Arizona derived its nickname 'The Grand Canyon State' from its #1 attraction 'The Grand Canyon National Park' which is visited by approx. 4 million tourists each year. There are about 26 more National Monuments, Parks, Historical Parks and Trails as well as National Forests.
Arizona is home to the huge Sonoran Desert in Arizona's Southwest with for example
the Saguaro Parks or Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument as part of it and as well the
amazing Petrified Forest in the northers part of the state.
There are hundreds trails for hikers and desert fans.
But the higher elevations offer great skiing expereince: around Flagstaff you'll find the Arizona Snowbowl, some miles west the Williams Ski area. Northeast of Tucson lies the Mount Lemmon Ski area inmidth of the Santa Catalina Mountain Range and further northeast the White Mountains (200 mi northeast of Phoenix) promise great skiing during winter.
Arizona has a worldwide reputation for having gorgeous golf courses and golf resorts, some of the best in the world.
Phoenix, the multi-million metropolitan city in the 'Valley of the sun', offers many cultural events, great shopping opportunities, and everything else what a visitor expects from a big city.
22 Native American reservations are located in the state and are the perfect place to learn more about southwest indian culture and heritage or to find 'original arizona' handcrafted gifts.
Accommodation-wise Arizona offers something for every taste and budget. Golf resorts, luxury hotels, all major motel chains, and as well historical inns and hotels like 'The Hassayampa' in Prescott, the 'Copper Queen Hotel' in Bisbee, the 'El Tovar' inside the Grand Canyon National Park and the 'Gadsden Grand Hotel' in Douglas. The latter one has a lounge that will leave you breathless.
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