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Arizona Vacation Ideas ~ Travel Arizona for Amazing Attractions and Scenery
Grand Canyon State
Many people equate the State of Arizona with wishing to see the Grand Canyon National Park and with good reason. After all it is still considered to be one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site. But there are so many more places of interest to see and things to do if planning a vacation trip to Arizona!
Having had the privilege of vacationing in this sixth largest state of the United States on several occasions and exploring many different areas of this southwestern locale, I can readily understand why tourism has become a major industry for Arizona's economy.
The scenery is fantastic! Everything from mountainous plateau areas to flat sandy desert lands can be found there. Come along and take a look at some of the places that you may wish to include on your bucket list if planning a visit in the future.
I have already written about many of the fascinating places to visit in Arizona in other articles. Look for them if you wish to learn more about each individual place. You will also find many photos of each locale which may have you placing them a bit higher on your wish list when planning trips to Arizona.
You might wish to bookmark this page and refer back to it or send it on to people you know who are considering a trip to the Grand Canyon State. Without further ado here are some of the enticing attractions to view in Arizona.
- Fabulous Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona Area
This is truly an amazingly beautiful canyon located between Flagstaff to the north and those spectacular red rocks of Sedona to the south.
- Amazing Colors of the Painted Desert
Arizona's painted desert is like an artist's palette filled with an array of stunning colors which can be viewed from the road or explored more closely.
- Funny Poem discovered in the Historic Territorial Prison in Yuma
My grandfather had so much fun with this little poem through the years. Learning about this prison is also interesting!
- Montezuma Castle National Monument - High Rise Living in 700 AD
Learn a bit about the Native Americans who once lived here and built this impressive lodging.
- See Photos from the Saguaro National Park near Tucson
It is so amazing to be able to drive through this national park and see these iconic cacti. Learn more about these cactus plants and other animals who call this place home.
- Spectacular Photos & Information about the Grand Canyon National Park
People from all over the world congregate here to be able to view this national wonder.
- Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden Photos
This is a wonderful park filled with cactus of all different types. Seasonal art and events make this botanical garden even more enticing to visit.
- The White Dove of the Desert - Mission San Xavier del Bac in Tucson
This beautiful church architecture rises up from the desert floor in a stunning fashion.
- Petrified Forest National Park - Must See to Believe!
Walking among these colorful pieces of petrified trees is amazing. There is no other place quite like it with such an array of them on display in one area.
- 12th Century Native American Ruins - Wupatki National Monument
Visitors can walk right up to these impressive ruins and walk around them and marvel at their construction which is now centuries old.
- Hike down to Cliff Dwelling Ruins in Scenic Walnut Canyon National Monument
This is quite a hike but worth the effort to see how Native Americans once lived in this environment.
- See Results of Old Volcanic Eruption at Sunset Crater National Monument
People are no longer allowed to climb to the top of this monument. It is an impressive site!
- History of Native American tribes living off of the lands now known as Arizona goes back some 10,000 to 12,000 years. This accounts for the many ruins built up into the sides of cliffs as well as those built on the ground that can still be visited and seen today in various parts of the state. Many of them have been preserved as national monuments.
- There are twenty-one Indian reservations in Arizona with many of the Native Americans still living on them. Approximately one quarter of Arizona's lands are comprised of reservations. These reservations were parcels of land set aside by various treaties made with the United States as westward expansion, exploration and habitation by those coming primarily from Europe took place.
- Each tribe has its own customs and hopefully their unique traditions and history will continue to be passed on so that future generations of people can learn and honor the first peoples to this land.
- The word Arizona is derived from an Indian word meaning "little spring."
- Springs, rivers and waterways in Arizona would have provided the Native Americans with not only refreshing and potable water to drink and in which to bathe but also furnished them with fish to eat and a mode of transportation on the larger bodies of water within the state. Water for their crops would also have been of paramount interest in the location of their dwellings.
- The topography of Arizona is certainly varied and ranges from a high point at Humphreys Peak in the San Francisco Peaks (the highest mountain range) located in the northern part of the state. At 12,633 feet (3,851 meters) Humphreys Peak contrasts sharply with the low point near Yuma in the Sonora Desert in the southern part of Arizona at 70 feet (21 meters) above sea level.
- Obviously the weather conditions vary depending upon what time of year one plans a visit. Overall the climate in Arizona is dry and arid. The higher elevations which generally run from the southeast to the northwest receive most of the precipitation whether it be in the form of rain or snow with the desert southwest getting only a couple of inches of rain per year.
- My husband and I have been in the largest capitol city of Phoenix during February when the days were hot and sunny and only a sweater might be needed at night. During the same time frame we drove north to Flagstaff the closest major city near the Grand Canyon only to find snow covering the ground and we experienced blustery cold weather.
- Overall the climate in Arizona is known for its mild winters and hot summers. It is for that reason that many people from northern climates escape to sunny Arizona to spend the winters. Often nicknamed "snowbirds" they also seek the warmer climates in other southern states like Florida, southern Texas, New Mexico and southern California. Of course many of these so called snowbirds end up making Arizona their permanent home once they discover the many wonders of the state.
- Speaking of sunny weather Phoenix receives more sun than most other major cities in the United States and like some other bright radiant areas people need to be cognizant of taking precautions to protect their eyes and skin. Be sure and take your sunglasses and suntan lotion when visiting these sunshiny climes.
- Arizona was the last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the Union becoming our 48th U.S. state on February 14, 1912. It is the 6th largest state by land mass and shares a long southern border with Mexico.
From the largest amount of exposed petrified wood in the world to the grandest of canyons with the mighty Colorado River which continues to scour and sculpt the sides of the Colorado Plateau to the amazing colored hues of the Painted Desert...there is so much to see and enjoy in the State of Arizona if planning a vacation there.
Be sure to take your camera! You might be lucky and capture a cactus wren which is the state bird sitting near a saguaro blossom, the state flower, on that iconic saguaro cactus that only grows in limited areas of Arizona and Mexico.
If you like to hike there are numerous areas with abundant trails in Arizona that will keep you happily engaged. Do you like river rafting? How about considering a float trip in the Grand Canyon for fun and excitement? Many man made lakes have been created by dams in the state for people who prefer boating and swimming and fishing.
For Indian lore or wild west flavor there is that and so much more to be found in Arizona. The photos shared in this post comprise just a small sampling of what there is to be discovered in this state. Enjoy your own explorations of this amazing part of the country.
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© 2012 Peggy Woods