Arizona is a land of legend whose name alone conjures up enduring images that reach deep into the North American psyche: the Grand Canyon and with its unfathomable mysteries; vast expanses of desert, home to the Navajo Nation; John Wayne taking part in a shoot-out at high noon; and, of course, cowboys and Indians fighting it out under the merciless sun amidst the rugged, cactus-dotted backdrop of the Wild West.
Sound like a cliché? Perhaps. But Arizona is all this and much, much more. The United States' 48th state is located in the southwestern part of the country. Its northern and eastern edges border on Utah and New Mexico respectively, while its southern and eastern boundaries reach Mexico, California and Nevada. Phoenix is the capital and the largest city of Arizona, with a population of over 1.5 million inhabitants, more than one-third of whom are of Hispanic origin.
If the great outdoors is your passion, you will love Phoenix's amazing desert landscapes and the many great parks that can be found right in the heart of the city. If art is more to your taste, you're sure to be interested in the city's museums, many of which feature collections of works in a hybrid style that mixes Native American and Mexican influences. Finally, if you're the adventurous type who's ready to explore the Wild West, you will certainly want to take the Apache Trail, a mythical road which winds through deep canyons and hides some picturesque lunar landscapes.