The Grand Canyon State, full of open spaces and grand vistas, Arizona pulls visitors in and forces them to look at the extensive painting that is nature. When looking for great rooms in Arizona hotels, visitors should keep this in mind and look for the spaces between the cities. Yet the cities are centers of culture and vibrant human life as well. From the nature of the Grand Canyon and the Colossal Caves to the bright lights and busy streets of Phoenix, tourists in Arizona have their work cut out for them trying to see everything in one trip.
The various regions of Arizona range in climate from desert to high mountain regions. In winter, a visitor can drive from downtown Phoenix, with its sunshine and warm weather to Flagstaff where he can ski down the slopes on snow that is just perfect for sports. The center of Tucson and Phoenix are havens for culture, museums and fun. A visitor to Tucson shouldn't miss the Intimate Illusion Show, returning close-up parlor magic to local audiences. Phoenix has the world-class Museum of Musical Instruments and the Desert Botanical garden. A visitor can also find his way out to the desert to visit the Saguaro National Park. In all of these cities, and out in the desert and mountain regions, Arizona hotels are waiting to warm the heart of the explorer. Guests can stay at luxury resort hotels in Arizona like the Arizona Biltmore Hotel and Spa and be pampered in the desert atmosphere in Phoenix. Or they may find more happiness in a smaller, budget hotel in Flagstaff like the pet-friendly Hotel Aspen Inn Suites, within walking distance of the historic town center. Whatever the budget or the amenities needed, one of the hotels in Arizona is sure to fit.
All of the main cities in Arizona have their own convention centers. The Phoenix Convention Center is one of the largest, with events ranging from tattoo conventions to conventions of forensic identification professionals.
Traditional regional food in Arizona includes the Native American staples such as Papago (Indian) fry bread and Nopales. Scottsdale has food-related walking tours that include history of the area, fine wines and distinctive food.
The Grand Canyon is always the first thing people think of when thinking of Arizona. Visitors can become as adventurous as they like at this National Park, from riding a burro down the side of the canyon to just looking over the edge at the grand vistas.
From boutiques selling "Made in Arizona" treats and gifts, to the classic western trading post, to the modern outlet mall, shopping in Arizona is fun and diverse. For one of the best real native experiences, visitors to the Navaho Nation are able to visit and shop at the historic Hubble Trading Post.
Arizona is home to many national sports teams, including the Cardinals football team, and Phoenix Suns basketball. The Cardinals play at the University of Phoenix stadium.