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Arizona 50 by 50

Welcome to 50 by 50 where I highlight one state each week and what to do when visiting. This week is ARIZONA, the 48th state to join the union on Feb. 14, 1912. It is nicknamed The GRAND Canyon State for its iconic and famous natural wonder.

There are three main cities in Arizona in which to base your travels. Phoenix, the nation's fifth largest city, is the capitol and is also known as the Valley of the Sun. Tucson strives to preserve both its Hispanic Heritage and its forests of cacti amidst the mountains. Andhistoric Flagstaff with its famous train depot is the gateway to millions who visit the state’s National Parks each year.

Speaking of National Parks, here you find the Grand Canyon where you can see millions of years of geographic history in one place. You can also head to Monument Valley and see the red-rock country of Sedona. Don't forget the famous Route 66 which made visiting these places possible before the interstate. You will find almost 14 miles to visit near Flagstaff.

Kids wanting something to do? Take them to Castles and Coasters. This theme park near Phoenix has something for all ages with coasters, arcades, kid rides, and attractions. Or how about an old west gunfight? Then Tombstone is your place with live reenactments of the OK Coral shootout.

Are you a Foodie looking for unique experiences? Visit El Guero Canelo in Tucson for their famous Son-or-an Hot Dog that is wrapped in bacon placed in a bolillo bun, and covered in mustard, grilled onions, pinto beans and drizzled with jalapeño sauce and mayonnaise

Or visit The Chile Pepper in Yuma. Also called Mr G’s it is said to have the second best burrito in America. Looking for something more formal? Head to Kai at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort where you will journey through local Native American flavors. It is Arizona’s only 5 Diamond/5Star restaurant and to make it more special, reserve sunset dining on the balcony. You can also head to Scottsdale for The Mission for modern latin cuisine. Make sure to order the table side guacamole.

Looking for a Couples retreat? Nothing is more romantic than the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Phoenix. The Biltmore has been a jewel of the Arizona desert since 1929 and offers golf, dining, events, and romance for couples. Pet-friendly rooms are available here. There is exquisite onsite dining but couples can also enjoy the live music, nearby hiking, and daily fitness classes here.

Do you have your favorite places to visit in Arizona? Let me know below. Also subscribe to my YouTube channel for ideas on vacations to other destinations.

Until Later,

Always Magically Yours

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