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Top 5 Vacation Spots in Arizona

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Outlined below is a list of the biggest attractions that the state of Arizona has to offer. It’s a must that you are prepared when you plan a road trip through this beautiful state. The demands of American life usually only afford us so many annual vacations, you’re going to get short changed anyway during your stay. But if for some reason you have a couple of weeks to work with, there will be no shortage of things to do during your travels through Arizona.

1. Grand Canyon National Park – The Grand Canyon speaks for itself; this is Arizona’s pride and joy. The Grand Canyon is located in the northwest part of the state. Carved out by the Colorado River over millions of years. One of America’s natural wonders and first National Parks, its one thing you must see during your lifetime; it’s also one of the Seven Wonders of the World. River rafting, hiking and the skywalk on the West Rim are good starters…just to name a few. While in the Grand Canyon area, be sure to check out the Reindeer Farm west of Flagstaff.

2. Hoover Dam – A lot more than just a big stack of concrete, the mere size of Hoover Dam is awe-inspiring. Constructed in the 1930’s, Hoover Dam is located in northwest Arizona sharing a border with Nevada. Named after former president Herbert Hoover, Hoover Dam was one of the biggest projects of it’s time. During your visit to Hoover Dam make sure that you visit Lake Mead.

3. Sedona AZ- Located south of Flagstaff, in Red Rock country, is another one of Arizona’s not so best kept secrets. Sedona is home to some of Arizona’s and Hollywood’s elite; Sharon Stone and Al Pacino have homes in Sedona, so does John Travolta. Sedona also has some of the most beautiful sunsets and scenic drives in the country. Numerous hiking and biking trails dominate the colorful red rock sandstone landscape. Must-sees when you travel to Sedona include the Solid Rock church and Slide Rock Park. Kill an entire day sliding down natural rock formations. While in the Sedona area make sure that you check out Jerome and Prescott as well.

4. Monument Valley Park – Located in the northeastern part of the state, Monument Valley is famous for the legendary battles between the Roadrunner and Wiley Coyote (Warner Brothers cartoons), and the popular desert scene in National Lampoon’s ‘Vacation’ movies. Dominated by colorful plateaus and mesas, in some respects Monument valley is the face of the Southwest. The most popular landmarks of Monument Valley are located on the Navaho Tribal Park on the Utah border. While in the area, make sure that you check out the Utah side of Monument Valley.

5. Lake Havasu, AZ – Lake Havasu City is home of the London Bridge. Brought over from England in the 1960’s, the London Bridge put Lake Havasu on the map. The English Village surrounding the bridge, and is just one of the oddities you’ll find in this desert paradise. Water sports, lake tours, off road driving, spring break and enjoying sunsets, to name a few, are very popular in this desert oasis. While in Lake Havasu City make sure that you check out Parker Dam, which is located about 30 miles south.

Excellent Trout Fishing in Arizona

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

But the truth is that the state of Arizona offers some excellent trout fishing. One of the most popular places for fish for these beautiful fish in Arizona are the White Mountains, which are in the eastern part of the state near the New Mexico border. There are many rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs throughout the white mountain area and 90% of the trout that are found in Arizona are found in the area that is known as the “White Mountains”.

There are other areas within Arizona that also provide some good trout fishing as well. The biggest difference between trout fishing for trout in Arizona and fishing for trout in many other areas of the country is when the most productive times for trout fishing are. While fishing for trout really “cools off” during the winter months in hotspots such as Montana or Pennsylvania, the winter is when many Arizona trout fishermen experience the most success.

The department of fish and game aggressively stocks trout during the winter months so that the people of Arizona can enjoy the experience of catching hungry trout. The four main species of trout; brook, brown, rainbow, and cutthroat are all stocked and can all be found in the waters of this beautiful state along with another lesser known ‘native’ species of trout that can only be found in the state of Arizona, the Apache trout. The Apache trout isn’t found anywhere else and is also the state fish of Arizona.

In many parts of Arizona as the temperatures start to increase as the year progresses any trout that haven’t been caught by anglers die off due to rising water temperatures, and therefore if you are going to engage in trout fishing in Arizona the fall and winter months are often your best bet for success.

The point of the matter is that while the state of Arizona isn’t thought of as a destination for trout by many people, this beautiful state actually offers some very productive trout fishing waters. Whether you are a lake, river, spin, or fly fisherman the Grand Canyon State can provide you with some excellent fishing opportunities.

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