The territory of Arizona is as ancient and huge as the Grand Canyon-the most famous attraction in the state. Arizona is a tapestry woven from a riot of colors and enchanting landscapes. The state is rich in stormy rivers, snow-capped mountains, pine forests, pristine lakes, sandy lake beaches and, of course, cacti, sun and deserts. This place simultaneously combines extreme adventures in nature and urban refined entertainment. Choose from: explore one of the many routes-from cycling among cacti to hiking on the rocky canyon trail; breathe in the coniferous air of the Alpine forest, take a breezy ride through the desert on the historic route 66 (the American “Mother of Roads”), plunge into the history of the Wild West, learn how to play golf, visit designer shops, and then arrange a spa day or wine tasting at one of the local vineyards-an unforgettable vacation in Arizona is guaranteed.
Start your journey with the Grand Canyon National Park, recognized in 1997 as one of the seven wonders of nature. South Rome Canyon, the most visited area of the park, is about a three-and-a-half-hour drive away. In one of the tourist centers or the Yavapai Geology Museum, you can learn about the unique geological history of the area and its ancient inhabitants. From the panoramic windows and viewing platforms on the territory of the Museum, you can enjoy beautiful views of the main canyon of America. For those who want to get to know the natural beauty better, experienced guides will not only organize excursions through the canyon, but also help you discover other places of wonder and admiration in the state with a trip in powerful jeeps through the desert, a peaceful rafting on the Colorado River or a horse ride in the footsteps of Indians and cowboys.
The history of Arizona is defined by Native Americans (Indians) and outstanding adventurers, seekers of easy money and adventure. Arizona is currently home to Indians from 22 Native American communities. Tourists can move around the community lands, visit museums and cultural centers run by the Indians, and purchase jewelry and art objects created by the Indians in various stores. You can combine business with pleasure at the Phoenix Heard Museum, where you can see not only the exhibits of Indian culture, but also buy handmade items of real Indians of the state: textiles, dishes, talismans and more. To explore the cowboys of the Wild West and the history of the mines of Arizona, it is worth visiting one of the ghost towns of the state, where theatrical performances, rodeos and all the entourage of that time are preserved. The roadside attractions in Arizona of old Route 66, a historic roadbed, are worth renting a car and visiting Petrified Forest National Park, with preserved petrified trees among the park’s alien landscapes, a meteorite crater about 50,000 years old, Grand Canyon caves where you can even stay overnight or have lunch, and much more.
Arizona’s big cities offer plenty of cosmopolitan entertainment. Whether you’re a connoisseur of wine and food, luxury spas, art galleries or boutiques, you’ll find it all here. Take a walk through one of the sunny vineyards with a wine tasting, of course. Book a table at one of the many restaurants in Phoenix, the largest city in the state, where you will find a menu for every mood and taste. Plan an unforgettable holiday day in Sedona – the city is well known for its wellness programs. Spend the day enjoying the Wild West-inspired exhibits at the Tucson Museum of Art. In Wickenburg, you can spend the night in a real ranch, before getting a shot of adrenaline at the rodeo. It is worth mentioning that for those who decide to try their hand at golf, as well as for amateurs, there are about 300 excellent courses with unforgettable landscapes on the horizon.
Of course, this is not all that one of the largest states in America has to offer. In order to determine in which direction you would like to move, whether it is exploring National Parks, wanting to feel in the atmosphere of the Wild West, rent a car and rush from city to city, or slow down the passage of time by watching the sunset on the terrace of your room, you just need to come to Arizona – the atmosphere and panoramas that are not familiar to the European eye, this direction will tell you.