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    Pocket Guide: Arizona

    Sometimes untamed and always unforgettable, Arizona is home to one of the USA’s most jaw-dropping sights: the Grand Canyon. Over five million visitors come here every year to admire the steep cliffs of this American icon. Yet this sun-drenched state won’t leave you high and dry for other activities: stand in the desert at sunset among America’s largest cactuses, walk through an Old Western town, and check out the museums and galleries of cities like Phoenix for a change of pace. Check out our Arizona hotels and a little taste of this state will leave you thirsty for more.

    History

    Spanish explorer Francisco Vasquez de Coronado led an expedition to Arizona in 1540, and missionaries and settlers followed in his wake. For 30 years, Native American chief Geronimo fought with Mexican and American settlers, before he finally surrendered in 1886. Theodore Roosevelt declared Arizona a state in 1912. Today Arizona has the biggest amount of designated Native American land in the States, and a population of over six million.

    Things to see and do

    The Grand Canyon has some of the country’s most sweeping views, as well as some of its freshest air (always a bonus!). You’ll see 277 miles of rock walls, some of them descending a mile deep, with the Colorado River snaking along the bottom. The South Rim and the Skywalk both have amazing views, but you can also get away from the tourists by hiking one of the canyon’s trails or taking a ride on a mule. Some mule rides go deep into the depths of the canyon, with overnight stays at rustic Phantom Ranch.

    A smaller, less famous but almost as beautiful canyon is the Oak Creek Canyon. Here you’ll find red rocks and cliffs, tall oak streets and the sparkling waters of Oak Creek.

    The Saguaro National Park is in the Sonaran Desert of Tucson and is home to giant cacti – the largest in the country!

    Stay in Phoenix, the capital of Arizona and a terrific place to begin your trip. The Desert Botanical Garden is, like the name suggests, a place where cacti and other desert-dwelling plants of all shapes and sizes grow in the arid landscape under the Arizona sun. Visit at night in December to see them lit up by thousands of twinkling lights too. While you’re in town, swing by Heard Museum and Phoenix Zoo and have a go conquering the climb on Camelback Mountain.

    Take a look at our Flagstaff hotels to check out the Lowell Observatory and the Arizona Snowbowl, which has skiing in winter, hiking in summer and scenic chairlift rides all year round. A 40-minute drive away is the Barringer Crater, a 4000-foot crater caused by a meteor hitting the earth.

    For a taste of the Wild West, drop into Tombstone, a town where old-fashioned buildings still stand and you can tour the town on a horse-drawn wagon. It’s the home of the OK Corral, where one of history’s most famous gunfights broke out in 1881.

    Shopping and dining

    Arizona’s cities have plenty of shopping options, from malls like the Arizona Centre in downtown Phoenix to high-end fashion boutiques like the ones you’ll find in Scottsdale.

    To sample some of Arizona’s best dining options for less, come here during Arizona Restaurant Week, a twice-yearly event when over 100 restaurants across the state offer pre-fixe dinners with a range of fantastic cuisines.

    Getting here

    Check out our cheap flights to Phoenix for a flaming good deal to go with your Arizona accommodation. From big holes in the ground to succulent meals, you’ll have a grand time here indeed.

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    Hotels in Phoenix

    Best Western InnSuites Phoenix Hotel & Suites - Phoenix Hotels
    Rating: 2.5 Stars

    Best Western InnSuites Phoenix Hotel & Suites

    1615 E Northern Ave, Phoenix - Map
     
     
    4.2 out of 5 (640 reviews)
    This hotel is in Phoenix, three miles from Piestewa Peak, four miles from the Arizona Biltmore Country Club, and 4.3 miles …More
    Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel - Phoenix Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

    340 N 3rd Street, Phoenix - Map
     
     
    4.5 out of 5 (519 reviews)
    This hotel is in downtown Phoenix, adjacent to the Phoenix Convention Center and a block from Arizona State University - …More
    Arizona Grand Resort - Phoenix Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Arizona Grand Resort

    8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix - Map
     
     
    4.1 out of 5 (1,767 reviews)
    This Phoenix resort rambles over 220 acres at the foot of South Mountain, a half-mile from Arizona Mills Mall. Sun Devil …More

    Hotels in Bullhead City

    Tropicana Express Hotel & Casino - Laughlin Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars
    $57

    Tropicana Express Hotel & Casino

    2121 S Casino Drive, Laughlin - Map
     
     
    3.8 out of 5 (6,709 reviews)
    Situated in sunny Laughlin about a block from the Colorado River, this 1,495 room resort features a round-the-clock casino …More
    Aquarius Casino Resort - Laughlin Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars
    $66

    Aquarius Casino Resort

    1900 S Casino Dr, Laughlin - Map
     
     
    4.1 out of 5 (5,132 reviews)
    This riverside resort is located in the heart of Laughlin's Casino Drive, within 2 miles of Big Bend of the Colorado State …More
    Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino - Laughlin Hotels
    Rating: 3.0 Stars

    Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino

    1650 S Casino Drive, Laughlin - Map
     
     
    3.8 out of 5 (884 reviews)
    Situated near the airport, in the city center, this resort is close to Don Laughlin's Classic Car Collection, E Center, and …More

    Hotels in Tucson

    Lodge on the Desert - Tucson Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars
    $290

    Lodge on the Desert

    306 North Alvernon Way, Tucson - Map
     
     
    4.5 out of 5 (1,302 reviews)
    Situated in the historical district, this resort is close to El Con Mall, Randolph Golf Complex, and Hi Corbett Field. Also …More
    Tucson Marriott University Park - Tucson Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Tucson Marriott University Park

    880 E 2nd St, Tucson - Map
     
     
    4.3 out of 5 (259 reviews)
    Situated in Tucson, this hotel is close to Arizona History Museum, University of Arizona, and Arizona Stadium. Also nearby …More
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    Rating: 2.0 Stars

    Days Inn Tucson Convention Center

    222 South Freeway/I-10, Tucson - Map
     
     
    2.7 out of 5 (255 reviews)
    Situated in Tucson, this hotel is close to Garden of Gethsemane, Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House Museum, and El Tiradito Wishing …More
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