Arizona – The Grand Canyon State
The great southwestern state, Arizona, is the sixth largest state and the 14th by population. A moderately diverse economy with copper still being mined and accounting for two-thirds of the nation’s output, is filled with many prominent cities. The Copper State is known for its dry climate, rock formations and Native American history. When it gets too hot outside, Arizonans have access to satellite TV providers like Dish Network.
Living in Arizona means you always have access to picturesque mountain settings, hundreds of different hiking trails to explore, historic sight seeing (a 7 Wonder of the World, perhaps), or a sports game. Whether you live in Phoenix, Chandler, Glendale or Scottsdale there are always plenty of outdoor adventures and great authentic Mexican food.
Speaking of sports, Arizona has several professional league teams to cheer for. The Arizona Cardinals have two championships in the NFL, while the Arizona Diamondbacks have one in the MLB. Arizona also has an NBA team, Phoenix Suns, and an NHL team, Arizona Coyotes. The Phoenix International Raceway is home to NASCAR twice a year in Avondale. With the many golf course, it’s no surprise that the PGA Tour makes a few stops in Arizona, including the Phoenix Open at TPC of Scottsdale.
A great way to stay up-to-date with all the sports is to sign up for Dish Network. With more than one game on the Hopper, with he ability to record up to 3 channels, would surely come in handy.
The fifth most populous state in the United States, Phoenix is the center of the Phoenix metropolitan area. If you want to head out exploring nearby attractions, Montezuma’s Well is about 11 miles northeast in the town of Rimrock. Just north of the city in Coolidge are the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, which preserves structures of the Pueblo III and Pueblo IV Eras.
For a day of hiking you can start out at Camelback Mountain up one of the two trails, Echo Canyon or Cholla, to reach the top of the “hump” of the kneeling camel to look out over the city. Or minutes from downtown is Papago Park with red rock buttes, scenic trails, and within park, the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden. If you are lucky to be there in May or June you will see the state flower, the saguaro cactus blossom, bloom on the tips of the saguaro cactus which is the largest American cactus.
For a trip into Native American history you must visit the Heard Museum. The museum covers 22 regional American Indian tribes’ tradition, culture and history. Opening in 1929, the museum has grown to become internationally recognized, presenting stories of American Indians from a first-person perspective.
A favorite of the locals is to head to The Old Town in Scottsdale, just outside the city. Featuring a variety of things to do and places to see, here are some of the frequented activities:
- Boutique shopping, including jewelry with lots of turquoise, the state gemstone
- Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Western Spirit
- Sabas Famous Texas Boots
- A number of bars, lounges and restaurants
Thanks to the large Hispanic population and its closeness to Mexico, Phoenix is known for its Mexican food. From tacos, tortas and guacamole, to steak and seafood, your taste buds will be thanking you. For authentic flavors check out The Mission where old and new worlds collide. Looking for the best tacos in town, it won’t be hard to find one with so many around, but Tacos Chiwas is worth a try, making everything from scratch, including their hand-pressed tortillas.
After filling up on your meal, head in for some TV time. With the Hispanic population Dish Network has you covered with DishLATINO. Get the best programs in both English and Spanish with over 190 channels.
A suburb about 20 miles east of Phoenix is Mesa, the third-largest city in Arizona. Located in the Sonoran Desert, visitors can immerse themselves into hiking mountain tops or kayaking along calm rivers and lakes.
If you are a foodie or are a lover of fresh food, Mesa is your place to be. Jump in the car and take a road trip down the Fresh Foodie Trail through Mesa and beyond into the Southeast Valley towns. Here are a few of the freshest food stops to be made:
- True Garden Urban Farm
- Queen Creek Olive Mill
- The Orange Patch
- The Windmill Winery
- Jalapeno Bucks
If it’s an adventure you’re looking for there is plenty outdoor recreation just minutes from your stay. You can take a cool cactus walk at Usery Park to learn the different names of cacti and how they survive in the desert. Or maybe your tempo is a wine tasting cruise, relax on deck while sipping your wine listening to live music.
For the culture seeker, Mesa is rich in arts and cultural experiences. The Arizona Museum of Natural History boasts intricate displays of the Hohokam, Anasazi and Mogollon cultures and how they used to live. Take a guided tour or do an archaeological dig at the Mesa Grande Ruins, an ancient Hohokam mound preserved by museum staff.
Residents can relax at home and watch any number of sports programs on Dish Network’s wide array of offerings. Customers always have access to an affordable, convenient menu of benefits, channels and programs.
Deep in the southern region of Arizona, as close to Mexico as you can get without crossing the border, is Tucson. This area of the state is made up of mines, wines and cactus spines. “The Old Pueblo” is the second-largest populated city in Arizona and is home to the University of Arizona.
Tucson is in the Sonoran Desert surrounded by five ranges of mountains; the Santa Catalina Mountains, Tortolita Mountains, Santa Rita Mountains, Rincon Mountains and the Tucson Mountains. Here you will find the largest of the saguaros, some up to 50 feet tall, that grow the state flower. The cacti grow very slowly taking 50 to 70, or sometimes even up to 100 years to grow arms to retain more water.
Just southeast of Tucson, in Sonoita and Elgin, is the scenic wine-growing region. Taste your way through wineries and tasting rooms that have popped up all over town. Take a scenic horseback ride through the beautiful rolling hills and Arizona ash and oak trees to finish off the day.
For a little culture the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a good place to start. But it’s not your average museum. The 98 acres of the museum contain a zoo, an aquarium, a botanical garden and an art gallery all in one. With over 200 animals and 1200 type of plants this is the place to start if you want to learn about the desert.
If that isn’t enough, head about 10 miles south of Tucson to the Mission San Xavier del Bac. Built in 1783 this Catholic mission is a perfect example of Spanish Colonial architecture. The story says that The Anza expedition stopped here on October 25,1775 to mourn the only death they had on the expedition and to celebrate three marriages.
After a long day of exploring and wine tasting, it’s time to go home and rest up for tomorrow. Thanks to being a Dish Network customer you get to enjoy the TV and high-speed internet bundles at one convenient low price. The kids can use their phones and you can stream a Netflix movie in silence.
Known as the “City of Seven Wonders”, Flagstaff has so much more to offer; history, breath-taking beauty, cultural diversity and the list goes on. Home to Northern Arizona University there lies unlimited scientific opportunities for scientific minds and freethinkers.
The biggest draw to Flagstaff is undoubtedly the Grand Canyon. Roughly 80 miles away is Earth’s greatest Geological showcase. The Grand Canyon was first protected by Federal protection in 1893 as a forest reserve, then reached National Park status in 1919. This National Historic Landmark gets almost five million visitors a year.
The Grand Canyon isn’t the only cool thing to see in Flagstaff. The city is set in the world’s biggest Ponderosa Pine forest with seven national parks and monuments close by. Here are a few to check out:
- Red Rock State Park
- Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
- Petrified Forest National Park
- Homolovi State Park
- Canyon De Chelly National Monument
Being out in the Sonoran Desert doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy entertainment like the rest of the world. With Dish Network and their new technology, you can receive service just about anywhere. Dish is bringing the Premium Satellite TV to Arizona with a direct connection to a reliable satellite.
Sports fans love the fact that Hopper whole-home HD DVR allows the power to pause, rewind and record live TV in any room with up to 2,000 hours of recording space. In fact, Dish Network’s Hopper can now be paired with any Amazon Alexa-enabled device.
The Cons of Arizona Living
The first con is easy to guess, it’s hot. Especially in the Phoenix area, the summer months can get bad. Average temperatures in the mid-summer are around 106 degrees Fahrenheit, with four months out of the year averaging temps above 100 degrees.
Transportation can be a bit of a problem in Arizona. No matter what city you choose to be in you must own your own vehicle or use public transportation. Phoenix came in at 29 out of 30 for being the least walkable city in the United States.
One thing Arizona is not, it’s not very green. To some this may seem silly but going from living in Texas or Florida where there is greenery everywhere, to Arizona where there is none may come as a shock. Much of the state is low desert and barren with cacti and sand as far as the eye can see.
Services of Arizona
Here are a few services Arizonans can count on:
Arizona Public Service
APS for short, is Arizona’s biggest and longest-serving electric company. The company was founded 5 years after the famous Tombstone gunfight at the OK Corral and almost 25 years before Arizona was declared a state.
In service for over 125 years, APS provides electricity to more than 1.2 million customers in 11 of 15 counties in Arizona. The company’s vision is to be able to create a sustainable energy in the future for Arizona.
A subsidiary of Southwest Gas Holdings Inc, Southwest Gas was founded in 1931. Helping to increase our energy security using natural gas, an American foundation fuel, they provide services to Arizona, Nevada and parts of California. Between the three states over 2 million customers are delivered clean natural gas.
In 2008 the Employee Volunteer Team rebranded themselves as Blue – Building Lives Up Everywhere. Their mission is showcasing the company’s passion for volunteering and creating positive change in the communities they serve.
Dish Network is a direct-broadcast satellite TV provider with over 13 million customers. Their new technology makes it possible to get TV service anywhere.
With the number one ranking for customer service by J.D. Power Dish Network has plenty of offers for anyone living in Tucson, Phoenix, Mesa, Flagstaff or any other surrounding cities in Arizona. Check out some of the offers going on now:
- Free voice remote
- Smart HD DVR included
- Easy online ordering
- Top of the line equipment
If you haven’t figured it out by now, Arizona is a great place to call home. Spend your time walking the London Bridge in Lake Havasu City or learning American Indian culture with Navajo and Hopi reservations near Flagstaff.
When the Colorado River is just not enough to cool you off during those got 106-degree days, stay inside and take advantage of your Dish Network.