|Arizona websites about places to go, things to do, vacation information, sports links, facts about the state, destinations, golf, business, and more. Located in the southwestern region of the United States, Arizona has long been known as a great place to retire. The capital and largest city is Phoenix. The second largest city is Tucson.
Arizona is noted for its desert climate, exceptionally hot summers, and mild winters. The high country in the north features pine forests and mountain ranges with cooler weather than the lower deserts.
Arizona is one of the Four Corners states, the only spot in the United States where a person can stand in four states at the same time. Arizona borders New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, California, and Colorado, and has a 389-mile international border with the states of Sonora and Baja California in Mexico.
Arizona is known world wide for the Grand Canyon, many national forests, parks, monuments, and Indian reservations are located in the state.
Arizona is home to Meteor Crater, one of the most well-preserved meteorite impact sites in the world. The Barringer Meteorite Crater is about 25 miles west of Winslow. It has a rim of smashed and jumbled boulders, some of them the size of small houses, that rises 150 feet above the level of the surrounding plain. The crater itself is nearly a mile wide, and 570 feet deep.
Three ships named USS Arizona have been christened in honor of the state, although only USS Arizona (BB-39) was so named after statehood was achieved. The battleship USS Arizona was named in honor of the state. It was commissioned in 1913 and launched in 1915 from the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
The saguaro cactus blossom is the official state flower. The white flower blooms on the tips of the saguaro cactus during May and June. The saguaro is the largest American cactus.
Petrified wood is the official state fossil. Most petrified wood comes from the Petrified Forest in northeastern Arizona. Turquoise is the official state gemstone.
The state's most popular natural wonders include the Grand Canyon, Havasu Canyon, Grand Canyon Caves, Lake Powell/Rainbow Bridge, Petrified Forest/Painted Desert, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, Sedona Oak Creek Canyon, Salt River Canyon, Superstition Mountains, Picacho Peak State Park, Saguaro National Park, Chiricahua National Monument, and the Colorado River.
The original London Bridge was shipped stone-by-stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City. Located in Fountain Hills, Arizona is a fountain believed to be the tallest in the world. Rising to a height of 12,643 feet, Mount Humphreys north of Flagstaff is the state's highest mountain. Marble Canyon got its name from its thousand-foot-thick seam of marble and for its walls eroded to a polished glass finish. The world's largest solar telescope is located at Kitts Peak National Observatory in the city of Sells.