Arizona draws visitors to the Southwest for many reasons. Perhaps you have friends or relatives who are attending Arizona State University. Arizona State is located in Tempe, which is home to many high-tech companies. While some people come there for jobs or schools, others come to Arizona for its unique attractions. If you peruse the map of Arizona, you will discover a state that has a diversely interesting topography. These unique landscapes have inspired millions of people to visit Arizona.

Arizona - Red Rock
Arizona - Red Rock

The map of Arizona shows land formations that took millions of years to develop. Many of these formations, such as the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Meteor Crater are considered to be some of the world's most spectacular natural wonders. Arizona's natural resources, combined with its Native American and Hispanic influence have made it one of America's most popular vacation destinations. However, natural wonders and culture are not the only reason to visit. Arizona resorts have received highest accolades from prestigious travel guides such as the Zagat Survey of U.S. Hotels, Resorts and Spas. Many Arizona resorts have earned the AAA 5 Diamond Award, as well as the Mobile 5-Star Award. You will have a choice of traditional, adobe-style resorts, rustic wood cabins, working dude ranches, luxury resorts or spas.

The State of Arizona is filled with lush desert landscapes, sparkling clear water and majestic mountain peaks. The athletically inclined can enjoy a variety of adventures on mountains, water or desert. Hiking, camping, horseback riding, hunting, fishing, cycling and water sports are all popular reasons for travel to Arizona. If you prefer nostalgia to adventure, why not take a tour of the state of Arizona by train? The Grand Canyon Railway and the Verde Canyon Railroad offer luxurious travel through breathtaking scenery. The Grand cars on the Canyon Railway have been restored to their original state. The ride to the Grand Canyon travels from desert, to prairie and to pine before it reaches the canyon. On the return trip, western-style musicians will entertain you. During the Christmas season, Grand Canyon Railroad takes children and adults on the Polar Express, which travels to the North Pole. As you depart from the train, Santa and his reindeer are there to meet you.

The state of Arizona is also home to more than 300 golf courses. Arizonas year-round temperate climate inspires golf enthusiasts to travel to Arizona at any time of the year.

If this vast variety of activities has inspired you to visit Arizona, you will be pleased to know that travel to Arizona is relatively easy. Although the two major airlines are in Tucson and Phoenix, there are connecting flights to the other cities. For those who prefer to travel to Arizona by land, buses and trains are available. Its accessibility by different means of transportation definitely benefits Arizona tourism. Perhaps this is one of the many reasons that over 28 million people visit annually.

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