Arizona: A Touch Of The Great Southwest by Clinton Douglas IV
When you visit Arizona, you'll relish in the rustic beauty and grace of the great American southwest. Visitors have so much to explore - from the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, to unique hiking trails, world-class golf courses, Indian reservations, parks, monuments, native wildlife and desert critters along a stretching, picturesque desert panorama. Arizona, one of the four corners states, borders New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Colorado. Its south-most border crosses over to Mexico.
Arizona is primarily recognized for its colorful and magnificent Grand Canyon formed by water erosion from the Colorado River. Tourists for decades have marveled at its beauty. The awe-inspiring natural gorge lit with orange, red and yellow landscape is the perfect backdrop for hiking, whitewater rafting, motor coach tours and mule riding. The setting is also a tranquil place to watch the sun set. One of the oldest national parks, the Grand Canyon National Park, spans 1,902 miles and offers views of the historic Watchtower and Hermits Rest, offers shopping at Indian reservations, adventure on nature walks, trails and romantic, evening star gazing. Camping is equally popular, with countless camp sites within Grand Canyon Village. These grounds accommodate RV's and tents, ranging from $10 to $25 per night. Advance reservations are highly recommended.
Dine at casual saloons or gourmet, award-winning restaurants. Local cuisine is heavily influenced by the Native American and Hispanic cultures. Enjoy salty home-made tortilla chips and salsa, tantalizing marinades, steaks, seafood, pasta, tacos, tostadas, crepes and mouth-watering chocolate cakes.
Arizona is home to some of the world's best resorts, day and destination spas, so you can treat yourself to fine European and Asian-inspired body wraps, beauty treatments and scrubs. Both men and women can relax and rejuvenate with a professional massage, body and skin treatment, private whirlpool, steam room and sauna, pool or fitness center. For a longer, more enriching event, visit a premier destination spa and realize complete peace, balance and tranquility.
Natural, local scenery includes large plateaus and mountains touting waxy, succulent plants and cactus. Summers are exceptionally hot, while winters are mild and comfortable. The state also boasts one of the largest stands of Ponderosa pine in the nation. North-central Arizona is home to the Colorado Plateau, while the southern region is known for its Basin and Range region.
About the Author
Clinton Douglas IV, write about travel for http://www.vasrue.com.
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