|Arizona is a state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states. It is the sixth largest and the 14th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix. Arizona shares the Four Corners region with Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico; its other neighboring states are Nevada and California to the west and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California to the south and southwest.
Arizona is the 48th state and last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the Union, achieving statehood on February 14, 1912, coinciding with Valentine’s Day. Historically part of the territory of Alta California in New Spain, it became part of independent Mexico in 1821. After being defeated in the Mexican–American War, Mexico ceded much of this territory to the United States in 1848. The southernmost portion of the state was acquired in 1853 through the Gadsden Purchase.
Southern Arizona is known for its desert climate, with very hot summers and mild winters. Northern Arizona features forests of pine, Douglas fir, and spruce trees; the Colorado Plateau; some mountain ranges (such as the San Francisco Mountains); as well as large, deep canyons, with much more moderate summer temperatures and significant winter snowfalls. There are ski resorts in the areas of Flagstaff, Alpine, and Tucson. In addition to the Grand Canyon National Park, there are several national forests, national parks, and national monuments.
Situated on the famous Route 66 Flagstaff is a great little mountain town with some very cute shops and a good selection of places to eat. It is also a great base for a couple of days. From here you can easily get to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in about 90 minutes. Close to Flagstaff there are a couple of other attractions that we think are worth checking out.Read more
A visit to Montezuma Castle, an ancient cliff dwelling south of Sedona. This five storey cliff dwelling was built by the Sinaquas, an Ancient Indian Tribe about 700 years ago, which they later abandoned in around 1400Read more
On our road trip through Arizona we has heard about a place called Arcosanti which piqued our interest. Set in a desert landscape 90 miles north of Phoenix this social experiment was conceived to address the concerns of its architect Paolo Soleri about how unsustainable the way we live is into the future.Read more
On our road trip across Arizona we called into the amazing Petrified Forest National Park, a journey back into the primordial past . As we traveled on the weather forced us to make a stop, which gave us the chance to visit Meteor Crater, the landing site of a car sized meteor and the massive indentation it made in the Earth.Read more
I had grown up watching John Wayne movies with my parents and loved them. When planning a road trip across the western States of the US I simply had to put Monument Valley on the schedule.Read more
Carved by the fast rising waters of flash floods Antelope Canyon’s sandstone walls are an amazing contusion of colours and shapes. Definitely worth the excursion.Read more