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Learn how to explore arizona tourism

Learn How To Explore Arizona Tourism

Arizona tourism is a state that has attracted visitors from not just around the United States, but also other parts of the world. But just what is it about the state of Arizona that attracts so many visitors each and every year? While it may be the mild winters that attract many snowbirds each and every year, there are many attractions that are contributing factors that can be added to the list of reasons why people want to explore Arizona. Certainly, the Grand Canyon is an attraction in of itself, but if you took away the Grand Canyon, there are still many other attractions that this desert state has to offer. Is it because of the diverse climate where people can travel to the north to cool off in the summer heat or to access the many lakes where they can go boating or fishing? Or is it because in the heart of the winter, visitors can travel to the north where they can go skiing in the mountainous regions? The fact is, Arizona tourism is popular because of the wide range of opportunities in virtually any part of the state. Arizona tourism is known for the all-year round golfing weather and many travel to the state to do just that. Many love to take an AZ vacation for the breathtaking views of Sedona, where anyone who has visited Sedona, will likely tell you that you have to experience Sedona to really understand just how beautiful it really is. If you have not researched the outdoor activities that await you, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that there are many, many lakes that offer the best of summer fun, no matter what that picture looks like to you. Water-skiing, fishing, boating, hiking, golfing, and sightseeing at the Grand Canyon or Sedona are a couple of real key hotspots in the midst of the summer in sunny Arizona. Arizona tourism can also be experienced in the southern part of the state where you will find historic Tucson. There are may other things to do in AZ such as traveling to the White Mountains, the city life of Phoenix or Scottsdale that also attract travelers from other parts of the country as well as foreign countries, too. It really would be hard to provide one simple answer to the question as to why Arizona is so popular with visitors. The fact is though, depending on who you ask, you might very well get a different answer. All the mentioned reasons why people experience Arizona tourism are true. Size may also have something to do with the popularity of Arizona tourism, as well. Arizona ranks sixth among the states in size and is spread out over 114,006 square miles, (295,274 square kilometers), which includes 364 square miles, (943 square kilometers) of water, giving both visitors as well as residents plenty of room to experience Arizona. There is plenty of room to roam as Arizona boasts its total dimensions equaling 392 miles, north to south, and 341 miles, east to west. This might also explain why so many residents are more likely to stay in-state when planning their next vacation with one of the many Arizona attractions. During the hot summer months, while many Arizonans head further west to California, just as many, if not more, travel to the northern elevations such as Sedona, the Grand Canyon or the White Mountains where the weather is typically 15-20 degrees cooler. As mentioned, Arizona tourism is really popular all-year round with its diverse climate. Every year in the late summer to early fall, Arizona sees the snowbirds trickle in as the cooler air from other parts of the country convince them to flock to the Arizona desert until spring time when it warms up enough for them to return. Arizona tourism is also popular because of all of the 1-Day activities and other attractions, such as hiking. Arizona’s mean elevation is about 4,100 feet, or 1,250 meters. Contrary to what some may believe, Arizona is not a flat state with no color or wildlife! There are plenty of mountains to hike on with elevations that will astound you and a list of wildlife and colors that will likely make you want to discover all the desert wildlife that the Sonoran desert has to offer you. Arizona tourism allows everyone to explore the diverse landscapes that can be found throughout the state. Arizona travel also includes the magical (and mysterious, to some) red rocks and even snow-capped mountains. Arizonan truly has it all and there are plenty of things to do in AZ. No matter what your interests or skill levels may be, there is always an endless list of activities to suit anyone’s fancy! The AZ office of tourism understands their role and promoting the state and understand that the state depends on its yearly visitors. Whether it be a re-enactment of an old-west gun fight, river rafting, taking a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon or skiing in Flagstaff in the winter, the office of Arizona tourism has something for everyone in terms of fun. Many of the AZ lodging sites include the convenience of having a pick-up and drop-off point right at your hotel. Whether you are traveling to Sedona, Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon or some other popular city within the state, many of the tourist companies will cheerfully pick you up at your hotel and drive you back following the completion of your tour.

Important tourist spots of isola d’elba

Important Tourist Spots of Isola d’Elba

Porto Azzurro

One of the most important tourist spots in Isola d’Elba is Porto Azzurro. This picturesque port is situated on the Tyrrhenian Sea. The large bay situated on the eastern side ends at the southern end in a watchtower and a lighthouse. The northern end culminates in a fort that was built by the initiative of Phillip II of Spain in 1603. However, the fort had been converted into a jail now.

The bay extends itself for about 500 meters and the western side of the bay is covered by green hills that stretch for more than one km. Hence, this coverage provided by the hills offer natural protection to sailors who visit Porto Azzurro. However, the sailors are forced to be careful about the sea wind from the east that could be violent at times.

Only after entering the bay, you would be able to see the actual village of Porto Azzurro, since it is hidden behind the Capo San Vincenzo, the promontory of the citadel of the fort. This promontory is situated in the tiny gulf, bordered by the quay. However, in spite of remaining a hot tourist spot, Porto Azzurro still remains an ancient village of fishermen, with the tourists thronging the place only in summer.

Marciana Marina

Marciana Marina is small community in the Livorno province, with a population of about 2,000 people but it is an important town in Isola d’Elba. The town contains a small marina with two tiny but cute beaches. The old Torre Medicea that was built to protect the town from invasions by pirates still remains in a reasonably good condition. The promenade proceeding from the older part of the town, known as Il Cotone, and ending in Torre Medicea, still preserves the original features of the eighteenth century architecture and urban developments in that period.

Cavoli Beach

Cavoli beach is situated on the southern side of the island, about 2 km away from the tiny town of Seccheto. This beach is much preferred by younger groups for its calm and isolated beauty.


Portoferraio is the main arrival point for the island of Isola d’Elba. It is also an important tourist spots not only in the island but in the entire Italy. Being the capital of the island, the town possesses one of the most beautiful natural ports in the Mediterranean area. It is believed that this port was used by the Etruscans and Romans for obtaining the iron ore from the Monte Calamita area, famous for some of the most prosperous iron mines in Italy. About 13,000 people live in this town. The town is famous for its Medici fortifications like Fort Stella with its lighthouse, Fort Falcon, and the Linguella Tower situated at the entrance of the harbor, which are quite imposing structures belonging to the fifteenth century. The town also possesses

The other villages and beaches in this lovely island are also worth a visit if you have time on your hands. The relaxed life of the people of these tiny villages would help you unwind from all the stress that you had accumulated in your fast life.

Uk’s east midlands airport – keeping the regional airport flag flying

Uk’s East Midlands Airport – Keeping the Regional Airport Flag Flying

The UK’s popular East Midlands Airport has set out its stall for UK travellers looking for an easy start to their holiday this autumn and winter. Like other UK regional airports in recent years, East Midlands Airport has seen substantial growth and development. This is in a great degree due to the development of new routes by low cost carriers to new destinations. But it is also due to the demands of discerning travellers, who realise increasingly that no package holiday should begin with an exhausting and expensive trip to the so-called “hub” airports in the south or north-west of England.

As the credit crunch begins to bite, such considerations of cost as well as convenience will intensify the need for travellers to look at all aspects of their budget. Hence they will be selecting destinations based on available routes from their local airport to save fuel on driving to a far-away airport, or hotels costs for an overnight stay before departure.

Additionally, the price of fuel is already causing airlines such as Ryanair (who have seen exponential growth in the past decade) to cut back on selected routes. How this will affect customer choice and the ability of some destinations to continue to attract UK visitors is yet to be seen, but experience shows that destinations without a traditional following will be hard-pressed to keep customer loyalty when low-cost travel facilities start to dry up in coming seasons.

Thus in the case of East Midlands Airport, popular but less mainstream locations are being heavily promoted, alongside traditional summer and winter holiday destinations. These include Ryanair routes such as Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands and Faro in Portugal – both popular for traveller traditionally seeking extended summer sun where the weather tends to stay good through to early October. And in the case of Faro in particular – where days of less favourable weather can be compensated by excellent cultural attractions.

Also promoted heavily are trips to Prague from October. The Czech Republic’s capital city has been enjoying a massive boost in UK travel – not necessarily simply due to the growth in stag weekends, but also due to the easy accessibility from regional airports at prices which allow travellers to afford to grab several weekend breaks each year in addition to their main holidays. Destinations such as Prague are likely to continue to attract business for this reason.

Another destination which has always attracted a big UK following is Bulgaria. Again, hardly mainstream like Spain or Greece for Summer holidays, or Austria and France for ski breaks, the destination nevertheless has a loyalty amongst the discerning, who have long since discovered the excellent value for money to be had in this destination in the South East of Europe, with its blue flag beaches, sunny weather and high quality hotels. For the winter, of course, Bulgaria also features its three skiing resorts of Bansko, Borovets and Pamporovo. These are perfect for beginner and intermediate skiers, with Bansko and Borovets being most suitable for advanced skiers. All three resorts have a wide choice of excellent hotels and apartments and excellent apres ski including restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Hence, travellers looking for a ski destination served locally at East Midlands Airport are well served.

Thus East Midlands, along with other UK regional airports, are pushing hard to keep variety, value and choice alive at times when the challenges for holidaymakers and businesses alike are plain to see.

Holidays to antalya 365 days a year

Holidays to Antalya 365 days a year

After almost thirty years of constant holidaying several times a year by us, the British love affair with cheap holiday deals to Spain finally started to wane. All the countries that were crammed in the periphery and barely glanced at, started to come to the fore front and none more so that Turkey. The then exotic sounding resort names like Bodrum and Marmaris came to the fore and after a decade these destinations became synonymous with any of the Costas that the British traveller frequented, and many a pub visit in the September promoted it further by word of mouth. It was cheap and friendly, with great beaches and most importantly it was new. Of course our constant desire for something new is what prompts us to discover pastures new, and with this in mind, the Turkish Riviera or what is also known as the Antalya region was discovered by us Brits. Actually, truth be told we didn’t really do the discovering at all, it was the German’s and in general the European’s that first discovered this region of Turkey (apart from the locals, they always knew it was there!). Antalya city is in fact one of the largest cities in Turkey and what sets apart the whole of the Antalya region and network of what we call holiday resorts is that none of them are purpose built resorts unlike the ones you see when you go on a cheap holiday to Marmaris and Icmeler, but genuine real towns and cities, most of them with quite a few thousand years of history behind them, and stretching throughout the Antalya Bay there is several hundred kilometres of sandy beaches, most of them unspoilt, and please don’t think of unspoilt as a dirty word those of you searching for a little more fun in the sun. There is plenty of fun to be had if that’s your cup of tea. From Side down to Lara Beach, you’d be hard pressed to be bored; bars and taverns, swish little boutiques and lokantas are dotted everywhere.

Due to the geographical location of the Antalya Region (Turkish Riviera), this part of Turkey is operational twelve months of the year, the temperatures in late December through to late January are rarely lower than fifteen degrees, and if you perchance happen to be holidaying there in November you will still be able to swim in the sea, and walk around in a tee-shirt and shorts. You will also find a varied and rich cultural environment especially around Side (pronounced See-day) which is approximately seventy five kilometres from Antalya, the old Roman Agora is incorporated into the modern day shopping square and, and for at least a kilometre when walking from the colourful harbour towards the centre of Side town, you can see the sea from either side of the road. Due to the size of Side, you will find most of the hotels dotted around the Side perimeter as opposed to the actual city centre; most of these local holiday resorts like Manavgat, Kumkoy and Sorgun have cheap deals on four and five star hotels offering All Inclusive food basis, and a dolmus (the preferred mode of transport in Turkey) will take about twenty minutes to get to the centre of Side, however, in the height of the summer season they pedestrianise Side centre and you will need to walk about around a kilometre to get to the picturesque harbour and towards all the restaurants and specialist fish restaurants that are there.

Antalya is the biggest city in the south of Turkey and has a fascinating history and amazing mountain scenary. Legend has it that King Attalos II asked his courtiers to find heaven on earth and after finding the old Antalya city that lay in ruins, Antalya was re-built into one of the glittering jewels of the Med! Apart from the tall tales and colourful legends the historical significance of the area, modern holidaymakers will definitely have plenty to do and the holiday resorts in that region are becoming even more popular and well known than Antalya itself. The resort of Lara Beach to name but one, has become a popular favourite with British holidaymakers, the hotels there are of exceptional high quality, and all offer All Inclusive and in some cases Ultra All Inclusive, the latter offering an almost luxury cruise liner food experience but on land, with twenty four hour food and drink available and full day and night entertainment and mini clubs for the kids that need to be entertained so that parents can also have a holiday too.

Belek the furthest from Antalya, is in fact the only purpose built uber resort in the area with over fifty, four and five star hotels, and some of the best golf courses in Europe, easily rivalling Spain and the Algarve. The immaculate green of Belek’s golfing range is starting to attract more and more professional golfers and the lack of the Euros money issues and the mild and dry weather that the area enjoys in the winter is a definite plus. It is hard to surmise the Antalya Region; it’s almost a country in its own right with its own climate and history its numerous resorts and its own airport it has a lot to offer any type of traveller, from the adventurer and the history buff, to families with young children and teenagers to honeymooners looking for a romantic getaway and lastly to the cult of golfers, who usually travel in large packs, the Antalya Region has got to be the near perfect holiday destination.