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arizonaMention Arizona and most Americans conjure up the Wild, Wild West of their childhood fantasies.

Arizona, is the place, in fact, where the famous gunfight at the OK Corral took place, in Tombstone, Arizona.

Here, also, is where Indian chiefs Geronimo and Chochise led a pitched battle against pale face invaders of the Old West.

Today, Phoenix & Tucson are top Arizona travel hubs, mixing urban amenities with Western charm. Although most famous for its deserts and hot, dry weather - winter enthusiasts abound in this Rocky Mountain state with Arizona ski resorts open from late winter to early spring.

Hoover Dam, Painted Desert, and Grand Canyon
Arizona's major tourist attractions include the Hoover Dam (on the Arizona/Nevada border);
the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest; and the utter majesty of the Grand Canyon.

Throughout the rest of the state, other major attractions include a stop at Sedona surrounded by spectacular scenery, the breathtaking natural wonder of the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert, Hoover Dam, and Fort Apache.

The old London Bridge reconstructed at Lake Havasu also competes with nearby Glendale as a favorite student spring break destination. Later in the year, the major fall attraction can be found in Phoenix at the annual family-friendly Arizona State Fair.

2024 Arizona travel special events and festivals

arizona renaissance festival knight jousting
History comes alive at the Arizona
Renaissance Festival Feb - Apr.

Just up ahead, check out our 2024 Arizona travel calender featuring memorable events and major festivals happening throughout Arizona -- with dates, locations and official links for more information. Happy travels!

January 26 - 28, 2024 - Arizona Balloon Classic, Goodyear AZ - Line up for a thrilling hot air balloon ride or just watch in awe as the colorful craft take off in the morning and at dusk. There's also a street foodfest, so come hungry!

February 3 - March 31, 2024 -- Arizona Renaissance Festival,
Gold Canyon, AZ (open weekends and Presidents Day) - Jousting, feasting, and more merriment abounds with handmade craft vendors and non-stop entertainment 16 stages.

February 15 - March 25, 2024 -- Arizona Beer Week - This annual event is statewide, so click on the link to find out what's happening at a pub or craft brewery near you.

Late February 2024 -- Innings Music Festival, Tempe AZ - The fun all happens at Tempe Beach Park & Arts Park featuring food, live music on three stages, and a chance practice your swing in the bullpen.

Early March, 2024 -- M3F Music Festival, Phoenix AZ - The cool spring music blowout in Phoenix goes on all weekend at Margaret T. Hance Park including a food fest and arts & craft vendors.

also see ->   Christmas in Arizona

Arizona Wineries & Vineyards

Kid-friendly Arizona attractions

Sedona restaurant view
A spectacular window view is typical
of many Sedona hotels & restaurants.

Of course, nothing beats the Grand Canyon for sheer awesomeness, but next in line is Monument Valley on the Arizona/Utah border featuring a long association with the Navajo tribe and John Wayne westerns.

Another Old West icon - Tombstone, Arizona - offers a chance to relive the famous shoot-out at the OK Corral with daily historical reenactments scheduled like clockwork every afternoon.

For nature and animal lovers, don't miss the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson featuring an up-close looks at the state's unique giant saguaro cacti as well as close encounters with lizards, snakes and coyotes, "please touch" areas, and fossil digs.

Arizona is also rich in a variety of cave sites (1,000 in all), from the Lava Tubes in northern Arizona to limestone caves in the south. Although billed as some of the most scientifically important cave systems in the country, the kids probably won't care. But they will love exploring them.

also see -> Arizona Lakes & Beaches


More about Arizona travel around the Web:


Go-Arizona - Good destination guide to the entire state including complete info on over 100 cities and towns, national parks, with focus on Phoenix, the Grand Canyon, Tucson and Sedona, hotels and lodging, outdoor activities, free travel literature, online maps

Visit Arizona - With an extensive hotel and accommodation guide, information on major attractions in cities and regions, interactive map, virtual road trips, photo gallery, and related resources.

Arizona Highways Magazine - The online version of the print publication including cyber exclusives, feature stories, pictures, guides to Arizona flora and fauna, photos and travel tips.


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