(State of Arizona)
Flag of Arizona
Map of Arizona
• Location: Southwestern United States
• Capital: Phoenix
• Language(s): English, Spanish, Navajo
• Population: 6,354,578
• Total Area: 295,254 sq km
• Curious Alcohol Fact: In the state, there are margaritas made from cactus!
• Most Popular Drink(s): Margaritas –ideal for a desert state.
• Interesting Fact: The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most visited
tourist sites in the world and I made sure I did not miss this wonder in Northern
Arizona. The site is simply splendid!
• Nickname: The Grand Canyon State
• What You Must Do in Arizona: You must visit the Grand Canyon!
Arizona is situated in the southwestern region of the United States of America and is one of the largest states in the country by area. Of all the states in continental United States, Arizona was the last to be admitted into the Union –in 1912. Even though Arizona is one of the largest in the country in terms of the area, it is also one of the most sparsely populated. It is bordered by Utah to the north, California and Nevada to the east, and New Mexico to the east. To the south lies the state of Sonora in Mexico. The mighty Colorado River forms a natural boundary between the state, Nevada and California. One thing that you will always notice in Arizona is the legendary beauty of the scenery –vast deserts, deep canyons and colorful valleys.
Before the Spanish colonized the area that is now Arizona, it has always been inhabited by Native Indians. These include the Hopi, Papago (Tohono O’odham), Navajo, Pima, Mohave and the Apache. In addition to these four, there are many other indigenous tribes. A vast majority of the Native Indians live in government reservations and the state is known for having some of the largest reservations in the country. More than any other state, the Native Indian flavor is quite palpable in Arizona. Hispanics and African Americans are the other major ethnic groups in the state.
For those after the finest of meals, Arizona is one of the best places. With its diverse nature and multicultural society, you have many meals to choose from –English, Indian and Spanish meals are up for grabs. However, of all the meals, I noticed that some are quite popular with the locals and a nice example is frijoles (beans that has been refried) and pepper. While staying with the Native Indians, I was treated to amazing dishes like the fry bread tacos made from chopped vegetables, cheese, beef and fry bread. American Indians are also known for making delicious corn bread and irresistible stews.
Although Arizona is a dry and hot state, your throat will not have to be in the same condition. In many of the restaurants, margaritas of various kinds are sold at affordable rates and you can always pamper yourself a little. Funnily and interesting enough, fine wines are available too.
Sports in Arizona
Arizonans are known to be some of the most ardent lovers of sports in the United States. Baseball is the most popular sports in the country and some of the finest baseball teams in the country practice in the state which is the location for the Cactus League. Apart from baseball, basketball, ice hockey, golf and soccer are also widely enjoyed.
Interesting Facts About Arizona
• With the exception of Hawaii and Alaska, Arizona is the last state to be admitted into the Union.
• The legendary Grand Canyon and the Meteor Crater are located in the state.
• Arizona has produced some of the most important politicians in the country.
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