Even with its hot days and scarce rain, Arizona is a state teeming with life, from towering saguaro cactuses to small and friendly geckos. The warm embrace of Arizona's heat also invites visitors who thirst for the beauty of an endless desert view. From the major urban centers to the small rural towns, tourists and residents can find plenty of outdoor and cultural attractions and events in Arizona.
Outdoor and fitness enthusiasts regularly participate in this fall event that provides the opportunity to enjoy the picturesque hills and surrounding community while conquering 1,000 steps situated in nine different scenic areas. Walk, run and set your own pace.
For 21 days, beginning in the middle of October, the city hosts this annual extravaganza that features everything from a rodeo to auto races and celebrity performances. Over one million guests attend every year for events that combine traditional American history with a little bit of the unusual.
This three-day event takes place during the first week of every December and continues in the tradition of Mexico's Day of the Dead celebration. Nearly 30,000 spectators observe as over 10,000 participants trek the two-mile procession complete with altars, costumes and floats in commemoration of deceased loved ones.
- Scottsdale, Arizona in Scottsdale, AZ.
For an interesting weekend in the middle of November, art enthusiasts venture to the Scottsdale Civic Center for the chance to view the works of over 200 artists exhibiting everything from masterfully skilled crafts to traditional fine art. The free event also features live entertainment, food vendors and children's activities.
Every year, toward the end of November, the community welcomes the holiday season with this special event featuring an amazing light display and a host of entertainment for residents and guests of all ages. Enjoy food, live performances, craft activities and rides along with Santa and real snow.
- 4th Avenue between University Blvd Tucson, AZ 85705 in Tucson, AZ.
Hundreds of thousands stroll 4th Avenue each March and December for the massive biannual street fair. Over 400 artisans and dozens of food vendors participate in the event. Two outdoor stages provide live entertainment and the local children's museum offers a various activities for younger guests.