USA Trip – Arizona

May 5th – May 12th 

Arizona is known as the “Nation’s Valentine”, because it joined the union on February 14th.

The name Arizona is though to come from either a Spanish version of the Pima Indian word arizonac meaning “place of the small spring” or from the Aztec’s arizuma meaning “silver-bearing”

Fun Facts

  • Did you know you can stand in four states at once? At Four Corners – the point where the boundaries meet for Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona. 
  • Camels were used at one time to transport goods across Arizona
  • It takes 50 years for a saguaro (sah wah ro) cactus to grow one arm. In April or May the saguaro blooms. The blossoms become edible fruit.
  • The Grand Canyon is 227 miles long, 1 mile deep, and has an average width of 10 miles
  • The Arizona trout is found only in the Arizona

  • Entered the Union: February 14, 1912 (48)
  • Capital: Phoenix
  • Population: 6.7 million (15th most populated state)
  • State Nickname: Grand Canyon State
  • State Motto: Ditat Deus (God enriches)


  • National Parks: 3
  • State Parks: 28
  • State Tree: Palo Verde
  • State Flower: Saguaro Cactus Blossom
  • State Fish: Arizona Trout
  • State Bird: Cactus Wren

Famous For

  • Grand Canyon
  • Petrified Forest
  • Painted Desert
  • Hoover Dam
  • London Bridge
  • Monument Valley


USA Trip - ArizonaLiam Handley