The Grand Canyon state contains all the varied puzzle pieces of the contemporary Southwest, taking in the spires of Monument Valley and the upscale nightlife of Scottsdale. A big tent state of libertarian cowboys and shopaholic suburbanites, cacti canyons and desert golf courses, Arizona still embraces an Old West flavor.
Staking out opposite ends of the state, it claims the cool college towns of Tucson and Flagstaff. Victorian mining towns like Bisbee and Jerome exude rough-cut character, and New Agers in Sedona revel in its unseen energy. Travelers pass back and forth through the busy border hub of Nogales, and Wild West tourists flock to the shoot ’em up town of Tombstone. But in the end, the Grand Canyon is always Arizona’s showy jewel.
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Ten of the world's most mind-blowing landscapes
Gazing at a remarkable view for the first time is one of travel’s greatest thrills - and these 10 landscapes are among the most mind-blowing we’ve ever seen. Straight from our brand-new hardback Lonely Planet's Beautiful World, these landscapes are almost too extraordinary to be real.
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Hold tight: the world's best rafting rivers
Zip up your wetsuit, cinch your helmet: we bring you the biggest, baddest and raddest rivers for rafting the world over – and all guided commercially for your convenience. Sun Kosi River, Nepal Raft negotiating the 'Meatgrinder' rapid on Sun Kosi River. Image by Anders Blomqvist / Lonely Planet Images / Getty Images.
Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam Day Trip from Las Vegas with Optional Skywalk
Hit the highway out of Las Vegas and spend the day touring the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. On this day trip you'll have four hours at the Grand Canyon, with the option of walking on the popular Grand Canyon Skywalk for panoramic 360-degree views.
Ultimate Grand Canyon 4-in-1 Helicopter Tour
Take the ultimate Grand Canyon tour! You'll fly from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon by helicopter, cruise the Colorado River, then spend time at the West Rim. You also have the option of choosing the Grand Canyon Skywalk for 360-degree panoramic views.
Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA
Image by franckreporter / Getty Images. The current Grand Canyon is just six million years old. As canyons age they get broader and deeper; the Grand Canyon is getting deeper each year by the thickness of a sheet of paper. Open a copy of Lonely Planet's Beautiful World for more glimpses into the world's most magnificent places.
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An energetic college town, Tucson (too-sawn) is attractive, fun-loving and one of the most culturally invigorating places in the Southwest.