Souvenirs from Arizona
Arizona is ideal for the adventurous ones: exciting outdoor experiences, a spirit of multiculturalism, historical locations and great art venues are some of the attractions which make it irresistible. Arizona's most magnificent landmark is undeniably the breathtaking Grand Canyon, a naturally splendid shape of stone walls going down more than a mile towards its floor and covering a surface of more than 250 miles shaped by the Colorado River. In its Western part the Havasupai Falls and Supai, one of the local Arizonan towns, welcome visitors but the Grand Canyon can also be reached by passing through the Hualapai Indian Reservation or simply following the South and North Rim roads. In Northern Arizona, remember to visit the famous 50,000 year old meteor crater which Arizonans proud themselves with as the best preserved in the world. The venue itself is a modern tourist facility with a Film Theater, interactive learning centers and even an Astronaut Park built just on the crater edge. Keep the memory of Arizona alive with magnets, keychains, souvenir plates and T-shirts available now online.
Arizona, an Outdoor Experience
Arizona's sunny weather encourages outdoor adventures such as fishing, cycling, camping or skiing still Arizona seems made for hiking: from easy trails to difficult ones which take days of hard work, its many hiking trails spread across the state. The most spectacular ones are the Grand Canyon's, flexible enough to suit both young families and professionals and below the wonderful landscape of the state lies a world of mysterious caves and caverns. Kartchner Caverns State Park is the highest and biggest record breaking column-shaped cave (with the longest stalactite around the globe) but tourists also choose to marvel at the Colossal Cave in Tucson and the Grand Canyon Caverns. Surprisingly Arizona is a land of contrasts: its wide spread deserts leave enough space for snowy mountain tops ideal for skiing and snowboarding. Ski resorts are spread across the state from Northern Arizona to its Southern parts but the San Francisco are definitely the biggest tourist hit.
Arizonan Architecture, a Tale of Its Past
If you are passionate about beautiful architecture, don't miss the beautiful Arizonan house designs. In ancient places such as Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park or Tuzigoot, old Native American architecture is spectacular; with splendid Spanish Colonial houses, the Southern regions of Arizona offer wonderful examples of local architectural masterpieces and Spanish Colonial design in Mission San Xavier del Bac and Steinfeld Houses in Tucson. For a unique architecture designed to fit the desert climate of Arizona, the world famous Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West, a winter residence which is now opened to public displays an outstanding architectural vision; the designer had also built a summer house and his own school of architecture in the middle of the desert in the 1930s.
Haunted Towns and Native Indian Art
The heritage of Arizona is a fascinating journey across the history of the United States, with old Wild West towns, haunted houses, mysterious Victorian mansions and 19th century military camps. A world of strange forgotten mines, cowboy legends, ghost hotels and murder stories spreads across the state in places like the old copper mine town of Bisbee with the haunted Copper Queen Hotel or the ghost town of Jerome turned into a vibrant artists' community. Tombstone, a former silver mine is still known for its Bird Cage Theater, home to spooky ghosts. Museum wise, Arizona's splendid art galleries display a large collection of paintings and artifacts inspired by its strong Native American heritage but bravely experimenting with both traditional and unconventional art.