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Ten Things to Know Before You Move to AZ

Saguaro cactus photoInspired by’s moving guide, here are ten things to know before you move to AZ . . .

  1. Arizona is home to one of two baseball spring training camps in the country.  Spring training began in 1947 here in Arizona, with Arizona hosting MLB’s Cactus League.  (Florida is home to the other spring training facility, where it hosts the Grapefruit League).  Spring training begins the last week of February.
  2. While Arizona is home to the Sonoran Desert, and its incredible cacti and Saguaros, it also snows in Arizona thanks to mountains as tall as 12,637, in the case of the San Francisco Mountains outside Flagstaff, Arizona.  Flagstaff is also located in the largest, contiguous Ponderosa Pine forest in the world.
  3. Daylight Savings Time is not observed in Arizona.  As one of two states that choose not to observe this tradition, this means not having to turn back your clock or losing an hour of sleep.
  4. Arizonans are proud of the fact that they don’t have to worry about hurricanes or earthquakes or tornados.  The one danger, however, are dust storms, or haboobs, especially while driving.
  5. Wine lovers will also enjoy Arizona’s vineyards.  Check out the Verde Valley Wine Trail, the Sedona Wine Adventures, Willcox, or the many wineries in Sonoita.  There are other wineries in Chinle, Cottonwood, and Cornville, among other towns.
  6. Over 25% of Arizona is made up of Indian Reservations, which are home to thousands of Native Americans, including the Apache, the Tohono O’Odham, and the Navajo.
  7. Historic rock formations abound in Arizona, thanks to its location in the basin and range region of North America, revealing several ancient petroglyphs.  There’s also an incredible meteorite crater which is a mile wide and 570 feet deep.
  8. Arizona, or more specifically Scottsdale, is home to more spas per capita than any other place in the country.
  9. The Sonoran hot dog is a local favorite, and is a must try for any Arizonan or visitor.  With origins in Tucson, Arizona, this bacon-wrapped hot dog is typically topped with onions, pinto beans, tomatoes and jalapenos.
  10. The Arizona State Fair is one of the largest in the country, attracting over 1 million visitors each year.  Definitely a must visit!

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