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Arizona Car Rental

Arizona is a large state, so it is a good idea to hire a car for the duration of your vacation as this will make it easier to visit its national parks, monuments and attractions. In order to hire a car in Arizona you will need have a valid driving license and be at least 21 years old. In addition to local companies there are a number of major companies which have fleets of rental cars in Arizona, such companies include: Thrifty, Avis, Dollar and Alamo.

In order to get the best deal on your Arizona car rental, you should book your rental car online in advance. Before you book, be sure to take advantage of car rental comparison sites. By entering some personal details and outlining the sort of vehicle you are after, these helpful websites can quickly search a number of car rental companies in order to find you the best deal.

In addition to using price comparison websites, be sure to check out the individual company websites as these may offer deals not advertised elsewhere. For example, some companies offer special packages which combine airfare with the cost of your hire. If you are a member of an automotive association such as the AAA, always ask if you are entitled to a special discount.

If you do not want to prearrange your car hire, many car rental companies have a presence at or in close proximity to the island’s major airports.

Top Things to do in Arizona

The top attraction (understandably) is the Grand Canyon. Labeled by Theodore Roosevelt as “unparallelled”, it should never be missed. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has been carved out of the underlying strata from the mighty Colorado River and such erosion is still taking place today. Both the north and the south rim of the canyon are able to be visited with a vehicle or on foot. Hiking is another extremely popular pastime here although visitors should heed all warnings and those with little outdoor experience are better off using a tour guide. Other activities include helicopter rides and whitewater rafting.

Arizona is likewise home to many urban attractions; a good portion of these are located in the capital city of Phoenix. Interestingly enough, this metropolitan area is quite respected for the arts. Locations such as the Phoenix Symphony and the Arizona Orchestra are extremely popular amongst visitors and concerts are held regularly. Phoenix also provides a bustling retail center located downtown. Many of these stores will cater to the “old west” appeal while there are just as many brand-name outlets to enjoy. Finally, Phoenix offers several interesting festivals such as the Phoenix Film Festival and the art-laden booths found during the First Fridays Artwalk (held on the first Friday of every month).

For an experience that is truly out of this world, tourists shold never fail to miss the massive Meteor Crater located 37 miles east of Flagstaff. This is the most well-preserved crater in the entire world and standing upon its rim offers a sense of humility not often found in other destinations. For those who are astronomy buffs, there are still pieces of shocked quartz to be found within its proximity. While there are facilities located here, it is wise to plan ahead and take a car. It can become quite hot during the daytime; even during the winter months. Suntan lotion is another excellent idea.

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