Arizona

A holiday to Arizona is many things – warm weather, incredible natural sights and cultural gems around every corner. From the geological wonders of Sedona to the museums of Phoenix and everything in between, Arizona has got enough to keep every kind of traveller busy from morning till night. Starting with the number one landmark, the Grand Canyon. This world-famous formation spans over a mile deep, with the Colorado River running through it. You can visit the top for impressive photo opportunities, get even closer with a kayaking trip or hike along the river’s edge, or even book yourself a helicopter excursion over this incredible natural formation. For something a little different, take the whole family on the Grand Canyon Railway.

This old fashioned steam train takes you through the beautiful Arizona countryside, eventually stopping at the famous Grand Canyon viewing spot. If there’s one thing Arizona isn’t short on, it’s incredible geological formations, and Sedona is the place to head if you’re up for hiking around some of these fascinating landmarks. You’ve got the photo-friendly Antelope Canyon in Page, which you’ll instantly recognise from its beautiful rays of light shining down through the rocks, or the epic curve of Horseshoe Bend. If that’s not enough, Sedona is home to Cathedral Rock, the Sedona Bell Rock, the Red Rock Scenic Byway, the mysterious Chapel of the Holy Cross, and fantastic hiking trails like Broken Arrow Trail and Devil's Bridge Trail.

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If it’s getting a little warm for the great outdoors – and it will at average midday summer temperatures of 40°C – head to the museums of Arizona. The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix is world-famous for its extensive collection of international instruments, or the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson is fantastic for getting up close with air force planes and even rockets. If that’s still not cool enough for you, head to Phoenix for a splashing good time at a waterpark.

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There’s Oasis Water Park, Wet 'n' Wild or Big Surf for starters, or if you’d rather soak up some sun while you swim, find one of Arizona’s natural waterholes to take a dip in. Camp Verde boasts many beautiful swimming holes, or Sedona’s Slide Rock boasts, you guessed it, a natural waterslide formed out of the red rocks. Whether you’re a nature lover, culture vulture or you just fancy soaking up some of that famous sun, Arizona is bound to dazzle you.

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10 facts about Arizona

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Arizona is the sixth largest state in North America and has more mountains than any other state with an incredible 3,928 peaks and summits.

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The Grand Canyon is over 270 miles long, 18 miles wide and over one mile deep. It has been gradually created by the Colorado River over millions of years.

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The world-famous Horseshoe Bend in Page sits in a 1,000-foot-deep gorge and can be hiked or kayaked around for an up close and personal encounter.

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Arizona has the largest percentage of land designated as Native American. Many of the famous landmarks are located on reservations.

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Dedicated hikers can take to the 4,967-foot-high peaks of Cathedral Rock. The climb isn’t for the faint hearted but gives breath-taking views from the top.

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The iconic Antelope Canyon has only been accessible by tour since 1997 when the Navajo Tribe made it into a Navajo Tribal Park. Sedona’s 7.5-mile long Red Rock Scenic

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Byway (SR 179) drives like a race track with views you won’t want to miss.

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Arizona’s most common mineral is turquoise which you’ll find in plenty of gift shops across the state. There’s also an abundance of copper and fossilised wood here.

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Pluto was discovered in 1930 at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. The state is known for its particularly visible starry night skies.

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Arizona's largest mountain is the San Francisco Peaks at an incredible 12,600-foot.

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