Welcome to the home of red rocks and canyons. There is plenty to explore in Arizona and you are sure to have your hands full. The three main places there are hostels in Arizona are in the two largest cities of Tucson and Phoenix and in the small town of Flagstaff that borders the Grand Canyon National Park. In the rest of Arizona you will only find one or two hostels per place and in fairly scattered locations. Because of this, your best bet for seeing the best of and most of Arizona would be to hire a car and use the hostels as a base to see things from.
Arizona is home to some of the most incredible National Parks in the country. On the way through, set yourself up in Tucson to explore the small cowboy town of Tombstone and the Saguero National Park, renowned for having some of the most incredible and enormous cacti in the world. They are spectacular and not to be missed.
From here make your way up to Phoenix. Take in a baseball game and see all of the sights of the city before making your way up north. The hostels in both Mesa and Tempe are also close to Phoenix so this too is also a suitable place to stop off on your way up to Flagstaff.
You will want to stay here in the Flagstaff hostels for a while to do some exploring as it is close to the south part of the Grand Canyon National Park. As one of the most incredible places on earth, take the time out to explore it properly and walk down into the canyon if your fitness allows you to get out. You can also organize helicopter tours to see it from the air.
Flagstaff is also close to the small spiritual town of Sedona, home to some of the reddest rock in the world. People say there is a vortex here and that you can feel the energy changing around the place. Even if you can't it is cool to explore and talk to the locals.
To the north east of here you will also find Monument Valley. Make sure that you don't miss Monument Valley. Take a tour through with a local Navajo guide to get a real cultural feel for the area.
Follow this route with your car and you should hit all of the major spots along the way, and maybe discover a few more missed here.
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Sabino canyon, although a 3 mile walk from the end of the bus line, is the closest (and possibly most awesome) place to hike in Tucson.
The bus station is very near the airport just west of downtown. The Amtrak however pulls up to a spitoon in the middle of a tiny Native American reserve town half-an-hour out of town. This year in Late September, it's still over 100 degrees F every day. Tempe is probably a more interesting place for 20 somethings …