Arizona is known worldwide as “The Great Canyon State.” The Grand Canyon is a colossal and spectacular manifestation of Mother Nature. The Grand Canyon is a giant gorge carved by the Colorado river for millions of years. It is about 300 kilometers long, almost 18 miles wide, and in some parts close to a mile deep. This reveals deep abyss of billions of years of geological history at a glance. It is a wonderful place for road trips, hiking and rafting.
Beauty of Nature
Arizona boasts of twenty state parks, and 6 spectacular National Parks mentioned below.
- Tonto National Forest
- Coconino National Forest
- Prescott National Forest
- Coronado National Forest
- Kaibab National Forest
All these parks are ideal for camping, hiking, observation of nature and fishing for the whole family. Some of these parks, even have archeological significance and are ideal for a fun learning experience for both young and old.
As its name implies, the Painted Desert is a vast area of desert land painted in all shades of fantasy ranging from lavender and gray to orange and pink. Millions of years of erosiveness under the Arizona sunlight, volcanic eruptions. Techniques and earthquakes have transformed ordinary clay and sandstone in the fantastic creation retained today as the Painted Desert. Spanish settlers, mesmerized by the beauty of the land, called it The Painted Desert. Here you can take a trip through the desert through if you are of the adventurous type, a hike through the wilderness of the land, to discover its beauty with
your own eyes. Do not miss the sunset because that is when the desert of Arizona has the most spectacular colors, bathed by by the burning rays of the sun.
The Petrified Forest
Bordering the Arizona desert, east of Winslow, Petrified Forest has its origin a few hundred millions of years ago, it was a place of rich forest land, but an volcanic eruption destroyed its unique trees and petrified the forest. Today we can observe and learn about millions of years of our planet’s history through the study of fossilized plants. It is also a great hiking and camping spot. Visitors have the option to explore the area on horseback, llama, mule or donkey.
Arizona’s West Coast
The calm waters of the Colorado river and lakes of western Arizona create the perfect place for sports like swimming, boating and many more. It is an area full of interesting museums, natural attractions and wildlife, while it is home to a friendly community as well.
The state of Arizona has the highest portion of land allocated to Native American tribes in the United States. Therefore, Arizona provides the location to experience the culture and tribal art. You can even book a stay in an indigenous reserve and spend a few days in the heart of the rich tribal culture.
However, there are certain things you should be careful with when visiting a tribal community. You must remember to respect their customs and beliefs. Be careful when taking photographs and always remember to get permission before doing so. If you’re going to see any tribal dances, remember they are religious ceremonies, and therefore, dress and behave properly. Clapping after these tribal dances is considered a lack of respect!
Yes, there is a London Bridge in Lake Havasu City, Arizona! It was initially placed on the River Thames in London, Great Britain, later they dismantled in 1967 and rebuilt in Lake Havasu City. It is of great architectonic value as well as of the historical importance.