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Arid deserts, beautiful mesas and canyons, and plenty of amazing cities; Arizona has just about anything one could ask for. Unfortunately this beautiful state is tucked away in the far southwest of the U.S, meaning that most people will never get to experience its wonder. However, many people still are lucky enough to be able to visit and experience many of the things that Arizona has to offer. Unfortunately for those people, they may never be able to get the full Arizona experience, as there are just some things that only locals can truly understand. Here are five things that only the residents of Arizona would understand.
While everyone who visits Arizona can see the beautiful sights and sounds the state has to offer, only residents of the state can truly understand what it’s like to appreciate these sites. Arizona is full of national parks and hiking trails that offer the state’s residents a great chance to get out and explore the beauty of nature. Even the most avid Arizonan explorer probably hasn’t seen everything that the state has in store, which makes Arizona’s vast beauty something only its residents can truly appreciate.
Real Mexican Food
Being so close to the U.S-Mexican border has its perks, and they come in the form of true authentic Mexican food being available just about anywhere. When traveling to northern states Arizonans quickly learn that what most states refer to as “Mexican food” is actually just a ripoff of the authentic thing. Some of the traditional Mexican dishes that one can experience in Arizona are as close to real Mexican cuisine as you can get, so be thankful!
Hot Summer Weather
Everybody in the U.S understands that Arizona is a hot arid desert, but only the state’s residents truly understand the extent of the heat. Temperatures boil well over a hundred degrees on a frequent basis, and rainfall barely falls. Living in this type of weather changes how you live and deal with temperature changes. Temperatures in the fifties become jacket weather, while temperatures in the seventies might still require you to wear long sleeves or pants. Many people talk about the dry heat of the Arizona desert, but you can only truly understand the extent of it after you’ve lived here for awhile
Locals of Arizona are all too familiar with the pain and misery that comes with rooting for the local sports teams. The Phoenix Suns are currently in rebuilding mode, and were recently bad enough to clinch the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft. The Arizona Cardinals and Phoenix Coyotes haven’t been as bad, but they’ve still been floundering at the bottom of the standings for a few years now. Arizona’s one saving grace is The Diamondbacks, but even they have just recently finished a disappointing season that ended without a playoff berth.
No Daylight Savings Time
One of the weirdest things about Arizona is that it doesn’t follow Daylight Savings Time. That means that instead of springing their clocks ahead in March or falling back in time in November, the clocks in Arizona stay exactly the same. It's a weird concept, as Arizona is one of the few places that has yet to adopt daylight savings. On the bright side, there's no need to look for a Scottsdale plastic surgeon to help remove those bags under your eyes from losing sleep to daylight savings time. Arizonans hear all the time how switching the time messes up the circadian rhythm of their out-of-state friends, but a true Arizonian has yet to experience daylight savings.
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