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For more than 150 years, Fry Bread, flat circles of fried dough, has been a staple of the Native American people of North America, and particularly with the Navajo tribe. They’re tasty eaten either sweet or savoury – particularly in the form of the ‘Indian Taco’ – so be sure to give them a try on your visit to Arizona.
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When it comes to Mexican food, Arizona really has it down, and as such, boasts a sizeable offering of Mexican fast food joints. As you’re driving around, look out for regional chain Federico’s Mexican Food, offering combo plates that are big in size and flavour.Delicious!
The story goes that a burrito was accidentally dropped into a deep fat fryer, and after being fished out and eaten, was discovered to be delicious. Thus, the chimichanga was born. Whether the tale is true or not, we can’t be sure, but we can vouch for the outcome being delicious. Did you know…
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As the state’s nickname suggests, Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon. And it goes without saying, it’s absolutely unmissable. At 277 miles long, and up to 18 miles wide in places, the sheer scale of it will blow you away. Whether you want to visit to uncover millions of years’ worth of history, explore the setting of one of your favourite movies, or simply add a rather impressive selfie to your collection, put it at the top of your list of must-sees!
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One of the most iconic roads to drive in the world, U.S. Route 66 runs from Chicago, Illinois, to Los Angeles, California, cutting through Texas and Arizona, amongst other states, on the way.
Red Rock Scenic Byway
State Route 179, aka the Red Rock Scenic Byway, will lead you into the heart of Slide Rock State Park, where natural waterslides have been carved into the rocks over the years.
Montezuma Castle, carved dramatically into the cliff face, is probably the best-preserved example of prehistoric dwelling in North America.
For everyone who ever wanted to be a cowboy when they grew up, a visit to Tombstone is a must – the location of the infamous OK Corral shootout between Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, and outlaws Billy Clanton and the McLaury brothers, which inspired the 1993 movie of the same name, Tombstone.
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Did you know that there is still fierce rivalry over the invention of the chimichanga, a deep-fried burrito? With a movement to make it Arizona’s official food, there’s little doubt of the chimichanga’s popularity, but as Woody Johnson and Monica Flin both lay claim to the creation perhaps we’ll never discover its true founder…
Despite being an Arizona staple, Navajo Fry Bread traditionally calls for ingredients and cooking utensils not conventionally used by Native Americans, but introduced to the continent by European explorers and pioneering families. Deep fried dough delicacies flavoured with nuts, honey and spices were also enjoyed in Ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt where they were better known as ‘fritters’.
Now, here’s a bit of guac trivia - the English word avocado comes from the Spanish aguacate, which in turn stems from the Nahuatl (Aztec) word ahuacatl. It’s also sometimes called by the rather apt nickname ‘alligator pear’, because of its shape and rough, dark green skin.