For me I prefer Arizona. By driving just a couple hundred miles from the center of the state to the mountains I can have the full spectrum of weather. Snow covered mountains, to sunny dry deserts.
Arizona works for me. Just by deciding where I have my permanent home within Arizona, I can be either a snowbird or a sunbird without burning more than a few gallons to get to my second home in the winter or summer.
What works for you is as individual as preferring chocolate over vanilla. Neither is right or wrong, and both make a great dessert. It's far more about your attitude then your location. Enjoy wherever you choose and don't worry about what shade of green the grass is on the other side of some fence.
Paradise is a state of mind, not a State of the Union.
Joseph and Sandy
(Snowbirds in Reverse)
Winnebago Chieftain / Ford Hybrid Toad