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ARIZONA TRAVEL GUIDE
Hello, my name is Gwen, and here is my Arizona travel guide for solo travel over 40, including budget, safety/female and eco-travel tips, photographs and interesting posts for your Arizona travel planning.
WELCOME TO ARIZONA!
STATE OF ARIZONA
INTERESTING ARIZONA FACTS
- Became the 48th U.S. state on February 14, 1912
- Capital: Phoenix
- Largest City: Phoenix
- Area: 113,990 square miles / 6th largest U.S. state
- State Nicknames: The Grand Canyon State, The Copper State, The Valentine State
- State Motto: Ditat Deus (God enriches)
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POPULAR ARIZONA DESTINATIONS
In addition to U.S. holidays, the Arizona may observe additional state or local holidays. It may be a good idea to check what state or local holidays they celebrate to see if there are any public service, school, or other closures as this may impact your tourist itinerary, ability to obtain travel or other services, or it could mean more tourists and/or higher prices in your Arizona destination! Take a few moments to see if there are holidays specific to Arizona to better help you plan your trip.
TIPPING IN ARIZONA
Traveling in a new country is easier when you know the country’s tipping etiquette in advance as each country has its own rules. That said, for Arizona, please see tipping guidelines in my USA Travel Guide.
SAFETY / FEMALE TRAVEL TIPS
ARIZONA TRAVEL SAFETY
Please see my U.S. travel tips. In addition, if you are planning on going hiking, backpacking or doing any other activity that will take you into remote places, please ensure you research the local travel and weather advisories in advance and respect warnings not to travel; let people know where are you going and provide them your itinerary; and, ensure you have safety and emergency measures provided for in your travel belongings.
BUDGET TRAVEL TIPS
BEST TIME TO VISIT ARIZONA
Arizona’s high tourist season and most expensive time to visit is in the summer (June to August). The least expensive time to go to Arizona is in the winter months (November to March). Summer can be very hot in Arizona so recommended times to visit for nice weather and avoiding the high prices and tourists are the shoulder season months (April, May, September and October).
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SUSTAINABILITY / ECO TRAVEL TIPS
It is very easy to do your part for the planet and implement environmental sustainability into your travel. If you would like to learn more about how you can implement environmentally sustainable, or eco-friendly, travel measures into your travel, please see my 10 Easy Eco-Travel Tips and suggested Eco Travel Resources.
Additionally, if you are flying to, or within, the Arizona consider purchasing carbon offsets through your airline or through a third party, like MyClimate.org, Carbonfund.org, or terrapass. Carbon offsetting allows you to buy a certificate to reduce carbon emissions, a major contributor to climate change, which in turn contribute community projects across countries to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. There are several ways to go about this to help reduce your impact to climate change through your travel. Check it out!
In my humble opinion, the Western desert states either speak to you or they don’t. Arizona definitely speaks to me. There is nothing like the vastness of the desert with red rock buttes, the beauty of the Grand Canyon, or the mystical feeling of how those big, billowy, white clouds suspend lowly in the sky.
Arizona’s landscape is also diverse. If you are anywhere near the Grand Canyon, make sure you drive Route 89A from Flagstaff to Sedona. You start at a higher elevation in pine tree Flagstaff and end up in red rock Sedona. This drive was recommended to me 25 years ago and I am so thankful it was. I’ve driven many thousands of miles across this country, but this is one the most memorable stretches. It is considered one of the best scenic drives in the U.S. for a reason.
Visiting the Grand Canyon is a no-brainer – there is nothing else like it in the world. I’ve sat on the edge with my cousin drinking a beer while watching a lightning storm in the distance before camping for the night. An amazing sight I will never forget.
Although I’m not big on dams, I do recommend visiting the Hoover Dam simply for its engineering capabilities. My bus broke down in Prescott, I’ve rescued a hitchhiker from his broken down car in the 110-plus degrees desert in the middle of nowhere, and drove through winding stretches of road where you go so slowly that tarantulas are noticeable on the asphalt. Arizona is definitely a state to explore, not just go to the touristy areas.