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Arizona is a great state for outdoor lovers. However, travelers don’t have to be thrill-seekers or adventure enthusiasts to appreciate the things to do here. Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, which is the main draw for most visitors. Nevertheless, tourists will find fascinating activities from one corner of the state to the other.

Some of the most captivating activities include visits to amusement parks and skiing. Other activities, like hot air ballooning and river floating, will better suit those in search of a relaxing and stress-free holiday.

For the trip of a lifetime, try a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. This beautiful natural landmark captures the hearts of all those who experience it. Choosing to see the glorious park by air will be an unforgettable activity. Tour Company Viator offers scenic flights that last between 25 and 45 minutes. However, there are several other operators offering this service so do some research ahead of time to find the best deal and flight path. If you don't like heights, another memorable way to see the Canyon is by luxury train.

Even though it’s hard to believe, Arizona is home to skiing and various other winter activities. Yes, the state of blazing sun is the location of several popular ski resorts which open during the winter. Mt Lemmon Ski Valley, Arizona Snowbowl and Sunrise Park Resort are among the most recommended and tourists with a taste for snow action should check out the options offered through Morningstar Ski Tours or Alpine Ski and Adventure Tours.

Hot air ballooning is yet another aerial adventure to enjoy. Ballooning over the magnificent Arizona landscape is a great way to appreciate the state in the early hours of the morning or at sundown. Flights usually last around an hour and depart from the cities of Flagstaff, Phoenix and Tucson. There is a long list of tour operators that can arrange your trip, but Aerogelic is among the best.

Canyon trails are a great way to see the diversity that Arizona’s country has to offer. Vaughn’s Southwest Tours offers a wide range of Grand Canyon trail tours, from 45-minute mule rides to full-day horseback journeys on these popular, scenic routes. Just be aware that many of the rides have a minimum age requirement of about 10 years.

A number of major rivers pass through the Arizona landscape, including the Colorado. Cruises and rafting are popular activities, and can be experienced via a variety of modes. Visitors can lazily float along the Salt River for several hours in an inner tube, or alternatively trundle down the Colorado River, embracing the scenic views of northern Arizona. Contact Arizona River Runners or Great Venture Tours for more information.

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