Destination Spotlight – Arizona

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You can discover all the Grand Canyon State’s unique destinations when you
plan a trip to Arizona. Besides the Grand Canyon itself, top places to see include
No trip to Arizona would be complete without a stop at the Grand Canyon,
easily Arizona’s most distinguishable landmark. Stretching 277 miles, the Grand
Canyon’s steep, rocky walls descend more than a mile to its floor, where the
Colorado River runs a swift southwestern course. Visitors can enter the park from
either the north or south rim, or stop at its western edge to check out the
breathtaking Havasupai Falls and the town of Supai, which are also accessible
through the Hualapai Indian Reservation.
In Flagstaff, one can take a tour of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, a
sprawling, sandy preserve that borders Arizona and Utah. Located inside the Navajo
Nation, ancestral home to the Navajo, one of the largest Native American tribes in
the United States, Monument Valley is near the Four Corners area, another must-see
spot. Once a flat basin, Monument Valley is now part of the Colorado Plateau, a
region characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the tallest reaching
1,000 feet above the valley floor, which is made up largely of Cutler siltstone, a rock
formation found only in the Southwest. As such, it serves as a symbol of the Old
West, and a favorite shooting location for Hollywood films, starting with the John
Wayne flick Stagecoach.
While in the Four Corners area, you’ll want to stop by the Painted Desert, an
area of the badlands stretching from the Grand Canyon National Park into the
Petrified Forest National Park. Much of the Painted Desert’s gray and red banded
cliffs are within the Navajo Nation. But those aren’t the only colors you’ll see, as the
desert’s 93,500 acres contain every color you can imagine, from deep purples to
fiery oranges and coral pinks. Afterwards, you’ll want to stop by the Petrified Forest,
one of the world’s largest and most colorful collections of petrified wood. The area is
especially known for its fossils, some of which date over 225 million years ago.
Another symbol of the West, in the form of western technological progress, is
the Hoover Dam. Built during the depths of the Great Depression, the Hoover Dam
project offered hope to thousands of desperate people looking for work, as well as
promising to transform the Colorado River into a hydroelectric power source, which
it did, in addition to turning arid Southern California into the nation’s produce
basket. The Hoover Dam is located in Black Canyon, between Arizona and Nevada
on U.S. 93, about a half-hour from Las Vegas, at the bottom of Lake Mead. It offers
breathtaking and spectacular views that will leave you in marvel at what a
mankind can accomplish. A tour is the best way to see how the dam operates
firsthand. Another must-see destination is Lake Powell, a 186-mile-long body of water
offering spectacular views of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. With a
surface area of 162,700 acres and 1,960 miles of shore, Lake Powell is highly sought
out for fishing, boating, and water sports.
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