Most long-term residents of Arizona believe that the state has ten months of great weather and two months of weather that is not so great. In general, the summer months are noted for their extremely high temperatures. However, if you are coming from extremely humid states such as Florida, you might not be bothered by Arizonas hot but dry climate. Occasionally, monsoons are known to occur in late August or September.
Arizona tourism is at its height from October till the middle of May. From January to April, expect to pay the highest hotel rates. Spring and autumn are the best seasons for Arizona tourism. During these seasons, you will find cool temperatures in the mountains, and warm, but relatively comfortable temperatures in the desert. The later part of the spring and the early months of autumn are also the best months for travelers on a budget. Some hotels offer lower rates during these months. Additionally, the Grand Canyon is often less crowded during this time period, so this may be a good time for Arizona travel.
If you travel to any of Arizona's desert areas during July and August, be prepared for sudden thunderstorms. The storms can cause floods which make road travel hazardous. During these months, if you plan to hike any of Arizona's narrow canyons, be sure to listen to a weather forecast before setting out. If you plan to travel to Arizona in the winter, keep mind that Arizona can be cool in the evening, so be sure to dress accordingly. However, with a little bit of planning, most of the Arizona attractions can be visited in any season.
The most famous Arizona attraction is the Grand Canyon. The awe-inspiring views are memorable. However, there are many other attractions worth seeing. The reservation lands of the Navajo Nation are home to many intriguing ancestral ruins. These include the Canyon de Chelly National Monument, the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and the Besh-Ba Gowah Archaeological Park.
In addition to these fascinating attractions, there are many Arizona events that make a visit even more worthwhile. Many visitors come to Phoenix in January for the World of Wheels. This gathering of hot rods, custom cars and custom two-wheelers takes place at the Phoenix Civic Plaza.
The Fine Art and Chocolate Festival brings visitors to Scottsdale every February. In March, wine lovers and art aficionados visit Carefree for the Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival. October brings the Arizona State Fair to Phoenix. This is Arizona's largest event. These are just a small sampling of the exciting Arizona events. You can either plan your Arizona vacation around these events, or else you can choose the best time to visit the attractions that interest you the most. There are a variety of Arizona vacations to suit any budget or any type of travel. You can choose from family vacations, active Arizona tours or cultural vacations. Whatever you choose, you won't be disappointed.