Arizona March 21, 2017
15 Things You Quickly Learn When You Move To Arizona
Like many other native Arizonans, I didn’t realize just how great our state is until I left. Once the novelty of a new state (or country) wears off, you realize all the little things you miss about home: the sun, the lack of humidity, the delicious food.
If you’re new to Arizona, though, there are a few things you’ll learn right away about your new home: where are the swarms of bugs, the long stretch of weeks without rain, and how intense that sun can feel. In fact, here are 15 things you’ll probably figure out during your first year here.
1. Arizona is the
real Sunshine State.
Bring your sunglasses and sunscreen! Yuma is the sunniest place, averaging sunny days at
90% throughout the year
. Other places like Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff also have decidedly high percentages for sunny days, ranging from 78 to 85%.
2. Whether or not you can cook food by harnessing the power of the sun.
Frying an egg on the sidewalk and leaving a tray of raw cookie dough on your dashboard are just a few ways Arizonans have tried to see if our summer heat can also make dinner.
3. It really does snow here!
Sometimes, it’s ridiculously deep and sometimes it’s magical enough to make its way into the desert.
4. Monsoon season is a big deal.
We have heated debates over whether to use "dust storm" or "haboob" and watching the local weather news segment during the summer will tell you just how much we look forward to the summer rains.
5. Walking on the dirt or sidewalk in summer is a mistake.
Unless you’re in Flagstaff or Greer, that is. Otherwise, you’ll quickly find out why.
6. The same goes for touching anything metallic in summer.
Just imagine needing to walk through those doors in the middle of a July afternoon. Would you touch it with your bare hands?
7. Dry air is actually pretty awesome.
When monsoon season hits, it does get a bit humid but definitely
nothing like some other parts of the country.
8. Arizona has some incredibly diverse landscapes.
It’s not just desert! You’ll also find forests, marshes, and even a tundra.
9. You can enjoy the outdoors the entire year.
In the winter months, enjoy hiking, rock climbing, and trail riding in southern Arizona. The same goes for northern Arizona during the summer months.
10. The desert landscape has an underrated beauty.
One look at that rugged landscape, spindly plants, and muted colors will tell you something about life’s tenacity.
11. You’ll quickly determine just where to find the best Mexican food.
Everyone has their own personal favorite! Where is yours?
12. You’ll learn to love the wide, open sky.
You’ll find towering trees in some areas but, otherwise, you’ll find just how huge the sky is.
13. You’ll also learn to love natural silence.
With so many areas uninhabited by people, finding a quiet spot for a moment of solitude isn’t difficult.
14. Arizona’s food scene is incredible and growing.
You’ll find decades-old mom and pop diners, innovative food trucks, award-winning restaurants and wineries. Need we go on?
15. You’ll find all kinds of culture and art here.
We have museums, orchestras, festivals, and diverse groups of people. Historically, Arizona's culture comes from its Indigenous tribes, Mexicans, and early American settlers.
There’s definitely nothing quite like Arizona! What is something you learned after moving (back) to Arizona?
If you find yourself missing our state, then read
12 Things People Miss The Most About Arizona When They Leave. You just might find yourself agreeing with these.