Arizona is one of the most geographically diverse states in the country and Arizona tourism offers something for everyone, from the nature lover to sports fans. It’s one of the physically larger states in the country with significant changes in elevation, going from 70 feet to over 10,000. In the winter, skiing in the mountains by day is possible and by nightfall, you can be lazing around a heated swimming pool, eating 5-star food.
Phoenix is home to professional football, baseball, basketball and hockey teams. Spring training offers an excellent way to watch professional players practice for the upcoming season. The Cactus League attracts millions of baseball fans at 10 different ballparks scattered throughout the metro area. The early spring temperatures are mild and visitors find the sunshine a warm relief from the cold, grey skies up north.
Day hikes or backpacking adventures are close at hand. Mountain ranges inside the city limits have many hiking trails for families of all ages and abilities, while backpacking opportunities are ample in the ranges that ring the Phoenix metro area. Those who prefer more civilized activities can take in the Scottsdale Civic Center, with its library, art museum, performing arts center, city park and plenty of shops and restaurants nearby.
Scottsdale has ample golf courses, tennis courts and hosts the Waste Management Phoenix Open at the end of January or early February. This tournament, dubbed “the greatest show on grass,” is held at the TPC (Tournament Players Club) Scottsdale.
Taking in the Grand Canyon any time of year provides an unforgettable experience to share with family and friends. In fact, the Grand Canyon may be the anchor of Arizona tourism, especially in the summer, when the lower desert cities are hot. Sedona is another stunning destination in Arizona, summer or winter. At 4,500 feet, its nights cool in the summer and the snow on the red rocks that surround the town in the winter creates a vision unlike anywhere else.
Sky Harbor International Airport makes Arizona tourism easier for people living far away, as well as the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, located southeast of Sky Harbor. Traveler amenities abound everywhere in Arizona, so no matter where your initial destination is in the Grand Canyon State, you’ll find outfitters, car rental agencies, hotels, resorts, nature guides and concierges more than happy to help you enjoy the wonders of this state.