Saturday, July 11, 2009

Is This Really Arizona?


These are all the things that come to mind when you normally mention the name Arizona. Having been born and raised in Arizona, there are many more things to do here. At the time of writing this article it's 113 degrees outside in Phoenix. This is the time of year to find a nearby lake like Lake Pleasant, Canyon Lake or Saguaro Lake and enjoy some water activities. There is also a newly built water park, Wet-N-Wild, that just opened in July to take the kids to for keeping cool. Another popular activity often referred to as "Arizona's Floating Picnic" is tubing down the Salt River.

During the winter months, you can enjoy skiing at Arizona Snobowl in Flagstaff and Sunrise Park Resort in Greer. These facilities are also open in the summer months for activities such as hiking, mountain biking and just enjoying nature on a scenic lift ride. Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona provide nice weekend getaways for golfers, nature enthusiasts and even power shoppers. Sedona is often referred to as "Red Rock Country" because of the beautiful red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain that surround the city.

A popular local hangout is the newly constructed Westgate, in Glendale, located adjacent to the Arizona Cardinals stadium. Westgate offers activities such as dining, shopping, a fountain park for the kids, and a movie theater.

Known primarily for the "Grand Canyon" this beautiful state has much more to offer for someone looking to purchase a home in Phoenix. With real estate prices in some Phoenix neighborhoods dropping to prices not seen since 1997 and favorable interest rates, now may be the time to take advantage and buy the home you have always dreamed about. First-time homebuyer loan programs and the $8,000 tax credit is also currently available to applicants who qualify.

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