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Arizona. The Grand Canyon state may have a desert landscape but it’s a “hot” vacation destination. And we’re not only talking about the weather. From outdoor adventure to luxury resorts and spas, you will not be disappointed. Read on to find out why this Southwest vacation destination spot will captivate and beckon you to return each year.
7 Reasons Why You Should Travel to Arizona
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is one of the most recognized Seven Wonders of the World – its beauty draws millions of people each year. Take a sunrise or sunset tour of the South Rim. Sit back and relax as guides speak about the Grand Canyon’s history and geology. Located in the Visitor Center, Bright Angel Bicycles offers visitors guided bicycle tours. They also have a coffee bar with quick foods targeted toward bikers, hikers and pedestrians. To learn more about the Grand Canyon, listen to a park ranger tell you about its nature, science, history and culture.
Surrounded by saguaro-studded mountains, America’s hottest cosmopolitan city has something for everyone. From baseball spring-training to street tacos, upscale shopping and parks and preserves, Phoenix will top your destinations list. The best way to view the Sonoran Desert is from a hot-air balloon. Vacation in Phoenix and you may be tempted to move there!
From Old Town to North Scottsdale, you’ll find magic at every turn thanks to the backdrop of the Sonoran Desert. Imagine having a romantic dinner under a star-filled sky on the patio of one of the many restaurants found in Scottsdale. If you’re a fan of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, visit the legendary Arizona Biltmore, Taliesin West (his winter compound) and Arconsanti. If you like art, make sure you
check out Scottsdale’s Thursday ArtWalk from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. along Main Street and Marshall Way in downtown Scottsdale. Galleries stay open later and show the wonderful work of artists. This 40-year tradition features show openings, artist demonstrations, food, music, and more. The free Scottsdale Trolley is available until 9 p.m. Horse-drawn carriage rides are offered in the cooler months.
If you love the outdoors, an Arizona vacation is perfect for you. With multiple mountain ranges (South Mountain, Camelback, Papago Park, Pinnacle Peak and more) to hike and bike, you’ll stay fit while visiting Phoenix. Love whitewater rafting? Raft the Grand Canyon. Choose either a half day or full day guided tour. Arizona has many parks with beautiful manmade lakes. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy dining in a natural, clean environment (parks are well kept).
Resorts and Spas
Arizona has many resorts and spas. The most famous is the award-winning Miraval in Tucson. It’s a luxury spa resort dedicated to inspiring the mind, body, spirit connection. From innovative spa treatments to workshops, yoga and fitness, you’ll feel better when you leave than you did when you arrived. Another resort and spa you may want to check into is the five-star Enchantment Resort in Sedona. Nestled against the illustrious red rock, you’ll notice the shift immediately. The only challenge you’ll have is when you have to leave – you won’t want to go home.
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With over 300 golf courses to choose from such as the Arizona Grand Golf Course in Phoenix and Grayhawk (Talon) in Scottsdale, it’s no surprise that Arizona is a top golf vacation destination. Winter temperatures average 70 degrees, making Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson the perfect destinations to play golf. Arizona is paradise for golf lovers!
The Heard Museum
Founded by Dwight and Maie Heard in 1929, the Heard museum has become recognized internationally for its quality collections, festivals, and educational programs. The portrayal of American Indian People is both accurate and sensitive. Its dedication to the beauty of Native arts and cultures makes it a first-class institution that shows the stories of American Indians from a personal perspective.
Visit Arizona and You Won’t Want to Come Home
Imagine traveling to Arizona and playing a round of golf or hiking the many trails on various mountain ranges.
Instead of shoveling a foot of snow (if you travel in the winter) or being stressed out that you can’t think or see straight, you kick back and relax at a luxurious resort and spa where all of your troubles melt away.
Seem impossible? It’s not.
Contact your Travel Planners International travel agent today and book your travel to Arizona now.
by Amandah T. Blackwell, Savvy-Writer