When to go to Arizona, Best Time
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Arizona, the state of the Grand Canyon, that is the immense gorge born from the impetuous flow of the Colorado River that from the viewpoint near Page (accessible by climbing a trail from route 89) takes shape in a horseshoe curve that embraces the central pinnacle in a contrast of unique colors, where desert and water coexist. Arizona is also the land of the Apache and Navajo Indians, who live on the reservations they manage (here the map of their lands) and where one of the most evocative canyons in the world endures over time, the Antelope Canyon that envelops visitors in an abyss of sandstone with reflections and copper and gold colors. However, the preeminent destination for a traveler to Arizona remains Monument Valley, the quintessential symbol of the Far West.
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Arizona is not only desert and cactus, which mainly cover the southern part of the country, but also has pine forests in the north central area and near the Colorado River. The smaller cities and towns around Phoenix and Tucson are modern, well-equipped metropolises, where you will find museums, sports centers, botanical gardens, shopping malls, exclusive restaurants and trendy clubs. Around Tucson you can taste the wines of the area, which are mostly grown with red grape vineyards.
Arizona's climate varies from desert in the south to the temperate climate of the highlands and mountain ranges in the north. In the large desert area, temperatures rise sharply and often exceed 40°C during the summer months between June and August. The temperature range between day and night always remains significant and during the summer is even more pronounced (see values in the climate tables below). In the winter months between December and February, nighttime temperatures usually drop below freezing, but during the day they hover around 20 ° C.
Towards the north, altitudes increase and the climate becomes milder. Summers are no longer as hot and winters often reserve snow in the mountains that cover northern Arizona. During the winter in the north it can get very cold and windy days can be encountered.
Precipitation in Arizona falls sparingly, especially in the desert zone, with values bordering the limit of survival for any species, especially in the months of January through June. With July and August, the first rains of the year begin to fall and also occur with violent storms. In the north of the country it rains a little more throughout the year but without major excesses and with falling values in spring.
The best time to travel to Arizona is from spring to early summer or during the fall.This avoids hot temperatures impossible to sustain in the desert areas during July and August. While during the winter in the north you may encounter severe weather with sub-zero temperatures, it is from here that you must pass to get to Monument Valley and Grand Canyon National Park. But if the cold doesn't scare you, the winter months are fine too.
For more details on precipitation and average temperaturesconsult the following data. by