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RV Lifestyle - 100 Best Things to Do in Arizona 8/20

Arizona is the 48th state in USA, having achieved statehood on February 14th, 1912. The state of Arizona is known for the desert climate, meaning hot summers and mild winters. Northern Arizona has mountains, and forests, as well as deep canyons and ski resorts. Apart from the Grand Canyon, there are numerous national forests and parks, many of them with monuments to see.

One quarter of the state is Indian reservation land, housing the 27 tribes of Native Americans. The largest tribe is the Navajo Nation, with a citizenship of over 300,000 people.

The population of Arizona boomed after the introduction of refrigeration soon after WWII, and it is now the sixth largest state in area.

Many people believe that the name comes from a Basque word meaning ‘place of oaks’, while the Papago Tribe translates it as ‘place of the little spring’. Whichever translation you adopt, the state will amaze you with some of the sights and places of interest to explore.


36. Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

You will find this south of Utah state line. The cliffs are steep and formed mostly from sandstone, siltstone, limestone, and shale, some of which are 3,000 feet tall. Erosion shows off the magnificent colors of the rocks, and there are many canyons and streams where you will find different wildlife.
If you are a bird spotter, you will be on the lookout for Raptors such as Bald Eagles, Golden Eagles, Peregrine Falcons, and hawks. If you are very lucky you will spot the California Condor, which was recently introduced there.
This is a good place if you enjoy fishing, you might be lucky to spot a speckled dace or a flannel mouth sucker.
Make sure you take a camera because the scenery is unlike anything you have seen before.
This is a good place to camp or RV, although be sure to take water as you may not find too many places along the way.


37. Phoenix Art Museum

This is the largest visual arts museum in the southwest. The building is 285,000 square foot and has displays of international collections as well as works from American artists.
The museum holds frequent events such as live performances, art films, and educational programs. There is also a section devoted to children with an interactive space for them to experiment and play.
It will take you a half day to see the museum, although with children this may take longer. The museum is in the center of the city so it is a good idea to spend a day there as there are many other things close by to see, as well as plenty of places to eat.


38. Coconino National Forest

This forest is found near Flagstaff, which is north of Phoenix. The area was designated as a National Forest in 1908, and contains a diverse vegetation of deserts, pine forests, flatlands, and volcanic peaks.
The forest surrounds the towns of Sedona and Flagstaff where you can book into a hotel and stay a few days while you explore the area. Hiking, walking and rambling, along with cycling are very popular activities here.
You will find plenty of RV and camping areas, which makes this an ideal place to take family and stay a few days.


39. Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium

This performing arts center is on the main campus of the ASU. The auditorium is a design by Frank Lloyd Wright, and considered to be one of his finest designs.
The Gammage is one of the largest supporters of performing arts which is situated on a university campus in the USA.
Through the year you will find events of all kinds, so it is best to check their website online. Some events will need to be pre-booked.
Some events are suitable for children, while others are held at night and may not be suitable, so be sure to check beforehand.


40. The South Kaibab Trail

You will find this hiking trail in the Grand Canyon National Park. The trail begins at Skeleton Point where you will find 360-degree views of the canyon. The trailhead can be reached either by the Rim Trail or by taking advantage of the free shuttle bus.
There is a steep descent down through the canyons upper layers of limestone. The trail is a maintained dirt path and is well defined, although there is very little shade along the route.
Be sure to give uphill hikers the right of way, and expect the trail to be icy in the winter months.
A point to note here is that you may encounter mules along the way, so be prepared to give way to them. There is absolutely no water along the way so make sure you carry enough.
This is not suitable for children or anyone who is unfit.



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