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The Great Outdoors: Arizona
The Great Outdoors: Arizona
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Arizona’s cinema-ready canyons and deserts have long served as the backdrop for movies, including “Raising Arizona,” “Jerry Maguire” and “Thelma & Louise.” Whether it’s the sparse landscapes punctuated by red rocks or alpine forests opening to hidden lakes, the view is enchanting, sobering and demands to be noticed, but is also accessible for hiking, biking and other adventures. Take a four-wheel drive tour, stay on a houseboat at one of the magnificent lakes or skydive over the desert.

Experience the Old West by visiting the ghost towns and boom towns – shoot-out at the OK Corral reenactment, anyone? – that established it. Tour a mining museum or enjoy a Western-themed amusement park, then savor a steakhouse dinner. You’ll find the American Indian influence everywhere, from rock petroglyphs to silver and turquoise jewelry in high-end shops; that's because 22 tribes call Arizona home. Some Native American reservations, particularly Aztec and Navajo, are open to the public.

This state has no shortage of luxuries for the weary traveler. Pamper yourself with spa treatments at elegant resorts, which also offer golf courses that overlook the rustic desert landscape. Avid producers of wine, Arizona’s vineyards make for a romantic tour or site for farm-to-table dining. Not to be outdone, brew and gastropubs enliven the urban scene.

The Great Outdoors: Arizona
The Great Outdoors: Arizona
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Fun Fact

Arizona Fun Fact
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It took 6 million years for the Grand Canyon to form.

A Sierra Vista hummingbird
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Sierra Vista Convention & Visitors Bureau

More hummingbird species can be found in Sierra Vista in southern Arizona than in any other state, earning its title as "the Hummingbird Capital of the United States."

The World’s Oldest Rodeo rides again
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Arizona Office of Tourism

Prescott, Arizona, is home to the World's Oldest Rodeo, which dates to 1888.

Must see places

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, belongs on everyone’s must-see list.

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

This park situated in between Apache and Navajo counties is littered with petrified wood and other fossils and has 400 species of plants. 

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Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Star parties and full moon hikes are popular events in this park near Sedona that is named for its famous red sandstone canyon.

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Chiricahua National Monument

Chiricahua National Monument

Hike, tour or camp in this park, known as the “Wonderland of Rocks” because of the elaborate rock towers and pinnacles found throughout its environs. 

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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Some of the sandstone in this majestic park soars to 300 meters. Bring your camera to catch the austere beauty of the mesas and buttes.

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Tucson’s Dining Scene

Tucson’s Dining Scene

Get the flavor of Tucson, declared a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, when you eat your way through the city’s diverse restaurants, farmers markets and street food scene.

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Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park

You’ve seen the iconic saguaro cactus before in photos and movies, but in this preserve, you can marvel at its scale in context.

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Lake Powell

Lake Powell

This placid, deep-blue lake with 3,200 kilometers of shoreline is the perfect setting for a resort vacation or houseboat excursion.

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The White Mountains

The White Mountains

The locals go northeast, or to the “high country,” for these mountains and their surrounding lakes and rivers for camping, fishing and outdoor fun.

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Ramsey Canyon Preserve

Ramsey Canyon Preserve

Birding is the top attraction in southern Arizona, especially in the preserve and the surrounding national forest, where more than 170 species make their home.

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Hot Air Balloon flying over Asheville, North California
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