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The Grand Canyon State! ™

In Arizona, the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World exists among lush desert landscapes, crystal-clear waters and breathtaking mountain peaks. From small communities to one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, Arizona offers travelers unique experiences packed with hospitality, adventure, and stunning sights.

The State of Arizona is the southwestern region of the United States of America. The capital and largest city is Phoenix.

Arizona is best known for its desert landscape. It is also known for its climate, which presents exceptionally hot summers and mild winters.

Think of Arizona as America's natural "amusement park," where family fun and adventure await in every corner of the state. Add an engaging selection of Old West towns, dude ranches, mines, man-made lakes, railroads and other diversions, and the result is a family vacation like no other.

Families on vacation can also enjoy Arizona's plentiful water activities, with Lake Powell's 2,000 miles of shoreline in the northern part of the state and the two-mile Tempe Town Lake, where motorized and non-motorized watercraft cruise the formerly dry riverbed between Tempe and Phoenix.

Children of all ages can stand in four states at one time at Four Corners Monument on the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona. As one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is a mile-deep gorge that stretches for 277 miles across Northern Arizona and is packed with exciting activities. Zoos and wildlife parks offer exotic habitats, unique viewing opportunities and special events. A host of unusual museums also dots the state, including the hands-on Arizona Science Center, the Hall of Flame Fire Museum and the Pima Air and Space Museum, to name a few.

In Southern Arizona, a visit to a dude ranch brings out the inner cowboy in guests of all ages and winter guests can have a grand adventure in any one of Arizona's frosty ski areas.

Arizona is blessed with abundant sunshine and spectacular natural beauty. But many residents already know how to enjoy one of the best attractions in the Grand Canyon State – the food. Cuisine of every kind, much of it by award-winning chefs, can be found in every corner of the state. If you’ve never experienced authentic Native American or Mexican food, you will not be disappointed in what Arizona offers. Food selections are so diverse and unique that the only thing you might need to worry about is your waistline!

Arizona’s rich and storied landscape is a treasure for intrepid travelers. Genuine timeless discoveries and off-the-beaten-path experiences await around every corner. From Native American ruins to fossils 225 million years old, Arizona is a destination that preserves its heritage while carving a unique niche in the present.

Arizona is an official signatory of the National Geographic Geotourism Charter.

The state is blessed with bright sunshine and fantastic weather year-round, and you'll find endless places to fish, sail, swim, stroll, tramp, run, pedal, paddle – and even just sit and be amazed. You can climb into the sky by balloon or hang-glider, explore the dark depths of great caves, raft whitewater rivers and put miles between you and civilization on the back of a trustworthy horse. You can get a close-up view of plants and animals in the wild, or at the state's many zoos, parks and botanical gardens.  

If you need a little indulgence and pampering, you couldn't choose a better vacation spot than the Grand Canyon State. Arizona is home to luxurious spas that have been named some of the world's best by Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat.

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