The state of Arizona epitomizes much of the mystique of the American West. Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon and thousands of square miles of the stark and beautiful stone landscapes that have brought visitors to this southwestern scenic mecca for over a hundred years.
As a Retirement destination, Arizona offers several retirement focused communities with every level of amenity. For some the very hot summer weather is unappealing, but for others the dry climate offers relief from allergies, comfortable golf year-round, almost no rainy or cloudy days, and much more.
Tombstone, Arizona’s name was a remark to the town’s founder, prospector Ed Schiefflin, that “the only thing you’ll find out there will be your own tombstone.” The silver that Schiefflin discovered in Tombstone was soon gone and the town would likely have joined the list of Arizona’s many ghost towns were it not for the famous showdown at the OK Corral which attracts many tourists every year.
Ghost towns are fascinating feature of the Arizona landscape, many the product of the boom in prospecting in the late 1800s.
The cliff dwellings of the Anasazi people are in Arizona’s Four Corners district. The Anasazi left their remarkable homes in the cliffs for unknown reasons around 1300 year ago.
A more modern place of Arizona interest is the Airplane Graveyard at Davis Monthan Air Force Base near Tucson. Here, B-52 bombers are sent to be destroyed and other armaments are sold to foreign governments.