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Arizona is so much more than the canyon it is known for. There are zoos, national parks, museums, ancient monuments and old mining towns all waiting to be discovered. Book flights to Arizona and see this magnificent state for yourself.
Arizona is indeed known as the Grand Canyon state, but visitors soon learn that there is so much more on offer here...
When someone says, “Arizona”, the first thing that springs to mind is the Grand Canyon. Even if you have seen this amazing natural wonder on the TV, nothing does it justice like actually being there.
Arizona is a large state, covering 113,909 square miles and has a number of major cities, including Phoenix, Tucson and Sedona. The city of Tempe is home to the largest university in the US and has a young and lively atmosphere.
Most visitors travel to Arizona with the sole purpose of visiting the Grand Canyon and the vastness of this UNESCO World Heritage Site does have to be seen to be believed. It was carved out of the rock by the Colorado River over several millions of years and it is 1,610 metres deep and exposes around two billion years of geological history. The canyon is divided into two main areas, known as the North Rim and the South Rim. The South Rim is by far the most accessible.
As well as the world famous Grand Canyon, the state is also home to the lesser known but no less stunning Antelope Canyon. Located in the Navajo area, it is one of the most photographed slot canyons in southwest America.
Halfway between Phoenix and Tucson, you will find the city of Casa Grande. Founded at the end of the 19th century during Arizona's mining boom, the name means “large house”. It’s named after the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in nearby Coolidge where you will find the remains of some ancient Pueblo people's Hohokam structures. This is a fascinating tourist attraction and a great insight into the lives of the indigenous population of America.
Located in Flagstaff, the Lowell Observatory is home to the Discovery Channel Telescope. Ten years in planning and construction and at a cost of $53m, it is the fifth largest in the US and one of the most technologically advanced anywhere. Check the website for details of admission fees and opening hours.
Staying on the astronomy theme, Arizona is also home to one of the world's most well-known and best preserved meteor craters. Located in the Arizona desert, not far from Winslow, the crater was caused by a piece of asteroid that hit the Earth at around 26,000mph around 50,000 years ago. The crater is 2.4 miles in circumference and over 550 feet deep and is a major tourist attraction.
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