Traveling in Arizona
I think Arizona is one of the most unique states, and best destinations in the United States. Most people might be surprised to hear this, but when you think about everything the state has to offer it makes sense. First off, Arizona is home to the Grand Canyons, one of the most impressive sights not even in the United States but the entire world. While the Grand Canyons are the most famous, there are plenty of other incredible sights such as Horseshoe Bend, the Waves, and Monument Valley. One could easily take over a week visiting all these places, but that still leaves out some of the incredible deserts to the south, ski resorts in the north, and all the unique towns in between such as Sedona or Flagstaff. Lastly the capital of Phoenix is actually the fifth largest city in America, and has lots to offer every kind of traveler.
In a state that is famous for deserts and canyons, many are surprised to know that Arizona has some reasonably sized mountains. Humprhey’s Peak is the highest of the state, rising above the San Francisco range to an altitude of 12,637 feet (3,852 meters). Humphrey’s Peak and the surrounding mountains offer excellent hiking and camping in the summer along with cooler temperatures. When winter hits, the peak offers true winter sports, from skiing at the Arizona Snow Bowl or snowshoeing and winter camping.
The “hottest” city in America, Phoenix is known for its scorching summers where temperatures have hit 122F (50C). The city is saved by the Salt river which runs through the heart of Phoenix. During the summers water sports can be taken up along the river, or people can cool off or enjoy the restaurants and night life at Tempe Beach Park. The city has one of the most unique botanical gardens featuring all types of desert flora that are difficult to see in many parts of the world.