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Arizona

Mr. Harper's Travel Guide

The brilliant burnt-orange terrain of this Southwestern state is dotted with the saturated greens of world-class golf courses and the chlorine blues of suburban swimming pools. But if there is an artificial element to this desert region, Arizona's authenticity is also palpable -- from the ...

The brilliant burnt-orange terrain of this Southwestern state is dotted with the saturated greens of world-class golf courses and the chlorine blues of suburban swimming pools. But if there is an artificial element to this desert region, Arizona's authenticity is also palpable -- from the fossil ruins embedded in the landscape to the rich legacy of its indigenous inhabitants and outlaw settlers. 

In the north, the Grand Canyon cuts a majestic swath; the deep azure of Lake Powell spectacularly interrupts the arid terrain; and the red-rock monoliths of Sedona lure outdoor lovers (the town's reputation as a spiritual vortex has long attracted metaphysical seekers). 

Northcentral Arizona's pine and aspen forests change brilliantly, surrounding both the artifacts and modern incarnations of Old West and Native American cultures. 

The Tucson region, in the south, is a gateway to the stark beauty of the Sonoran desert, where naturalists and stargazers delight in the area's plentiful wildlife and clear skies. 

The sprawling metropolis of greater Phoenix subsumes the central part of the state, its golf course, spa, shopping and dining oases providing respite from the searing heat.

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