What to Do and What Not to Do in Arizona

Arizona is the 48th state of the United States, located on the West Coast. Most of the land is mountainous, climbing-friendly, plateau-like, and desert. Charming and varied nature is why hundreds of tourists come here every year with pleasure.

1. Temperature

Travelers should keep in mind that Arizona is characterized by very wide fluctuations in temperature. Because of the vast area and variation in elevation, the state’s climate can vary not only from city to city, but also throughout the day. It is usually warm during the day, and sometimes even hot, especially in the summer. At night, the weather is more unpredictable – frosts can occur.

Such drastic fluctuations are mostly characteristic of the desert regions of the state. For this reason, be sure to pack not only summer clothes but also warm clothes and shoes for your trip.

2. Restaurants and Cafés

All of the state’s major cities offer a wide variety of eating establishments. In the capital and Tucson, typical American restaurants predominate, but European restaurants are also becoming more common.

As for the gastronomic part of your trip, rest assured, because establishments of all kinds of culinary trends are very common in all major cities in the state, such as

  • Phoenix;
  • Tucson;
  • Scottsdale;
  • Mesa.

Here you’ll find:

  • fine Japanese cuisine;
  • spicy Chinese;
  • refined French;
  • hearty American.

In general, for all tastes.

3. Socket and Plug Standards

Speaking of household items, stock up on outlet adapters so you don’t waste precious time looking for specialty stores. First, because the U.S. is the only country that accepts two types of outlets, A and B (one with grounding and one without).

And second, the mains voltage is 110 volts, and some devices may require special adapters for charging with that power.

4. Native people

You can communicate with the natives not only in English but also in Spanish, the language most locals are familiar with. Employees of hotels and large restaurants often speak other foreign languages as well.

5. Tip

Tourists who expect to visit the local gastronomic establishments, it is worth considering that the tips are required. Their size depends on the level of the restaurant and can be up to 25% of the bill, and to leave a tip of less than 15% is simply indecent.

6. Kindness and a smile

Many foreign guests may be struck by a smile that literally never leaves the face of the locals. This smile should not be viewed as a boundless desire to socialize with new friends, but as a common courtesy, which should be actively used by foreign guests.

7. Hire a car

Those who expect to move around the state a lot and want to see all the local sights, of which there are plenty, it is highly recommended to rent a car.

It will significantly save your precious time and make your trip much more comfortable. First, because the points of interest are far apart, and some remote areas of Arizona can only be reached by private car.

8. Criminality.

It is recommended that tourists travel to remote areas of the state only if accompanied by a guide. Although Arizona is a fairly peaceful state, there are some misunderstandings between different nationalities.

About the Author: Mike

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