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Monument Valley, ArizonaMonument Valley, Arizona
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Arizona is a state in southwestern United States. It is the 48th state in the Union, being the last contiguous state that joined the United States of America, which it did, on 14 February, 1912, fifty years after it became a territory of the United States.

Arizona covers an area of 113,998 sq mi (295,254 sq km). Its biggest city as well as state capital is Phoenix. The Phoenix Metropolitan Area includes some of the biggest cities in the state if counted separately.

Arizona shares a border with New Mexico, Utah, Nevada and California, and just touches the border with Colorado. It also has a 389-mile (626-km) international boundary with Baja California in Mexico.

Arizona is a state where you can find part the Grand Canyon as well as many natural parks, forest preserves, national monuments and Native American reservations.

Lower Antelope Canyon, ArizonaLower Antelope Canyon, Arizona
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Stout Arch, Mystery Valley, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, ArizonaStout Arch, Mystery Valley, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona
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Travel to Arizona

Most people either fly to Arizona or go there by road. The main airports for the state are the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) and the Tucson International Airport (TUS). Smaller airports include the Flagstaff Pulliam Airport (FLG), Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport (IFP) and Yuma International Airport (YUM).

View from Schnebly Hill Road, SedonaView from Schnebly Hill Road, Sedona
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Interstate highways I-10, I-8, I-40, I-19, and US Highways 93, 60, 160 and 89 are some of the highways that you can take to enter Arizona. The I-10 goes east-west to Tucson and Phoenix. From I-10, you can take I-8 to Yuma. The I-40 takes you to Flagstaff, Williams and Kingman.

Painted Desert, ArizonaPainted Desert, Arizona
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Travel within Arizona

You do need a car to properly explore Arizona. You can find a car-rental company at all the airports in the state. Your other option is to take the bus. Greyhound has services to most of the cities in the state.

Sedona, ArizonaSedona, Arizona
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Cities in Arizona

I arrange the cities according to population.
  1. Phoenix (1,600,000)
    State capital of Arizona, its largest city, and the 5th largest in the US.

  2. Tucson (542,000)
    Second largest city in Arizona, located near the Mexican border.

  3. Mesa (460,000)
    Third largest city in Arizona, but serves more as a suburb 20 miles to the east of Phoenix.

  4. Glendale (247,000)
    Suburb of Phoenix located 14 km to the northwest of downtown.

  5. Scottsdale (245,000)
    City located to the east adjacent to Phoenix.

  6. Chandler (241,000)
    Suburb to Phoenix located to the east of downtown.

  7. Gilbert (208,000)
    Fourth fastest-growing large municipality in the United States, to the southeast of Phoenix.

  8. Tempe (176,000)
    Another city to the southeast of Phoenix.

  9. Peoria (142,000)
    City to the north of Phoenix, 9th largest in terms of population, 4th largest in terms of area.

  10. Surprise (90,700)
    The second fastest growing municipality in the Phoenix metropolitan area after Gilbert.

  11. Yuma (78,000)
    City on the southwestern part of Arizona.

  12. Flagstaff (60,000)
    City on the southwestern edge of the Colorado Plateau.

  13. Prescott (43,000)
    Former territory capital of Arizona.

  14. Payson (15,000)
    Small city in Gila County, known as the Heart of Arizona.

  15. Sedona (11,000)
    Small city famous for its red sandstone formations.

  16. Winslow (10,000)
    Small city in Navajo County.

Places of Interest in Arizona

National Parks in Arizona

World Heritage Sites of Arizona

National Monuments in Arizona

National Forests in Arizona

  1. Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
  2. Coronado National Forest
  3. Tonto National Forest

Arizona State Parks

  1. Homolovi Ruins State Park
  2. Kartchner Caverns State Park
  3. Lake Havasu State Park
  4. Lyman Lake State Park
  5. Picacho Peak State Park
  6. Roper Lake State Park

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