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Travel Planning

Arizona at a Glance

Hot desert temperatures, cool mountains and all the varied landscapes in between make Arizona a fun state to explore. From the large cities of Phoenix and Mesa to the artistic community of Tucson, you'll have plenty of places to shop, golf, sight-see and go on unforgettable natural adventures. 

One of the biggest draws to the state is the Grand Canyon, one of the world's most astonishing natural landscapes. Plan to spend at least a couple of days doing day-hikes around the rim, driving to scenic viewpoints and learning about the animals and geology of the area. The adventurous can take a helicopter into the canyon, go off-road in a Jeep, ride mules or raft down the rushing Colorado River. 

For the rest of your trip, get out and explore. Arizona has hundreds of local, state and national parks and miles of scenic roads to drive. From the crisp waters of Lake Havasu to the Sonoran Desert to the majestic desolation of Monument Valley, you'll find diverse destinations all within reasonable driving distance. 

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Popular Places
  • Phoenix Phoenix
  • Tucson Tucson
  • Mesa Mesa
  • Scottsdale Scottsdale
  • Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon National Park
  • Flagstaff Flagstaff
  • Sedona Sedona
  • Lake Havasu Lake Havasu
  • Sonoran Desert National Monument Sonoran Desert National Monument
  • Painted Desert Painted Desert
Getting There
Major Airports
  • Major Airport Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • Major Airport Tucson International Airport

Passport / Visa Requirements

All travelers to the United States are required to hold a valid passport; the passport should be valid for six months beyond your departure from the U.S. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows citizens of 37 participating countries to travel within the United States without a visa for 90 days; travelers must have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval prior to travel, return travel tickets and a passport with a photo and an electronic chip. Visitors not eligible for VWP must apply for a non-immigrant visa. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department's travel website.

Need to Know

Severe Weather Arizona has very hot temperatures during the summer and can have summer lightening storms. Use caution in the heat and seek shelter during big storms.

Safety Concerns Arizona's crime rate varies by region. It is a good idea to protect yourself from crime even in very rural areas. 

Health Concerns Stay hydrated and remain cool during hot summer weather. People with breathing and heart troubles should be especially conservative in the heat.

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