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.
- 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.
- Mill Avenue District Tempe, AZ 85281 in Tempe, AZ
Over 200,000 attend this biannual event held during weekends in April and again in December. Considered one of the country's top 20 art festivals, the Spring Tempe invites 400 artists specializing in 18 different categories.
Native American dancers of all ages from the United States and Canada compete in this annual event that continues a century's old tradition. Participants skillfully incorporate anywhere from one to 50 hoops in an array of spectacular performances.
- Lake Havasu City, Ariz. in LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ
You don't have to wait for the 4th of July to enjoy fireworks when this extravagant pyrotechnic display takes place every February and spans five nights at the rodeo grounds. Come rain or shine, the show goes on and provides visitors with the rare chance to witness some of the most amazing displays ever seen.