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Virtual Tours of Arizona's Attractions

By: Arizona Office of Tourism

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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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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.

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

Hikers descend the South Kaibab Trail in the Grand CanyonSouth Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon / Credit: Xanterra Travel


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.

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History & Heritage

Featured: USS Arizona Memorial Gardens at Salt River

Poles lit up at dusk, each representing a life lost aboard the USS ArizonaColumns lit at dusk honor the brave / Credit: Discover 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.

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Zoos & Wildlife

Featured: Phoenix Zoo

A woman holds a young girl, and watches a young boy try to reach a lemur on a rope aboveHanging out at the Phoenix Zoo / Credit: An Pham


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!)

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Science & Education

Featured: Lowell Observatory

Two men and a boy look through a giant telescope at the skySkan the sky / Credit: An Pham


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.

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Art, Music & Architecture

Featured: Taliesin West

Exterior of Taliesin WestTour 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.

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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