National Travel and Tourism Week is reason to celebrate in Arizona, where tourism is the state’s No. 1 export industry.
That’s no surprise, considering Arizona is the only place in America where you can see one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World—the Grand Canyon—which has been wowing humans for as long as humans have been around to lay eyes on it.
But there is so much more to the Grand Canyon State than the Grand Canyon itself.
- The longest unbroken stretch of Route 66? It’s in Arizona.
- The only place where the U.S. Postal Service still uses a mule to deliver the mail? It’s in Arizona.
- The site of the most famous gunfight in American history? It’s in Arizona.
- Arizona is also where you’ll find the world’s deepest dam, largest solar telescope and best-preserved meteor crater.
If you’re a traveler who loves Arizona, this is the week to tell the world about it. Share your best Arizona photos on social media using the hashtag #LetsSeeAz.
Kick off National Travel and Tourism Week by attending REI’s Force of Nature Celebration Reunion Party, co-hosted by the Arizona Office of Tourism and Arizona State Parks. The celebration features a sunrise hike, yoga, a trail run, a panel discussion and a food-truck lunch.
Date: May 6, 2018
When: 10:30 a.m. to noon
Where: Lost Dutchman State Park
Cost: The party is free, but spaces are limited and registration is required. There is an additional cost and registration for the sunrise hikes (6-10 a.m.) and yoga (9-10 a.m.). Please visit the website for more information and to register.