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The must-see sights for a great Arizona vacation

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Updated: 1/25/2013 10:33 am

America's Southwest captures the minds of travelers from around the globe, and Americans themselves are no exception. Its spectacular landscapes, fascinating history and unique culture make it a legendary getaway. For visitors, deciding what to see can be a bit of a challenge - there are just so many choices. With a little expert guidance, though, your Arizona vacation will include a variety of travel experiences from the national parks to authentic western towns.

The beginnings of an Arizona vacation will have a touch of urban flair if travelers fly into Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Close by, the city of Scottsdale is a mecca of shopping and Southwest style, complete with luxurious resorts. A pampering stay at a classic resort like Troon North is a great start to any trip.

Next up, travelers have the opportunity to see some of the most memorable sights in the world. Starting out from Scottsdale, these are some of the absolute 'musts' for any Arizona vacation.

* Sedona. This small town has captured the imaginations of generations of artists, and its atmosphere is a blend of new age and Old West. Nestled into beautiful landscapes of red rock, Sedona is a quaint and charming place for shopping and strolling - or if you're so inclined, a hike through the nearby rock formations that often serve as movie backdrops.

* The Grand Canyon. One of the true wonders of the natural world, the Grand Canyon lives up to - and exceeds - every description you've ever heard. Its enormous size - 277 miles in length, up to 18 miles across and as much as a mile deep - make it a place that deserves extensive exploration. By visiting this gem on an Arizona vacation from Tauck, you'll have a truly unique experience, complete with guided sightseeing, to ensure that you see the best of the Canyon.

* Lake Powell. The stunning beauty of Lake Powell makes it a sight that can't be missed. Whether you tour the lake by boat, or from the air, as is possible on a Tauck tour, you'll marvel at the spectacular rock formations and the sheer size of the lake. While on your Arizona vacation don't miss the opportunity to see the lake at sunset, when the colors of the rocks are at their most vibrant.

* An excursion to Utah's canyonlands. From a rafting ride in Glen Canyon, which straddles Utah and Arizona, to a visit to the town of Kanab, crossing the border is a great way to make the most of your visit to the Southwest. Utah is home to two spectacular national parks - Zion and Bryce Canyon - which epitomize the dramatic beauty of the canyonlands. Get up at dawn to watch an unforgettable sunrise or take a horseback trail ride into the heart of the parks.

If an Arizona vacation has long been on your travel 'bucket list,' consider a guided tour of the region. Aside from the cost savings a tour can offer - up to 40 percent over DIY travel - you'll also have access to unique experiences and tours that few other travelers get to enjoy. That means you'll see all the best of the region - and more. For more information or a helpful ebrochure, visit Tauck online.

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