Arizona is home to the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon, crazy desert wildlife, and very hot summers.
If you’re from awesome Arizona, the memory card of your camera is probably full of pictures we could have used for this article! For those of you who are a little rusty, here are ten photos to remind you why Arizona is the absolute best!
This one is Arizona’s biggest claim to fame. People from all across the world travel to see this massive canyon that has been in the works for seventeen million years now. Extending nearly 300 miles long, eighteen miles wide, and a whole mile deep, it’s understandable why this attraction draws people to the great state of Arizona. People may come to see this breathtaking geological masterpiece, but they will soon learn that Arizona has a whole lot more to offer.
The Grand Canyon aside, Arizona has an incredible knack for creating awesome geological vistas. The list goes on and on: Antelope Canyon (both upper and lower, of course), the Superstition Mountains, the red rocks of Sedona… No matter where you turn, a breathtaking vista, often created millions of years ago by violent forces, is within view. Pictured above is the famous Monument Valley. Only in Arizona do you find towering masses of sandstone and shale that look suspiciously like a left and right mitten?
Its a pretty well-known fact that, if sunsets are your jam, Arizona is the place to be. From deep in the desert, to the heart of the city, no matter where you travel, you’re bound to get a show. Each evening, the sky turns into a work of art, awash with vibrant pinks, reds, and purples. The clouds seem to assume never-before-seen shapes. Wherever you are in Arizona, when evening starts to fall, keep an eye on the sky and a camera handy, because you’re sure to be in for a treat.
In terms of cacti, saguaros are arguably the coolest. What other cactus can you name that very slowly grows to be over seventy feet tall? And by very slowly, we’re talking like at least 150 years. Holy lifespan! As they age, saguaros grow arms that bend upward, sometimes as many as twenty five over the course of their lifetime. If they’re well hydrated, they can weigh more than two tons! All in all, they’re the biggest cactus in the United States, and you can generally only find them in the Sonoran desert of Arizona and Mexico.
Saguaros are pretty neat, but they’re far from all that Arizona has to offer. It’s a common misconception that nothing grows in Arizona because of the desert landscape. In fact, a ton of things grow in Arizona! The types of cacti are nearly endless: barrel, hedgehog, pickly pear, yucca… we could go on for days. And wildflowers are hardly rare either. Poppies, lilies, and daisies abound. Other plants you can find include Joshua trees, Juniper, and Creosote bushes, just to name a few. You’re never far from something blooming and beautiful in this state.
Just as plenty of plants call Arizona home, so too, do plenty of animals. These cute little guys are one among many! They’re sometimes called javelinas, peccarys or skunk pigs, and they’re a mammal that loves living in desert environments. From smaller animals like prairie dogs and jackrabbits, to bigger animals like coyotes and bighorn sheep, Arizona is the perfect habitat for all types of wildlife. The desert provides a home for unique animals as well. Both horned toads and gila monsters reside in this state!
You won’t have to constantly check the weather here, because the sunshine in Arizona is no joke. In fact, the majority of the days in this state are sunny ones. Some cities in Arizona average as many as 300 sunny days per year. With that much Vitamin D, it’s no wonder Arizonians are so happy.
For those of you who love a good storm, don’t despair and count Arizona out. Though there are many sunny days to be had in this state, Arizona can certainly put on a show with a good storm, too. Especially during monsoon season, you’ll have at least a few occasions to set up camp indoors and listen to the calming sound of the pounding rain, or watch the incredible lightning show out the window.
Some people are simply stunned when you inform them that it snows plenty in some regions of Arizona. They will stare at you, puzzled, picturing the hot desert vistas of southern Arizona, while you insist that Arizona is capable of laying down some serious white stuff. For example, Flagstaff is home of the famous Snowbowl, where people who enjoy snow sports flock to enjoy not only fresh powder, but also breathtaking views. The Mount Lemmon ski valley, north of Tucson, is another popular spot. Arizona really does have it all!
Unlike some states, where people go to see a single city, Arizona is interesting all around. Phoenix, Tucson, Scottsdale, Tempe, Yuma, Glendale… the list goes on an on. No matter what city you choose to visit, you’re sure to find a gorgeous skyline, streets bustling with things to do and see, and a population filled with diverse culture. When visiting Arizona, you simply can’t go wrong. Why not check out all of the cities this state has to offer? You never know which one might become your new favorite!