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Arizona is a sunny state that brims with natural and cultural attractions. While its famously part of the American Southwest, parts of the state also brim with Western and mountain charm. The 48th state admitted to the union, Arizona continues to be home to as many as 27 federally recognized Native American tribes. The state also attracts a wealth of tourists who visit to escape the winter and to enjoy Arizona’s many things to see and do.

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1. Grand Canyon

For sheer natural grandeur, nothing quite tops the Grand Canyon. This extraordinary landmark is 277 miles long and was originally carved by the mighty Colorado River. Visitors marvel at the canyon’s millions of years of exposed geology. When visiting, tourists have the option of witnessing the canyon from the South Rim or its less-crowded North Rim. Some visitors opt to hike into the canyon while others choose to raft down the river into the canyon grounds. Even if you’re just passing through Northern Arizona, you definitely want to make a stop to see this visually astounding site.

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