Your Travel Guide When Living in Arizona

Phoenix is one of the best places to live in America.  There are so many reasons to live here and so many things to do.  The two purported negatives we hear from people are, “It’s too hot” and “Where’s the ocean?” As for the weather, the old adage is “It’s hot but it’s a dry heat!” This is so true - but let’s compare this to the Midwest or Eastern United States. I’m sure you’d agree if you have visited us before, 100 degrees with 7-14% humidity is not as uncomfortable as 85 degrees and 90% humidity. Keep in mind, it’s only “desert” hot for around 3-4 months of the year. The other 8-9 months will bring beautiful weather.  Yes, we’re missing the beaches, but a 45 minute plane ride or 6 hour drive and you will be enjoying the waves and white sand beaches. Another desirable aspect is that within a one hour drive from the Phoenix area, you will be out of the heat. In the summer, the temperature change will go from 100 degrees in Phoenix to 80 degrees that quickly. If you like cold winters, this same one hour drive will take you to the snow covered mountains. In Phoenix, we don’t have earthquakes, blizzards, typhoons, hurricanes or tornados.  You will witness a few dust and thunder storms, which makes it feel more like a 4th of July attraction than a disaster! Would you like to explore a different country?  Mexico is only 2 hours away. And let's not forget Las Vegas is only a 5 hour drive or 45 minute plane ride. Aside from all these great reasons to move to Arizona and the Phoenix area, we want to share with you some of the major attractions that make Arizona a wonderful place to live:

Amerind Museum

Amerind Museum When William Fulton heard of Texas Canyon and its prehistoric agricultural villages occupied by the Native Americans, he purchased the land in 1937. His ranch is now called the Amerind Foundation. Mr. Fulton eventually hired an archaeologist to further their research of the Native American cultures, while preserving many of the artifacts discovered over the years. The museum exhibitions tell an amazing story of some of the first people, all the way back from the Ice Age to the present. The museum is located in Dragoon, AZ, approximately 60 miles SE of Tucson. Please visit Native American Collections and Cultures for more information.

Antelope Canyon

Antelope CanyonAntelope Canyon rests in Navajo country. It was thought to be a place where antelope roamed hundreds of years ago. The Navajo tribes named upper antelope canyon, “Tse bighanilini”, which meant “where water runs through rocks”. This area sits at a 4000 foot elevation and the canyon walls are 120 feet above the stream of running water. The lower canyon was called “Hasdestwazi or “spiral rock arches”. It feels like you’re entering a cathedral. No question, this place is a spiritual experience. For more information please visit Navajo Nation Parks and Recreation.

Aravaipa Canyon

Aravaipa CanyonPut on your hiking boots and waders! Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness is only 120 miles SE of Phoenix and has over 19,000 acres to explore. The canyon is approximately 11 miles long with an elevation of 3,000 feet. Camping is allowed but for only a maximum of 3 days. If you prefer, there are some great Bed & Breakfast locations. You can easily spend 2 days hiking the wilderness. There are no trails, so much of your hiking will be in the creek or crossing the creek back and forth several times. Along the way you will see evidence of people who lived in the canyon and prehistoric artifacts from over 9,500 years ago. If you are a birdwatcher you will enjoy over 150 species of birds. For more information or to plan a hike, go to Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness.

Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2Biosphere 2 in Tucson was originally constructed in 1986 with the intent to research and develop self-sustaining space colonization technology. In 1996 to 2003 the structure was used as a study on the effects of carbon dioxide on plants. Part of the Biosphere was used as classrooms for college students majoring in earth systems science. Currently the structure is used to perform experiments directed at quantifying the consequences of global climate change. For more information on family or classroom tours, visit the University of Arizona’s UA Science Biosphere 2.

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