You can forget about a pricey plane ticket to Australia and opt for a secret walkabout right in the Grand Canyon State! Boyce Thompson Arboretum in Arizona features stunning gardens that'll whisk you to another country. And it's all without the airfare.

Just about a one hour drive from Phoenix, Boyce Thompson Arboretum (BTA) boasts a massive and diverse display of arid land plants.

You can plan a trip here most days of the week and explore the three miles of trails, and 3,900 different plant species. 

A $15 general admission ticket will let you stay all day long until closing. It looks like your weekend is set. 

According to BTA, there's a eucalyptus forest with swagman's camp, labyrinths, and more on display that'll transport you to a whimsical land. 

Pack a picnic, your favorite safari hat, and you've got yourself a day full of "jungle" adventures. 

Narcity has visited here before and recommends that you arrive early. You'll be in awe that this magical spot is right in the middle of the desert. 

During summer, cacti blooms come alive, and in the fall, you'll experience real autumn with some leaves bursting with color.

And if your BFF is busy, you can bring along your pupper for some company. They are allowed on trails as long as they're on a leash.

Just watch your step, though. It's possible to see a variety of wildlife such as snakes and birds. During Narcity's trip here, beautiful red cardinals were seen frolicking in the brush!

Whether you're looking to go on an extraordinary trip or need some R&R in nature, this hidden gem is one for the books. 

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Price: $15

Address: 37615 E. Arboretum Wy., Superior, AZ

Why You Need To Go: You can explore the enchanting arboretum and be transported to another place. 


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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