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Arizona is the 48th state in USA, having achieved statehood on February 14th, 1912. The state of Arizona is known for the desert climate, meaning hot summers and mild winters. Northern Arizona has mountains, and forests, as well as deep canyons and ski resorts. Apart from the Grand Canyon, there are numerous national forests and parks, many of them with monuments to see.
One quarter of the state is Indian reservation land, housing the 27 tribes of Native Americans. The largest tribe is the Navajo Nation, with a citizenship of over 300,000 people.
The population of Arizona boomed after the introduction of refrigeration soon after WWII, and it is now the sixth largest state in area.
Many people believe that the name comes from a Basque word meaning ‘place of oaks’, while the Papago Tribe translates it as ‘place of the little spring’. Whichever translation you adopt, the state will amaze you with some of the sights and places of interest to explore.
Lake Powell has its shores on both Arizona and Utah. It is regarded as a great holiday resort, which is visited by over 2 million people every year.
The lake is very popular for water sports enthusiasts, so if you enjoy any water activities then this should be on your list of things to do.
You will find that the water is warm, the days are sunny and not too hot, and the scenery is spectacular. You can rent a houseboat, camp where you please, park an RV, or book into a guest house. Guided tours are available, and you should book them in advance.
This is an ideal spot for a family holiday. Plan to spend a few days there. Unwind, enjoy the area!
This houses a zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, art gallery, and natural history museum. You will find it west of Tucson.
The museum holds over 230 species of animal, and 1,200 different types of plants.
The museum prides itself on being open every day of the year, and is very popular with tourists who come from afar to visit.
Allow yourself a full day here, as there is a lot to see. You may even need to come back a second day.
This was the first wave pool in the USA, and you will find the waterpark in Tempe.
If you have always wanted to learn to surf, then this is the place to go. Lessons are held early in the morning, before the park opens to the public, and again between 5-6pm. You need to book your lessons in advance.
Spend a day here, have a lesson then ride the waves for the afternoon.
You can get food and refreshments, or bring your own with you.
This amusement park is in the middle of Encanto Park, Phoenix. It has nine rides and many different attractions.
It used to be called Kiddieland, but the name was changed when it closed for remodelling in 1986.
The train ride is a copy of the original C.P. Huntington train, while the carousel is the oldest working one in the USA, being brought into service in 1948.
Children will insist that you stay the whole day, and you can get snacks and drinks while you are there, so allow a full day here.
You can follow the original apache trail where the stagecoaches used to run through the Superstition Mountains. It starts at Apache Junction, near Phoenix.
Most of the trail in gravel road and can be quite winding through the desert mountains. You will pass Canyon Lake, and Apache Lake.
If you plan to do this trail, then choose a suitable car, as it is not suitable for SUV’s or large RV’s. If you rent a motor home, make sure that the company allows you to do the trail. The roads are narrow, with steep drop offs, and very few barriers.
You will be rewarded by some spectacular scenery along the way.