Arizona is an incredible mix of desert and mountains, the 6th largest state of the United States gained its statehood on this day in 1912. To celebrate, we look at what you can do in Arizona.
Frankly, there is so much to do that you could literally get lost within its borders for days if not weeks and still not see all of it. Arizona is the 48th state of the Union and was part of California initially and in the 1800s was part of Mexico. In 1848 Mexico ceded the territory to the United States.
Now, Arizona is a hot spot for U.S. and international travelers alike as it is home to some of the most photographed spots in the entire world. We start our journey with the most obvious. The Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon National Park is a top-two U.S. national park destination. The canyon walls can be seen from space and as the sun moves across the sky each day, the canyon walls change colors as the light hits at different angles. Of course, the draw here is the massive swathe of canyons carved out by centuries of rain and river flow.
You could spend a week at the Grand Canyon but you also want to take in more. The red mountains in Sedona rise off the valley floor and offer biking and hiking trails for every level of experience. Then along the northern border of the state, Monument Valley offers towering buttes and spires along the desert landscape.
Just outside of Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam is one of the more visited sites in Arizona and boasts the largest manmade lake in the country. The dam sits on the Colorado River and has a visitors center. You can also tour the dam.
If water is your thing, then a trip to the Glen Canyon National Recreation area is your must-see stop. The impressive Lake Powell shows off its beautiful blue water among the ragged rock croppings.
Havasu Falls is one of the most photographed waterfalls in all of Arizona and is located on the Havasu Indian Reservation. You will need a permit and a reservation to visit the blue-green falls.
For more, check out Planetware.com and their list of exceptionally awesome stops to make in Arizona!