Today we continue our Why I Love My State series. Last week I talked about Why I Love Kentucky and today my blogger friend Kelley talks about her favorite state of Arizona. Though I’ve personally never had the opportunity to travel to Arizona, this post makes me even more excited to get on the road and see something else amazing here in the United States. Welcome Kelley!


I was born and raised in Orlando Florida loving the green plants, the rain, and beaches. I mention this because it is funny that where I ended included none of those things. We have lived in Florida, New York, Virginia, and now Arizona. I have been living in AZ for almost nine years now, and have no desire to live anywhere else. Here are some of the reasons Why I Love Arizona.

Why I Love Arizona

The first time I visited Arizona I fell in love with the landscape right away. I think I tried to get my picture with every cactus I came across. There was cactus as far as the eye could see, and mountains are a panoramic view where ever you look. If you have never visited Arizona you might assume it is all desert, dry, and cactus. While that is partly correct we also have many lakes, mountains, snow, and water falls.

Why I love Arizona

Some of our favorite Arizona activities are hiking, camping, kayaking and fishing. I love the dry heat, the fewer allergies, and the natural landscape. At night, we hear owls hooting, bats flying, and coyotes running. We even have a bobcat living on our roof.

Whenever I look out at the desert I wonder how the western pioneers did it. Packing up and taking just enough to survive and head out to a new beginning. I see the landscape and think that we are just as wild and free as when people started to first settle here. We have our large cities and towns, but citizens passionately fight to keep our National forest and Areas wild and untouched for the wildlife. It is a natural rustic beauty and I love to see it preserved and taken care of.

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Every night as the sun sets it’s like the sky is on fire with reds, yellows, purples, and sometimes pink. Every night it is different and special. As the night draws closer the temperatures drop, the bats come out to eat the bugs, the owls start to hoot, the coyotes are running and howling in their packs, and there are more stars in the sky than I have ever seen before. The desert is alive with beauty and I love it.

See more pictures of our Sonoran Desert Museum.

Fall Activities Desert Style!

Fun things you can to do in Tucson.

There’s so much more to tell you about Arizona…. I think I’ll just have to write a follow up with more about my favorite state! Be watching!

Kelley blogs about current Health, Green Living, and Nutrition News and like to help bring a relaxed simple awareness to my readers. You can find her on her blog Kelley’s Nutrition.

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  1. May 8, 2013  11:52 am by Kiera @easytravelmom Reply

    My cousins live in Arizona and I've been there for work - it really does have such natural beauty even if there isn't any grass! Great article!

  2. May 8, 2013  4:47 pm by michelle Reply

    Amen to the fewer allergies in the desert west! It's a huge reason I love Utah, too! I've spent time in both northern and southern Arizona and absolutely agree with how diverse it can be!

  3. May 8, 2013  8:12 pm by sharon martin Reply

    I've never been to Arizona but it really sounds like a place I would absolutely love. I much prefer being out in the wild with nature than being in touristy places full of buildings and people. Your images are gorgeous I'm not surprised you love it, how lucky being in touch with nature daily x

  4. May 8, 2013  8:17 pm by Jessica Reply

    I've never been out west but I've had a friend, or two, who were from Arizona. I'd love to visit there someday. Sounds (and looks) like it is beautiful both day & night :D TY ladies for sharing!

  5. May 8, 2013  8:22 pm by Anne Reply

    I love Arizona, by best friend lives there. The desert is beautiful, no Kentucky Bluegrass required.

  6. May 8, 2013  8:49 pm by Amy Reply

    Haven't been there, but it looks like an amazingly interesting place to go. I know my son would love it!! The desert wildlife looks right down his alley. The flowers are beautiful.
    I have always wanted to tour the US...

  7. May 10, 2013  1:43 am by Ann Williams Reply

    I would love to visit some day. Completely different landscape than I am used to!

  8. July 29, 2014  3:00 pm by Cami Reply

    I also love Arizona! But I love it more when it's not June - August!

  9. July 30, 2014  12:49 pm by Shannon Reply

    I have never been to Arizona but these pictures are gorgeous!!! Thank you for sharing with us.

  10. August 4, 2014  11:34 pm by theresa harris Reply

    It is all of what makes the West the West, cant wait to go

  11. August 23, 2014  5:15 pm by Catherine S Reply

    The pictures are fantastic. I would love to visit Arizona one day.

  12. August 23, 2014  5:19 pm by Diana Villa Reply

    I'm a animal lover! I really want go to Arizona now. Thank you so much for the beautiful post and photos ^_^

  13. August 23, 2014  5:29 pm by Vanessa Reply

    What beautiful animal and flower pictures. I really hope to visit Arizona one day. I would love to take a day tour to the Grand Canyon.

  14. August 23, 2014  7:25 pm by Roch Reply

    It must be pretty hot in there since there are living cactus. This place is full of colors!

  15. August 23, 2014  8:22 pm by Amy @ Will Run For Ice Cream Reply

    I have always wanted to visit Arizona. After seeing your pics, I really want to visit now. Thanks for sharing.

  16. August 23, 2014  8:43 pm by DeDe@ Designed Decor Reply

    Arizona is a great state! I have visited there and now only have 7 more states until I have been in all 50!

    • August 23, 2014  9:51 pm by Dawn McAlexander Reply

      Oh that is awesome! You are far ahead of me on that!

  17. August 24, 2014  4:05 am by R U S S Reply

    I have always wanted to go to Arizona. I heard the weather is always great and for a sunworshipper like me, Arizona sounds like paradise.

  18. August 24, 2014  8:27 am by Tessa Smith Reply

    Looks gorgeous there! I have never been and would love to vacation there sometime!

  19. August 24, 2014  10:04 am by Teresa McCluskey Reply

    I have never been to Arizona but heard awesome things about it! I love that yellow flower

  20. August 24, 2014  11:08 am by Amanda Love Reply

    I've never been to Arizona but have heard about it. Not sure if I can deal with the heat and I just absolutely hate snakes so not sure I would live there either.

  21. August 24, 2014  3:04 pm by Mrs. Mashed Up Reply

    Beautiful pictures. I wish I could visit Arizona. I've never been out West, and I really want to go.

  22. August 24, 2014  3:30 pm by Kristin Yach Reply

    I have never been to Arizona. We have been looking at wanting to take a trip to the painted desert. Its just such a long drive from Missouri

  23. August 24, 2014  4:37 pm by Joyful Gifts by Julie Reply

    The beauty and the landscape of Arizona is like no other state. I lived there for a year and really enjoyed traveling around the state. If is wasn't for the heat I may still be there. Beautiful photos!

  24. August 25, 2014  8:56 am by Nikki Dargantes Reply

    This is a great, inspiring post. Makes me want to visit your state! :)

  25. August 25, 2014  12:24 pm by Diana Reply

    Arizona is a surprisingly gorgeous state! My dad lived there for many years and it was always atreat to get photos from him of the landscape.

  26. August 25, 2014  6:35 pm by Ronda Ogilvie Reply

    I love the arizona sunsets! So many vibrant colors!

  27. August 25, 2014  7:08 pm by Celebrate Woman Reply

    Love the dessert and its plants and animals. Traveled a lot through those places. Wonderful pictures.

  28. August 26, 2014  12:12 am by Rachael Reply

    I was just in AZ last week. it is very beautiful. I hope you make it there some time soon!

  29. September 8, 2015  12:51 pm by maria @closetohome Reply

    It has been several decades since I went to Arizona but I do love the dry heat.

    • September 11, 2015  7:20 am by Dawn McAlexander Reply

      I definitely need to experience this "dry heat" at some point in my life. All I have ever gotten was "humid heat," lol.

  30. September 13, 2015  1:06 am by Lena B Reply

    No wonder why you like it, but I am still yet to get out that way. It does sound like one-of-a-kind kind of place!

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