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Arizona - The Grand Canyon State

  • Arizona
    Arizona - Bustling city or silent mountains? Warm desert or snowy peaks? In Arizona, the choice is yours – and nowhere else will you find so much to choose from. With five distinct regions, dozens of national and state parks – including the Grand Canyon – and hundreds of towns and cities, Arizona’s landscape is as diverse as it is beautiful. Take a sunrise hike amid awe-inspiring scenery. Tour thousand-year-old ruins. Spy a rare hummingbird along a tranquil riverside. Or simply soak up some sunshine. There’s no shortage of things to do in Arizona.

Arizona City Highlights

  • Phoenix Arizona
    Phoenix is lying on the periphery of the Sonoran Desert, home of the native saguaro cactus, the Valley of the Sun's natural landscape can be harsh and unforgiving. Yet it's also hauntingly beautiful, with expanses of exotic desert vegetation, breathtaking mountains and bright rock mesas in shades of orange, red and yellow. Palm and citrus trees thrive on golf courses, fuchsia bougainvillea blooms on mailboxes and walls of pink oleander line the roads. You'll find a vivacious, lively arts scene in metropolitan Phoenix. Visit the Heard Museum for its renowned Native American exhibits or inspect masterpieces at the Phoenix Museum of Art. Enjoy a symphony or catch a Broadway show at the city's world-class venues.
  • Scottsdale Arizona
    Scottsdale The magic of Scottsdale begins with it's setting in the heart of the lush Sonoran Desert. Here, indigo skies beckon you out of doors to explore pristine desert trails, rivers and mountains. Championship golf courses stand by to challenge your skills on artful layouts that wind around mammoth boulders and towering saguaros. Local spas tap into ancient Native American healing techniques to soothe your body and soul. And a vibrant downtown tempts you with world-class shopping, fine art galleries, renowned restaurants and high-energy nightlife.
  • Tempe Arizona
    Tempe Tempe, Arizona is packed with history, culture, shopping, dining, nightlife, sports and special events. Treat yourself to an ASU football game, go on a shopping spree at Arizona Mills, Tempe Marketplace or the largest IKEA on the West Coast, kayak on Tempe Town Lake, enjoy a Broadway performance at ASU Gammage hike in the picturesque Papago Park or simply lounge by the pool. Browse our Tempe information so you can plan your trip around one of our fun-filled annual events such as the Tempe Festival of the Arts or the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon. Tempe, Arizona is conveniently located just 10 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, in the middle of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Arizona State Facts

State Name:
Arizona
Nickname:
The Grand Canyon State
Abbreviation:
AZ
State Online:
Name Origin:
Based on Spanish interpretation of "arizuma," an Aztec Indian word meaning "silver-bearing;" and Pima Indian word "arizonac" for "little spring place"
Capital City:
Phoenix
Statehood:
2/14/1912 12:00:00 AM
State Bird:
Cactus Wren
State Flower:
Saguaro Blossom
State Motto:
Ditat Deus / God enriches
State Song:
Arizona
State Size:
Total: 114006 sq.mi., Land: 113642 sq.mi., Water: 364 sq.mi.
Population:
5130632