When people not from Arizona hear its name, they think of extreme heat in the summer, akin to what it would feel like walking on the surface of the sun. While the southern part of the state is certainly characterized by its desert climate and intense summer heat, there is more to Arizona than that!
The northern part of Arizona features a much milder climate in the summer and here you will find beautiful pine forests, deep canyons and also some mountain ranges! In the winter, there is snowfall in a few places that has created a demand for ski resorts.
Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon Nationl Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and widely considered as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Carved into the Earth by the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is an enormous gorge that is renowned for its unmatched combination of size, depth and exposed layers of colorful rocks.

The largest city and state capital of Arizona, Phoenix is a place you simply must visit when you’re in Arizona. Various science museums, hiking trails, and gardens will keep you busy during the day here. Maybe you can even go for a hot air balloon ride! At night, party it up in Arizona’s largest city!

Arizona Cardinals
One of the premiere teams in the NFL, with a Super Bowl appearance a few years ago, the Arizona Cardinals are worth watching on their own for any football fan. On top of that, the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, where they play, is quite unique! It’s the first stadium with a fully retractable natural grass playing surface in the United States. This means the whole field can be moved to the outside of the building to expose the grass to natural sunlight!

Out of Africa Park
This wildlife park in Camp Verde features stunning scenery and gives you a chance to see amazing animals. They have tours, safaris and observations available to see these pristine animals in spacious and natural living habitats.

In Flagstaff, for example, you can go skiing in the winter. In the summer, you can take scenic chairlift rides or go hiking!

As you can see, there’s more to do in Arizona than just sweat your ass off! If you’re a local or someone who has visited Arizona, feel free to share your experiences in the comments.