I recently had the pleasure of going back to the Phoenix area. If you've never been, it's definitely worth a visit! During my last visit in April of 2016, I wasn't able to explore much and I promised myself I'd make it back to see more of what Arizona had to offer. While I love Houston, it doesn't have many scenic views (unless you count huge potholes as scenic). I found the mountains and the colors of the desert, especially at sunset, to be breathtaking.
We are all well aware of the Grand Canyon and all its beauty, but not too far from the Grand Canyon, you can find Antelope Canyon. It's about a 4 hour drive north of Phoenix near Page. Antelope, which lies on a Navajo reservation, is the most photographed slot canyon in the world. Once you see it for yourself you understand why.
Not far from Antelope Canyon lies Horseshoe Bend. This bend in the Colorado River is also a top attraction. Unlike Antelope, Horseshoe Bend is free and does not require a guide, so use caution when trying to get that perfect picture. There are no rails and one wrong move too close to the edge could send you plummeting to your death.
Doughnuts are always a good idea, right? I always have to find a local favorite in any city I visit. The Fractured Prune has some of the best doughnuts I've ever had. They have multiple locations around the country, but I visited the Glendale location (Check their website for other locations. http://fracturedprune.com). They offer a choice of 19 glazes and 13 toppings. You can literally make any doughnut you can think of. Their doughnuts are made fresh to order and melt in your mouth. They're addictive. You've been warned.