Celebrating Arizona statehood is in full force on February 14, 2012, when The Grand Canyon State officially marks 100 years of statehood with a grand day of festivities in Phoenix, including an appearance by boomer entertainer Wayne Newton. When you think of Arizona, what comes to mind? Is it an adventure you had in the Grand Canyon or the first time you saw a stately saguaro with branches that look like arms reaching toward the sky? Many boomer travelers to Arizona are surprised by the diversity of the landscape and climate. I know, you thought it was all desert. Right? Think again.
To celebrate Arizona statehood, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite off-the-beaten path destinations. For boomer adventure, you can’t beat Walking in an Arizona Slot Canyon or Exploring Canyon de Chelly on a four-wheel-drive adventure. For a dose of Native American culture, try 5 Adventures on the Navajo Rez or Exploring Native American Culture at the Amerind Museum. And the scenery at The View from Torroweap or the Stone Soldiers of the Chiricahaus is not your everyday Arizona view.