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This Festival transports visitors to an European style fair filled with an agreeable rabble of knights, rogues, royalty and craftsmen, all roaming throughout a 30-acre village filled with delectable sights and sounds tantalizing the senses. All the Festival is a stage with a cast featuring more than 2,000 brightly costumed actors, dancers, mermaids, acrobats and musicians. Explore 200 charming craft shops, 13 stages of non-stop entertainment, an arena for full-contact armored jousting, a living fountain, kitchens, pubs, and people powered games and rides. The Renaissance Festival experience is meeting and interacting with a variety of colorful characters, shopping for unique arts and crafts, and taking in a selection of over 150 shows every event day. There is a great variety of food for feasting, and a bevy of beverages including Medieval Margaritas, Da Vinci Coladas, Dukes of Daiquiri, wine, honey mead, beers and ales, along with soft drinks and lemonade. A popular attraction at the Festival are the live jousting tournaments held three times daily in the 5,000 seat arena, complete with knights on charging horses, clanging weapons and a great deal of braggadocio. The Faire features demonstrations of time honored crafts such as weaving, jewelry making, glass blowing, blacksmithing and pottery throwing. Shopping is fun and if you are looking for a unique gift; you shall surely find it at this bustling marketplace. A most special event within this giant event is The Pleasure Feast. This is a one and a half hour, five course medieval feast with live music and comedy entertainment, delicious food, plus festival souvenir. With limited seating twice daily, advance feast reservations are recommended. Donâ€™t miss this time travel experienceâ€”see thee at the Faire. Saturdays & Sundays, through April 2nd. More information at renfestinfo.com. Huzzah. AZ
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On behalf of everyone at Arizona KEY Travel Magazine, it is my pleasure to welcome you to Arizona, the Grand Canyon state. March is dominated by baseball... it‘s Spring Training season and Arizona welcomes visitors from around the world to this annual right of passage. Prepare yourself for plenty of warm sunshine, green grass and some exciting Major League Baseball action. Our Ultimate Fan Guide to Cactus League Baseball 2017 has been released. This annual special issue covers ticket information, team previews, schedules, maps, area attractions, directions, shopping, dining and more! You may pick up a copy at any of our normal distribution points, or you can view the issue on our website at ArizonaKEY.com. Spring Training offers baseball fans a unique opportunity. The venues provide for intimate, up close and personal viewing. The players are more accessible, all teams are tied for first, and hope springs eternal. It all starts here, where practice and games help the “boys of summer” endure the season and hopefully earn a spot in the “fall classic”. Helping you navigate the Cactus League is hall of fame sport’s writer Charlie Vascellaro. Through his cover story and team previews, you’ll be guided thru the Spring Training season with substantive information delivered with Charlie’s brilliant flair. Be sure to bring this magazine to the games with you - turn to page 78 to become a baseball scout, take notes, and get signatures of this year’s top prospects. Arizona KEY’s Ultimate Fan Guide to Cactus League Baseball marks the 15th Anniversary of this extremely popular publication. The first issue of KEY in the Valley of the Sun debuted in 1969. For almost 50 years, Arizona KEY Magazine has been an integral part of the Grand Canyon State. Of course a few things have changed since the sixties - we now have the web, streaming videos, tablets, smartphones, virtual reality headsets, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, all of which can be found at ArizonaKEY.com. But one thing remains the same. Whether you are “old- school” or “new-school”, we still provide pertinent and timely travel information to visitors and residents alike. Thanks to our advertisers for supporting the book, and thank you to the concierge and other travel professionals who use the publication as a resource for their guests. Lastly, thank you to all of the Spring Training fans - it warms my heart when I see the Ultimate Fan Guide sticking out of a purse or back pocket - we do it for you. See you at the ballpark, Owner / Publisher 16
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MIM MUSIC THEATER With outstanding acoustics and an up-close-and-personal experience, the MIM Music Theater is the Valley’s premier concert venue. For tickets call 480-478-6000. For a complete schedule of concerts and events, visit MIM.org Concert: Davina and the Vagabonds Wednesday, March 8 | 7 p.m. Tickets: $28.50 - $38.50 Description: This rollicking quintet is held together by Davina Sowers’ keyboard playing and vocals, with acoustic bass, drums, and a spicy trumpet and trombone horn section. The group’s focused, clean sound and emphasis on acoustic instruments is novel to both blues and jazz worlds, and sets the show closer to New Orleans than to Chicago.
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Concert: Altan Sunday, March 19 | 4 & 7 p.m. Tickets: $38.50 - $48.50 Description: No other traditional Irish band in the last dozen years has had a wider impact on audiences and music lovers throughout the world than Altan. Concert: Keola Beamer and Jeff Peterson Wednesday, March 22 | 7 p.m. Tickets: $38.50 - $43.50 Description: Virtuoso slack-key guitarists Keola Beamer and Jeff Peterson present an evening of superb Hawaiian music that explores the beauty of the islands’ many cultural influences.
LIVE MUSIC ALL MONTH Rusty Spur Saloon (SCOTTSDALE) Enjoy great live country and western music daily in a historic building in Old Town Scottsdale that used to be a bank! Walk through the swingin’ doors at the Rusty Spur Saloon for a good time with great music, 480-425-7787. ALL MONTH Taliesin West Guided Tours (SCOTTSDALE) Designed by visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West offers enchanting evening tours as well as a range of daily tours from 1 to 3 hours long. Enter at 114th St. & Cactus Rd, 480-627-5340. THURSDAYS Art Walk (SCOTTSDALE) Wander into galleries while strolling around tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants & more. Downtown Scottsdale, 7pm – 9pm, 800-782-1117.
LIVE MUSIC THUR-SAT Live Music at Harold’s Corral (CAVE CREEK) Harold’s is THE place in Cave Creek, Arizona for good food, great music and a dang’ good time. Enjoy live music every Thursday – Saturday, 480-488-1906. FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Yellow Bird Production (SCOTTSDALE) Celebrate Native American culture every Friday and Saturday evening through dancing, stories and music with Yellowbird Productions. Talking Stick Resort in the Fire Garden (adjacent to the Pool), 6pm, free, 480-850-7777. SATURDAYS Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s Car Show (SCOTTSDALE) Complete with 50’s era music provided by “Party Time DJ’s”, this showcase of anywhere from 250 – 500 cars, and up to 150 motorcycles and choppers, is sure to satisfy collectors, dreamers, and
aficionados, alike, The Pavilions at Talking Stick, 4-8pm, 480-362-2700. THROUGH APR 2 (SAT & SUN) Arizona Renaissance Festival (APACHE JUNCTION) Don’t miss the BEST Day Out in History featuring a 13-stage theatre, a 30-acre circus, an arts & crafts faire, a Jousting Tournament and a feast, all rolled into one non-stop, day-long, family adventure! Weekends, 10-6 pm, Rain or Shine, 520-463-2600, RenFestInfo.com. THROUGH MAY 31 John Coleman: Past/Present/ Future (SCOTTSDALE) Images of American Indians infused with the history and mythology of the American West have made John Coleman one of the nation’s most highly regarded contemporary artists. Exhibition at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 480-686-9539 for further details.
event calendar MAR 3 Artlink First Fridays (PHOENIX) Enjoy the spirit and culture of downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Tour art galleries, venues, and related spaces and on a free shuttle starting at the Phoenix Art Museum or at major stops on each route, 6-10pm, 602-256-7539. MAR 3 - 5 West Valley Fair & Music Festival (GLENDALE) Exciting Attractions & Shows. Live Music. All Your Favorite Fair Food. Spectacular Carnival Rides & Kiddie Rides. Safe, Clean Family Fun.University of Phoenix Stadium Great Lawn, tickets, 866-993-2477. MAR 4 Lunar Bingo (FORT MCDOWELL) Come out for Great Music, Giveaways, Dance Contests, and Cash Prizes! Fort McDowell Casino, starts at Midnight, 1-800-THE-FORT. MAR 4 14th Annual Chandler Classic Car & Hot Rod Show (CHANDLER) Highlighting pre-1980’s classic cars & hot rods are all on display in Downtown Chandler at a new location, at the parking lot of the Chandler Police station, 10-2pm, free, 480-782-3037. MAR 4 – SEPT 1 Sand Sculpture Exhibit (CAREFREE) The Town of Carefree welcomes world renowned artist and sculptor, Ray Villafane, back to create sand art like no other. For the first time Villafane has also invited professional stone balancer, Tim Anderson, to join him in Carefree the weekend of March 17-19 to transform the Gardens into an artistic stone stacking playground! Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion at Carefree Desert Gardens, 480-488-3686, VisitCarefree.com.
MAR 9 - 12 64th Annual Parada Del Sol Rodeo (SCOTTSDALE) Enjoy rodeos, dances, concerts, live country western music, children’s activities at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 480-9903179. Tickets paradadelsol.net. MAR 11 Zoo Move & Groove Festival (PHOENIX) Join the Phoenix Zoo for a celebration getting healthy and staying fit with an animal twist! Bounce Boot camp, dance party, zoo-robics, animal yoga, zoomba and more! There will be a 5K Trail Run/ Walk at Papago Park from 7-9am. Phoenix Zoo, 9-4pm, 602-286-3800, phoenixzoo.org. MAR 11 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Faire (PHOENIX) This year’s theme is “Salute to Irish Music and Dance”. Location for the Parade 3rd Street from Virginia to McDowell, starts at 10am. Faire has 3 Stages of Irish Music, Irish Stepdancing, Bagpipers, Food & Beverages and more. Hance Park West side of Central, $10, 602-258-0109. MAR 11 9th Annual Paris in the Spring French Market (GLENDALE) Experience the fine food, culture and shopping of Paris without making a trip half-way around the world. Bring along your beret and enjoy entertainment, an art show, French Market, shopping and dining. Start at the Glendale Visitor Center to pick up a walking event map and Savings Pack. Downtown Glendale, 10-4pm, 877-800-2601. MAR 11 - 12 Arizona Wild West Festival 2017 (CAVE CREEK) Arizona’s newest and largest western/music festival, will fill the town of Cave Creek with events from quick draw and western
stunts, to a treasure hunt and music contest. Plus bull riding, battle of the bands, Guns of Anarchy gunfight performers & more! Visit cavecreeklive. com for schedule of events. MAR 17 Shamrock Fest (CHANDLER) Live entertainment, Irish dancers, bagpipe players, games, traditional food, activities and a beer garden. AJ Chandler Park, 4pm-Midnight, 21+event, $10 at door, 800- 513-2072. MAR 17 St. Patrick’s Day Green Fountain (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Put on your green and celebrate the Irish tradition of St. Patrick’s Day in Fountain Hills! Watch as the World Famous Fountain will be turned bright emerald green at Noon in Fountain Park, 480-8165185. Enjoy dining and shopping along the Avenue of the Fountains. MAR 17 Art Walk (CHANDLER) Fine art, dozen of local artists, free kids art activities, great eateries and unique shops. Historic Downtown Chandler, 6pm – 10pm, free, 480-855-3539. MAR 17 – 19 Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival (CAREFREE) 165 artists and 5,000+ original masterpieces of fine art. Couple this fabulous setting with some of the finest first-class wines from around the world, and you have the ultimate weekend adventure! Carefree Desert Gardens at 101 Easy Street, 480488-3686, VisitCarefree.com. MAR 18 Air Supply Concert (SCOTTSDALE) The Australian duo dominated the charts with hits like “Lost in Love,” “All Out of Love,” “The One That You Love” and “Making Love Out of Nothing at All.” The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 8pm, tickets 480-850-7734.
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event calendar MAR 18 7th Annual Kiss Me I’m Irish Half Marathon (GLENDALE) Distance for every age and ability – HALF Marathon, 8K, 4K, 1K. After the race, there will be music until 11 am and plenty of food and beverage. The party continues at Westgate with an after-party at McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon. Starts at 7am, 480-609-3978, register irishrunaz.com. MAR 24 Jimmie Vaughan Concert (SCOTTSDALE) Among guitarists walking the planet today, Jimmie Vaughan is a living legend. The man who once lent his wah-wah pedal to Jimi Hendrix first made a name for himself with The Fabulous Thunderbirds. The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 8pm, tickets 480-850-7734. MAR 24 - 26 12th Annual Cowgirl Up! Exhibition and Sale Opening Weekend (WICKENBURG) With more than 200 paintings, drawings, and
sculptures, the Cowgirl Up! exhibition and sale embraces the full spectrum of Western American art today. Join the 58 Cowgirl Up! artists for an opening weekend celebration that includes a bid ‘n’ bash, live auctions, and an artists’ quick draw. Desert Caballeros Western Museum, for tickets & info, 928-684-2272 or westernmuseum.org. MAR 24 - 26 Fine Art & Wine Affaire (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Meet 150+ awardwinning artists, enjoy wine tasting, live music, festival food and sweet treats. Avenue of the Fountains, $3 Admission, $10 Wine Tasting, 480-816-5185. MAR 25 Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival (CHANDLER) 60+ pit masters from across the nation set to please the masses with their mouthwatering pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken. Enjoy over 200 kegs of craft beer from SanTan Brewing Company. AJ Chandler Park, Noon – 10pm, $15 at gate, 602-276-2499.
MAR 25 - 26 Italian Festival of Arizona (SCOTTSDALE) Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine, live music, experience Italian culture and shop Italian hand crafted items from vendors. Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, $10-15, 11am, 480-745-7020. MAR 31 – APR 2 Tempe Festival of the Arts (TEMPE) 300 artist booths line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets presenting unique, and hand-made artwork plus street performers, food and beverage, sponsor exhibits. Mill Avenue District, 10-5:30pm, 480-355-6060. MAR 31 – APR 3 NCAA Final Four Fan Fest (PHOENIX) This event is perfect for the entire family as it is jam-packed with youth clinics, autograph signings, special appearances, interactive games, giveaways, and concerts. Phoenix Convention Center, tickets $10 Adults, free 12 and under, 602-262-6225.
Sedona, Prescott + N Central AZ ALL MONTH Out of Africa Wildlife Park (CAMP VERDE) Experience a completely different view of wildlife where exotic animals from around the world roam in spacious habitats. And with exciting shows like Tiger Splash and Predator Feed, Out of Africa is like nothing you’ve ever seen. Open daily, 928-567-2840 (See Page 61 for coupon) MONDAYS Scientific Vortex Information (SEDONA) M.I.T. Honors Graduate, Pete A. Sanders Jr., teaches attendees how to understand and tap Sedona’s famous Vortexes for enhanced prayer, meditation, mind/body healing and outside the box creative thinking. Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, 1-2:30pm, 24
$15, to reserve a seat or for more information call 928-203-5353. TUESDAY - SATURDAY Live Entertainment at Timbers Lounge (PINETOP) Hon-Dah Resort Casino and Conference Center features 800 of the newest slots & poker room and 128 oversized hotel rooms. Enjoy FREE live entertainment Tuesday - Saturday at Timbers Lounge, call 800-929-8744. FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Live Entertainment & Dance at Dragonfly (CAMP VERDE) Cliff Castle Casino Hotel’s Dragonfly Nightclub is the place to enjoy live music, dancing & fun every Friday & Saturday night starting at 9pm, 800-381-SLOT.
MAR 3 Sedona Gallery Association 1st Friday Tour (SEDONA) Enjoy openings, special guests, artist receptions and celebrations from 5pm-8pm. Ride the Sedona Trolley, which does continuous loops to the Gallery Row & Uptown locations, 800-288-7336. MAR 3 – 5 Sedona Mountain Bike Festival (SEDONA) 3-day mountain bike celebration that will include a Main Expo/Festival, Bike Demos, Shuttled Rides, a Beer Garden, great Bands for (3) nights and a whole lotta sweet RED SINGLETRACK! 928-282-7722, register sedonamtbfestival.com.
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MAR 4 First Saturday Art Walk (JEROME) Visit 30+ unique art studios and galleries featuring jewelry, pottery, glass, leatherwork, clothing, paintings, sculpture and more, 5-8 pm, 928-649-2277. MAR 9 - 12 Sedona Yoga Festival (SEDONA) Deepen your practice and tap into ancient wisdom with three days of yoga, music and energy work in the undisputed spiritual center of the West. The flexible conference structure gives you an unparalleled opportunity to weave your own experience in the richly colored cultural and natural tapestry that is Sedona, sedonayogafestival.com. MAR 11 St. Patrick’s Parade (SEDONA) The parade starts at 10:30 am from Jordan Historical Park and proceeds south on Jordan Road to Mesquite Avenue, 800-288-7336. ArizonaKEY.com
MAR 12 The Phoenix Symphony (PRESCOTT) Tito Munoz brings another monumental work of Beethoven with “Eroica” Symphony, a rigorous and emotional composition marking the transition to the Romantic period in classical music. Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 3pm, for tickets call 928-776-4255. MAR 17 Dead or Alive (PINETOP) The Bon Jovi Tribute Experience in the Conference Center at Hon-Dah Resort Casino, doors 7pm, show at 8pm, tickets and packages call 800-9298744. Must be 21 or older. MAR 18 – 19 Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival (CAMP VERDE) Featuring winetasting from a dozen or more of the valley’s premiere wineries along with 60+ food and craft vendors. Verde River Runoff Canoe and Kayak Race, Archaeological Fair, pecan pie
baking contest and more! Historic Downtown Camp Verde, 928-3010922 for additional information. MAR 24 Prescott’s 4th Friday Art Walk (PRESCOTT) Showcasing regional & international photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry & wearable art! Meander the streets & courtyards to discover a virtual feast for the eyes & soul. Various locations, 5pm7pm, 800-266-7534 for additional information. MAR 25 Sedona Food Truck Festival (SEDONA) Held at Posse Grounds Park from 11 am – 3 pm, this event will feature great food, live music and a beer garden. Admission is free! Grub, Brews and Tunes! Start your morning at the Sedona Stumble, Sedona’s only 5-mile trail run! 800288-7336 for details.
Williams, Flagstaff + N AZ ALL MONTH Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park (WILLIAMS) Experience animal wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment, all from the comfort & safety of your own vehicle. Your family will enjoy the wildlife, from majestic bison & nimble big horn sheep to stealthy wolves & adorable bear cubs, 928-635-2289.
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demonstrations and experiments featuring the electromagnetic spectrum – radio through infrared. Lowell Observatory, 6 pm, 928-774-3358.
MAR 3 First Friday ArtWalk (FLAGSTAFF) Enjoy live music & entertainment, dining, meet local artists & shop for local artwork at galleries in historic downtown. 6-9 pm, free, 928-779-2300.
MAR 11 Discovery 2nd Saturday at MNA (FLAGSTAFF) Join MNA on the second Saturday of the month for exciting kids’ programs, hands-on activities, and creative crafts. Programs are included with admission and are scheduled from 2-4 p.m. Family and kids of all ages are welcome. Archaeology Day. Museum of Northern Arizona, 928-774-5213 for additional information.
ALL MONTH Meteor Crater (WINSLOW) Come and relive the intensity of the impact at Meteor Crater, located off Interstate 40 at Exit 233, 30 minutes from Flagstaff. Enjoy guided tours, an Interactive Discovery Center, Gift Shop, Theater and Subway Sandwich shop. Save $5 off Two Adult Admissions with Ad on Page 71! 800-289-5898.
MAR 4 Steam to the Grand Canyon (WILLIAMS) It’s Time To Get Fired Up! Steam is back at Grand Canyon Railway. Fueled by waste vegetable oil (WVO), driven by an iron will, powered by ingenuity. Ride the historic locomotive #4960 to the Grand Canyon. Grand Canyon Railway, 800-843-8724.
ALL MONTH National Art Month (WILLIAMS) Celebrate art all month in Williams,
MAR 10 2nd Friday Science Night at Lowell (FLAGSTAFF) Exciting science
MAR 24 Jon Stickley Trio (FLAGSTAFF) With roots in gypsy jazz, bluegrass, and hip-hop in an “exhilarating allacoustic swirl”. Coconino Center for the Arts, 6:30pm, tickets 928-779-2300 for more details.
Tucson + Southern AZ ALL MONTH Biosphere 2 Tours (ORACLE) Come experience Biosphere 2 for yourself and find out why Time Life Books named it “One of the 50 mustsee wonders of the world!” Beneath 6,500 panes of glass lives a rainforest, coastal fog desert, marsh, savannah, million-gallon ocean and much more, 520-838-6200 or visit Biosphere2.org. MAR 11 Bisbee After 5 ArtWalk (BISBEE) 30+ shops and galleries, special sales, promotions, drawings, live entertainment and refreshments and artist’s receptions until 8pm, 520-432-3554. MAR 11 – 12 Wa:k Pow Wow (TUCSON) Gathering of southern Arizona’s Tohono O’odham Nation and other American Indian tribes from around the USA fea-
tures inter-tribal dances, hoop dance contest, drumming contests, & crafts & food vendors at the historical Mission San Xavier del Bac, 520-573-4000. MAR 11 – 12 Spring ArtWalk (TUBAC) Explore the local working artist studios and fine art galleries for which Tubac is renowned. Meet the artists and enjoy special exhibits, receptions and art demonstrations. Tubac Village, 105pm, 520-398-2704. MAR 17 St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival (TUCSON) Celebrate in Armory Park with live Irish music, dancers, entertainment, a children’s game area, food and vendors. The one-hour parade begins at 11 am at Stone Ave and 16th St ending at Armory Park. Starts at 10am, 800-638-8350.
MAR 17 – 19 Spring Artisans Market at Tucson Museum of Art (TUCSON) 100+ of the Southwest’s best artists & artisans showcase their works & wares. Also enjoy food and live music, 10 – 5pm, free, 520-624-2333. MAR 17 – 19 Old Tucson Wild West Days (TUCSON) “Hollywood in the Desert,” recreates 1880s Old West frontier life with living history and cultural presentations, stunt shows, & saloon musicals, 10-5pm, tickets 520-8830100. MAR 18 - 19 Wild West Days (TOMBSTONE) Entertainment, USO Canteen dance, raffle, special guests. 8 – 5pm. Parade on Sunday at 11am at the corner of Sixth and Allen Streets, 888-457-3929.
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Exposures International Gallery of Fine Art, located at the heart of Sedona’s “Gal-
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inter, Spring, Summer or Fall… no matter what time of year you visit the Valley of the Sun, there will be much to see and do. The Sonoran Desert ‘s natural beauty begins with rugged mountains, Saguaro cactus towering over adventure trails, and pink and orange sunsets you thought you only read about in Western novels. POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Phoenix – still has real cowboys and rugged mountains. Projected against this rich backdrop is a panorama of urban sophistication: resorts and spas that drop jaws and soothe souls. Stadiums and arenas worthy of the world’s biggest sports spectacles. Restaurants with inspired cuisine and magnificent patio views. Golf courses that beckon players the year round. Shopping centers as stylish as the fashions they house. 877-225-5749 Scottsdale – By day, our sunny skies and lush desert setting create an ideal backdrop for outdoor adventures, championship golf, relaxing spa treatments and upscale shopping. By night, acclaimed chefs, ArtWalks and dozens of wine bars, lounges and performing arts venues await. And, throughout your stay, our resorts and hotels will pamper you with plush accommodations and the exceptional customer service for which Scottsdale is so well known. 480-421-1004 Carefree / Cave Creek – Vast stretches of the wide-open Sonoran Desert, pristine mountain vistas, giant boulder formations, a sparkling lake and towering saguaro cacti are all part of the magical landscape waiting for you. Stroll around and visit our unique shops and galleries, enjoy a great meal, try a sarsaparilla at a real Western saloon or just kick back and watch the sun set. At night, the stars shine so big and bright they seem close enough to touch. 480-488-3381 Fountain Hills – You literally can’t miss the World Famous Fountain – the town centerpiece. Nearby galleries and shops feature clothing, art, and fine jewelry including the Arizona Amethyst. An extensive public art collection, history museum, art festivals and
concerts make Fountain Hills/ Fort McDowell the Gem of the Valley. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike or bike 50-plus miles of trails or pick from five PGA golf courses. 480-837-1654 Glendale – is home to one of the hottest sports and entertainment districts in the country as well as the world’s top concerts and shows, signature restaurants, nightclubs and shopping. Glendale offers families endless fun thanks to Arizona’s biggest water park, a wildlife zoo and aquarium, a chocolate factory, nearby theaters, museums and more. Outdoor enthusiasts will relish our fairways, tennis courts, hiking trails and nearby regional lake. 623-930-4500 AZ
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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES Phoenix/Scottsdale/Central AZ 1. MIM – Explore an amazing collection of instruments from every country in the world and from the likes of Elvis, John Lennon, and many more at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. Guests wear wireless headsets to hear the sounds of the instruments as they approach different displays. 480-478-6000. 2. WESTWIND AIR SERVICE – Find the Adventure in YOU! Come Fly With Us and experience the most beautiful locations in Arizona. With tours to Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Monument Valley and even custom itineraries, Westwind is dedicated to helping you find the perfect tour that will fill your day with memories that will last a lifetime! 888-869-0866. 3. TALKING STICK RESORT – a luxurious Four-Diamond Scottsdale Resort where fun is limited only by your imagination. Enjoy Vegas-style entertainment, panoramic views at Orange Sky Restaurant, 36-holes of championship golf, relaxing spa treatments and fabulous live entertainment. 480-850-7777. 30 30
4. THE PHOENIX ZOO – The non-profit Phoenix Zoo is Home to more than 1,400 animals including more than 30 different endangered or threatened species from around the world. 602-286-3800. 5. RUSTY SPUR SALOON – Enjoy great live country and western music daily in a historic building in Old Town Scottsdale that used to be a bank! Walk through the swingin’ doors at the Rusty Spur Saloon for a good time with great music, 480-425-7787. 6. SHOP TIL YOU DROP – Discover the finest in Native American Art and Jewelry at Gilbert Ortega Gallery - 480990-1808. Looking for unique southwest gift items? Visit Bischoff’s Shades of the West - 480-945-3289. Visit Sibley’s West in Chandler showcasing the unique gift items of over 200 Arizona Artists and Businesses! 480-899-4480.
Hot Air Balloon! Daily balloon flights available with Hot Air Expeditions 480-502-6999. 8. EXPLORE A DESERT MASTERPIECE – Frank Lloyd Wright began building Taliesin West in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Visitors can enjoy a broad range of guided public tours. 480-627-5340. 9. HORSEBACK RIDES – MacDonald’s Ranch is the premier horseback riding stable in the Valley of the Sun. Enjoy Trail Rides, Hayrides and Cookouts, Stagecoach Rides, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Western Games and more! 480-585-0239. 10. HALL OF FLAME MUSEUM – America’s largest firefighting museum. Six indoor air conditioned galleries display over 35,000 square feet of exhibits which tell the story of firefighting in America and Great Britain. 602-275-3473. AZ
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VENETO TRATTORIA ITALIANA 6137 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-948-9928 • www.venetotrattoria.com Casual and moderately priced, Veneto Trattoria offers light, Northern Italian cuisine with a Venetian accent. Located in Hilton Village, the restaurant is known for its hand-fashioned pastas and gnocchi and luscious risottos. Menu highlights include Venetian-style squid, calves’ liver and dried salt cod, called baccala. An extensive wine list offers a wide selection of Italian and California wines. Enjoy dining on the patio or inside where the atmosphere let’s you drift off to Italy! Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm Dinner 5-10pm.
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360 RUSTY SPUR SALOON 7245 East Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-425-7787 • www.rustyspursaloon.com Scottsdale’s last real cowboy saloon serves up great live country and western music daily. It’s located in a historic building in Old Town Scottsdale that used to be a bank and the walls are decorated with dollar bills, license plates and all kinds of American memorabilia. Lunch served daily from 11 - 4pm.
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360 HARD ROCK CAFE 3 South 2nd Street, Suite 117 Phoenix, AZ 85004 +1-602-261-7625 hardrock.com An electrifying vibe. Jaw-dropping memorabilia. And a legendary menu. Don’t miss this world-famous cafe in the heart of the action: Copper Square downtown Phoenix. Located at the corner of 2nd St. and Jefferson.
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360 BISCHOFF’S SHADES OF THE WEST 7247 Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-945-3289 • www.shadesofthewest.com Founded in 1971, Shades of the West continues to be the most unique shopping destination in Old Town Scottsdale. Featuring a wide variety of custom leather goods & jewelry, Minnetonka Moccasins, Southwestern foods, pottery from Mexico and much more. Bischoff’s Gallery features Southwest home décor, books and museum quality art.
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360 GILBERT ORTEGA GALLERY 3925 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85251 • 480-990-1808 Gilbert Ortega is a nationally recognized dealer of Native American Art and Jewelry that has been operating for over 50 years. Located in Old Town Scottsdale at Main Street & Scottsdale Road.
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360 FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S TALIESIN WEST 12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. Scottsdale, 85259 480-627-5340 www.franklloydwright.org Taliesin West in northeast Scottsdale is ranked one of the world’s greatest architectural treasures. Designed by visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West was a bold new concept for desert living. Guided public tours range from 1 to 3 hours long. Enter at 114th St. & Cactus Rd.
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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES in Carefree & Cave Creek 1. HAROLD’S CAVE CREEK CORRAL – Harold’s Corral is THE place in Cave Creek for good food, great music and a dang’ good time. Hitch yer hat, hang yer hoss and kick back to enjoy some good times eatin’, drinkin’ and dancin’. 480-488-1906. 2. CAREFREE DESERT GARDENS - The gardens weave their way along Carefree’s Easy Street among features that include the Carefree Sundial, the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, a waterfall, art and sculptures, plus numerous shops and restaurants. Open daily during daylight hours. Enjoy Free WiFi provided by the Town of Carefree. 3. THE TOWN DUMP – There is no way to describe the Town Dump in Cave Creek, except to say that it’s one of the most unique shopping experiences. 480-488-9047. 4. AFTERNOON TEA ANYONE? – The English Rose Tea Room in Carefree offers an extensive menu of authentic foods served with loose leaf teas in a truly unique and authentic Victorian atmosphere. 480488-4812. 54
5. CAREFREE FARMERS MARKET – Open every Friday from 9am - 1pm during October - May. Artfully located under the Carefree Sundial located within the Desert Gardens. Features may include fresh, local, seasonal produce, herbs and flowers; locally made jams, jellies and salsas; fresh baked breads. 480-4883686. 6. RANCHO MANANA GOLF CLUB - Voted one of Arizona’s most scenic golf courses. Book your tee time at this par-70 championship course nestled in the heart of the Sonoran desert in Cave Creek - 480488-0398. 7. WILD HOLLY GALLERY – Strolling along Easy Street in downtown Carefree, this gem beckons shoppers to come a bit closer. The steel kinetic wind sculpture turning in the breeze captures the attention of arts and culture aficionados the world over. 480-595-8757.
Creek/Carefree foothills area through education, research and interpretive exhibits. 480488-2764. 9. THE SPA AT CAREFREE – Step inside, & enjoy exclusive services for men and women a full array of skin care therapies, aromatherapy, hair salon services and body treatments. Carefree Resort & Conference Center, 888-692-4343. 10. FRONTIER TOWN – Wooden boardwalks lead to many fun and wonderful gift shops, surrounded by antiques, wagons and western artifacts. One of the last old west towns in Arizona, and full of history and folklore passed down over the years. AZ
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Glendale/West Valley 1. WILDLIFE WORLD ZOO, AQUARIUM & SAFARI PARK – Arizona’s largest collection of exotic animals! Take in the breathtaking aquarium with 85 exhibits and the all new 15-acre Safari Park. See ad page 53 for special offer. 623-935-9453. 2. WESTGATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT – Offering a vibrant outdoor setting with unique water features, Westgate Entertainment District delivers an interactive shopping, dining and entertainment experience. Conveniently located in Glendale, just East of the Loop 101 on Glendale Avenue. 623-385-7502. 3. WIGWAM RESORT – Beloved by generations, this Arizona landmark and Historic Hotel of America couples historic charm with a truly modern sense of adventure. Enjoy legendary golf, superb spa, distinctive cuisine, 623935-3811. 4. BLAST OFF WITH SOME FAMILY FUN – Children, and grown-ups, alike, can enjoy simulated space missions, 56
interact with real NASA astronauts and learn all about the wonders of the cosmos at the Challenger Space Center. 480-488-1906. 5. ARIZONA SAILING ADVENTURES - Enjoy a scenic sailing cruise on a Catalina 22’ foot sailboat on Lake Pleasant! Soak up the Arizona sunshine, enjoy the beautiful desert scenery and unwind and relax on your vacation! 602-6161986 6. STROLL IN THE GARDENS – 1,000 cactus, trees and shrubs await you desert style, where you’ll enjoy a self-guided tour at Xeriscape Botanical Garden. Don’t forget to stop by the library to check out a listening wand, so you may learn the names of the foliage. 623-930-3596. 7. FOR THE “CHOC-O-HOLIC” IN ALL OF US – The Cerreta Candy Company has been making candy by hand for over 40 years. Enjoy a guided tour at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday thru Friday and a nonguided video tour anytime. 623-930-9000.
8. BOOTS AND BIKES – The 19,840 acres of Estrella Mountain desert and mountains became the first regional park in the Maricopa County Park System in 1954, and once you hike or bike in it, you’ll understand why. 623-932-3811. 9. PACK A ROMANTIC PICNIC LUNCH – The crown jewel of Glendale’s park system, Sahuaro Ranch Park offers users both a recreational and historic experience. This park is unique with it’s historic ranch buildings and wonderful flora. 623-930-4200. 10. LAKE PLEASANT REGIONAL PARK – One of the most scenic water recreation areas in the “Valley of the Sun”, the park offers many activities, such as camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. Turn off your mobile phone and unleash some family fun! 602-372-7460. AZ
Sedona and North Central Arizona
aried and vibrant aptly describe the north central region. The famous Red Rocks of Sedona. The bar where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday drank whiskey. The mining town carved on a hillside. With four seasons and something for everyone, this region begs to be seen and will not soon be forgotten.
POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Sedona – Often called “Red Rock Country” Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone – whether you’re into history and archaeology; arts and culture; power shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual and metaphysical, imagine doing all this in a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Indeed, this picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that even today, is wildly wonderful. 800-288-7336 Prescott – Just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, “Everybody’s Hometown” is an ideal destination for golfers, outdoor adventure seekers, and western history buffs. From its majestic rock formations at Granite Dells to five area lakes to more than 450 miles of well-groomed hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, Prescott knows no boundaries for exploring the area’s stunning natural beauty. The downtown Courthouse Plaza is Prescott’s historic heart. The plaza is bordered by the famous Whiskey Row, known to have hosted the likes of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday--and still hosts eclectic boutiques, galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. 800-266-7534 Cottonwood & Verde Valley – Located in the “heart” of Arizona, the Verde Valley is ideally situated above the heat of the desert and below the cold of Arizona’s high country. With its state parks, historic sites and enticing attractions, the Verde Valley offers activities for all ages. There is an assortment of hotels, RV Parks, campgrounds and restaurants to choose from, all within close proximity to the parks, at-
tractions, wineries and Old Town Cottonwood. More than 100 species of birds reside at Dead Horse Ranch State Park and Native American history abounds at Tuzigoot National Monument. Scenic beauty and recreational opportunities will thrill the adventurer, and the many fine shops and galleries located in Old Town, Clarkdale, Camp Verde, Sedona, Cornville and Jerome will easily appeal to the shoppers. 928-634-7593 AZ
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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES in Sedona 1. PINK JEEP TOURS – Pink Jeep’s Sedona Jeep Tours have thrilled visitors for over 55 years! The Premier Broken Arrow, Ancient Ruin, and Diamondback Gulch tours take you places you may never imagined existed. 800-8733662. 2. CLIFF CASTLE CASINO HOTEL – The entertainment destination on the way to Sedona is Cliff Castle Casino Hotel. Enjoy fun for the whole family including Bowling, Kid’s Quest, fabulous dining, newly renovated accommodations and of course great slot and table gaming. Voted Arizona’s #1 Casino 18 years in a row! 800-381-SLOT. 3. EXPOSURES INTERNATIONAL GALLERY OF FINE ART – Enjoy a diversity of art including amazing bronze and stone sculptures, original oil and acrylic paintings, fine art jewelry, and an array of glass art. Exposures International Gallery has an impressive 20,000 square feet of art display that includes every style from classical to contemporary. 800-526-7668. 4. OAKCREEK COUNTRY CLUB – Oakcreek Country Club boasts a Robert Trent Jones 64
Sr. and Robert Trent Jones Jr. design. This 18-hole championship golf course is nestled in the majestic Sedona red rocks with views beyond compare. 888-284-1660. 5. OUT OF AFRICA WILDLIFE PARK – Watch exotic animals roam in spacious habitats plus exciting shows like Tiger Splash & Predator Feed. Use Promo code AZKEY17 for special savings. 928-5672840. 6. SEDONA ROUGE HOTEL & SPA – Unwind in spacious, beautifully appointed guest rooms and hotel suites. Feast upon modern cuisine and delicious comfort foods at REDS Restaurant. Relax and rejuvenate your mind and body at the luxurious Sedona Spa. Call 866-312-4111 today!
8. KACHINA HOUSE – Kachina House is the ultimate destination for authentic Native American art, artifacts, pottery and jewelry. Find Kachina dolls, Hopi Baskets, Hopi Kachina dolls, and so much more. 866-587-0547. 9. VERDE VALLEY BALLOONS – Enjoy panoramic views of the Verde Valley and surrounding areas during your balloon ride with Verde Valley Balloons located in Cottonwood. Reservations are required. Please call 928-756-3231 for an adventure of a lifetime! 10. CHAPEL OF THE HOLY CROSS – One of Sedona’s earliest landmarks, the Chapel rises two-hundred feet above ground surface between two red rock formations that accentuate its 90-foot tall cross. Must-see. AZ
7. SEDONA AIR TOURS – The most-trusted and well known helicopter and airplane tour company in Sedona. Take a tour in a jet-powered helicopter to view the fantastic formations of the red rocks of Sedona, or fly to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge, Skywalk in an airplane. 888.866.7433. Mention KEY2017 for Special Savings.
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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES in Prescott 1. WHISKEY ROW – Whiskey Row is a vibrant center of activity in downtown Prescott, and while the number of saloons has decreased greatly from a century ago, you’ll be at no loss to find a great place to eat, to view exemplary works of art, or to simply cool your heels and people-watch. 2. SHARLOT HALL MUSEUM - Prescott is home of the restored territorial Governor’s Mansion built in 1864. The Museum features seven historic buildings, compelling exhibits and beautiful gardens, which serve as the setting for numerous public festivals. 928-445-3122. 3. HASSAYAMPA INN & HASSAYAMPA INN SPIRITS LOUNGE - A must for savvy travelers searching for a relaxing respite from life’s hustle and bustle. Yesteryear’s charm combines with today’s modern amenities to make the Hassayampa Inn a haven for sophisticated guests seeking a sense of pampered well-being. 928-778-9434. 4. PRESCOTT STATION Globally inspired cuisine that offers a little something for everyone. Conveniently located 66
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of basketry, pottery, weavings and many other artifacts. A must-see when in Prescott. 928-445-1230.
5. CITY OF PRESCOTT LAKES - With kayak, canoe and bicycle rental at all three lakes via Prescott Outdoors, you’ll have no problem planning your outdoor escape to enjoy all the natural bounty that Northern Arizona has to offer. 928-9251410.
9. HIKING IN PRESCOTT – Don’t miss the Mile-High Trail System in and around Prescott containing approximately 28 miles of beautiful trails, including Rails-to-Trails projects along the former Santa Fe Railroad, the Prescott Circle Trail System, and the Greenways Trails System.
6. HERITAGE PARK ZOOLOGICAL SANCTUARY - A non-profit wildlife sanctuary, dedicated to the conservation and protection of native and exotic animals. Open year round, the sanctuary provides a source of recreation, education and entertainment for all ages. 877-778-6008.
10. ANTIQUE ROW - Browse and shop in the relaxed, friendly atmosphere where specialty boutiques and interesting galleries offer shoppers a delightful diversion. This historic city has long been known as one of the West’s best places to shop for antiques. AZ
7. ANTELOPE HILLS GOLF COURSE - Features 36 holes of championship golf in the beautiful mountains of northern Arizona. At an elevation of 5,000 ft., the two courses sport bent grass greens and bluegrass. 928-777-1888. 8. THE SMOKI MUSEUM – This treasure documents early Native American history of regional tribes through a variety
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ne of the natural wonders of the world. The mighty Colorado River. Painted deserts. What more could you ask for? Northern Arizona invites you to indulge your sense of adventure and wonder. Hike it, drive it, ski it, fly over it, float down it – just be sure to get here and immerse yourself in it. POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Grand Canyon – The canyon is a spectacular experience at any time of year. Whatever the season... spring, summer, fall, winter... each brings an intimate mood to the splendor of the Grand Canyon that will make your first visit very special. Savor the delicate fragrance of spring wildflowers as you stroll along the Canyon Rim. Enjoy a fresh summer breeze rich with the scent of pine following a brief afternoon thundershower. Discover color that only nature can create in the fall flowers and canyon oaks as they prepare for the coming winter season. See winter clouds hanging heavy over the Canyon after a fresh snow, lifting like a theatre curtain to reveal nature’s newest spectacle. In every season the Grand Canyon is a spectacular vision. 928-638-2901 GrandCanyonCVB.org Williams – While today’s visitors can experience the modern amenities seen in most tourist destinations, they are also invited to personally share in the history and nostalgia of this mountain community. Founded in the late 1800’s by ranchers, railroaders, and lumber men, remnants of those early days are still visible in the buildings, streets, and neighborhoods of modern-day Williams. Saloons, bordellos, and shops have been brought back to life and visitors can now stroll the brick sidewalks of the historic district, enjoying the sights and sounds of times now nearly gone. experiencewilliams.com Flagstaff – Surrounded by natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff offers dozens of inns, a multitude of hotel and motel accommodations, conference and meeting venues, more than 200
restaurants, numerous night spots, and a variety of cultural, historic and scientific attractions. Visitors from all over the world are attracted to the clean mountain air, year-round outdoor recreation opportunities, historic downtown charm and our Western legacy of pioneer ranchers, railroad builders and lumbermen. 800-956-6123 or flagstaffarizona.org. AZ
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“The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison--beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world .... Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.” — President Theodore Roosevelt ENJOYING THE SOUTH RIM Individual interests, available time, weather, and health considerations can influence your visit to the South Rim. Use the information available on the web site, www.nps.gov/grca/, to help plan your visit. Once you arrive in the park, read The Guide and talk with the rangers for up-to-the-minute information. Elevations along the rim vary from 6650 feet (2030 m) at Hermits Rest to more than 7400 feet (2260 m) at Desert View near the East Entrance. Summer temperatures are pleasant along the rim, but increase rapidly as you descend into the canyon. Low humidity makes for big temperature differences between day and night. The low humidity and high elevation also means that it is important to drink water frequently. Afternoon thundershowers are common in July, August, and early September. Windy conditions prevail in April and May. Snow may fall as early as November. Winter snowstorms continue into March. Many miles of roads along the rim feature numerous pullouts to enjoy the views. Hermit Road to Hermit Rest is open to private vehicles only from December through February. The free shuttle bus system provides a worryfree way to explore the developed areas of the rim. 70
The Rim Trail winds along the rim for more than 13 miles (21 km), much of it paved and suitable for visitors in wheelchairs. The Greenway, a broad, paved pathway suitable for hikers, bicyclists, and wheelchairs, leads two miles (3 km) from Grand Canyon Visitor Center to Grand Canyon Village. A separate segment heads east from Hermits Rest along the rim. The Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails descend steeply into the canyon. Rangers present programs—walks, talks, and evening presentations—throughout the year. All activities are free. Check in The Guide for programs during your stay. VISITOR CENTERS The National Park Service staffs several visitor centers on the South Rim. All are open every day of the year; hours vary seasonally. Grand Canyon Visitor Center Located near Mather Point The largest visitor center on the South Rim is a good stop for an introduction to Grand Canyon and for assistance in planning your visit.
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Yavapai Geology Museum On Yavapai Point Displays explain the geology and formation of the canyon. Memorable views unfold from the picture windows and nearby overlooks.
IN THE PARK An authorized concessioner provides a variety of lodging options within the park. Reservations should be made well in advance as facilities tend to be full for much of the year. Prices vary from approximately $70.00 to more than $400.00. Located at the bottom of Grand Canyon, Phantom Ranch offers overnight lodging in dormitories or individual cabins. Advanced reservations are required. Contact Xanterra Parks and Resorts, www. grandcanyonlodges.com, (888) 297-2757.
Verkamp’s Visitor Center East of El Tovar Hotel Housed in the former Verkamp’s Curios, displays tell the story of the South Rim community. Tusayan Museum 3 miles west of the East Entrance Exhibits provide a glimpse of the rich Native American cultures, both past and present. A short trail circles an 800-year-old ancestral Puebloan village.
Holiday Inn Express www.grandcanyon.hiexpress.com (888) 473-2269 Red Feather Lodge www.redfeatherlodge.com (866) 561-2425 President Theodore Roosevelt said the Grand Canyon is the one sight every American should see. Whether you drive to it, fly over it, ride a mule into it, hike it, take a train to it or float it - just be sure to SEE IT. You’ve made it this far. Find out why the Grand Canyon is a wonder of the world that everyone should experience. AZ
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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES in Northern Arizona 1. BEARIZONA – This Wildlife Park in Williams allows visitors to drive into the wilderness and witness herd and pack life from the safety and comfort of a private vehicle. From adorable bear cubs to High Country Raptors, this is a must do adventure! 928-635-2289. 2. METEOR CRATER – Visit the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site at Meteor Crater just minutes from Interstate 40 near Winslow. The Visitor center offers guided tours, an Interactive Discovery Center, Gift Shop, Theater and more. 800-289-5898. See Ad Page 71 for Savings. 3. GRAND CANYON WEST SKYWALK – The Skywalk, managed by the Hualapai Tribe, is a glass, horseshoe-shaped bridge extending guests 70 feet past the canyon edge and providing an unparalleled view of this natural wonder. Tours also include other points of interest and unique canyon views. 928-769-2636. 4. WESTWIND AIR SERVICE – Find the Adventure in YOU! Come Fly With Us and experience the most beautiful locations in Arizona. With tours 74
to Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Monument Valley and even custom itineraries, Westwind is dedicated to helping you find the perfect tour that will fill your day with memories that will last a lifetime! 888-869-0866. 5. GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM – 12 miles wide. One mile deep. Hike the Bright Angel trail, shop for Native American jewelry, enjoy a hot cocoa at El Tovar, and float the Colorado River. Whether you are seeking adventure or solitude, The South Rim at the Grand Canyon has it all. 928-638-7888. 6. LOWELL OBSERVATORY – Peer through the telescope that Percival Lowell used to sketch Mars or the telescope that helped Clyde Tombaugh discover Pluto. Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff offers guided tours, telescope viewings and more. 928-774-3358.
928-638-2468 (Visitor Center) 800-999-2137 (Pink Jeep) 8. GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66 – Whether it is through preservation of the still existing historic buildings and vintage signs, or the cruising experience overall, we love to be connected to our love of the road. Visit Williams, Flagstaff, Winslow and Kingman for a trip back in time. 9. STEP BACK IN TIME – The Petrified Forest has plant and animal fossils going back over 200 million years. Some petrified logs found in the park measure over 190 feet! 928-524-6228. 10. TWIN ARROWS CASINO RESORT – Enjoy promotions, gourmet dining, excellent gaming, luxury guest rooms and more. Join the players club for special offers. Twin Arrows Casino Resort, Flagstaff, 855946-8946. AZ
7. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VISITOR CENTER – Located at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, watch the famous IMAX movie! Then enjoy one of the new Pink Jeep Grand Canyon Tours - a must do adventure!
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ith its towering saguaros standing guard, Southern Arizona is an impressive region filled with wonders of nature, steeped in history, and rich in culture. You can tour a Spanish Colonial mission and explore stunning caves. You can shop for antiques and dine in style. You can stay at world-class resorts and play golf amid splendorous landscapes. POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Bisbee – located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee sends visitors back to a time when the Wild West was blossoming. Famous for the historic Copper Queen Mine, strolling the sidewalks of this southwestern gem lets you relish in art galleries, gourmet restaurants, coffee houses and antique shops. A visit to the wonderfully restored Victorian neighborhoods set on the hillsides will transport you to Europe. 866-2BISBEE Tombstone – founded in 1877, the “Town too Tough to Die” is home to the infamous gunfight at OK Corral. Step back in time and enjoy its notorious streets lined with saloons, restaurants, shops and stores. Take in a reenactment of the bitter fight between the Earps and the Clantons. Visit Tombstone and walk where heroes and villains of the old west lived, worked and fought. 888457-3929 Tubac – notably cooler than Phoenix and Tucson, this centuries-old town lies adjacent to the Coronado National Forest. Tubac features a variety of locally owner restaurants and comfortable bed and breakfasts. Other highlights include the Art Colony of Tubac, the Tubac Presidio
State Historic Park, and the Santa Cruz River – a favorite for birdwatchers. 520-398-2704 Tucson – Boasting over 350 days of sunshine, Tucson is a mecca for outdoor adventure and golf. The city also contains an extensive arts community, world-class accommodations and spas, and a growing culinary and nightlife scene. You’ll want to take in major events such as the Tucson Culinary Festival, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and the Accenture Match Play Championships. Home to the University of Arizona, Tucson will keep you entertained. 800-638-8350 AZ
MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES in Southern Arizona 1. BIOSPHERE 2 - UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA Come experience Biosphere 2 for yourself and find out why Time Life Books named it “One of the 50 must-see wonders of the world!” Tours take you inside the world’s largest living research center dedicated to exploring future life on our planet. Beneath 6,500 panes of glass lives a rainforest, coastal fog desert, marsh, savannah, million-gallon ocean and much more. 520-838-6200 or visit Biosphere2.org 2. KARTCHNER CAVERNS STATE PARK Experience a stunning limestone cave during a memorable 1½ hour guided tour. The Discovery Center features museums exhibits, a gift shop, theater and more. There are also campgrounds, hiking trails, picnic areas and a hummingbird garden. 520-586-2283 • www. azstateparks.com/Parks/KACA/ 3. TUCSON ADVENTURES What better way to view the gorgeous landscape of Southern Arizona than from a Hot Air Balloon! Bring your camera for incredible photos. After your magic carpet ride enjoy a champagne toast! FAA Certified Pilots & Hot Air Balloons. 1-800-742-2556 • tucsonadventures.com
4. TUMACÁCORI NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK The park protects three Spanish colonial mission ruins: Tumacácori, Guevavi, and Calabazas. Located at exit 29 off of Interstate 19. Open daily. 520-398-2341 • www.nps. gov/tuma/
8. COLOSSAL CAVE Explore the ancient crystal cave which is on the National Register of Historic Places. See beautiful cave formations while your guide shares the Cave’s history, legends and geology. 520-647-7275 • colossalcave.com
5. ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM Experience the majesty of the Sonoran Desert at this fusion, zoo, botanic garden, natural history museum and art gallery nestled in the Tucson Mountains adjacent to Saguaro National Park (West). Enjoy 21 scenic acres and live animal presentations. 520-883-2701 • desertmuseum.org
9. EXPLORE TUBAC Located 45 miles south of Tucson, Tubac offers scenic high desert vistas, art galleries, restaurants, year-round golf, hiking, camping and more. The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park includes a Visitor Center, museum, an archaeological exhibit, a picnic area, and a trailhead for the Anza Trail. 520-3982704 • www.tubacaz.com
6. MISSION SAN XAVIER DEL BAC A National Historic Landmark, this “White Dove of the Desert” is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. Located 9 miles south of downtown Tucson. 520-294-2624 • www.sanxaviermission.org
10. O.K. CORRAL TOMBSTONE Tour the world’s most famous gunfight site at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, “the town too tough to die.” Walk where Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Virgil and Morgan Earp fought the Clantons and McLaurys. Reenacted daily at 2pm 520-4573456 • okcorral.com AZ
7. PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM Where history takes flight! Tour one of the largest air and space museums in the world. See more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft including many of the most historically significant and technically advanced craft ever produced. 520-574-0462 • pimaair.org
corner Arizona Visitors Ask…? BY JOHNNY FENTON, M.A. CONCIERGE, OMNI TUCSON NATIONAL RESORT
Q. What’s trending in travel?… New around the state? A. Like the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland most of us have an eye on the clock so as not to be late for a very important date. And yet “Living life to its fullest” was the most common New Year’s resolution for Americans according to a Google Consumer Survey of 2016. This ideal is still at odds with the real world in 2017 according to Expedia’s annual Vacation Deprecation report as we continue to see many Americans passing on the paid vacation time that’s owed them, continuing to give in to work-culture pressures for an average of 12 vacation days when allowed 15. Not surprisingly then, we are seeing trends by experts to help streamline your travel and heighten its quality. I recommend using experts in the field of work-life balance like Scott Petof, a travel blogger and the founder of VacationCounts.com for ideas on planning trips so you aren’t throwing away your time off. Robots are friendly invaders to the travel market as booking hotels and airlines becomes more complicated with mergers like Marriott and Starwood hotel chains and Alaska and Virgin America airlines. Chatbots like Snap Travel are providing several travel-related services from weather updates to health advice and activity tips as some 80 percent of all smartphone users are using messaging apps, roughly 1.6 billion people in 2016 according to the New York Times. The Times article advised pairing this research with human insight for the best results. And the new Wyndow app allows guests to find real-time local entertainment, attractions and events without opening multiple apps or browser windows. It is available at Apple App Stores and Google Play. Then when you catch your breath, check out the wireless earrbuds from Hearfuse.com and the smart ring that tracks your movements from mymotive.com The Grand Canyon Railway at the Grand Canyon’s south rim in Northern Arizona announced the addition of their second Luxury Dome (ADA accessible) this month, named the Mary Colter after the architect who designed the famed historic hotel El Tovar where the train ends its tour. Now the waiting list will be much shorter for those who would like to experience the Dome with its lounge area and walk-up bar plus access to the open air platform, scenic tour guides, live country western music and a Wild West shoot out! The high temperature in the Canyon is about 60 degrees this month. Prices start at $181 plus tax www.thetrain.com The OdySea in the Desert attraction complex including the OdySea Aquarium, numerous shops, restaurants and Butterfly Wonder in Scottsdale Arizona is 80
Central Arizona’s big new gee whiz! The Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the Southwest holding more than 2 million gallons of water and spanning over 200,000 square feet. There are over 30,000 animals and 500 different species in 50 exhibits. The adult admission fee of $34.95 includes all exhibits, a 3-D movie and the Living Seas Carousel of the four deep ocean habitats. Of note in this attraction is Dolphinaris, the only spot in the U.S. where humans can swim, kiss, and share a handshake with dolphins www.OdySeaaquarium.com Open daily (480) 291-8000. An obvious cure for doldrums plaguing the overworked and underappreciated is to experience the power of a dose of nature by taking a hike—a walk. So said 19th Century hiker-philosopher John Muir when he called for letting the outdoors do its magic upon “the tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people.” In Southern Arizona residents and returning guests consider Mt. Lemmon on the outskirts of Tucson to be a shrine of nature in the Sky Islands of the Catalina Mountains. But if you are new to this popular escape an innovative enhancement, the Mt. Lemmon Science Tour app has recently appeared on the scene. This app will be an addition to any visitor’s trip on the Lemmon with its one-hour tour from the base of the Mountain to its crest enlightening all to the flora and fauna, the geological formations, the birds and animals at home in this ecosystem while suggesting lookout points and hiking trails. AZ Johnny Fenton—a 38-year resident of Arizona, is past President of the Southern Arizona Concierge Network, member of the National Concierge Association, and Les Clefs d’Or, U.S.A.
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tellar Adventures and Desert Belle Cruises have collaborated and now offer a half-day excursion that will offer you an up-close-andpersonal look at the Sonoran Desert, followed by an unforgettable cruise on the waters of Saguaro Lake. Your excursion begins with Stellar Adventures taking you into Arizona’s breathtaking Sonoran Desert in their signature H1 Hummer for a one hour, high-energy off-road excursion that will leave you breathless with excitement! During your desert tour, your tour guide will point out unique flora and fauna, including bobcats and birds of prey. The Four Peaks mountain range and Superstition Mountains hold some of the highest peaks in Arizona, and will serve as the majestic backdrop of your desert tour. Your tour guide will regale you with the history of the area and some of the legends of the Sonoran Desert that add to the mystique of the setting, including tales of the ancient cultures that inhabited this region. After your desert excursion, you’ll step aboard the Desert Belle, a two-level boat that seats more than 140 passengers, for an unforgettable cruise on the waters of Saguaro Lake. During this 1.5-hour ride, be sure to keep your eyes open for the wild horses and bighorn sheep that roam the craggy mountains surrounding the lake, and stop to admire the panoramic views of the cliffs that come right up to the water’s edge. In addition to its two stories that allow space and comfort, the Desert Belle also boasts an air-conditioned interior and To book this excursion, an onboard concession stand that stocks soft drinks, beer, please call 602-402-0584 and wine. stellaradventures.com So, are you ready for a truly unique land and lake desertbelle.com Arizona adventure? Then call today to book your excursion and get ready for an experience of a lifetime! AZ
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