As well as the big attractions of Arizona, including the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, the state is also the heart of the old Wild West. These days you’re more likely to travel by car than horseback but the rugged desert landscape and endless skies remain the same as they’ve always been.
Arizona is a year-round destination, blessed with a warm climate that’s very consistent throughout the year.
Tourism in the state tends to center on different parts of the state at different times of year. The high season in Phoenix, Tucson and other desert areas runs from October through to May, with hotel rates peaking in January to April. Meanwhile, the Grand Canyon is very busy during the summer vacation season.
Spring and fall are popular, due to the slightly warmer weather in the mountains and cooler desert temperatures. It’s also a good idea to see the Grand Canyon outside of the busy tourist periods, and there are wildflowers in spring that really add some color to the landscape.
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The biggest airport in the state is Phoenix Sky Harbor International. More than 44 million people take off and land here each year. It’s among the largest commercial airports in the US, and a major hub for American Airlines. The airport is connected to the city by the Valley Metro bus routes and Metro light rail service.
Other major airports in the state include Tucson International and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway. Although substantially smaller than Sky Harbor, both handle more than a million passengers a year, with flights to destinations across the US and internationally.
Most of the major US airlines and some regional carriers offer low-cost flights to Arizona’s airports.
As with most western states, the easiest way to get around is by car, and Arizona is certainly a great state for a road trip. With limited state-wide public transport, rent a car at the airport on arrival and Arizona is laid out in front of you. Nearly all the main tourist destinations are accessible by road. Interstate 17 connects Phoenix and Flagstaff, passing near the Grand Canyon and Sedona. You can also drive the Apache Trail through the Sonoran Desert.
Within the major cities like Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff, public transport options are more readily available although they are still heavily car oriented. The light rail service is an option in Phoenix, and Tucson has an extensive metropolitan bus system.
No visit to Arizona is complete without taking in the majestic Grand Canyon. This Unesco World Heritage Site is one of the most spectacular and recognizable tourist attractions in the world. Over a mile deep in places, it simply defies description.
Perhaps the ultimate example of the classic Western landscape, you’ve probably seen Monument Valley countless times on screen. Seeing it in all its rugged glory is another experience altogether, especially if you accompany your visit with a tour from a Navajo guide.
Red rock canyons and a thriving arts community make Sedona one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in Arizona. With regular film, arts and jazz festivals, there’s always something going on and it offers a great base for hiking, mountain biking or off roading trips.
Arizona spans two time zones. For the most part, the state runs on Mountain Standard Time but some Navajo areas also observe Daylight Savings Time and Mountain Daylight Time.
A large portion of Arizona is desert: if you are planning on hiking then follow the guidelines, take plenty of water and let someone know where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
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