Arizona Most Interested In Outdoor Activities

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Few states across America have the wealth of outdoor activities that the Grand Canyon State does, from the eponymous state park tucked inside the north-central part of the state to the boundless open spaces that can be found from the Mexican border north towards the Four Corners.  

Given that bounty of scenery, it’s likely of little surprise that Arizonans rank among those most interested in searching for outdoor-related activities, with the 48th State ranking 10th nationally by our metrics.  

June is the “Great Outdoors Month.” BetArizona.com, home to all things Arizona sports betting, wanted to see what states were most excited to go explore the outdoors as we head into the summer. Using Google Trends, we found and ranked states most interested in “outdoors activities,” according to search interest score.

Note: Search interest score is compared to other topics; Search was done between Mary 16 – 23 2024.

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States Interested in Outdoor Activities

Rank

State

Search Interest Score

1

Minnesota

100

2

Oregon

80

3

Indiana

70

4

Missouri

60

5

Wisconsin

50

6

Colorado

49

7

Washington

47

8

New Jersey

40

9

Virginia

38

10

Arizona

32

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Where Arizona Ranks in Outdoors Interest

Nationally, Arizona’s search interest score of 32 ranks 10th overall, behind Virginia’s score of 38 and New Jersey, which had a search interest score of 40 to finish in the No. 8 spot.  

The leaders in outdoor interest across the country were Minnesota, with a search interest score of 100, followed by Oregon (80 search interest score), Indiana (70 search interest score), Missouri (60 search interest score) and Wisconsin (50 search interest score).  

Throw in Colorado’s search interest score of 49 and Washington State’s total of 47 and you have the full rundown of the top 10 states in America when it comes to the datapoints that our survey entailed.  

Given the 22 spaces protected by the National Park Service, from Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest and Saguaro National Parks to a number of National Monuments, National Historic Markers, National Recreation Areas and National Historic Parks, it’s of no surprise that Arizonans want to get outside and explore the reaches of their home state.  

Luckily for Arizonans, there’s plenty of options for them to choose from, with the Grand Canyon State holding a natural bounty of park space on the state and federal level, leaving residents an open-ended choose your own adventure novel of things to do if they’re looking for ways to escape the summer heat in places like Phoenix and Tucson this summer.  

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Author

Christopher Boan

Christopher Boan is the lead writer at BetArizona.com after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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