Arizona. The Grand Canyon State

arizona the grand canyon state
Exploring your options has never been so fun.

Free in spirit and wild in character, Arizona is a wonderland all its own. With luxurious spas, trendy galleries and a thrilling landscape, it’s the perfect place to get away. Set your own pace for adventure as you relax with a mud wrap at a five-diamond resort, hike the wildflower-laden trails of the Superstition Mountains, or dine al fresco as the sun sets over the Sonoran Desert. With options as sweeping and diverse as its terrain, Arizona is primed for all kinds of discoveries. What adventures await you here? You’ll just have to visit to find out.

Enjoy the view

With a terrain that takes on all shapes and forms, Arizona boasts incredible scenery and adventures to follow suit. Wake up in Phoenix and start your day by climbing Camelback Mountain, which draws thousands of hikers every year. Towering 1,400 feet, this mountain features the unmistakable shape of a camel’s hump.

Nature’s bounty stretches across the state. Venture to Tucson and explore Saguaro National Park, an enchanting preserve filled with majestic cacti and exotic plant life. With 165 miles of hiking trails to take you through, there are many ways to enjoy viewing these sub-tropical giants and the exquisite habitats they encompass.

Savor every moment

Arizona is the ideal place to work up an appetite. Dine at award-winning LON’S at the Hermosa Inn Phoenix, hacienda atmosphere with a warmth that only complements the sizzling specialties. Here, chefs use bold flavors and compelling combinations for a contemporary take on classic dishes.

There are plenty of ways to soothe your appetite throughout Arizona. And although “delicious” isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word “Asylum,” the ghost town of Jerome will make you a believer. Part of the Jerome Grand Hotel, The Asylum provides some of the finest dining and wine tasting choices in the state. Situated high atop a mountain overlooking the sprawling landscape of Jerome, The Asylum will also have you crazy for the views.

Embrace new cultures

With cosmopolitan diversity and deep Native American roots, Arizona’s arts and culture scene is one of the most dynamic in the world. Visit Phoenix and tour the Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art. The mission of this museum is to educate the public about the heritage, cultures and arts of Native Americans, with an emphasis on the Southwest. Venture outside the city boundaries and into Scottsdale, where you’ll find the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). A unique and vital cultural resource for the Southwest, SMoCa is devoted to featuring the art, architecture and design of our time.

Venture north toward the Colorado Plateau and tour the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) to explore an entirely different way of life. Through art, music and performances, the MNA provides insight into the Hopi, Navajo, Zuni and Hispanic cultures living on the Colorado Plateau and within the Four Corners region. Festivals and presentations are also held year-round to help guests learn about the legacy of the surrounding land.

Prepare for adventure

Whether you prefer emerald fairways or verdant forests, there are countless ways to explore Arizona. Get your cosmopolitan fix in Phoenix, then see where the day takes you. From hidden mountain trails to Jeep tours, from sparkling lakes to sparkling wine, you’ll find the greatest element of our bountiful landscape is that of surprise. You may not know what to expect, but do prepare to be wowed.

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