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On vacation with kids to: Arizona USA.

The State of Arizona, also called “The Grand Canyon State”, is a state located in the southwestern region of the United States. Arizona borders New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, California, Colorado, and Mexico.

Arizona is one of the Four Corners states. Aside from the Grand Canyon, many other National Forests, Parks, Monuments, and Indian reservations are located in the state.
Arizona had an estimated population of 6,166,318 (estimated in 2006). The capital and largest city with an estimated population of 1,512,986 (2006) is Phoenix.
Arizona is best known for its desert landscape and Grand Canyon. Less well-known is the pine-covered high country in the north-central portion of the state, which contrasts with the lower deserts.
The climate in Arizona presents exceptionally hot summers and mild winters.
The state of Arizona is a popular destination for a vacation with the kids, filled with exciting historical mementos and striking natural beauty. Arizona vacationers will be stunned by the abounding natural wonders of this land, including the magnificent Grand Canyon, the cool water of Lake Havasu, and the stunning painted desert. The state is also known for its it’s abundance of golf courses, The courses number well over 300 throughout Arizona, and offer a broad range of challenges.

In Northern Arizona you’ll find one of the seven wonders of the world The Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is a colourful, steep-sided gorge, carved by the Colorado River, in northern Arizona. The Grand Canyon is a magnet that draws about 4-million visitors each year to Arizona.  A large part of the Grand Canyon is designated as a National Park. Northern Arizona offers more than The Grand Canyon. The area also offers the red rocks of Sedona, the forested mountains of Flagstaff, the cobalt-blue waters of Lake Powell and Monument Valley's sandstone. Sedona is also famous for its arts and entertainment industries, its stores, restaurants, and galleries. Popular activities in the area are hiking, biking, water sports and fishing near Lake Mead, but also skiing during the winter months.

In Central Arizona you’ll find the Valley of the Sun. The Valley of the Sun is made up of Arizona's capital city of Phoenix and surrounding cities such as Chandler, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale and Tempe. The area is famous for it’s rugged beauty and the metropolitan feel of  Phoenix, the Arizona capital. Phoenix's estimated population as of 2006 was 1,512,986, making it the fifth largest city in the United States as well as the largest state capital. The Phoenix Metropolitan Area has an estimated population of 4,039,182 (2006). Phoenix is offering unique Southwest culture and more than 325 sun-filled days per year. The name Phoenix in Navajo is meaning “the place is hot”. With more then 200 golf courses, the area is one of the world’s top golf destinations.  Central Arizona also offers a collection of museums, galleries and historical sites for Western, Native American, Spanish and other cultural heritages. Another great destination for your vacation with the kids in Central Arizona is Scottsdale. Scottsdale offers many golf, tennis, shopping and dining opportunities and is home to the annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show.

Southwest Arizona: Arizona's West Coast formed as the Colorado River moved its way south from the Hoover Dam to Mexico. The abundance of dams along the Colorado River creates a number of large lakes. These lakes provide unique recreational opportunities and offer an exceptional contrast to the scenic desert landscapes that surround them. One of the most popular and interesting lakes along the Colorado River is Lake Havasu. Lake Havasu is an oasis in the desert where you’ll will find 400 miles of beautiful coastline. More than 2.5 million visitors flock each year to shores of Lake Havasu to enjoy the scenery, the cool waters of the lake and abundant recreational activities. Popular activities in the area include swimming, boating, fishing, playing tennis and golf, and going on desert tours.

Southern Arizona: With Old West towns and guest ranches, but also with astronomy centers and the futuristic experiment of Biosphere 2, Southern Arizona is a perfect family vacation destination for families who both want to relive the past and experience the future. Southern Arizona’s most populous city, surrounded by five mountain ranges, is Tucson. Tucson is filled with things to see and do and is considered to be one of the top spa destinations in the world. But also golf is a major attraction in the Southern Arizona region.

The state of Arizona is a popular destination for your vacation with the kids, filled with exciting historical mementos, many outdoor activities and striking natural beauty. There are many reasons to visit Arizona with the children, one of them is its unique attractions. Think of Arizona as America's natural amusement park, where family fun and adventure await in every corner of the state.

Popular cities and towns in Arizona:

Some of the most popular cities and towns in Arizona are: Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale and Scottsdale.

Accommodations for vacations with kids in Arizona:

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 large choice of traditional resorts, rustic wood cabins, working dude ranches, luxury resorts or spas in Arizona.

Arizona activities:

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 and will be fascinating for kids. The 65-mile historical train ride that starts in Williams with a Wild West show travels from desert, to prairie and to pine before it reaches the Grand Canyon. During the Christmas season, Grand Canyon Railroad takes children and adults on the Polar Express, which travels to the "North Pole" and allows you to meet Santa and his reindeer. Or you can choose the Grand Canyon Fly Tour.
A Grand Canyon Tour will no doubt be one the highlights of your vacation with the kids in Arizona. Arizona has attractions and activities for the whole family. Arizona offers many shopping venues, 27 State Parks and many fishing, camping, hiking, horseback riding, wildlife viewing and boating opportunities. Arizona also offers lots of theme parks, waterparks, zoos to amuse the kids.

Arizona amusement and theme parks:
Castles N' Coasters
Enchanted Island
Old Tucson Studios

Arizona waterparks & water fun:
Big Surf
The Breakers
Kiwanis Park Recreation Center
The Oasis at Pointe South Mountain Resort
Waterworld Safari
Lake Havasu

Arizona zoos:
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Phoenix Zoo
Reid Park Zoo
Tucson Zoological Society
Wildlife World Zoo

Arizona Museums for kids:
Arizona Science Center,
Hall of Flame Fire Museum
Pima Air and Space Museum
Pueblo Grande museum and archeological park

Other Arizona activities:
Montezuma Castle Monument
London Bridge Arizona
Arcosanti Project
Mystery Castle
Navajo Nation
Biosphere 2
Saguaro National Monument
dude ranch
family-friendly spas
Petrified Forest National Monument
Canyon de Chelly
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Salt River Tubing 
Cave Creek Trailrides
Papago park

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More usefull websites:
Arizona Official State Information
Arizona Office of Tourism


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