Our Arizona Travel Guide
Arizona is famous for its Grand Canyon and hot low-elevation deserts. It has a humid and arid climate, so most tourists visit the state during winter and many older adults take advantage of the warm winter climate to escape the cold winters in the north. Home to a diverse population, Indian reservations take up about one-quarter of the state. Read our page to learn more about traveling to this great land.
First, a little history…
Arizona was initially part of the Mexican and Spanish territories. In 1948, after the Mexican-American War, Arizona surrendered to the United States and was officially admitted as a 48th U.S state in the year 1912. During World War II, a camp for German and Italian prisoners was established in Phoenix. The campsite was later transformed into the Phoenix Zoo. The state became especially important as the copper industry grew between 1880 and 1950.
Travel Guides for this State
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Top Arizona Attractions
Grand Canyon is number one of the top Arizona attractions and the most well-known destination in the state. The park attracts tourists all year round. The canyon was carved out by the Colorado River. Most visitors go to the South West Rim of the Grand Canyon, which offers impressive views and is more developed than other viewpoints. You can bike across the rim or visit the numerous hotels and restaurants on this side of the canyon.
Jerome is an old mining town on a mountainside above the desert floor. The town has an interesting history which can be explored in the Jerome State Historic Park and Gold King Mine Museum. Tourists from Sedona, Phoenix, Prescott, and Flagstaff often plan a day trip to Jerome. One of the town’s famous spots is the Sliding Jail, built in 1928.
Horseshoe Bend is another popular spot in Arizona where the Colorado River makes a horseshoe-shaped U-turn around a sandstone escarpment. Here, the green water of the river meets with the tan sandstone and creates an unreal view. Unfortunately, you will have to walk for almost 7 miles along a rock walkway to get to the overlook and enjoy the natural beauty.
Havasu Falls are located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation. The pools at the base of the falls are filled with bluish-green waters, providing a picturesque view. However, you cannot do any day hiking here, and visitors have to obtain a permit, pay a fee, and make reservations before their visit.
If you are fond of the Wild West, Tombstone is the place to go! Tombstone is a historic Arizona city with trolley tours, staged gunfight shows, and shooting galleries in the streets. You will also see characters walking around in their costumes, recreating the old western town that used to exist here. Visitors can also learn more about the town’s history which is preserved in the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park.
Some other notable places and attractions:
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Saguaro National Park
Petrified Forest National Park
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