Tuesday, Feb 14th, is more than just Valentine's Day. It's the 100th anniversary of Arizona's statehood. It's hard to believe it's only been a state for that long.
Since I've spent most of the last 16 months in the state, I thought I'd go through my favorite places, most of which I saw this year, and what makes Arizona so unique. Of course the Grand Canyon is a biggie!
The Organ Pipe cactus is here, the only place in the US where it grows.
And the Saguaro cactus in the US grows only in Arizona and a tiny part of California. I got to see them bloom this year.
Monument Valley is mostly in Arizona. Some of the other places I visited in the past year are -
Wupatki and some other ancient dwellings -
The Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert -
Canyon de Chelley -
And Antelope Canyon near Page.
I have been to the Wave 4 times over the last 14 years and hope to go again this year. It's located in Arizona, but you start hiking in Utah.
If you want more, I found Rex Allen Jr's beautiful song, "I Love You, Arizona" here, complete with some gorgeous photos, including Havasu Falls, which is still on my bucket list. The song is guaranteed to bring tears to your eyes.
Happy Birthday, Arizona!