A man explores a slot canyon at Waterholes Canyon
Nankoweap hiking trail on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park
Casitas at Enchantment Resort in Sedona
Saguaro cactus and the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson
The sun illuminating the capital city of Phoenix
Hopi Building at Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff
Guided horseback riding in the Sonoran Desert near Phoenix
Picturesque evening at the historic London Bridge in Lake Havasu City
- Major Airports:
- Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX)
- The Grand Canyon State
Home of the Grand Canyon and Sonora Desert
Arizona’s cinema-ready canyons and deserts have long served as the backdrop for such movies as “Raising Arizona”, “Jerry Maguire” and “Thelma & Louise.” Whether it’s the spare landscapes punctuated by red rocks or alpine forests opening to hidden lakes, the view is enchanting, sobering and demands to be noticed, but also accessible for hiking, biking and other adventures. Take a jeep tour or houseboat on one of the magnificent lakes or skydive over the desert.
Experience the Old West by visiting the ghost towns and boomtowns (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. 22 tribes call Arizona home, and some Native American reservations (particularly Aztec and Navajo) are open to the public. You’ll find the American Indian influence everywhere, from rock petroglyphs to silver and turquoise jewelry in high-end shops.
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.