ES­CAPE the COLD in BALMY ARI­ZONA

Snowbirds & RV Travelers - - Arizona - Story Con­trib­uted by Sun Vista RV Re­sort/Su­per­sti­tion Sun­rise RV Re­sort

ARE YOU TIRED OF SPEND­ING YOUR WIN­TERS in the cold and snow? Come to Ari­zona where the win­ters are full of sun­shine and balmy tem­per­a­tures. Ari­zona has the dri­est weather in the United States with the least fre­quent days of pre­cip­i­ta­tion. The Guin­ness World Record for the sun­ni­est city on plant Earth is Yuma, Ari­zona with 91% of day­light hours be­ing sunny.

If you en­joy the great out­doors, then Ari­zona’s to­tally amaz­ing sun­rises and sun­sets are just the thing. There are so many things to see and do out­doors that you will not be able to do it all in one visit to the state. There are many fes­ti­vals, pa­rades, zoos, fairs and rodeos to ex­pe­ri­ence while bask­ing in the warm weather. Ari­zona has both Na­tional and State parks to visit, along with Na­tional Wildlife Refuges. While there, save some time to visit Mex­ico, Ari­zona’s neigh­bour to the south. Ex­plor­ing the shops and cafes across the bor­der can be a great way to spend your day while bar­gain hunt­ing and tast­ing some de­li­cious food items.

Ac­cord­ing to the Heard Mu­seum and the In­ter-Tribal Coun­cil of Ari­zona, over one quar­ter of the state is Amer­i­can In­dian reser­va­tion land with twenty-two sov­er­eign com­mu­ni­ties. They have the sec­ond largest Amer­i­can In­dian pop­u­la­tion in the en­tire United States. Hop­ping on the reser­va­tions can pro­vide you with a whole new op­por­tu­nity to see hand­crafted items from turquoise and sil­ver jew­ellery to wo­ven rugs and hand­made bas­kets. Pet­ro­glyphs are easy to find in the area be­tween Yuma and the Phoenix Met­ro­pol­i­tan area.

On those few cold or rainy days, maybe a mu­seum or a casino is the bet­ter way to spend the day. There is an am­ple sup­ply of both of them in the state. Learn about the Wild West back in the days of the pi­o­neers and how they lived in the great south­west, and tour some his­tor­i­cal homes. You can visit mu­se­ums that were once a ter­ri­to­rial prison or even a ghost town or two along with many other his­tor­i­cal places. Ari­zona has mil­i­tary mu­se­ums, po­lice and fire mu­se­ums, train mu­se­ums and even a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment mu­seum.

If you en­joy sports, Ari­zona has pro­fes­sional teams with the Car­di­nals foot­ball, the Phoenix Suns and Mer­cury bas­ket­ball, the Coy­otes

hockey, Rat­tlers arena foot­ball and the Diamondbacks base­ball. Base­ball Spring Train­ing is held all over Metro Phoenix and the Phoenix Open Golf Tour­na­ment is in Scotts­dale. If you pre­fer par­tic­i­pa­tion sports there many golf cour­ses, hik­ing trails, 4-wheel­ing in the desert or sand dunes, bik­ing trails, Se­nior Olympics, and rock hound­ing or gold pan­ning. Ari­zona also has sev­eral lakes and rivers for water sports and fish­ing. Af­ter your jour­ney to Ari­zona check into a lux­ury re­sort, such as Sun Vista RV Re­sort or Su­per­sti­tion Sun­rise and re­lax or be as busy as you like. The ameni­ties and ac­tiv­i­ties are great and will fit your ev­ery need. They have classes, dances, en­ter­tain­ers, fit­ness cen­ters, pools and jacuzzis (in­doors and out­doors), pick­le­ball, shuf­fle­board, bocce ball, RC race tracks, and dog parks — just about any­thing you can imag­ine.

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