Arizona is the ultimate tourist destination for people looking for an unforgettable adventure. The majestic landscape carved out by the Colorado River presents a gorgeous landscape that can be awe-inspiring. If you’re planning a trip to Arizona, here are some tips that can come in handy.
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Experience the local culture
Arizona has a rich history and heritage with over 22 Native American tribes residing in the state; you can visit these tribal areas to experience the different customs and cultures. If you plan to visit these sites, make sure you pay respect to their rules and understand the cultural and sentimental significance.
Arizona is known for its Mexican fusion dishes as the southwestern flavor can dominate your plate. Try the street stalls famous for their burritos and nacho chips or the edible cactus commonly found in dishes and salads.
Lookout for the weather
The variations in temperature must be taken into consideration before you plan your trip. The spring and fall months are usually pleasant and mild while the warm weather and low humidity is ideal for adventure sports and sightseeing. The snow-capped mountains are a treat for visitors, which can be found around Flagstaff.
Carry loose, casual, comfortable clothes for outdoor activities. Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen are necessary throughout the year while the summer months call for shorts & cotton shirts and winters demand sweaters & jackets.
The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport connects the state to over 100 cities. You can also plan a road trip (which we highly recommend)! You can even travel via local transportation, since buses and light rail are in abundance with stops throughout the Phoenix metro area.
Take note of the time zone
Arizona follows Mountain Standard Time in the winter and does not acknowledge daylight saving time; that means that in the summer, Arizona is in the Pacific Time Zone.
Know the safety concerns
Since Arizona is very close to Mexico, tourists should be cautious along the border areas. Also, a major portion of the state is desert, so the issue of dehydration is prominent. If you are river rafting, make sure you have sunscreen with you, while hikers visiting the Grand Canyon should be on the lookout for thunderstorms and flash flooding.