Virtual Arizona

In our continuing series of places we can’t visit right now in person but can explore online, here are some virtual links for getting to know Arizona. The first state in the series is Texas and you can find that post here.

At first glance, Arizona might seem like a vast open place with not much interesting going on but in fact has many national and state parks and a variety of landscapes and climates. Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, and Cactus Pipes National Park, to name a few. You can learn more about the national parks here.

I haven’t been to the Grand Canyon since I was a youngster but I can tell you that virtual panoramic scenes, however spectacular, will never do justice to the in-person grandeur. Enjoy this site now from Arizona State University and plan a real trip for the future. Best times to visit are fall and spring.

I got to tour the Petrified Forest for a day in spring 2019 in my motorhome. I really had no idea there was so much to do there and you could easily plan a two-day visit. Entrance fee is good for a week and look for discounts with National Park passes. Petrified National Forest has a YouTube channel with a number of 2 minute to 20 minute explorations and demonstrations.

Phoenix is the largest city in Arizona with Tucson and Mesa second and third on the list at about 1/3 the population each of Phoenix. Take a digital safari of the Phoenix Zoo here with photos, videos, and blogs. And if you find those Zoom meetings on the dull side, get a little wild with the more than 20 digital backgrounds they offer (scroll down to “digital backgrounds”).

If you are into that retro Route 66 vibe, you definitely need to see Seligman, Winslow, and Kingman, Arizona. Route 66 virtual tour by the National Historic Trust can be viewed at this link. While you’re waiting to travel, here is my take on these places with some fun photos.

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If you are seeking out-of-the-way camping spots, Arizona is your state. Check out these hidden gem campsites online and plan for a trip soon. Camp under the stars with a choice of arid deserts rich with hidden animal life to six national forests covering 15% of the state.

Arizona State Museum has a number of online exhibits, including American Indian paintings and a pottery vault. And if you want to take your exploration one step further, they have an online learning resources page as well.

The above should keep you busy for awhile. Until next time, enjoy your virtual travels.

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