Meteor Crater in Arizona is a road-side attraction worth your time.
When researching things to do in Arizona, a certain canyon is all the hype. And don’t get me wrong, I love The Grand Canyon. When I was planning our giant cross-country road trip in 2013 I made sure we stayed in Flagstaff 2 nights just to make certain we got a good look at it.
Yet somehow in all my research, Meteor Crater didn’t pop up on my radar once. Instead, we found it the old fashioned way, following signs off the highway.
Nearly a mile wide, two miles around, and more than 500 feet deep, it’s a lot to take in all at once. It’s also hard to take a picture of all at once! A panoramic photograph is your best bet.
There’s a nice museum inside for your scientific, nerdy side. There’s also a short video that talks about the crater. And a lovely giftshop where you’re sure to lose a few bucks.
But, obviously, the best part is when they finally let you outside to explore the lookout points.
Like the canyon, pictures really don’t do it justice. You can find some cool aerial shots online but they don’t give you the proper perspective on just how big this thing is.
Now, the bad news. The admission is steep. Especially for a large family. So if someone holds a gun to your wallet and forces you to choose between the crater and the canyon, well, choose the canyon.
But if you have the time and the resources, don’t miss the chance to see this natural wonder. It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
And your kids are likely to be much more impressed with it than with the famous canyon. And the small museum gives them a better chance to get hands on. It can be quite the educational pit stop.
Have you ever accidentally found a cool roadside attraction?
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