Arizona is one of American’s favorite vacation destinations. The state has so much to offer the traveler with stunning scenery, award winning spas, fresh delightful cuisine, and endless options for outdoor adventures. Arizona also has wonderful, sunny warm weather most of the year. This makes it the perfect place for your summer travel destination. If you need help planning your trip, read on to learn the seven reasons to put Arizona in your travel plans.
Reasons To Put Arizona in Your Travel Plans
See and Explore the Majesty of the Grand Canyon
A trip to the glorious state of Arizona would be incomplete without a visit to the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon remains of the most visited attractions in the United States, with nearly 3 million visitors in 2020. Come and see the layered bands of colorful rock that reveal millions of years of geological history. At Grand Canyon National Park there are a multitude of facilities and outdoor activities for guest enjoyment. These include camping facilities, whitewater rafting, mule trips, guided tours, biking and hiking the Trail of Time.
Experience Nature and Wildlife Sightings
Arizona is a state that is chock full of natural beauty and wildlife. In the desert regions, you will see several species of cacti, and the Arizona state flower- the saguaro. The mountain regions of the state in the north consist of green forests. If you want to learn more about the flora, fauna, and wildlife of Arizona, visit the Desert Botanical Garden or the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. As far as wildlife is concerned, sightings have included coyotes, jaguar, jackrabbits, rattlesnakes, roadrunners and many more.
Relive the Old West in Tombstone
Tombstone, Arizona has a place in the history of the American West. In Tombstone, you can walk where Old West legends like Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp once walked. In this small little community, you can watch a gunfight, and go on a guided ghost tour. Stop in for a spirit or a beer at Four Deuces Saloon and feel like a cowboy. A few special events are held year round in Tombstone including Doc Holli-Days and Showdown in Tombstone.
Pamper Yourself at a Spa or Resort
Arizona has many award winning spas and resorts throughout the state. Spa services range from beauty treatments to workshops, yoga, and fitness programs. The Miraval, located in Tucson, is a luxury spa dedicated to a connection between the mind, body, and spirit. You can also visit the five star Enchantment Resort in Sedona. This resort is where you get relax and rejuvenate with the spectacular red rocks as a backdrop.
Stay Fit on an Outdoor Adventure
Arizona is the perfect place for your outdoor adventure. Phoenix has several mountain ranges perfect for hiking and biking. You can walk over the stunning natural wonder of Devil’s Bridge located on Devil’s Bridge Trail in the Sedona Desert. Grand Canyon National Park has many outdoor activities available including whitewater rafting, hiking, camping and horseback riding.
Learn About Native American People
Learn all about the history and culture of the Native American people at The Heard Museum. The museum has 12 exhibition galleries including Behind the Mask: Indigenous Artists Speak Out and Around the World: The Heard Museum Collection, plus many more. Also featured at the museum are a contemporary art gallery, a café, and trading post style shopping. The Heard Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Dine on Spectacular Cuisine
The delicious multicultural cuisine in Arizona is worth a visit to the state. Arizona has many influences on its culinary culture that comes from South and Midwest America, Indigenous people, and the early Mexican settlers. Local food in Arizona consists of burritos, chimichangas, Navajo tacos, and menudo, a tripe soup that you can usually only find on Sundays in local eateries. Cocina Madrigal in Phoenix serves delicious salmon and shrimp tacos. Due to the Mexican influence in Arizona, Margaritas are the preferred cocktail to accompany this spectacular southwestern fare.
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