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| region3name=[[Northern Arizona]]
| region5description= The southwestern corner of Arizona is arid (low desert) yet fed by the lush Colorado River Valley. Yuma is the largest town and has its roots as an old western city with a rich history.
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* [[Flagstaff]] - Home of the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks, Flagstaff is the gateway to the
* [[Mesa]] - The third largest city in the state of Arizona and offers a limitless array of activities for both the business and leisure traveler.
* [[Phoenix]]- The capital of Arizona has a vibrant downtown, active Latino communities in South Phoenix, artsy and young Roosevelt Street and the upscale Biltmore area.
Arizona covers 113,909 square miles, with about 350 square miles of water surface including '''Lake Havasu''', '''Lake Powell''', '''Lake Mead''' and the '''Colorado River'''. The state consists of three primary topographical features: a high plateau in the northeast of the state, averaging between 5,000 and 7,000 feet in elevation; a mountainous region which runs from the southeast to the northwest with peak elevations between 9,000 and 12,000 feet; and low mountain ranges and desert valleys in the southwestern of the state.
The state is defined by the [[Grand Canyon]] in the north, the '''Mogollon''' (pronounced
Another prominent feature of the Arizona landscape, a Ponderosa Pine forest stretches across the state from the White Mountain region around Greer and Alpine across the Mogollon Rim to the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff. This strip of pine also extends beyond the Grand Canyon onto the Kaibab Plateau and into Southern Utah.
As with all states in the U.S., the primary spoken language in Arizona is English. However, due to the state's history and its proximity to Mexico, Arizona is home to a large population of Mexican
* '''Interstate 10''' (I-10) runs east to west across southern Arizona and connects travelers with the major cities of [[Tucson]] and [[Phoenix]]. I-10 originates out of the east from [[Las Cruces]], [[New Mexico]] and out of the west, from [[Palm Springs]], [[California]] and [[Los Angeles]]. I-10 is a major interstate and does carry a large amount of car and truck traffic. During the week, portions of I-10 can experience very heavy traffic, usually around the Tucson and Phoenix metropolitan areas.
* '''Interstate 17''' (I-17) runs north and south, connecting I-10 in [[Phoenix]] at it southern margin and I-40 in [[Flagstaff]] at it's northern margin. The northern drive from [[Phoenix]] to [[Flagstaff]] (through tortuous but BEAUTIFUL terrain) is the fastest route between the two cities. Please note (as stated below) that I-40, and thus northern Arizona, is positioned above the
* '''Interstate 8''' (I-8) runs east to west, running from I-10 to [[Yuma]]. I-8 splits from I-10 south of Phoenix and provides the quickest access to Yuma as well as [[San Diego]], [[California]]. However, in the other direction, it does not go to Phoenix directly. At Gila Bend, Hwy 85 connects I-8 with I-10, for travel to the west side of Phoenix and downtown (or Phoenix to San Diego). For the eastern suburbs, I-8 merges with I-10, and it's possible to reverse direction going from I-8 east to I-10 west (exit #178B) or vice versa (I-10 exit #199). Despite the signs, I-10 goes mostly north-south east of Phoenix, and backtracking is very minimal.
Arizona is known for its
Drivers in Arizona should follow the same rules and regulations that apply throughout the U.S
Bringing guns or ammunition into the country of Mexico is illegal. Doing so will result in being detained by the Mexican Authorities and going to jail.