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Arizona: The 48th State. It was the last of the 48 states to join the union. It offers wonders of nature—the Grand Canyon with 277 miles of the gorge carved by the Colorado River. Native Americans have been living in the state for centuries. One special place to add to visit is the Havasupai Indian Reservation. Next on the list are the towering sandstone rocks of Monument Valley, the sunset glow of Cathedral Rock, and the red blossoms of the spiny ocotillo plant that brighten the Sonoran Desert in the spring.


Special Moments ins Arizona’s history

In 500 AD, the Hohokam people began building a canal system in the Sonoran Desert.

November 1926: a new east-west highway, Route 66, is established from Illinois to California. The Section through the Black Mountains in Arizona is so treacherous that some travelers hire locals to drive their cars.

January 27, 2014: Arizona illustrator Molly Idle wins a Caldecott Honor for her picture book.







Sedona is an exciting destination in Arizona that’s famous for its natural beauty and healing powers. It’s really unlike anywhere else in the state – or the country! Sedona is between Flagstaff and Phoenix and is known for its healing vortexes of energy and New Age shops. Come here to learn about crystals, attend a yoga retreat, and hike in incredible landscapes. Book a horseback riding tour with a local guide company in the red rock canyons to embrace the stunning beauty of the outdoors here. Sedona is also an artist haven so that you can shop for beautiful creations inspired by the mountains and rocks.


Tucson is an urban area with a more chill vibe than Phoenix but still has lots to see and do. This city is a friendly and laid-back place that has lots of saguaro cacti and hiking areas to explore. Saguaro National Park is nearby, and Mt. Lemmon is also great for a mountain hike. Next, head to Fourth Avenue for shopping, restaurants, bars, and breweries in the downtown area. There’s a University of Arizona campus here that hosts cultural events and has a science center and planetarium. Some of the local events to check out here are the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase, the Tucson Culinary Festival, and the Tucson Festival of Books.


Phoenix is a sprawling metropolis in Arizona conveniently located right in the middle of the state. This city is known for luxury golf courses and spas, perfect for a weekend away from reality. It’s also fun to visit the Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Gardens, the museums, and the designer fashion stores. There’s also an exciting nightlife scene in this large Arizona city. Hiking to the top of Camelback Mountain is a must when visiting Phoenix. Also, consider booking tickets for a classical music show at the Phoenix Symphony or taking a brewery tour to sample local beers. Tempe, Arizona, is right next door and a fun college town home to Arizona State University.

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Judy Kundert

Judy Kundert, a recipient of the Marquis Who’s Who Excellence in Authorship award, loves storytelling, from folk and fairy tales to classics for elementary school children. She authors award-winning middle-grade novels designed to inspire and intrigue children. After she left her career as a United Airlines stewardess, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, Chicago and a Master of Arts from DePaul University, Chicago. Most recently, she completed a master’s Certificate in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Denver. For fun, she likes reading (usually three or four books at a time), watching movies from the oldies to the current films, traveling, biking, and hiking in vast Colorado outdoors with her husband. Learn more at can find me at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains hiking, biking

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