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Sedona, Arizona


Photo by Alfredo De Simone

Family travel to Arizona combines culture, adventure and kids. Visit a Native American Indian Reservation. Explore one of Arizona's many archaeological sites. Discover dinosaur tracks. Spot wildlife or watch birds. Marvel at the Grand Canyon. Hike, horseback ride or take a mule pack trip. And during the winter holiday season, take a train trip to the North Pole on the Polar Express. Whether you camp under the stars or relax in luxury at a destination resort there are countless things to do in Arizona with kids.

Situated just north of Mexico, Arizona shares more than a border, or corner, with five U.S. states - New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Colorado and California. It shares the 'Old West' and Southwest cultures with several of its neighbors. Yet there is much to Arizona that is unique.

Arizona's rich cultural heritage dates back more than 11,000 years when the Clovis people, a Paleo-Indian tribe, traveled through what is today Southeastern Arizona. But it wasn't until AD 400 and the arrival of the pueblo cultures - Hohokam, Anasazi, Mogollon and Salado - that the state was actually settled. Today, twenty-one Native American tribes, each with its own distinct culture and traditions, call Arizona home. Tour a pueblo ruin or visit an Indian reservation on an Arizona vacation and learn more about this corner of the American Southwest.

The history of Arizona is also tied to the Wild West. Gold diggers and mountain men were attracted to this once inhospitable U.S. State. A family trip to the frontier towns situated in Northwestern Arizona provides an opportunity to introduce the kids to times past.

A family trek from corner to corner is a trip across seven of Merriam's Life Zones. Watch closely and take in each transformation along the way. And the change isn't limited to the vegetation; the wildlife also varies with the altitude and latitude. Don't forget your binoculars on a family vacation in Arizona!
History & Culture
Arizona enjoys a rich cultural heritage that dates back more than 11,000 years. Learn more about the history of Arizona and Southwest culture. Get an introduction to the prehistoric pueblo cultures - Hohokam, Anasazi, Mogollon and Salado - noted for their irrigation and craft-making skills. Find out more about the twenty-one Native American tribes, including the Navajo, Apache and Hopi, that call Arizona home.
Online maps are a great family travel planning resource and great way to get the kids involved in a family vacation. Use online maps of Arizona to pinpoint your family travel destination, identify points of interest and plan your itinerary. Map the Arizona Trail as it winds it way down the state of Arizona. Map Arizona's Native American Nations. And use online maps to learn about the history, geography and politics of the land.
Books are a great way to introduce younger children to a new adventure and get teens and tweens ready for a family trip. Discover age-appropriate Native American literature for children. Find the latest releases by Arizona authors for adults and kids or browse the AZ Authors Association website for a complete list of Arizona authors. Get recommended reading lists for family travel to Arizona and embark on armchair adventure through guidebooks, novels and non-fiction before you depart on an adventure vacation or cultural holiday in Arizona with kids.
Music & Sound
Music is a great way to introduce children to a local culture and embark on a journey through sound. Listen to Native American music from hip-hop to pow-wow to storytelling. Discover cowboy song online and gain insight to this Southwestern state.
Local newspapers provide insight to local culture in a way books can't do. Read Arizona newspapers online and brush up on Arizona current events from around the state. Get Arizona news and discover what Arizonans are reading. Find out what's happening in the Navajo and Hopi nations and what the Hispanic community is talking about.
Kids' Stuff
There is more to Arizona than Grand Canyon National Park. Did you know that the cactus wren is the state bird of Arizona? Did you know that Arizona was once covered in water? Did you know that Arizona's first inhabitants were adept farmers and artisans? Did you know that 21 Native American tribes call Arizona home? Discover fun facts about Arizona. Find trivia about the 48th U.S. state. Discover the history of Arizona. Who knows what you might learn.
Associations and non-profit organizations can be a valuable resource as well as means to get involved. Find out more about bird watching, Arizona's number one tourist activity, as well as the twenty-five national parks, monuments and recreational areas located throughout the state.
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