About Arizona

“Tempe is located in the heart of the Greater Phoenix area, just minutes away from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Visitors can easily experience the beauty of the Sonoran Desert, with Papago Park to the north and South Mountain Park to the south. The city attracts active sports fans and athletes, families looking for a reasonably priced getaway, travelers with ties to the university, fun-loving festival attendees and lovers of visual and performing arts.”


  • Population: 6.5 million (2008 estimate)
  • State Capitol: Phoenix
  • Largest Cities: Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Glendale and Scottsdale
  • Border States: California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah
  • State Size: 113,909 square miles

Interesting Facts

  • The Capitol building of Arizona has a roof with copper construction. The amount of copper that was utilized to make the roof is equivalent to that used in 4,800,000 pennies.
  • More copper is mined in Arizona than all the other states combined, and the Morenci Mine is the largest copper producer in all of North America.
  • Phoenix has some ancient roots, dating back as far as 700 AD, when the area was first inhabited by the Hohokam – meaning “those who have gone” – a people who mysteriously disappeared from the region.
  • Arizona’s disparate climate can yield both the highest temperature across the nation and the lowest temperature across the nation in the same day.
  • Arizona has 3,928 mountain peaks and summits—more mountains than any one of the other Mountain States (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming).
  • Arizona is the 6th largest state in the nation, covering 113,909 square miles.
  • The law of the state of Arizona states that it is illegal to keep a donkey in your bathtub.
  • The people of Arizona follow the Mountain Standard Time throughout the year, they never follow the Daylight Savings Time, the only exception is the Navajo Nation region, which observes the Daylight Savings Time.
  • If you are a citizen of Arizona, never refuse a person a glass of water, because it is illegal to do so.
  • The 1881, legendary gunfight at O.K. Corral was just 30 seconds long.
  • If you cut down a cactus, you may face 25 years of imprisonment.

Things to do



Arizona Centennial Celebration Arizona will celebrate its 100th year of Statehood. The Arizona Centennial Commemoration will be a statewide, multi-year observation, with events and activities taking place 2010-2012 in communities across the state.

The Arizona Centennial will inspire all Arizonans to appreciate our state’s rich past, celebrate the present, and, together, create a vibrant and sustainable future.
ASU Gammage
Mill Ave. & Apache Blvd.
Tempe, AZ 85287
Phone: (480) 965-5062
Fax: (480) 965-7663
ASU Gammage is among the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world. It is the home theater of Progressive Broadway Across America – Arizona and the Beyond series. This historic 3,000 seat hall was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Casino Arizona
524 N. 92nd St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Phone: (877) 724-4687
Fax: (480) 850-7741
Gaming, dining and entertainment. Two distinct locations offer everything from slots, blackjack, and poker to art, dining and entertainment. On-site restaurants serve everything from casual snacks to intimate fine dining. The casino also houses an extraordinary cultural exhibit of Native American arts and crafts.
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone: (480) 941-1225
Fax: (480)481-8139
Living museum featuring 50,000 desert plants from around the world. For more than 70 years, the Desert Botanical Garden has been teaching and inspiring visitors from the local community and around the world, providing research, exhibits and more designed to help us understand, protect and preserve the desert’s natural beauty.
Phoenix Zoo (The)
455 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone: (602) 273-1341
Fax: (602)286-3809
Founded in 1962, the Phoenix Zoo is one of the largest privately-owned, non-profit zoos in the country. Home to more than 1,300 animals including 200 endangered or threatened birds, mammals and reptiles, the Zoo always entertains and delights.
Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 350-2822 (box office)
Fax: (480) 350-2828
The strikingly magnificent TCA, Designed by Tempe-based Architekton and award-winning Barton Myers Associates of Los Angeles, houses a state-of-the-art, 600-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat studio theater and a 3,500 square-foot gallery. The finely appointed Lakeside overlooks Town Lake, with views of the Papago and Camelback mountains.
Grand Canyon
National Geographic Visitor Center
450 AZ Hwy. 64
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
Phone: (928) 638-2468
Vast, magnificent and inarguably beautiful, the Grand Canyon is easily Arizona’s most distinguishable landmark – and a natural wonder that you simply have to see to believe.

Stretching 277 miles from end to end, steep, rocky walls descend more than a mile to the canyon’s floor, where the wild Colorado River traces a swift course southwest.