What to see in the United States.
Arizona and Utah is a huge distance, scorched earth, cacti and no civilization.
Arizona is Indian reservation Navajo. By area, it is commensurable with the whole staff and located in the territory of Arizona, Utah and new Mexico. It has its own laws (along with other States), have their own police and even the President. At the same time, Navajo uphold the Constitution of the United States.
Indians living in the U.S. since the XIV century: the ancestors of the modern Navajo came up here in northwestern Canada and Eastern Alaska. The 1860-ies they live in reservations. Are mainly engaged in weaving, pottery and animal husbandry.
The Indians – very interesting and unique people. Speak English, but with a distinctive accent, a little bit cocky, love to drink and talk. At the same time very careful to ecology and nature.
Google Maps help
When you travel around America by car, it is best to use the Navigator. My choice in Europe and Asia is Maps.Me, but in the US I prefer Google Maps. It indicated which roads are blocked, there are ways of rendering subject to landslides and other emergency situations – all this helps to save time.
But in order to take advantage of Google maps need constant Internet. Therefore, in a major city I recommend to buy a card with 4GB of Internet traffic, it will cost you $50. My preference is T-mobile and Verizon. The latter, judging by the description, the greatest coverage.
Good rates for roaming offer and Ukrainian operators is UAH 350 for 1 GB of Internet, so you can use your SIM-card.
Maps.Me works without Internet, but not always displays relevant and timely information and a map of the area, in which you plan to move, you need to download in advance.
Fines, fines, fines
Some of the laws of the U.S. States known for their absurdity or fun. For example, in Arizona any offense committed in a red mask is considered a felony, and for damage to the cactus, you can go to jail for 25 years. But there are very humane laws: in the same state to refuse someone a glass of water – a criminal case. Their actions are not checked, and you do not advise.
In the United States provides relatively high fines for violation of traffic rules. For example, for exceeding the speed limit by 1-10 mph will have to pay $250.
Food and water
Another important aspect is the food, especially in the way. If you are planning a long road trip through sparsely populated areas of the United States, it is better to have a stock of food to which you are accustomed. Use freezer bags or any other form of cooling to preserve the freshness of the products.
And be sure to take water. USA is a huge distance, smooth roads and desert places, so it’s best to have everything you need at hand.
Places to visit in Arizona
1. Sedona is a great city of red rock, known to the world for its unique beauty and charm. It is conveniently located at the mouth of oak Creek canyon, the species of which are breathtaking. Recommend here to stay or at least a ride on it.
For centuries Sedona has been a sacred place for the tribes of the yavapai, Apache, hopi and Navajo. Many still come here to conduct the ceremony. This Holy land is rich in legends.
2. The Grand Canyon is one of the deepest canyons in the world (up to 1,800 m). Its formation took 10 million years. The canyon is located within the Indian reservations of the Navajo, and Hualapai Havasupai. He was cut by the Colorado river in the thickness of limestones, shales and sandstones. The length of the canyon – 446 km, it is as the distance from Kiev to Odessa, and the width (at plateau) ranges from 6 to 29 km.
Before the first time to see him, I’ve read about him and watched documentaries. But what offers look live, not to compare with a photo or video. Great views and scene photos will be available next to the Desert View Watchtower.
3. Horseshoe (Horseshoe Bend) is also worth a visit. For me, this place was even more impressive than the Grand Canyon. Horseshoe is a bizarre bend of the Colorado river in the territory of Glen Canyon. From the Parking lot to get to it for 20 minutes. You are in the desert, slowly climbed the hill and don’t expect anything special, but suddenly in front of you, the view is impressive: a huge rock in a smooth environment of the river from the height of bird flight. Fascinating landscape, which you can watch for hours!
4. The Antelope Canyon. Actually two of them – upper and lower. I was at the top. Depending on how the light falls, the shape of the Canyon give rise to different images. The palette changes from white to yellow, orange, red and purple. I like a man production photo, it was very interesting to observe and try to capture this phenomenon.
The layered sand is lined in solid smooth polished surface, in places there are inclusions of disparate pieces more hard rock, like the nuggets, serving from walls of the mine. The canyon is located on the lands of the Navajo nation and is owned by the Indians. To get there, you need to pay a fee and hire a guide. The total cost will be from $45 to $109 per person in a group depending on the tour type. To reserve a tour in advance.
To the top of the canyon alone will not reach, because the road runs several kilometers through the Sands of the desert. To take you there only jeeps terrain.
I was struck by the nature of the United States, its diversity and contrasts. Every day I saw stunning landscapes and never ceased to be surprised.