Destination Spotlight: Arizona
Arizona is a popular travel destination in the United States and we have school-based opportunities state-wide. The state is home to adventurous sights and activities to entice travelers from all over, and plenty for locals to continuously enjoy.
A big perk of Arizona is the average temperature of 80 degrees, giving residents and visitors warm and sunny days. Let’s explore where to travel in the state of Arizona.
Experience the Grand Canyon
One of the seven natural wonders of the world is in the state of Arizona, so of course, The Grand Canyon is at the top of this list. This gorge attracts millions of visitors annually to take in the breathtaking views, hike and bike the trails, and more. Hiking trails vary from easy walks to advanced paths, so you will be able to take on what you are ready for. There are also tours available during your visit to experience up-close looks at the canyon.
Scottsdale is an upscale, resort town in Arizona not far from Phoenix. This city has a lot to offer for a packed day trip or a weekend getaway, from its art culture to golf and spa resorts galore.
Scottsdale is home to more than 125 professional art galleries and studios within the three distinct art districts in the city. The largest district is the Scottsdale Main Street Arts District, which houses the largest and most diverse collection of art styles and genres. More contemporary art can be found in the Marshall Way Arts District. The Old Town District is more touristy, western-themed, and home to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
In addition, there are many spas and resorts where you can relax, golf, and enjoy fine dining to round out your visit. With more than 200 golf courses in the area, it is the place to go if you are a fan of the sport.
Take a trip to the Desert Botanical Gardens
With the high heat in Arizona comes lots of deserts. The Botanical Gardens, located in Phoenix, is 140 acres filled with thousands of cacti, trees, flowers, and other plants from around the world. It is an excellent place for tourists who enjoy hiking and wildlife, with plenty of scenic trails that allow visitors to take in all that nature has to offer. You can also sign up for tours and events that are offered throughout the year as well.
It typically takes two hours to walk through the garden, so plan to visit Gertrude’s, a restaurant nestled inside the gardens, for a post-walk meal.
Spend time at the shore
Arizona is known for its iconic deserts, so you may be surprised by the sandy beaches nearby. These beaches border rivers, lakes, and canyon-edged swimming holes – perfect for lounging or experiencing a water adventure. With cool bodies of water in Tucson, Yuma, Phoenix, Lake Havasu City, and plenty of other areas in the state, you can plan multiple beach trips during your stay. Set aside time to visit these areas to enjoy camping, picnicking, fishing, swimming, and relaxing.
Explore the World
The state of Arizona is home to several festivals and events throughout the year. There are numerous music, art, and cultural celebrations that will keep you entertained all season long including the Freestyle Festival in Tempe, the Pickin’ in the Pines in Flagstaff, and the Dusk Music Festival in Tucson. With so many activities available, it’s easy to stay busy during your visit.
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Arizona is an incredible travel opportunity that will allow you to explore so much of the outdoors. Take your next school-based assignment in Arizona and experience all it has to offer!