Grand Canyon

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History & Heritage

Featured: USS Arizona Memorial Gardens at Salt River

The outdoor memorial—an outline of the exact length and width of the USS Arizona, indicated with more 1,500 commemorative columns that illuminate—honors the brave individuals that served aboard the USS Arizona during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. The memorial is open to the public daily, from dawn until dusk, but The Relic Room will remain closed until further notice. An online video and two-part podcast detail the efforts that led up to the February 22 unveiling.

Salt River USS Memorial Gardens

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Zoos & Wildlife

Featured: Phoenix Zoo

On the Phoenix Zoo's Digital Safari page, you'll find educational, fun, unique content and behind-the-scenes access to animals, keepers and the staff who keep the zoo running. Links include exclusive YouTube videos, blog posts, photos, animals facts and activities to entertain the kiddos and keep the adults interested, as well. (Spring 2020: Tune in every day at 1 p.m. for new content!)

Family at Phoenix Zoo

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Science & Education

Featured: Lowell Observatory

As part of Lowell Observatory's efforts to stay connected and continue their mission of science education, they've begun hosting live streams and interactive stargazing from their YouTube channel. Past and future topics include "Meet an Astronomer: A Bird's Eye View of the Universe," and "Cosmic Coffee," a series that explores a different topic in astronomy or planetary science each week.

Telescope at Lowell Observatory

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Art, Music & Architecture

Featured: Taliesin West

Tour the main building of Taliesin West and other areas / Credit: Steve Minor

Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home, is the first of the famous architect's properties to be made freely available online with an interactive digital experience and virtual tour. Explore at your leisure the UNESCO World Heritage Site, including rooms, gardens and walkways, while you gain insight into how the desert surroundings inspired Wright.

Taliesin West

Also check out:

  • Phoenix Art Museum: selections of the museum's 19,000 objects spanning collections such as Latin American art, fashion design, photography, contemporary art and the miniature Thorne Rooms
  • Herberger Theater Center: previews of the center's upcoming gallery exhibitions
  • Musical Instrument Museum (MIM): tour the interior with Google (sadly, without sound)
  • Phoenix Symphony: Arizona PBS will broadcast several concerts every Monday at 7 p.m. through June.

If you are currently offering a virtual or digital experience and would like to be featured in our online resource please submit details to media-info@tourism.az.gov.

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Arizona Office of Tourism

These articles are brought to you by the staff of the Arizona Office of Tourism, and occasionally local tourism organizations around the state.