Welcome to Arizona, The Grand Canyon State. You shouldn’t need reasons to consider living in Arizona, but here are a few reasons for those who still need convincing.
The Grand Canyon. We are home to one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World. If you haven’t had a chance to visit yet – add it to your bucket list. With a mile-deep gorge stretching 277 miles, cut by the Colorado River over millions of years – it is a sight to be seen. The colors of the canyon set against the blue skies are like none other. Whether you decide to take a day trip by train, challenge yourself physically to a backpacking hike over a weekend, or take a rafting trip through it – it is an experience you will never forget.
The Desert Landscapes. This is the most obvious since everyone thinks of the desert when they think of Arizona – yet the dessert really only makes up a portion of the state. Even so, there is so much beauty and uniqueness in the Sonoran Desert – the only place where the Saguaro cactus grows and one of the few green deserts in the world.
The Weather. With 296 days of sunshine and average temperatures over a year ranging from highs of 87 and lows of 63, we get to spend more months by the pool while others are still shoveling snow. The only salt we need is for our Margaritas!
The Monsoons. We don’t have to worry about earthquakes or tornadoes here. Yay! The most we have to worry about are the monsoons – and even those can be fun. Monsoons include rain, lightning and haboobs (which are dust storms) and usually only last about 10-20 minutes. It reminds me of Hawaii (with the addition of an occasional Haboob).
Culinary Delight. Foodies love Arizona because of the great restaurants with their amazing execution and quality ingredients, as well as culinary festivals, which are held all year long. As the longest running festival in the U.S., The Scottsdale Culinary Festival attracts more than 40,000 visitors every year with its six-day celebration of gourmet foods, celebrity chefs, and libations.
Sports. Thanks to the amazing weather in Arizona, it is a sports lover’s paradise – whether you choose to participate or be a spectator. Professional teams include the MLB Diamondbacks, the NBA Suns, the NHL Coyotes, and the NFL Cardinals. We are also home to the Waste Management Open golf tournament, and the Phoenix International Raceway for those of you who are race fans. Another huge draw for visitors and baseball fans is the ‘Cactus League’ spring training which is a perfect to watch in the warm weather.
Nearby Activities.Whether you are looking for lakes, rivers, mountains, or deserts – Arizona has everything you want within a short distance. Within a few hours you can be enjoying a wine tasting tour in one of Sedona’s beautiful wineries, or enjoying the cooler weather up north with mountain ranges like Humphrey’s Peak, which stands at 12,637 feet. In the winter you can go snow skiing in Flagstaff, Greer, or Tucson. There are miles of trails for hikers and mountain bikers near the city who enjoy the outdoors, or lakes to go swimming and skiing. We are only a 5-½ hour drive to the beach in Rocky Point (Mexico)… and the beaches in San Diego California. And last, but not least, we are about 5 hours to Las Vegas!
Daylight Saving. Arizona never changes their time! We are one of two states that don’t observe daylight savings. You will never have to remember to change your clocks. Need I say more?