The state of Arizona is located in the southwestern United States. The southern half of the state is mostly desert, giving it a hot and dry climate. The northern part of the state is far more varied and the weather can vary from town to town.
Arizona has a reputation for being rather rough and ready thanks to its pioneer history and its heavy American Indian culture. It also has so many spectacular natural canyons, valleys and mountains as well as rivers that are perfect for white water rafting. However, the cities in Arizona have a wide variety of arts and entertainment for those who are looking for a more urban vacation.
No matter what your tastes, Arizona is going to have what you are looking for in a vacation destination, so do a little research and discover just what Arizona has to offer you!
Key Facts About Arizona
- Location – Southwestern United States
- Time – UTC -0:700 (no DST)
- Climate – Due to its large land area and various elevations, climates vary in Arizona and may be localized according to area. Overall weather is mild compared to the rest of the US. Though there are stretches of mountain areas as well as desert areas that may be hotter or colder than average.
- Size -113, 990 square miles
- Capitol – Phoenix
- Religion – There is no state religion in Arizona. As in the rest of the United States, Christianity is the most popular. But there are plenty of other religions represented as well, including Native American beliefs.
- Currency – United States Dollar
- Safety – Arizona is considered to be a very safe travel destination thanks to its up to date infrastructure. It is, however, a conceal carry state which means that anyone you meet may be carrying a gun. They are not required to have a concealed carry permit as long as they are over 21 years of age.
Things To Do In Arizona
The Grand Canyon – The Grand Canyon is the largest canyon in the United States. Its steep multi-layered sides were carved out by the Colorado River that runs along the bottom of the gorge.
The Barringer Meteor Crater – this crater was created by the crash of a meteor. Located 25 miles west of Winslow, this crater is nearly a mile across and over 570 feet deep.
Navajo Nation – the reservation of the Navajo Nation is home to the tribe and very much worth a visit. Many of the traditional crafts are still practiced here and sold for the tourists.
Hopi Nation – Arizona is also home to the Hopi Nation. The reservation preserves many of the ancient traditions and is definitely an interesting place to visit.
Saguaro Nation Park – this park, located east of Tucson, is home to some of the largest and most spectacular Saguaro Cactuses known to man.
Monument Valley – this spectacular valley is home to some of the most scenic rock formations in the world. You can hike or drive through it fairly easily. Just make sure to bring your camera!
Phoenix – Phoenix Arizona (or Valley of the Sun) is known as one of the most outdoor friendly locations in the US. The warm weather lasts all year and encourages lots of out of door activities. You can find dozens of things to do in the city no matter what your tastes in activities.
Four Corners – Four Corners is the only place in the United States where four states intersect. You can literally stand in four separate states (Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah) all at the same time.