Spectacular colourful rocks surrounding Sedona.
A vast blue lake surrounded by sandstone cliffs and a popular recreational area.
A powerful landscape of immense size that overwhelms its visitors.
Distinctive architecture and a living community of Navajo people.
Impressive forests of enormous cacti.
Famous for the OK Corral and a past of general lawlessness the town holds gunfight shows.
An invaluable habitat for 250 species of birds, 84 species of mammals and 41 species of reptiles and amphibians.
‘The Grand Canyon State’ of Arizona transports you to the days of its Native American and Hispanic heritage. The spectacular rock formations provide a breathtaking kaleidoscope of colours of rich russet to glowing orange. With its mild year-round climate there is a diverse landscape to explore including stark deserts, pine covered peaks and the glitzy party playground of Nevada’s Las Vegas.
Las Vegas is a glitzy, dazzling and brazen oasis in the middle of the Nevada Desert. From the mesmerising sound of one arm bandits to thrilling, colourful evening shows and concerts this is one of the most exciting cities in the world. The best attractions and theme parks are located on ‘The Strip’ and hotels located here are as much of an appeal. Take a gondola ride in the Venetian, see the fountain show at the Bellagio or the shark reef aquarium at Mandalay Bay Resort – each is unique and amazing.
Las Vegas lies a helicopter ride away from the awesome Grand Canyon, a vast chasm one mile deep and 277 miles long. The sun provides visitors with a spectacular light show of vibrant colours of orange, crimson and yellows at sunrise and sunset. Nothing prepares you for the jaw dropping sight of this huge gorge which is among the wonders of the world.
Arizona offers more brightly colourful landscapes in Sedona and Red Rock Country where the rocks blaze with claret, deep russet and rich vermillion. The town itself is an artist’s Mecca filled with small shops and restaurants to explore.
North eastern Arizona provides the legacy of Native American Indians. Many mesas can be found here that the Hopi and Navajo communities have lived near for centuries. Ancient Canyon de Chelly provides another feast of colour where sunset blazes its surfaces vibrant orange and ancient cliff dwellings can be found in niches in the walls. Nearby Monument Valley provides extraordinary sandstone monoliths and cliff formations standing starkly on a wide open range which you may recognise from countless western films.
Lake Powell provides a deep blue man-made oasis on the border of Arizona and Utah. Boating excursions are rewarding and enjoyable and uncover the many sandy coves and picnic areas. Rainbow Bridge, a huge delicate stone arch that the Navajo Indians named ‘Rainbow Turned to Stone’ is now an impressive National Monument.
The Valley of the Sun incorporates Phoenix and its suburbs, an impressive metropolis of cultural attractions and museums. Nearby Scottsdale provides year-round sunshine and a varied landscape close to the Sonora Desert. East of Phoenix stretches the Apache Trail in the shadow of the Superstition Mountains: ancient and imposing volcanoes called ‘Mountains of Foam’ by the Spanish due to their ridges.
The historic Apache Trail cuts through some dramatic and diverse scenery including Tonto National Forest with its pine covered peaks, wildlife and amazing hiking trails. Desert plants scatter the landscape during spring including marigolds, Mexican gold poppies and acres of crimson sage. Towering cacti punctuate the horizon at Saguero National Park on Tucson’s doorstep and San Pedro Riparian Conservation Centre provides a unique habitat for many species of birds, mammals, amphibians and reptile.
Sample a taste of the lawless Wild West at Tombstone and watch a staged showdown at the OK Corral where the infamous shootout occurred in 1881. Gangs were led by Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday and the graves of the victims can be seen at Boot Hill cemetery nearby.
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