Page 1






2012 Edition $9.95





74470 25431



The perfecT sTaycaTion desTinaTion

run away to

THE HoTTEsT spoT in ArizonA Win big at the best slots and table games in the Valley, dine on exquisite cuisine and party all night in our ultra lounges. Then be sure to rest up at our luxurious 4 Diamond Hotel... and do it all again tomorrow.

I-10 & Wild Horse Pass Blvd.

Owned and operated by the Gila River Indian Community.


Photos by Flickr users Iván Piñón, Charlotte Feld and Gregory Moine

Grand Canyon, AZ

Lifted off the West Rim. The floor dropped out a mile below. Beyond amazing.

Discover the Arizona less traveled. 1.866.623.5007 | Visit Vote and learn more at 1



Dear Friends, We call it the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) National Landscape Conservation System (NLCS), a treasure chest of federal land set aside for resource protection and the enjoyment of the public. Arizona is a great place to enjoy the outdoors! My colleagues and I at the BLM welcome the opportunity to share these NLCS lands with you. Please come visit and enjoy these gems. Sincerely, Ray Suazo BLM Arizona State Director

ua the Ag o t e k i ort h uch e – Sh n O agine s p m i i Tr o t h d s nort r. Har e e l i v i m R 0 a Fri only 4 eauty b t e i qu enix. of Pho ornia a Calif in the d e h c at se s relea k wo – W Trip T soar after it age. To thin P e r r r o a s ne cond resto n Cliff helping to o i l i m a. r Ve BLM is ere in Arizon e h t t tha ht h boy ies rig g cow of a spec n i k r o lands w a w e – Sa rolling grass e r h T ful Trip beauti gas in the e s Cien ion the La l Conservat a f n o o Nati theast u o s , Area n. Tucso our – he Trip F d a ehind t e b e t h e c s t th sun Wa aros in cular specta tes of sagu nal et io silhou Desert Nat n a r Sono ent. he Monum from t y a w a day No ive – A hone. t Trip F e. No cell p miles of dir l a c n i t f o s i of ter. Ju Forest Nat u p m o c wood st e Iron nd northwe h t n i roads ent, west a Monum son. c of Tu

ilion d, verm re in n o p r galo beave Saw a ummingbirds l – x i Trip S hers and h ian Nationa f green r c flycat Pedro Ripa his oasis o ra Vista. T r n a the S vation Area. east of Sie r s Conse a few mile old t – The d is jus k e e Last W buildings an orted mining use transp d an lho schoo nother time er a th me to dn’t see ano What i . D y a . place he whole d ote t rem person o be in the nal t tio a treat arashant Na rip. t P S , rizona George Canyon Grand ent in the A town is St. Monum he closest Arizona. t till in While was s I , h Uta yak in a ka ugh y a d a thro pend it to s e Gila River the Gila a w t ’ th f Can ea. liffs o g along ion Ar floatin ff-colored c al Conservat rth it. the bu arian Nation d will be wo r ip Box R ve to Saffo s, i r d e time s s e e h t Th mile ne of ad – O e entire 820 ’ll be o r e h h t I Down ing to hike t l. For now, the i o a g g r n T o a al I’m hikes Arizon and of the to take day way to see t t conten What a grea state! l route. ur beautifu enjoy o


Learn more about the NLCS at


Vote and learn more at



On the job. I likeb. my jo

Neigh. That’s what I was going to say.

Bureau of Land Management law enforcement ranger on patrol with her adopted mustang Rio.


Adopt a wild horse or burro.

For more information, call 1-866-4MUSTANGS or visit Vote and learn more at


every day

southern southern arizona’s arizona’s only only aaa aaa 4-diamond 4-diamond casino casino resort resort 1,300+ 1,300+ slots, slots, blackjack, blackjack, poker poker && bingo bingo || conference conference center center spa spa || ava ava amphitheater amphitheater || golf golf


Please Pleaseplay playresponsibly. responsibly.IfIfyou youhave haveaagambling gamblingproblem, problem,please pleasecall call1-800-639-8783. 1-800-639-8783.

Southern Arizona’s most decorated casino resort is yours for the playing. Stay in our beautiful hotel tower, topped off by the Sky Level – a world above it all. Play your favorite games in our casino around the clock. Dine in one of five, fabulous restaurants – from our premier PY Steakhouse to eclectic Asian fusion at An Del Sol to our fabulous Festa International buffet. So – come do it all, or do nothing at all. Resist the ordinary and embrace the Extraordinary Casino Del Sol Resort!

every day extraordinary

There’s never been a better time to explore southern Arizona’s finest Casino Resort! Be sure to ask for our Seasonal Specials - CALL NOW!

855.sol.stay | i-19, exit valencia west, 6 miles | tucson, arizona enterprise of the pascua yaqui tribe


Michael Gossie, editor in chief, cycling at South Mountain in Phoenix

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, EVERY DAY Ten years after moving to Arizona from upstate New York, people still ask me what I like the most about living in the Grand Canyon state. My answer is always the same: “I haven’t had to shovel snow once since I moved here.” But if I lived a couple hours north, the yearly snowfall would give my home turf in upstate New York a run for its money. That is what makes Arizona great: Where else can you get a sunburn in Scottsdale and ski in Flagstaff on the same day? Arizona offers something for everyone, every day. From hiking and biking to shopping and spas, Arizona provides the opportunity for experiences that create memories that last a lifetime. That’s what Experience AZ is all about. We want to guide you the the greatest adventures and experiences to make your visit to Arizona one that you will never forget. Based on votes from our readers, we have listed the five best dining experiences, tours, attractions, and places to visit in a variety of categories. Want to know my personal fab five Arizona adventures? Hiking in Sedona. Running the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Relaxing at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. Cycling at South Mountain. And when friends visit, I always take them to Los Dos Molinos. So get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. And use Experience AZ to guide you to a visit or vacation that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must-see hot spots off your Top 5 lists. And when you find a favorite, be sure to vote for it by visiting so other can share in your amazing memories.


Michael Gossie Editor in Chief


Vote and learn more at


Experience AZ Magazine is published twice yearly by AZ BIG Media, 3101 N. Central Ave. Suite 1070, Phoenix, Arizona 85012, (602) 277-6045. The publisher accepts no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or artwork. Submissions will not be returned unless accompanied by a SASE. Single copy price $9.95. Bulk rates available. Copyright 2012 by AZBIGMEDIA. All rights reserved. No part of this publication can be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from Experience AZ Magazine.

Desert Splash Adventures is the only tour

operator in the state of Arizona offering a seaplane adventure that takes passengers up the Apache Trail and does a spectacular water landing on Roosevelt Lake. In addition to our acclaimed “Apache Air Trail” tour, Desert Splash Adventures offers a variety of services for groups as well as individuals. • Corporate events for up to 45 persons • Private island escapes to Rabbit Island on Roosevelt Lake - Weddings - Birthday parties - Graduation parties • All day horseback riding at H-4 Ranch • Overnight Canyoneering trips with Center Focus Experiences • Historical Tours – Tonto National Monument Ruins • Luxury Camping • Fishing and Hunting Expeditions with local guides

For more information call: 877•588•8819 or

© 2012 Desert Splash Adventures Operated by Island Air Express

Fall - Winter 2012

CONTENTS Chambers of Commerce Glendale........................................................... 10 Kingman .......................................................... 12 Downtown Scottsdale ..................................... 14 Calendars October ............................................................ 16 November ........................................................ 18 December......................................................... 20 January............................................................. 22 February ........................................................... 24 March ............................................................... 26 Accommodations Phoenix ............................................................ 28 Scottsdale (large)............................................. 30 Scottsdale (small)............................................. 32 West Valley ...................................................... 34 East Valley ........................................................ 36 Northern Arizona ............................................ 38 Southern Arizona ............................................ 40 Uniquely AZ ..................................................... 42 Guest Ranch Adventures................................. 44 Bed & Breakfast ............................................... 46 Outdoor Event Venues .................................... 48 Casino Resort Destinations ............................. 50 Restaurants Phoenix Favorites ............................................ 52 Wine Bars ......................................................... 54 American Contemporary ................................ 56 Southwestern .................................................. 58 Italian ............................................................... 60 Sushi Bars ......................................................... 62 Seafood ............................................................ 63 French .............................................................. 64 Steaks & Chops ................................................ 66 Mexican............................................................ 68

Adventures Southern AZ Must Do’s ................................... 70 Tucson .............................................................. 72 Central AZ Must Do’s ...................................... 74 Sedona ............................................................. 76 Northern AZ Must Do’s ................................... 78 Flagstaff ........................................................... 80 Grand Canyon.................................................. 82 Fun Day Trips ................................................... 84 Northern Weekend Trips................................. 86 Southern Weekend Trips................................. 88 White Mountain .............................................. 90 Hiking............................................................... 92 Best Places to Take Kids .................................. 94 Native American Experiences ......................... 96 Uniquely Arizona ............................................ 98 Air Tours......................................................... 100 Animal Parks .................................................. 102 Family Fun Spots............................................ 106 AZ Tours ......................................................... 108 Hot Air Balloon Tours.................................... 110 River Rafting .................................................. 112 Trail Riding..................................................... 114 Lake Activities................................................ 116 Casinos ........................................................... 118 Sporting Events ............................................. 120 Auto Attractions............................................ 122 Public Golf Courses........................................ 124 Beauty & Day Spas......................................... 126 Performing Arts & Theater ........................... 128 Parks & Monuments ...................................... 130 Museums ........................................................ 132 AZ Art Experiences ........................................ 134 Malls ............................................................... 136 Wineries ......................................................... 138 Art & Food Festivals ...................................... 140 Nightlife ......................................................... 142

ExperienceAZ on the Go:


Vote and learn more at


Vote and learn more at

A roun d Ari z on A

gLEnDaLE Glendale Glitters, Historic Downtown Glendale

Glendale discover Glendale Relax, rev up and have the time of your life in Glendale. Game time, girl time, family time – a trip to Glendale can truly be the time of your life. We welcome you to use our sunsets, championship moments and unparalleled shopping, dining and entertainment destinations as the stage for your lasting memories. Looking to get your game on? We’ll knock your socks off. Want to submerse yourself in a never-ending wonderland of shops and boutiques? We’ve got you covered there, too. In Glendale, you can have it all. A visit to Glendale will begin a lifelong romance, marked with memories and excitement.

SpeCial eventS teddy Bear day Sept. 8, 2012 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Front porch Festival Oct. 20, 2012 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Glendale Glitters Spectacular Nov. 23-24, 2012 5 – 10 p.m. Glendale Glitters Holiday weekends Dec. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 2012 6 – 10 p.m. Glendale Glitter & Glow Block party January 12, 2013 4 – 11 p.m. Glendale Chocolate affaire February 8, 2013 5 – 10 p.m. February 9, 2013 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. February 10, 2013 Noon – 5 p.m.

For More inFo Glendale visitor Center Boasting a countless collection of free local, regional and statewide maps, brochures and travel information, the Glendale Visitor Center is the first place to start your journey. Glendale viSitor Center 5800 W. Glenn Drive, #140 Glendale, AZ 85301 (623) 930-4500 (877) 800-2601



Between the mega malls, unique boutiques, antique troves and specialty shops with one-of-a-kind buys, Glendale’s shopping destinations have a way of turning a day out on the town into a full-blown mission. The discoveries in retail neighborhoods, like Historic Downtown Glendale, Westgate and Arrowhead, will only whet your appetite for more. You’ll find every store will deliver on your desires, so plan your route accordingly – you won’t want to miss a thing. Historic Downtown Glendale has been named one of the country’s 10 best places for shopping. In fact, Historic Downtown Glendale is actually two distinct neighborhoods: Historic Catlin Court with its white picket fences and mature shade trees welcoming visitors to the bungalows-turned-specialty shops, and Old Towne boasting brick-trimmed sidewalks and glowing gaslights leading the way to the famous antique stores and ethnic eateries. The neighborhoods span 10 square blocks which can easily be strolled in an afternoon. Shoppers can also delight at the beautifully designed Arrowhead Towne Center. Conveniently located just off the Loop 101 freeway, the mall features water fountains, a movie theater and more than 170 shops and restaurants. The Arrowhead Entertainment District and Glendale’s Northern Shopping Corridor offers boutique clothing shops, wine shops and an enviable collection of rave restaurants. The Westgate City Center Sports and Entertainment District, located at Glendale Avenue and Loop 101, redefines Glendale dining and nightlife. Often labeled the “Times Square of the Desert,” visitors will enjoy an array of shops and restaurants. The outdoor enthusiast won’t want to miss Cabela’s – the world’s foremost outfitter, located in the Zanjero District just north of the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.


Mouthwatering. Savory. Seasonings. Aroma. Welcome to destination dining the Glendale way. Our restaurants serve up a feast of worldly flavors, with tastes ranging from traditional German or Polish fare to contemporary Chinese and home-style Mexican flavors. Take your taste buds on a global tour. And our reputation won’t let your cravings down, as our restaurants have earned local and national accolades. Another popular attraction is Cerreta Candy Company – the owners delight in giving tours during which visitors receive samples.

outdoor adVenture

Stand atop any of Glendale’s nearby mountain crests, and you’ll soon learn that the climb is well worth the effort. A clear day presents opportunities for nearly endless views of the Valley below. Head to the city’s northern region, and you’ll find Thunderbird Conservation Park – a 1,185-acre park in the Hedgpeth Hills dedicated to preserving our native desert environment. Park activities include picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, jogging and bird-watching. The park also boasts nearly 20 miles of multi-use trails.

sports & entertainMent

Glendale has grown into a true sports destination with the Arena, home of the NHL Coyotes; the University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the NFL Cardinals and Tostitos Fiesta Bowl; and Camelback Ranch-Glendale, spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox.

artS & Culture Glendale police Museum 6835 N. 57th Drive. (623) 930-3486 Dedicated to Glendale’s finest, the exhibit spans police history from the early days of the territorial sheriff to the present day. View early police equipment and items. Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Manistee ranch 5127 W. Northern Ave. (623) 435-0072 Discover one of Glendale’s best-kept secrets, operated by the Glendale Historical Society. Enjoy an outstanding tour of Manistee Ranch, a National Register of Historic Places site. Built by Herbert W. Hamilton in 1897 as a home for his family, the house is better known as the residence of Louis M. Sands, who purchased it in 1907 and named it Manistee after his hometown in Michigan. Tours offered October to mid-May; $5 for adults. Sahuaro ranch Historical area 9802 N. 59th Ave. (623) 930-4200 The 1886 homestead is one of the oldest and best-preserved early ranches in the Salt River Valley. The 17-acre historical area, including 14 structures and a barnyard, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The restored 1895 Main House and 1898 Guest House are open for tours October-May. The lush grounds and rose gardens are open each day from dawn to dusk. Free.


Glendale boasts more than 8,000 hotel rooms within a 15-mile radius, ranging from 4- and 5-star luxury properties to modest accommodations. Glendale accommodations are conveniently located within easy access to must-see attractions. Visit for a list of great places to stay.

Vote and learn more at

P a g e s po nso r ed by G l e n d a l e C o n v e n t i o n & Vi s i to r s Bur eau


We’d love to tell you where to go. Shopping, dining, sporting events, concerts, festivals and outdoor adventures. Let us help plan your next visit. Bring this ad to the Glendale CVB and pick up your free tote bag* to fill with all your great finds. *While supplies last


A roun d Ari z on A

kingman The City of Kingman and Kingman Powerhouse Visitor Center

kingman Located at the Heart of Historic Route 66 and just 70 miles from the Skywalk at Grand Canyon West. Kingman’s convenient location and affordable lodging — coupled with the historic downtown’s charming hospitality — makes this community a perfect launching point for family adventures down Route 66 and to the Grand Canyon. Kingman is home to nearly 1,000 miles of off-road, ATV, equestrian, biking and hiking trails that wind through the surrounding hills with elevations ranging from 3,000 to over 7,000 feet, offering nature enthusiasts a year-round scenic backdrop against which to set their outdoor explorations.

MuseuMs in and around KingMan

Historic Downtown Kingman has more than 40 sights and buildings on the National Registry of Historic Places. While visiting the Museum, be sure to pick up a walking tour guide and get a behind the scenes look at the history of Northwestern Arizona. The Kingman Powerhouse — a historic building that once supplied electrical power for area mines and the burgeoning town of Kingman — houses the Powerhouse Route 66 Museum, chronologically illustrating the lifecycle of the Mother Road through life-sized dioramas. The Mohave Museum of History & Arts is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the Native American tribes, missionaries, miners, soldiers, railroaders and ranchers who helped to settle what became Northwest Arizona. One can get a true feel for early western life touring the Bonelli House with unique Anglo-Territorial architecture, displays of family originals and period pieces. The home holds Kingman’s first clock and the safe used by cow-folk before any bank was established in town. Newly opened in 2012 is the Kingman Railroad Museum in the historic Train Depot. The Depot, which dates back to 1907, has been beautifully restored and is a great location from which to watch either model trains in the museum or the real thing up-close outside! A unique display of American war times is the Kingman Army Airfield Museum, which chronicles the unique history of the site where 36,000 gunnery students trained in WWII. Located in an original WWII hanger at the Kingman Airfield, volunteer vets give tours with real stories and first-hand accounts of the exhibits.

fantastic day trips: Grand Canyon Skywalk Drive Time: 2 hours Views offering unspoiled natural beauty. Get personal with the canyon and stand at Guano Point or take a stroll 4,000 feet over the canyon floor on the Skywalk.

Powerhouse Visitor's Center

For More inFo To learn more about events and activities in the Kingman area, please call (866) 427-7866 or visit


Hualapai Mountain park Drive Time: 20 minutes Picnic, backpack, mountain bike, pitch a tent or stay in a historic, rustic cabin. With elevations ranging from 5,000 feet to 8,400 feet, Hualapai Mountain Park offers hundreds of miles of trail systems and abundant wildlife views. drive route 66 weSt to oatMan Drive Time: 45 minutes West of Kingman, beyond the winding switchbacks of Sitgreaves Pass is Oatman, an authentic turn-of-the-century mining camp forgotten when this stretch of Route 66 was bypassed. Today, “wild” burros — descendants of pack animals brought into the area by miners — wander the streets, and “gunfighters” greet visitors.

Vote and learn more at

drive route 66 eaSt to SeliGMan Drive Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes Your first stop is Desert Diamond Distillery (8 miles), just off scenic Route 66 at the Kingman Airport. This family owned and operated, working distillery is one of the few in the U.S. that is open to the public. Next stop, Keepers of the Wild (34 miles) is an exotic wildlife sanctuary with nearly 200 animals in natural habitats. Walk yourself or take a guided safari tour of lions, cougars, tigers, wolves, primates, birds and more. Stop at an original Route 66 attraction, Grand Canyon Caverns (62 miles) and descend by elevator 21 stories into the earth for a guided tour along 45 minutes of paved, lit trails through three-million-year-old, undersea fossils. Route 66 will take you all the way to Seligman (85 miles), which was bypassed by Interstate 40 in 1978 as the primary means of travel. This nearly killed the town and inspired the enthusiasm of Seligman’s townsfolk, who worked hard to preserve the route and kicked off America’s love affair with Historic Route 66.

dining in KingMan

In today’s one-size-fits-all, big-box society, it can be tough finding a unique, quality dining experience. Here is a sampling of some of the special eateries in and around Kingman, the Heart of Historic Route 66. Mr. D’z Diner, once a filling station, is a Route 66 favorite with a world-famous, homemade “Route” beer float. On Saturday mornings, you’ll find local gear-heads congregating for a classic car enthusiast’s breakfast. Redneck’s Southern Pit BBQ fills Historic Downtown with a hint of aromatic hickory. Stop in for ice cream and a slow-smoked brisket or pulled pork “sammich.” The Cellar Door Wine Bar entertains every Thursday through Saturday. This little wine bar is a nice street-side escape to relax, enjoy a glass of wine or beer and listen to music, or just escape from the world. The Dambar & Steakhouse is a throwback to the area’s Wild West and ranching roots. Originally built in the 1930s, it was a gas station in the ‘50s and a bar in the ‘60s. Legend has it that a prospective buyer’s wife argued against buying that “damn bar.” The name stuck! Dora’s Beale Street hosts Seafood Fridays every Friday and a wine pairing dinner the second Saturday of the month. Siren’s Café, highlighted in Arizona Highways Magazine as one of Arizona’s Best Restaurants in 2012, serves up food with handpicked, seasonal ingredients. In 2012, Siren’s begun hosting Lobster Boils. Lombardo’s Sicilian Grille is a family-fun restaurant — Sicilian style. Lombardo’s hosts a Dinner with the Mob monthly where you can enjoy listening to the Mob discussing “family business.” Kingman Co Steakhouse is a Certified Angus Beef House that prides itself on their hand-cut steaks. Buccilli’s Pizza is a new pizzeria with hand-tossed pizzas.

Page sponsored by The City of Kingman & Kingman Visitor Center

Vote and learn more at 13

Aroun d Ari zon A

DOWnTOWn SCOTTSDaLE Downtown Scottsdale Nightlife

downtown SCottSdale EXPERIENCE THE THRILL OF DOWNTOWN SCOTTSDALE When you’re in Downtown Scottsdale you have arrived at one of the most acclaimed and desirable tourist destinations in Arizona. WHERE THE OLD WEST MEETS THE NEW WEST! Downtown Scottsdale provides a mix of specialty retail, art galleries, many styles of dining to suit even the most discriminating taste, an exuberant nightlife, along with public art and cultural attractions that appeal to everyone. DOWNTOWN BY THE NUMBERS: 786 acres Free trolley service Free parking 2,500 residential units 3,300+ hotel rooms 100+ art galleries 50+ night spots 85+ restaurants 50+ public art pieces

High-end retailers can be found throughout Downtown Scottsdale.

For More inFo SCottSdale'S downtown Group 4248 N. Craftsman Court Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-312-7750


caLendar of annuaL eVents downtown SCottSdale’S art SCene Downtown Scottsdale has more art galleries per capita than almost any other city in the U.S. – more than 125 at last count. The galleries offer a wide variety of art, including a selection of Western art of the highest caliber. Visit the majority of galleries located along Main Street and Marshall Way. artwalkS Every Thursday, 7–9 p.m. Downtown Scottsdale has hosted the Thursday night ArtWalk for more than 30 years. Galleries open their doors to the public and show off the works of some of the Southwest’s most talented artists. old town FarMer’S Market Oct. 23rd through May 28th Visit the Market at 2nd Street and Brown Avenue every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and shop from local growers, attend educational sessions and much more! Visit for more information. want SportS? February through March Support the San Francisco Giants while they spring train at the stadium and Indian School Park (4289 N. Hayden Road). Then, watch the Boys of Summer in a Spring Training Game at the Stadium. If the Giants aren’t your favorite team, chances are they will play at the Scottsdale Stadium sometime during the month of March. So, bring the family out for a day at the park. For more information, call (480) 312-2586 or visit puBliC art Downtown Scottsdale is home to more than 50 pieces of public art, including the newly dedicated Soleri Bridge and Plaza along the waterfront just west of Scottsdale Road. Public Art plays an important role in Scottsdale, and you can find more information at niGHtliFe Is it an exciting and vibrant nightlife you want? We have it in Downtown Scottsdale. Visit any of the 50+ nightspots in the downtown area. The mix will provide anyone with the type of experience

Vote and learn more at

they are looking for — from neighborhood locations to upscale environments. Visit and view the list of nightclubs, bars and lounges. SHoppinG Do you want a new wardrobe, fragrances, or that very special and unique gift or souvenir? We have the special shopping spots for anything you may be looking for! Visit the specialty shops in the Fifth Avenue area, go west and visit Old Town Scottsdale, or visit the largest indoor mall in Arizona — Fashion Square at Camelback and Scottsdale roads. Follow Downtown Scottsdale on Facebook at facebook. com/DowntownScottsdale.

speciaL eVents

Here is a list of just a few of the special events that are hosted in Downtown Scottsdale: SCottSdale artwalk Every Thursday, 7-9 p.m. on Main St. & Marshall Way, artiSan Market’S artBridGe at tHe SoutHBridGe Every Thursday, 4-9 p.m. at 7124 E. Stetson Dr., old town FarMer’S Market Every Saturday starting Oct. 20, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., at 1st St. & Brown Ave., artiSan Market’S SoutHBridGe SundayS Every Sunday starting Oct. 7th, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., 7124 E. Stetson Dr., artisanmarketsaz. com Check our website — downtown.asp — for a look at all the special events.

P a g e s po nso r ed by Scottsdale downtown Group




Civic Center


catering to every visitor.


variety of dining, shopping, hotels, special events, arts and entertainment


art galleries to nightlife. The Scottsdale Downtown Districts feature a



rom carriage rides to singing cowboys. From food to fashion. From




5th Avenue Shops Scottsdale Arts District Scottsdale Waterfront Southbridge

Park once and explore all that Scottsdale Downtown has to offer on the FREE TROLLEY.

Old Town Scottsdale Entertainment District Business District Fashion Square

OCTOBER EVENTS Arizona Taco Festival

DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN’S MUSIC IN THE GARDEN October 5 – November 16 (480) 941-1225 This fall-season concert series presents local musicians and legends, performing blues, world music, bluegrass, latin jazz and more. TASTE. CHANDLER’S CULINARY FESTIVAL October 6 (602) 276-2499 Indulge in East Valley’s finest food, wines, craft beers and spirits from local businesses and restaurants. TUCSON MEET YOURSELF FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL 2012 October 12-14 (520) 370-0588 Free, three-day celebration of traditional art, food and culture of our region’s ethnic communities. ARIZONA STATE FAIR October 12 – November 14 (602) 252-6771 Check out fun attractions, Fun Run/ Walk, food booths and more. Visit the website for the full schedule of events. MULLER/KUHRS OKTOBERFEST October 13 (480) 270-5000 This event offers live music, homebrew competitions, Octane Raceway go-karts, a hunt for Ms. Oktoberfest, a kids zone, and much more. 16

Muller/Kuhrs Oktoberfest

22ND ANNUAL SEDONA ARTS FESTIVAL October 13-14 (928) 204-9456 This premier, annual fine arts festival exhibits work of more than 150 artists in 10 different artistic mediums.

THE GREAT PUMPKIN FESTIVAL October 25-28 (480) 941-1217 Every autumn, the Desert Botanical Garden’s Great Pumpkin Festival is one of the Valley’s favorite places to find that special pumpkin. Call for dates and times.

KOMEN PHOENIX RACE FOR THE CURE October 14 (602) 544-2873 The largest series of 5K run/fitness walks in the world, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure raises money to fight breast cancer.

SALT RIVER FIELDS SPOOKTACULAR BALLOON FESTIVAL October 26-27 (480) 270-5000 This exciting Halloween event will be fun for the entire family with trick-ortreating, live music, and more than 30 hot air balloons on display.

SPA WEEK October 15-21 Visit the website to find participating Arizona spas and their offerings. 2ND ANNUAL SCOTTSDALE POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS October 20 (480) 495-3806 Polo Championship that features two of the biggest names in American Polo: Nic Roldan and Tommy Biddle Jr. ARIZONA TACO FESTIVAL October 20-21 (480) 516-4013 More than just tacos, this event will also have a wedding giveaway up for grabs, a chihuahua beauty pageant, locally-owned tequilas and much more.

Vote and learn more at

ARIZONA JAZZ FESTIVAL October 26-28 (602) 244-8444 This three-day, bi-annual event will welcome performers, including Jamie Foxx, Rick Braun, Brian McKnight and more. NIGHT OF FRIGHT! AT PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM October 27 (520) 574-0462 Wear your Halloween costume, play games and win prizes at the Pima Air & Space Museum. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS October 27-28 (480) 644-6500 Free festival celebrating the Day of the Dead festival with food, crafts and jewelry.

four seasons of fun! ariZona’s recreation destination sta

y& sho play pin eto w low in p sno -lake sid wfl tay ake e ho lor nd ah

ing n e tun driv s a ur nix e o ho 3h p n! m o s o fr tuc r o


NASCAR Sprint Cup WILD WEST DAYS November 2-4 (602) 680-0101 This is Arizona’s largest western venue and a Cave Creek’s signature event. Held over four days, come celebrate the state’s grand Western heritage.

POLAR EXPRESS TRAIN Departs nightly November 9, 2012 through January 5, 2013 (928) 773-1976 The Polar Express has come to life! Hop on the train for a journey through the wilderness to the “North Pole.”

SCOTTSDALE SUPER EXPO November 3-4 (602) 277-6045 Three expos in one — the Home & Garden Show, the Health & Fitness Expo and the Food & Wine Festival. With hundreds of vendors, this is fun for the whole family.

ACHEN-GARDNER CONSTRUCTION ROCK THE BLOCK! November 10 (480) 284-6033 This free, family-friendly block party will showcase live entertainment, a 12,000-square-foot Kids Zone, a zip-line down Arizona Ave. and more than 100 retail, arts and crafts vendors.

NASCAR SPRINT CUP November 8-11 (866) 480-7223 PIR is hosting a NASCAR weekend with racing on the track and a fun party atmosphere off, including interactive displays, live entertainment and more. FOUNTAIN HILLS FESTIVAL OF ARTS AND CRAFTS November 9-11 (480) 837-1654 Music, artists, food vendors and more. Don’t miss this unique experience.


RED ROCK FANTASY XXII November 15, 2012 – January 15, 2013 (877) 444-8044 Experience nearly one million lights at Los Arbrigados Resort and Spa in Sedona. EL TOUR DE TUCSON November 17 (520) 745-2033 Join more than 9,000 cyclists for Southern Arizona’s premier bicycling, 111mile event — benefitting the Children’s Museum Tucson.

Vote and learn more at

AMERICA’S TALLEST CHRISTMAS TREE November 17 (623) 465-9500 At 6 p.m. at the Outlets at Anthem, don’t miss the lighting of America’s tallest, fresh-cut Christmas tree at 110 feet. Last year’s event had nearly 20,000 attendees! IRONMAN ARIZONA November 18 (813) 868-5940 Think you’re tough enough? Compete in this long-distance triathlon race comprised of swimming, biking and running. GLENDALE GLITTERS SPECTACULAR WEEKEND November 23-24 (623) 930-2299 Here, you’ll find hand-crafted holiday gifts, a children’s winter wonderland, horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa and more. FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS November 24 (928) 282-4838 This family festival with carnival fun, a street fair and a lighted Harley Davidson Parade of 100+ riders is Ahwatukee’s largest event where 15,000 people come together to celebrate the “Mile of a Million Lights.”

DECEMBER EVENTS Glendale Glitters

ZOOLIGHTS November 22 - January 6 (602) 273-1341 See one of the largest holiday lighting events in the Southwest and more than 600 animal light sculptures. LAS NOCHES DE LAS LUMINARIAS November 30, December 1-30 (480) 481-8188 Combines the beauty of the Desert Botanical Garden with musical groups and 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags. MOUNTAIN VILLAGE HOLIDAY November 24 - January 6 (800) 863-0546 View lights on display all over Williams as well as a parade themed “Home for the Holidays”; enjoy festive music and more in this mountain community.


TEMPE FALL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS November 30 – December 2 (602) 331-9016 The festival attracts nearly 225,000 visitors, features 350 artist booths, street performers, live entertainment, sponsor exhibits and more.

Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts

PUEBLO GRANDE MUSEUM INDIAN MARKET December 7-9 (602) 495-0901 Jewelry, pottery and paintings from 200 Native American artists as well as traditional and contemporary Native American music.

HOLIDAY NIGHTS AT TOHONO CHUL PARK December 3-4 (520) 742-6455 Nothing beats a Southwest Christmas like one million lights draped over saguaros, ocotillos and paloverde trees.

2012 BUFFALO WILD WINGS BOWL December 29 (800) 635-5748 Bigger and better than ever, the Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe will host the third selection from the Big 12 Conference, and the fourth pick from the Big Ten Conference.

THE NORTH POLE EXPERIENCE November 16 - December 28 (928) 735-7066 Where else can you build toys with Santa’s elves, attend Elf University, and tour Santa’s Toy Invention Hall of Fame? Only at the North Pole Experience!

TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL BLOCK PARTY December 31 (480) 350-0900 Don’t miss this exciting New Year’s Eve bash with bands, beer gardens and more.

Vote and learn more at


Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction

TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL January 3 (480) 350-0900 The 42nd Annual event will match the Big 12 Champion against the No. 1 BCS at-large selection at Glendale’s University of Phoenix Stadium. GLENDALE GLITTER & GLOW BLOCK PARTY January 12 (623) 930-2299 Join more than 75,000 people as they stroll the Historic Downtown Glendale area, where more than 24 glowing hot air balloons are suspended through the streets. BARRETT-JACKSON COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION January 13-20 (602) 273-0791 Art, fashion, gourmet cuisine and one-ofa-kind vehicles.


Scottsdale Artwalk

23RD ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF FINE ART January 14 – March 24 (480) 443-7695 See 100 different artists and participate in their creative process. RUSSO AND STEEL’S SCOTTSDALE AUCTION January 18-22 (602) 252-2697 A boutique-style auction showcasing American muscle cars, European sports cards, hot rods and customs. P.F. CHANG’S ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MARATHON January 20 (800) 311-1255 Run from Tempe to downtown Phoenix while passing live bands along the course while spectators cheer you on.

Vote and learn more at

ARIZONA SUN CIRCUIT QUARTER HORSE SHOW January 26 – February 3 (623) 869-8037 Watch the country’s best horses compete with horses and riders from all over the world for $200,000 in prizes. WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN January 28 – February 3 (602) 870-0163 Considered one of the best-attended golf tournaments in the world, this event is held in Scottsdale, with nearly half a million spectators in attendance. SCOTTSDALE ARTWALK Every Thursday This is a perfect excuse to explore the restaurants and art available in the Downtown Scottsdale area.





Tickets on sale now!


Sedona Yoga Festival ARIZONA MUSICFEST 2013 January 28 – March 4 (866) 488-0806 America’s premier winter music festival presenting top artists of classical, chamber, broadway, jazz, pops and country at venues through Scottsdale and Carefree. 8TH ANNUAL SEDONA MARATHON February 2 (928) 204-1123 Participate with more than 2,000 runners in this exciting event filled with vendors, artists and live performers. SEDONA YOGA FESTIVAL February 7-11 (928) 451-6337 Choose from more than 50 yoga classes and other workshops as you enjoy Sedona’s beautiful landscape. GLENDALE CHOCOLATE AFFAIRE February 8-10 (623) 930-2299 A weekend full of chocolate before Valentine’s Day; indulge your sweet tooth in Glendale.


Glendale Chocolate Affaire PARADA DEL SOL PARADE February 9 (480) 990-3179 PRCA-sanctioned rodeo with professional bull riding, dancing, music and more. 23RD ANNUAL HEARD MUSEUM HOOP DANCE CHAMPIONSHIP February 9-10 (602) 252-8840 With more than 70 of the top Native hoop dancers in both the nation and Canada, come experience the grace and fast-paced precision of hoop dancing. ARIZONA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Saturdays and Sundays, February 9 – March 31 (520) 463-2600 Experience jousting tournaments, feasts, costumes and much more in this event that turns back the clock. TUCSON GEM AND MINERAL SHOW February 14-17 (520) 322-5773 Now the largest gem and mineral show in the nation, this annual event is known for setting the standard for gem and mineral shows all over the U.S.

Vote and learn more at

58TH ANNUAL SCOTTSDALE ARABIAN HORSE SHOW February 14-24 (800) 745-3000 This large event features competitions, gala parties, international cuisine and more. TUCSON RODEO February 16-24 (520) 741-2233 This event is one of the top 25 professional rodeos in North America, featuring both current and former PRCA world champions. ACCENTURE MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP February 18-24 (520) 207-0595 The first in a series of four World Golf Championships, this event will feature the top 64 players in the world from the Official World Golf Ranking.

MARCH EVENTS Cactus League Spring Training

Scottsdale Arts Festival HEARD MUSEUM GUILD INDIAN FAIR AND MARKET March 3 (602) 252-8840 Arizona’s largest Indian market featuring art, music, dance and food. NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES SUBWAY FRESH FIT 500 March 3 (866) 408-7224 A 312-lap event and one of only four NASCAR Cup Series races measured in kilometers. 26

SCOTTSDALE ARTS FESTIVAL March 8-10 (480) 874-4686 Explore this three-day event with art from North American artists on display. ARIZONA GAME & FISH DEPARTMENT OUTDOOR EXPO March 23-24 (602) 942-3000 With hands-on activities, educational demos and the chance to meet with outdoor groups, agencies and vendors, experience the great outdoors at this unique Outdoor Expo.

Vote and learn more at

4TH ANNUAL GOODGUYS SPRING NATIONALS March 8-10 (925) 838-9876 Cars, cars and more cars at this event featuring more than 2,000 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trick trucks. CACTUS LEAGUE SPRING TRAINING Throughout March and early April Games in Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise and Tempe. Visit the website for dates and times.


March 23-24, 2013

Ben Avery Shooting Facility • 4044 W. Black Canyon Blvd., Phoenix, AZ Visit for updates. Experience the great outdoors at the Arizona Game and Fish Department 2013 Outdoor Expo. Loads of exciting hands-on activities, educational presentations/demos, and the chance to meet with outdoor groups, agencies and vendors to learn about Arizona’s outdoor recreational opportunities. Hunting Fishing Archery

Camping Watercraft recreation Shooting sports

Off-highway vehicle recreation Conservation and wildlife education Visit with more than 150 exhibitors

and much, much more!

Accommodations Phoenix Hotel Palomar’s arrival lobby. Photo: Isaac Maiselman, The Photographers Gallery


Pointe Hilton ResortsTapatio Cliffs

11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020 (800) 947-9784 Whether visiting for business or pleasure, you will enjoy luxury all-suite accommodations, complimentary access to our expansive water feature, unique dining experiences, championship golf, relaxing spa and salon services and an array of shopping options. Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort truly is an extraordinary escape from the ordinary.

Royal Palms Resort & Spa

5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018 (800) 672-6011 Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, the original 1929 mansion features 119 guest rooms, casitas and suites. Combining the graciousness and sophistication of a Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat.

The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix

2401 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016 (800) 241-3333 The 11-story, 281-room hotel features spectacular city views, fine dining and an exquisite outdoor patio and pool.


Vote and learn more at



Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain features award-winning dining by Food Network star and Iron Chef America winner Beau MacMillan at its on-site restaurant, elements.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 (800) 245-2051 Situated on 53 acres, the resort offers its guests unparalleled privacy and peace. Guests enjoy the most modern of pleasures and conveniences. The spa features 12 indoor/outdoor treatment rooms, a meditation garden, Sanctum and Watsu pool.

Hotel Palomar Phoenix, A Kimpton Hotel

2 E. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (877) 488-1908 Hotel Palomar has the largest rooms in downtown Phoenix, ranging from 410-1,700 square feet, as well as a pool and adjacent open-air lounge. Located at CityScape in downtown Phoenix, guests are just steps away from the US Airways Center, Chase Field, Phoenix Symphony and more. VISIT AZLTA’S CONSUMER WEBSITE FOR ARIZONA LODGING. CONTACT KRISTEN JARNAGIN FOR MARKETING INFORMATION: KJARNAGIN@AZLTA.COM

© 2012 Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association. All Rights Reserved.

StayInAZ_HalfPgHorizAd2012_7.125x4.75_rev2.indd 1

8/21/12 11:00 AM

Vote and learn more at 29

Accommodations Scottsdale Large: 300 or more rooms Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

for Well-Being spa; tennis complex; nine swimming pools and elegant dining venues.

6902 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 624-1000 Come wander the groups of this desert oasis. Explore its hidden corners. Discover its intimate treasures. Enjoy desert-inspired treatments at Agave, The Arizona Spa, 27 holes of championship golf, waterpark, awardwinning dining and nearby upscale shopping.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch

The Phoenician

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 941-8200 This AAA 5 Diamond award-winning property offers luxurious casitas, suites and guest rooms; one of America’s best resort golf courses; The Centre

Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa

7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (800) 233-1234 Discover your own perfect hotel stay with championship golf, Spa Avania, a water playground or Camp Hyatt Kachina. Expansive meeting facilities are just minutes away from the area’s major attractions.

7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 585-4848 Offering one of the best spas in North America, two award-winning restaurants, meeting facilities and two


18-hole championship golf courses — one of which is home to the Annual PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open (formerly the FBR Open).

5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85253 (480) 948-1700 An enchanting haven of AAA Fivediamond hospitality and Southwestern charm is yours to rediscover: the hacienda-style entry and lobby, spectacular new restaurants, grand courtyard and the all new 20,000-square-foot Arizona Ballroom await. Experience Scottsdale’s most celebrated Spa Camelback Inn or challenge your game on 36-holes of championship Arizona golf.


The Phoenician hotel was founded by Charles Keating, a primary figure in the savings and loan crisis.

The Phoenician resort is nestled in the Sonoran Desert, with the breathtaking Camelback Mountain its backdrop. Photo: The Phoenician


Vote and learn more at

Accommodations Scottsdale The Saguaro Scottsdale’s vibrant hues can be seen throughout the property, including this guestroom. Photo: Tim Street-Porter


Small: 299 or less rooms The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree, AZ 85377 (480) 595-3500 The Boulders provides a luxurious natural refuge immersed within two Jay Morrish championship golf courses. Enjoy a striking destination inspired by the extraordinary landscape, melding the offerings of thrilling outdoor recreation and renowned spa treatments.

Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (866) 882-4484 Originally built in 1956, the hotel re-opened in 2005, following extensive renovations. Features include a 32

DID YOU KNOW? full-service spa boutique and a pool. Restaurants include the hotel’s signature restaurant, Cafe ZuZu.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85262 (888) 207-9696 High in the Sonoran Desert, in the cooling foothills of Pinnacle Peak, relax in Southwestern-style casitas, dine with heartbeat-skipping views, bask in sun-drenched weather and astonishing scenery, and rise to the challenge of golf at Troon North.

Montelucia Resort & Spa

4949 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 (888) 627-3010 The Montelucia Resort & Spa is a luxurious hotel in Paradise Valley in

Vote and learn more at

Architects Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat recreated The Saguaro Scottsdale around a palette of 12 vibrant tones found in native desert wildflowers. The color set also follows the light spectrum.

spired by the architecture and culture of Spain’s Andalusia region.The resort offers an escape from the city and provides access to recreation, nightlife and dining.

The Saguaro Scottsdale

4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (877) 808-2440 This updated 1960s motel with 194 rooms boasts bright hues with its color-blocking scheme and sits on the edge of Old Town Scottsdale.

Distinctively Different

See why TripAdvisor ranked this stylish all-suites boutique hotel as one of Scottsdale’s best. Stylishly designed suites feature the plush new Gainey Suite Dreams Bed, HDTVs and free WiFi to stay connected. Enjoy a complimentary full hot breakfast buffet and evening reception with appetizers, beer, wine & soft drinks served daily. Splash in the lush, oasis-like pool, relax and unwind on the tranquil Terrace Patio, and stay in shape in the Fitness Center. Next door, explore a collection of unique shops and great restaurants. Pamper yourself at The Spa–Gainey Village, or tee it up at some of the best golf courses in the Valley of the Sun!

7300 E. Gainey Suites Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 800-970-4666 480-922-6969

Accommodations West Valley Residence Inn by Marriott

7350 N. Zanjero Blvd., Glendale, AZ 85305 (623) 772-8900 Residence Inn Glendale brings the latest in residential design to Glendale. Walking Distance to University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals. Catch a Coyotes Hockey game at Arena or stroll the shops at Westgate City Center, all just outside its front door.

The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa

300 Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 (800) 327-0396 The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa is a treasured Southwest landmark rich with history. Featuring 331 casita-style rooms, including 72 suites nestled within 400 acres of lush green grass, tree-lined enclaves and vibrant floral landscaping. The Wigwam is celebrated as Arizona’s

most authentic resort destination, blending the essence of the Old West with the latest in traditional amenities. Home to AAA four diamond-rated Red’s Steakhouse, a signature Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and 54 holes of championship golf.

Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa

9495 W. Coyotes Blvd., Glendale, AZ 85305 (623) 937-3700 Hotel offers 320 elegant guest rooms. Attached conference center is complete with 100,000 square feet of flexible space. Guests will enjoy dining at Soleil and Ray’s. An outdoor swimming pool, stateof-the-art fitness center and Spa Botanica offer relaxation without leaving the hotel. Located near Westgate City Center, guests are steps from dining, shopping, nightlife and entertainment.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott

7370 N. Zanjero Blvd., Glendale, AZ 85305 (888) 236-2427 With four floors and 120 suites, SpringHill Suites is the perfect location for sports fans, as it is conveniently located near the Peoria Sports Complex, Phoenix International Raceway, and walking distance from the University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals.

Sheraton Crescent Hotel

2620 W. Dunlap Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021 (602) 943-8200 European elegance combines with casual, Southwestern ambiance in a lush, tropical setting. The 342 guest rooms and suites provide a haven during your stay — whether you’re on the links of a nearby golf course or simply lounging by the sparkling pool, featuring a 166-foot water slide.



The White Tank Mountains in the far West Valley are home to petroglyphs and the White Tanks waterfall, which runs only immediately after rainfall.



One of the 331 casita-style rooms of The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa. Photo: The Wigwam

Vote and learn more at



Wild horse and burro herds can quickly grow too large for their habitats to support. Each year, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) seeks to restore balance by gathering animals the environment can’t sustain and offers them for adoption to people committed to humane, long-term care. Bring your own Burro!

Adoption Schedule Camp Verde, AZ Oct. 12-14, 2012

Look for upcoming adoptions in Buckeye, Cave Creek, Kingman, Sonoita and Show Low

Adopt a wild horse or burro. For more information, call 1-866-4MUSTANGS or visit


Accommodations East Valley


The lower lobby bar lounge of Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa. Photo: Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

Best Western Plus InnSuites Hotel & Suites Hotels

Locations in Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson and Yuma (800) 842-4242 Stay where comfort meets value at InnSuites Hotels. InnSuites Hotel & Suites offers hotel deals and outstanding accommodations with award-winning value at all of InnSuites Hotel’s locations. InnSuites Hotels is certain to please both the busy executive and the leisure traveler with our amenities and free extras.

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel

60 E. 5th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 (800) 547-8705 Enjoy the hotel’s serenity via courtyard fountains and fireplaces. The Mission Grille serves up award-winning regional cuisine.

Arizona Golf Resort Hotel & Conference Center 425 S. Power Rd., Mesa, AZ 85206 (480) 832-3202 Convenient location with 186 resort rooms, on-site championship golf course and 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space. 36

Vote and learn more at


According to one estimate, every year about 8,000 people try to find the Lost Dutchman’s Mine, supposedly hidden in the Superstition Mountains.

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85226 (602) 225-0100 Arizona’s premier Native Americanowned luxury resort boasts 500 culturally themed rooms, 36-holes of Troon Golf, the Aji spa, four pools, a 111-foot waterslide, Koli Equestrian Center and Rawhide, an 1880s Western town theme park.

Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort & Conference Center 1 San Marcos Pl., Chandler, AZ 85225 (480) 812-0900 The first golf resort in Arizona, it has been a landmark ever since its 1912 debut. The 295 guest rooms and hotel suites feature a private patio or balcony overlooking courtyards.

InnSuites Boutique Collection Suite Hotels


Hotel Tempe / Phoenix Airport InnSuites Hotel & Suites 1651 W Baseline Rd., Tempe, AZ 85283 P 480.897.7900

Hotel Tucson City Center InnSuites Conference Suite Resort 475 N Granada Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701 P 520.622.3000

akfast Full Hot Bre t/ WIFI te rne Hi-Speed In our cial H Eve ning So tion (varies by location) sporta Airport Tran te r n te r w/prin Busine ss Ce Jacuzzi US and a, Me xico & d a an He ated Pool C to e Calling Long Distanc for more ine . .visit us onl

Best Western Plus InnSuites Hotel & Suites Hotels Hotel Phoenix/Biltmore/Scottsdale InnSuites Best Western Plus Hotel & Suites 1615 E Northern Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85020 P 602.997.6285 Hotel Tucson Catalina Foothills InnSuites Best Western Plus Hotel & Suites 6201 N Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704 P 520.297.8111

Hotel Yuma Mall lnnSuites Best Western Plus Hotel & Suites 1450 Castle Dome Ave., Yuma, AZ 85365 P 928.783.8341 BEST WESTERN PLUS

We make it easy at InnSuites!

Book Today! call 800.842.4242

Accommodations Northern Arizona Enchantment Resort

525 Boynton Canyon Rd., Sedona, AZ 86336 (800) 826-4180 This resort combines luxury with rugged grandeur inspired by Native American culture. The adobe casitastyle accommodations offer worldclass comforts amid the Sedona red rocks.

El Tovar Hotel

10 Albright St., Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 (888) 29-PARKS (72757) The premier lodging facility at the Grand Canyon, El Tovar Hotel opened in 1905 and recently renovated in 2005. With 78 rooms and suits, this hotel is located on the Canyon rim and offers a fine dining room, a lounge, shop and more.


Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa

L’Auberge de Sedona

301 L’Auberge Ln., Sedona, AZ 86336 (800) 905-5745 L’Auberge is rated one of the Top 50 Hotels in the U.S. by Conde Nast. AAA Four-Diamond luxury accommodations in 89 meticulously appointed guest rooms and cottages in distinctive settings, including creekside, hillside, spa and garden cottages, the Lodge and the Creek House. Enjoy creekside dining at L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek.

2250 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 (928) 203-4111 Guests will immediately appreciate the influence of Spanish and Mediterranean motifs, exotic decor and rich furnishings decorating the 77 rooms.

Poco Diablo Hotel and Resort

1752 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ 86336 (877) 282-5755 With breathtaking views of Sedona’s Red Rocks and location near Oak Creek Canyon, Poco Diablo is the perfect retreat and getaway for both couples and families. This pet-friendly resort offers 137 rooms with Simmons EverNu Beauty Rest beds, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi and much more.


Enchantment Resort was originally named John Gardiner’s Tennis Ranch, which opened in 1987 by the tennis legend of the same name. The resort sits on land sacred to Native Americans.

Photo: L’Auberge de Sedona


Vote and learn more at


Vote and learn more at

Accommodations Southern Arizona TOP


The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain’s Serenity pool. Photo: Barbara Kraft

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

7000 N. Resort Dr., Tucson, AZ 85750 (520) 299-2020 Features 398 guest rooms, four restaurants and lounges, eight tennis courts, two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses, fitness trails, swimming pools and a full-service spa.


The 1853 Gadsden Purchase, consisting of parts of southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico, was the last territorial acquisition of the contiguous United States.


The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

15000 N. Secret Springs Dr., Marana, AZ 85658 (520) 572-3000 Nestled in the high Sonoran Desert against the Tortolita Mountains, The Ritz-Carlton features a destination spa; world-class hiking; Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf; indoor and outdoor dining, including True American Cuisine at CORE Kitchen and Wine Bar — all within a striking canyon setting.

Canyon Ranch

8600 E. Rockcliff Rd., Tucson, AZ 85750 (800) 742-9000 Dozens of fitness activities, spa cuisine, wellness consultations in preventive medicine, nutrition, stress management, spiritual awareness, and body and skin care treatments.

Vote and learn more at

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85745 (520) 792-3500 Rich with culture, history and beauty, this resort is complete with world-class spa facilities, nationally acclaimed golf courses, fine dining and award-winning restaurants, and perfectly designed convention and meeting spaces.

Westward Look Resort

245 E. Ina Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704 (800) 722-2500 Set high in the foothills overlooking Tucson and warmed by an abundance of desert sunshine, Westward Look Resort is a rejuvenating resort environment inspired by the beauty of its pristine natural surroundings.


Life is simply more delicious here


Voted one of the 20 Top Golf Resorts in North America by CondĂŠ Nast Traveler, Loews Ventana Canyon is your resort value in Tucson. Experience Sonoran Desert surroundings and spacious guest rooms. Relax pool-side or by exploring on our half-mile Window Walk Nature Trail. Tee it up on two Fazio-designed golf courses. Dine at one of 4 restaurants including the r 800.234.5117 41

Vote and learn more at

Accommodations Uniquely AZ The Hermosa Inn

5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 (800) 241-1210 In-room fireplaces, secluded patios, hand-painted Mexican tile, HD TVs, high-speed Internet, swimming pool, Jacuzzis and LON’s at The Hermosa.

Jerome Grand Hotel

200 Hill St., Jerome, AZ 86331 (888) 817-6788 Jerome Grand Hotel is not only a National Historic Landmark, but it’s also the highest public building in the Verde Valley with breathtaking views. The hotel was also featured on “Zak Bagans Paranormal Challenge” on the Travel Channel in 2011.

La Posada

303 E. 2nd St., Winslow, AZ 86047 (928) 289-4366 Rated as one of the “World’s Best Places to Stay” by Condé Nast Traveler Gold List in 2009, this hotel is the Last Great Railroad Hotel built in 1929 by the Santa Fe Railway for the Fred Harvey Company, offering guests three gardens (Suken, Rose and Potager), a wedding terrace, and the fabulous Turquoise Restaurant.

Hassayampa Inn

122 E. Gurley St., Prescott, AZ 86301 (800) 322-1927 For nearly a century, the Hassayampa Inn has been a place to escape the stresses of busy urban life, a place for a romantic getaway, and an oasis dedicated to restoring balance within the picturesque setting of northern Arizona.



Vote and learn more at

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85016 (800) 950-0086 An Arizona landmark since its opening on Feb. 23, 1929, when it was crowned The Jewel of the Desert.


The Hermosa Inn was originally built by cowboy artist Alonzo “Lon” Megargee as his art studio and residence.

Photo: Hassayampa Inn

Accommodations Guest Ranch Adventures


Photo: Rancho De La Osa

Bumble Bee Ranch Adventures

23925 S. Bumble Bee Rd., Bumble Bee, AZ 86333 (623) 374-0002 Horseback riding, cattle drives, nature hikes and Western dinners. Guided history-filled tours through Bumble Bee Creek, into the mountains and through the scenic Sonoran Desert. Guest accommodations are available.

Rancho de los Caballeros

1551 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, AZ 85390 (928) 684-5484 Come experience Rancho de los Caballeros, Arizona’s premier guest ranch, where you can sense the thrill of a desert trail ride or challenge yourself to a round of golf at Los Caballeros Golf Club.


Vote and learn more at

8401 N. Scenic Dr., Tucson, AZ 85743 (520) 299-RIDE (7433) Located on 160 acres in the Tucson Mountains, this casual ranch offers horseback riding, hiking, wagon rides, nightly cookouts and plenty of relaxation whether for your family or as a corporate retreat.

Rancho De La Osa

Tanque Verde Ranch

14301 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85748 (800) 234-3833 Tanque Verde Ranch, founded in 1868 and located on 640 beautiful acres east of Tucson, offers horseback riding, tennis, guided hiking, mountain biking, nature walks, weekly breakfast rides and outdoor BBQs. All included in the nightly rate.

Lazy K Bar Ranch

DID YOU KNOW? Lazy K Bar Ranch was originally a homestead for the Staggs family in the 1920s.

1 W. La Osa Ranch Rd., Sasabe, AZ 85633 (800) 872-6240 This 300-year-old intimate property is one of the last great haciendas in America. Established as a guest ranch in 1924, Rancho De La Osa’s history has been lovingly preserved in the beautiful buildings that rest comfortably in the rolling grasslands of the high Sonoran Desert.

Accommodations Bed & Breakfast Adobe Hacienda Bed and Breakfast

10 Rojo Dr., Sedona, AZ 86351 (800) 454-7191 Enjoy true Southwest flavor. Experience the charm of an authentic Santa Fe style B&B. Spectacular red rock views. Sedona’s only B&B on a golf course. whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, gourmet breakfast in your room, dining room or outdoor patio. Fountains, waterfall, outdoor Kiva fireplace. AAA 3-Diamond.

Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge

8067 N. State Route 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 (928) 282-3343 Located among Sedona’s stunning red rocks and Oak Creek Canyon, Garland’s offers 16 cozy cabins, 10 acres of organic gardens and apple orchards, as well as relaxing yoga classes, massages and facials.

The Surgeon’s House

100 Hill St., Jerome, AZ 86331 (800) 639-1452 In Jerome’s historic old town, this B&B is full of rich history; three different types of spacious suites and rooms decorated with antiques and collectibles; a special garden walk, “Window on Avalon,” in which to relax and take in the magnificent views; and much more.

Prescott Log Cabin Bed and Breakfast

3155 N. Hwy. 89, Prescott, AZ 86301 (888) 778-0442 Located within walking distance of Watson Lake and the Peavine Trail, the Prescott Log Cabin is ideal for the hiking or biking enthusiast, and the quaint atmosphere is sure to provide a picturesque romantic getaway for lovebirds of all ages. The inn offers accommodations for couples and families.



Vote and learn more at

Briar Patch Inn

3190 N. State Route 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 (928) 282-2342 Stay in one of the 19 cottages nestled in Oak Creek Canyon and enjoy a peaceful, natural setting. Located three miles from shopping, dining and great views of the Sedona sunset.

DID YOU KNOW? Adobe is a natural building material made of dried clay, sand and organic ingredients.

Heron cabin. Photo: Briar Patch Inn

Briar Patch Inn Cabins in Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona Arizona


9-acre oasis nestled in Oak Creek Canon along the lush banks of Oak Creek. Nineteen Cabins with Southwest charm and Native American Art, fireplaces, kitchens and private patios. A healthy, homemade breakfast is included each morning and can be enjoyed creek side with live music in the summer or fireside in the lodge during the winter months. Relax with a soothing massage in our creek side gazebo after your hike in the spectacular Sedona wilderness. 3190 N. State Route 89A Sedona Arizona, 86336 888.809.3030

Accommodations Outdoor Event Venues Tanque Verde Ranch

14301 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85748 (800) 234-3833 Tanque Verde Ranch, founded in 1868 and located on 640 beautiful acres east of Tucson, offers horseback riding, tennis, guided hiking, mountain biking, nature walks, weekly breakfast rides and outdoor BBQs. All included in the nightly rate.

Rawhide Western Town At Wild Horse Pass

5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler, AZ 85226 (480) 502-5600 Arizona’s largest Western-themed attraction, with desert stagecoach and train rides, rock climbing, mechanical bull and more. Theatrical performances include shootouts, gun twirling and musical performances.

Fort McDowell Adventures Corona Ranch 14803 N. Hiawatha Hood Rd., Fort McDowell, AZ 85264 (480) 816-6465 Featuring hiking, biking, kayaking, Jeep tours, cattle drives, cultural heritage tours, team building and trail rides through the Verde River. Experience outdoor fun in the Valley of the Sun’s most pristine setting.

Desert Foothills Events and Weddings

Located on private land (480) 502-1215 With breathtaking views of the Sonoran Desert, this special event venue can hold unforgettable events for intimate groups as small as 50 to large event with more than 1,000 guests. This venue, located on private land in the middle of the desert, is the only one of its kind.

7611 S. 29th Ave. Laveen, AZ 85339 (602) 237-3303 Corona Ranch is a rich experience that offers rodeos and entertainment varying from authentic Mexican fiestas, tours and weddings. This fantastic location can even accommodate groups of 30 to 3,000. Enjoy a Mexican or Western rodeo during your stay for an experience you will never forget.



The Tanque Verde Ranch is named for the “green pool” and seasonal river that the Indians used as a source of water.

Photo: Fort McDowell Adventures 48

Vote and learn more at

From barn weddings to bachelor parties, family fun with the kids to an educational Arizona experience

Fort McDowell Adventures has it all!

4 Great Venues - 4 Unique Dining Experiences La Puesta del Sol offers the ultimate western cookout, world-class dining extravaganzas, and spectacular Arizona sun sets.

Boulder House offers guests architecture, Native culture, and is ideal for dinner parties and receptions.

Rosa’s Ranch is all about fun; Pina Coladas on da Rum Bus, ride The Tequila Bus, cowboy games, music and dancing.

Authentic cowboy cookouts, cattle drives, river rafting, cultural tours, and more just 35 minutes from Phoenix.

14803 N. Hiawatha Hood Road Fort McDowell, AZ 85264 480.816.6465

Accommodations Casino Resort Destinations Talking Stick Resort’s hotel tower.


The Radisson Fort McDowell Resort

10438 N. Fort McDowell Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85264 (480) 789-5300 A four-diamond Scottsdale resort that won Radisson brand’s “Hotel of the Year” award in 2008, the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort offers a casino, golf course, restaurant, pool, spa, free Wi-Fi and specials.

DID YOU KNOW? The Pascua Yaqui Tribe’s people are descendants of the ancient Uto-Aztecan people with homelands in Sonora, Mexico. In the 1800s, many of the Yaqui escaped persecution traveling north and settling in current-day southern Arizona.


Talking Stick Resort

Casino Del Sol Resort

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

Apache Gold Casino Resort

9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85256 (480) 850-7777 A distinct resort and entertainment destination in Scottsdale, Talking Stick Resort offers luxuries such as a rejuvenating open-air spa, eight world-class restaurants, 10 entertainment lounges, a lively 240,000-square-foot gaming floor, and two pools.

5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85226 (800) WIN-GILA (946-4452) Home to 1,200 slots with live poker and blackjack, a 1,500-seat concert venue, 250-room hotel, gift shop and great dining experiences, including Shula’s Steak House.

Vote and learn more at

5655 W. Valencia Rd., Tucson, AZ 85757 (800) 344-9435 Mediterranean architecture surrounds the gaming space, featuring 1,000 nickel, quarter, $1, $5 and multidenominational slot machines. The $100-million resort, with luxury rooms and suites, has two new restaurants, a spa and 20,000 square feet of meeting space.

Hwy. 70, 5 miles east of Globe, San Carlos, AZ 85550 (800) 272-2438 On-site Apache Gold Casino Resort is a 146-room hotel with an 18-hole championship golf course, convention center, nearby fishing and sightseeing.


The newest slots, the hottest crowd, the best entertainment in town. Get it now. Come Play In Style at Talking Stick Resort. S C O T T S D A L E | 8 6 6 . 8 7 7. 9 8 9 7 | T A L K I N G S T I C K R E S O R T. C O M Proudly owned and operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Š2012 Talking Stick Resort

Restaurants Phoenix Favorites


Matt’s Big Breakfast

Carolina’s Mexican Food

Pizzeria Bianco

The Fry Bread House

801 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 254-1074 Using only cage-free eggs from humanely raised chickens, Angus beef, grain-fed natural Iowa pork and local organic produce, this breakfast hot-spot only serves high quality dishes. 623 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 258-8300 Come for the pizza — as it has been rated as the best pizza in the U.S. by Bon Appétit, the New York Times, Vogue, and Rachel Ray; and, it has also been recognized by Martha Stewart, Oprah, GQ and Gourmet.

1202 E. Mohave St., Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 252-1503 Carolina’s Mexican Food offers fantastic Mexican food, catering, and even dedicates itself to help the community by donating to nonprofit organizations, such as the Free Arts for Abused Children and Phoenix Day. 4140 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85013 (602) 351-2345 Locals love the green chili stew, the restaurant’s small, rustic charm, the red chili burro and, of course, the fry bread.


603 N. 5th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85003 (602) 441-2697 Located in a restored 1913 bungalow, Cibo’s intimate environment combined with its artisanal pizzas and house-made, fresh pasta create an unforgettable evening.


Matt’s Big Breakfast was featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” with Guy Fieri.

Cibo’s (pronounced “Chee-boh”) handtossed pizza, topped with extra virgin olive oil. Photo: Chef Guido Saccone


Vote and learn more at


vi si tc ar e f r e e . c om



Vote and learn more at 53

Restaurants Wine Bars



Three locations in the Valley (602) 274-5144 (Phoenix) Opened 10 years ago, Postino is the Valley’s original local WineCafe with a “warm, edgy culture,” unique wines and delicious food.

D’Vine Bistro & Wine Bar

Two locations, in Chandler and Mesa (480) 782-5550 (Chandler) D’Vine doesn’t just serve high quality food, craft beer, wine and spirits, but local entertainment, too.

Kazimierz World Wine Bar

7137 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 946-3004 Considered the Valley’s finest wine bar, Kazimierz features more than 3,200 wines, signature cocktails, global small plates and live entertainment.

Cheuvront Restaurant & Wine Bar

1326 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 307-0022 This wine-and-cheese cafe located in Downtown Phoenix offers daily happy hours and monthly events featuring fine wines and international cheeses.

Sportsman’s Fine Wines & Spirits

3205 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018 (602) 955-9463 Whether you’re a novice or connoisseur, head to Sportsman’s to pick up a bottle of wine or sit at the WineBar for food pairings and samplings.


According to Arizona’s Wine Tourism Industry Survey, conducted by NAU’s Arizona Hospitality Research & Resource Center in 2011, about 61% of wine tourism visitors were on day trips — 41% were out-of-state visitors.

Photo: Postino


Vote and learn more at

Restaurants American Contemporary


Photo: LON’s at The Hermosa Inn


5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 (800) 245-2051 Award-winning cuisine and spectacular views make dining at elements a Sanctuary highlight.


LON’S has a one-acre organic garden on-site at The Hermosa Inn. It’s located just outside of the kitchen and is a natural training ground for the culinary team.


LON’s at The Hermosa Inn

Quiessence Restaurant


Binkley’s Restaurant

5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 (800) 241-1210 LON’s offers comfort cuisine that utilizes age-old cooking methods of smoking, roasting and wood-grilling and the use of authentic Arizona flavors. 3213 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018 (602) 955-8100 One of the Valley’s most happening places with bistro fare, using locally grown and organic produce where possible.

Vote and learn more at

6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85042 (602) 276-0601 Featuring one of the Valley’s only true “daily menus,” Quiessence invites you to savor award-winning, handcrafted contemporary American cuisine inspired by tradition and seasonality. 6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (480) 437-1072 In a town of cowboy bars, chef Kevin Binkley creates a world-class menu featuring dishes like black-truffle whipped potatoes, monkfish with gnocchi, braised greens and i’itoi onions, and red-wine-poached filet mignon.

a world of art

is waiting for you in Scottsdale

Experience the thrill of

trail-blazing live performances of dance, music and theater. Discover an

eye-opening museum

where the art makes you think. Explore a city with

awe-inspiring public art

around every corner. Sneak-Peek Video

Chris Botti, May 10 480-994-ARTS 7380 E. Second St. Downtown Scottsdale

Restaurants Southwestern Cowboy Ciao

7133 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) WINE-111 (9463) What began as Tex-Mex Italian 14 years ago has evolved into modern American with global influences. Whether you’re not sure what you’re craving, or if you’re with a group of finicky foodies, the Cowboy Ciao menu offers something for everyone.

Tonto Bar & Grill

5736 E. Rancho Manana Blvd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (480) 488-0698 This rustic restaurant takes pride in creating signature dishes from the finest, freshest ingredients, all-natural meats and sustainable seafood, and as many native Arizona products as possible. And you’ll love the ambiance: it looks like an Old West pueblo without the restaurant kitsch.

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill

Five locations in Arizona (480) 948-9010 (Phoenix) Z’Tejas appeals to families, businesslunch professionals and happy-hour crowds. It offers creative Southwest fare with Cajun, Mexican and Pacific influences. Popular dishes include voodoo tuna, shrimp tostada bites, catfish beignets, Santa Fe smoked-chicken enchiladas and ancho fudge pie.

El Chorro Lodge

5550 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 (480) 948-5170 El Chorro Lodge, which sits on 14 desert acres in Paradise Valley, is more than a Valley tradition, it’s a sensory experience. Enjoy the captivating Sonoran landscape and relish in the chef ’s nightly inspirations and awardwinning dishes.

Photo: Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill



Vote and learn more at

Richardson’s of New Mexico

6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 287-8900 Home of the original green chile potato, Richardson’s of New Mexico has the ambiance, service and Tex-Mex menu that will keep you coming back for more.


Since El Chorro Lodge opened in Paradise Valley in 1937, such vacationing celebrities as Clark Gable and Milton Berle dined there.

Award-Winning Valley Tradition Since 1974

Featuring Fine Italian and Continental Cuisine Numerous Awards and Accolades: Culinary Hall of Fame • Best Traditional Meal Award People's Choice • Gourmet Magazine • Wine Spectator • Zagat Survey Enjoy favorites such as: Ossobucco • Cioppino • Gnocchi Fresh Pasta and Pastries Made Daily in the Exhibition Kitchen For Over 38 Years… A "Don't Miss" while in the Phoenix area

Centrally located in Phoenix Minutes from Sky Harbor and Downtown Attractions Easy Freeway Access On-Site Parking



2728 E. THOMAS RD. | PHOENIX | 602. 956.0900 |

Restaurants Italian


La Fontanella Italian Restaurant

4231 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018 (602) 955-1213 Originally from Chicago, this chef-owned, multi-awarded, charming, Italian, romantic, villa-like restaurant entices many loyal customers back again and again. Features lace-curtained windows, art and antiques, crisp linened tables with fresh flowers and a friendly, efficient staff that serves ancestral favorites, rich with flavor and appeal.


3225 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018 (602) 956-0836 Voted best Italian Restaurant in the Valley since 1977, Tomaso’s celebrates simplicity and quality of authentic Italian food and wine with humor and hospitality.


10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 502-9095 Drink in the breathtaking view from the base of Pinnacle Peak and experience SASSI’s oldworld architecture, inspired by the time-honored traditions and hospitality of Southern Italy.


15024 N. Scottsdale Rd., #160, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 948-2055 Taking its cue from an Italian trattoria, NoRTH offers a fresh new approach to Modern Italian cuisine. With sleek interiors, a sexy atmosphere, and a menu offering unique antipasti, gourmet pizzas, inventive pasta dishes and many wood roasted and grilled dishes, NoRTH is the perfect spot for any dining occasion.

Marcellino Ristorante

7114 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 990-9500 Chef Marcellino has opened restaurants in Calabria and Abruzzo, cooked on the island of Poros in Greece and owned trendy bistros in Rome. In New York, the chef received a highly coveted rating of “Excellence” from the New York Times for his superior cuisine at Riva Grill.


After famed Mafia turncoat Sammy “The Bull” Gravano entered the witness protection program in Arizona, he opened an Italian restaurant in Scottsdale before ending up back in prison.

Photo: SASSI


Vote and learn more at

La Fontanella Fine Italian Restaurant serving dinner 4:30 - 9:30 daily

CELEBRATING our 30th year in the valley Salute & Bon Appetito!!!

Restaurants Sushi Bars



14344 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 607-1114 Sapporo offers its guests a fresh experience with premium sushi and Teppanyaki, Asian specialties like grilled black cod (glazed in Miso), happy hour specials and more.

Stingray Sushi


There are about 27 species of fish commonly sought by Arizona anglers — eight are cool or coldwater fish, and 19 are warmwater species.


Three locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale (602) 955.2008 (Phoenix) Delivering a unique blend of contemporary style and energy with Latin-influenced Japanese cuisine, Stingray Sushi is a truly distinctive experience.

Geisha A Go Go

7150 E. 6th Ave., Scottsdale, AZ 85250 (480) 699-0055 This is truly an entertainment din-

Vote and learn more at

ing experience, bringing Japanese pop culture to Scottsdale with sushi, rock ‘n’ roll and private karaoke rooms.

RA Sushi Bar

Six locations throughout the Valley (480) 940-1111 (Phoenix) Signature rolls, Japanese fusion cuisine, a vibrant atmosphere with lively music and inventive cocktails — you’ll find it all (and more) at RA.

Roka Akor

7299 N. Scottsdale Rd., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 (480) 306-8800 Voted by Bon Appétit magazine as one of the Top 10 Sushi Spots in the United States, Roka Akor offers prime steak and sushi in a robatayki-style (open charcoal) cuisine. Roka Akor features Robatayaki cuisine. Photo: Roka Akor

Restaurants Seafood


Salt Cellar Restaurant

550 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85257 (480) 947-1963 While the specialty is seafood — baked, broiled, sautéed, deep-fried, steamed and sliced — that will exceed all your expectations, it’s the funky atmosphere — the dining rooms, bar and kitchen are underground — that makes Salt Cellar a must-visit restaurant.

Mastro’s Ocean Club

15045 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 443-8555 Mastro’s Ocean Club combines worldclass service and seafood-focused cuisine in an elegant and energetic atmosphere. The restaurant’s menu features an impressive array of fresh upscale seafood, including favorites such as the three-tiered iced Seafood Tower, bone-in filet, lobster mashed potatoes and a one-of-a-kind warm butter cake.

Ocean Prime’s Alaskan halibut.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

15323 N. Scottsdale Rd, # E1-160, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 730-4800 Eddie V’s Prime Seafood was inspired by the great classic seafood restaurants of New Orleans, San Francisco and Boston. Eddie V’s offers the freshest seafood, right off the docks, in an atmosphere that is warm and inviting.


Arizona’s official state fish is the Apache Trout, one of two fish native to Arizona, the other being the Gila Trout.

Ocean Prime

5455 E. High St., Phoenix, AZ 85054 (480) 347-1313 Ocean Prime, a Cameron Mitchell Restaurant, serves prime beef, fresh seafood and fish accompanied by an award-winning wine list and handcrafted cocktails.

Bluefin Seafood Bistro

7053 N. Oracle Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704 Bluefin Seafood Bistro offers guests breakfast, lunch and dinner with bar specials and dessert available as well. Bluefin has a variety of entertainment visit on Fridays 7-10 p.m., all posted online.

Vote and learn more at 63

Restaurants French Coup Des Tartes

4626 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 212-1082 Coup Des Tartes is a charming bistrostyle restaurant with eclectic decor and warmly lit dining rooms. With hardwood floors, coved ceilings and candlelit rooms, it has been hailed as one of the most intimate dining experiences in Phoenix.


Clemenceau, a neighborhood in Cottonwood, was named in honor of French Premier Georges Clemenceau, a friend of James Douglas, Jr., who created the town to serve his mine in Jerome.

Sophie’s French Bistro

2320 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 956-8897 Sophie’s Bistro is probably one of the most authentic French bistros in Phoenix, reminicent of a Parisian bistro with an inviting and intimate atmosphere and a traditional menu.

Zinc Bistro

15034 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85281 (480) 603-0922 Zinc Bistro has been described as “A Taste of Paris in the Arizona desert that charms the Scottsdale dining scene.” Awarded by Phoenix New Times as the Best French Restaurant in Arizona and the Best French Restaurant in Phoenix by the Arizona Republic.

Bistro 24

2401 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 952-2424 Located within The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix, Bistro 24 is an Americaninspired bistro, defined by fresh, seasonal ingredients and dishes and combine flavors of America’s melting pot of culture.

Amuse Bouche

17058 W. Bell Rd., #104, Surprise, AZ 85379 (623) 322-8881 Serves French fare, including filet mignon and quiche as well as hummus, frittatas, paninis and sandwiches. One favorites includes the beef tenderloin with carrot butter sauce over mashed potatoes.


Coup Des Tartes’ Banana Brulee Photo: Coup Des Tartes


Vote and learn more at

Vote and learn more at 63

Restaurants Steaks & Chops


Donovan’s Steak & Chop House

3101 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 955-3666 Donovan’s sets the standard of fine dining excellence. A classic steakhouse. A stylish, lively atmosphere. Cordially friendly, Donovan’s is a place where you can celebrate with friends, family and associates.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Two locations in Arizona (602) 955-9577 (Phoenix) Serving only the finest quality foods, featuring USDA prime-aged beef, fresh fish and seafood, hand-picked produce, delicious appetizers and elegant desserts. Rich mahogany, crisp linens and superior service combined with the superior product and the dedicated people create an experience you won’t soon forget.


Fleming’s features the finest cuts of aged prime steak. Photo: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

BLT Steak & Bar at JW Marriott

Camelback Inn Resort & Spa 5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85253 (480) 948-1700 Chef Tourondel presents his adaptation of the American Steakhouse, elevating it with his signature style and all-around finesse. The result — the Modern American Steakhouse. BLT Steak integrates traditional elements of a cozy French Bistro with those of a stylish, urbane boite.

Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse

6991 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 941-4700 Mastro’s City Hall is a Steakhouse is built for the new millennium. This hybrid steakhouse and sophisticated night spot combines every bit of the straight forward elegance and timeless style of Mastro’s Steakhouse with local cosmopolitan flair and uptown sex appeal.

Vote and learn more at

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Five locations in Arizona (480) 596-8265 (Scottsdale) Fleming’s offers the best in steakhouse dining, with a sophisticated wine list featuring 100 wines by the glass.


Cattle was once among the 5 C’s that controlled Arizona’s economy. The others were copper, cotton, citrus and climate.

Donovan’s of Phoenix Environment that whispers of luxury. A dining experience that truly impresses. A place to be, relax and enjoy.

31st Street & Camelback Road Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence 700 Wines of the World Several Well-Appointed Private Rooms Exclusively USDA Prime Beef


Phoenix, Arizona 85016 On the Camelback Corridor

Wine, Cocktail Bar, Martini Hour 4:00 PM. Dinner Seating Begins at 5:00 PM Daily. Reservations Recommended. Business Casual. Complimentary Valet Parking. Executivecoach Service Available. Also Serving La Jolla 858.450.6666 San Diego 619.237.9700

Phoenix ~ La Jolla ~ San Diego

Restaurants Mexican Los Dos Molinos

8684 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85210 (602) 243-9113 Dig in to hot Mexican fare such as stacked enchiladas, tacos, burros and flautas at this casual eatery. The prices at Los Dos Molinos are reasonable and the food — a specialty is the adovada ribs — is amazing.


The popular theory behind the “invention” of the chimichanga is that a Tucson cook accidentally dropped a burrito into a deep-fat fryer in 1922.

Aunt Chilada’s

7330 N. Dreamy Draw Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85020 (602) 944-1286 Nestled in the shadow of Squaw Peak Mountain, Aunt Chilada’s is truly an historic landmark with a personality all its own. Constructed in the 1890s from desert stone and railroad ties, the original building served as a supply depot and general store for the mercury miners passing through the Dreamy Draw.

Barrio Cafe

2814 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85006 (602) 636-0240 Established in 2002 by partners Wendy Gruber and chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio was a dream come true for the duo — a little neighborhood eatery providing authentic southern-Mexico cuisine and chef’s original creations in a unpretentious atmosphere.

La Hacienda at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 585-4848 Richard Sandoval brings the vibrant flavors and ingredients of Mexico into the culinary spotlight, combining the bold taste of classic Mexican cuisine with timeless European cooking techniques.

Rancho de Tia Rosa

3129 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, AZ 85213 (480) 659-8787 Rancho de Tia Rosa aims to provide guests with a unique experience that allows guests to feel as though they are in the heart of Guadalajara, Mexico.


Photo: Aunt Chilada’s


Vote and learn more at

. p b o e r o f e B . s A R. p W d o e n r a Be fo or e B sR , V OR P wa s,

T he re w an c I p , i S k “ u y.” g s i h t t hi

B efo

e has been u g a e L s tu c a C Since 1946, the d-comers alike n -a p u d n a s n giving vetera lay ball in p n a c y e th e v pro the chance to the stories and t o g e ’v e w d n the bigs – a tell the tale. to ia il b a r o m me Exhibits located across the the Valley! Valley! across om Vis it ll ex per ien ce.c ba play


Adventures Southern AZ Must Do’s Titan Missile Museum

1580 W. Duval Mine Rd., Sahuarita, AZ 85629 (520) 625-7736 Once one of America’s most topsecret places, this National Historic Landmark site and one-of-a-kind museum gives visitors a rare look at the technology used by the United States to deter nuclear war. Tour the underground missile site. See the 3-ton blast doors, the 8-foot thick silo walls, and an actual Titan II missile in the launch duct. Visit the launch control center, experience a simulated launch and more.

Kartchner Caverns State Park

2980 S. Hwy. 90, Benson, AZ 85602 (520) 586-CAVE (2283) Discovered in 1974, these caverns recently opened to the public and feature stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations. Guided cave tours, a discovery center, interactive displays, gift shops, 62 camping sites, hiking and walking trails.


P.O. Box 813, Tombstone, AZ 85638 (520) 457-3884 The name Tombstone creates images of gunfights and dusty streets, whiskey and Faro games, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and a plethora of old Western movie scenes. Tombstone has been called “The Town Too Tough to Die.”

Chiricahua National Monument

12856 E. Rhyolite Creek Rd., Willcox, AZ 85643 (520) 824-3560 Called the “Wonderland of Rocks,” this 11,985-acre site is comprised of an eight-mile paved scenic drive as well as 17 miles of day-use hiking trails to discover the beauty of this 11,985 acre site.

Kitt Peak National Observatory

950 N. Cherry Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719 (520) 318-8000 Kitt Peak National Observatory supports the most diverse collection of astronomical observatories on Earth for nighttime optical and infrared astronomy and daytime study of the Sun.


Kitt Peak National Observatory. Photo: NOAO/AUR 70

Vote and learn more at


Kartchner Caverns were formed by acidic water that seeped through the earth and dissolved 13,000 feet of passageways through the limestone below.

Vote and learn more at 71

Adventures Tucson


Photo: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Old Tucson Studios

201 S. Kinney Rd., Tucson, AZ 85735 (520) 883-0100 Old Tucson Studios is an Old West theme park and a working movie location where you’ll find Western movie history, historical tours, shopping, seasonal events and more.

Biosphere 2

32540 S. Biosphere Rd., Oracle, AZ 85623 (502) 838-6200 The $150-million facility opened in 1991 as a massive closed system that would last for 100 years to test nature, technology and human endurance. Opened to the public in 2002, visitors to Biosphere 2 can explore inside the 3.15-acre structure on a fully-guided tour.


University of Arizona

1200 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85721 (520) 621-2211 With its main campus covering 380 acres in Central Tucson, this university offers plenty of attractions and activities, including the Arizona State Museum, the University of Arizona Museum of Art, the Campus Arboretum and more.

Mission San Xavier Del Bac

1950 W. San Xavier Rd., Tucson, AZ 85746 (520) 294-2624 Mission San Xavier del Bac is referred to as the “White Dove of the Desert.” This active Franciscan mission is located on the Tohono O’Odham Indian Reservation.

Vote and learn more at

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson, AZ 85743 (520) 883-2702 A world-renowned zoo, with more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants, a natural history museum and a botanical garden — all in one place.


The Hohokam built a society based on agriculture supported by a vast network of canals, which drew water from the Salt, Gila and other rivers.

Adventures Central AZ Must Do’s Taliesin West

12345 N. Taliesin Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (855) 860-2700 Visit a national historical landmark constructed in the 1930s and designed after the surrounding desert. The school features architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Chase Field

401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 462-6000 Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Field offers an array of family-friendly entertainment from baseball games with fireworks on Fridays, to supercross and monster truck shows.

Desert Botanical Gardens

1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ 85008 (480) 941-1225 The Desert Botanical Gardens features a variety of desert plant life and offers education programs for students and adults alike. Alongside touring the grounds are numerous lectures and art events throughout the year.  

South Mountain State Park


10919 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85042 (602) 262-7393 Covering more than 16,000 square acres, South Mountain is the largest municipal park in the country, and boasts numerous hiking trials, rock climbing and mountain biking.

Tuzigoot National Monument

100 Main St., Clarkdale, AZ (928) 634-5564 View an ancient pueblo nestled on top of a hillside that belonged to the Sinagua civilization from 1100 A.D. through 1400 A.D.


Chase Field is the first sports stadium in the world to have a retractable roof, air conditioning and a natural turf field.

Desert Botanical Gardens at sunset. Photo: Adam Rodriguez 74

Vote and learn more at


SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA Visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West—one of the world’s most important architectural treasures. Frank Lloyd Wright built this desert masterpiece as his home, studio, & architectural campus at the base of the McDowell Mountains in northeast Scottsdale. Guided tours range from 1–3 hours. Be inspired by experiencing the architectural brilliance that shapes our world today.

Contact Us (480) 627-5340 (855) 860-2700

Visit Us 12345 N. Taliesin Drive Scottsdale, Arizona 85258 Intersection of Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. & Cactus Rd.

Adventures Sedona


Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village

336 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ 86336 (928) 282-4838 Tlaquepaque, the “Art and Soul of Sedona,” offers more than 40 specialty shops and exclusive galleries. Shopping becomes a joyful revelation of art treasuries and distinctive gifts.

Cathedral Rock

Off SR 179, on Back O’ Beyond Rd. One of many energy vortexes in Sedona known to empower and energize those who step foot upon the rock formation, Cathedral Rock is not only an awe-inspiring sight to see, but it consists of a short, steep hike to the base of the rock. At the end of the hike are 360-degree views of Sedona; you’ll even spot Oak Creek.

Chapel of the Holy Cross

780 Chapel Rd., Sedona, AZ 86336 (888) 242-7359 Sitting atop and among the red rocks of Sedona, built on a twin pinnacled spur about 250 feet high, located not too far from Cathedral Rock, is the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a destination for world-wide visitors. Designed by Marguerite Brunswig Staude, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, this architectural attraction was completed in 1956 and is a Roman Catholic chapel.

Cathedral Rock. Photo: Sedona Chamber of Commerce 76

Vote and learn more at

Barlow Jeep Rentals

3009 W. Hwy. 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 (888) 928-JEEP (5337) Take a Jeep tour on one of the many scenic drives in Sedona — but this time, do it on your own terms; go where you want to go, when you want to go. This is where Barlow Jeep Rentals comes in. They’ll not only provide the Jeep, but also trail maps, driving tips, area information and operating instructions. Get behind the wheel, and hit those trails!

Evening Sky Tours


Sedona, as a whole, is known to be a spiritual power spot, but areas where the energy is concentrated are known as vortex sites — including Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and Boynton Canyon, among others.

P.O. Box 463, Sedona, AZ 86339 (866) 701-0398 Spend the evening under the stars with an evening of stargazing guided by the professional astronomers of Evening Sky Tours. Explore planets, galaxies, star clusters, double stars and other objects, while relaxing among the red rocks.

An Enterprise of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Cathedral Rock at sunset

Located in Sedona, AZ near beautiful Oak Creek Canyon, Poco Diablo Resort is just a couple of miles from the alluring Cathedral Rock Vortex, majestic Bell Rock, Montezuma’s Castle, the mysterious ghost town of Jerome and the famous Chapel of the Holy Cross. The nearby hiking trails, shopping, galleries and Cliff Castle Casino make Poco Diablo Resort the perfect Sedona Arizona retreat.

1.877.282.5755 928.282.7333

Adventures Northern AZ Must Do’s Hoover Dam on the Nevada-Arizona border.


Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas Tours

100 Lakeshore Dr., Page, AZ 86040 (888) 896-3829 Whether you’re a seasoned houseboater or a first-timer, Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas provides everything you need to have the vacation of a lifetime — from instruction and advice to sheets and towels.

Hoover Dam

Nevada-Arizona border (702) 494-2517 The Bureau of Reclamation started conducting tours through the Hoover Dam in 1937. Today, close to one million visitors a year take the tour and millions more drive across the dam. Hoover Dam is the highest concrete dam in the U.S.


London Bridge

314 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403 (800) 242-8278 In 1962, the 130-year-old London Bridge was discovered to be sinking into the Thames. In 1968, the bridge was put up for auction and Robert P. McCulloch was the winning bidder. He spent $7 million to move the bridge to Lake Havasu City.

Navajo National Monument

End of State Highway 564 off US Highway 160, Tonalea, AZ 86044 (928) 672-2700 The monument preserves and protects three large ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. At the largest cliff dwellings in Arizona, experience first-hand the museums, picnic areas, campgrounds and short trails.

Vote and learn more at


Herds of pronghorn antelope roamed freely in Antelope Canyon, which explains the canyon’s English name.

Antelope Canyon

5975 E. Hwy. 98, Page, AZ 86040 (928) 698-2808 Antelope Canyon is one of the most photographed areas of Northern Arizona and one of the most popular slot canyons. The upper canyon is translated as “the place where water runs through rocks” and the lower canyon as “spiral rock arches.” The canyon can be visited when accompanied by authorized tour guides.

Vote and learn more at 79

Adventures Flagstaff

Clark Telescope at Lowell Observatory. Photo: Mike Thompson/Lowell Observatory


Lowell Observatory

1400 W. Mars Hill Rd., Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (928) 774-3358 Sitting atop Mars Hill in Flagstaff, on the Mogollon Rim, Lowell Observatory’s Discovery Channel Telescope is the 5th largest telescope in the continental U.S. — and one of the most technologically advanced. Come for daytime guided tours, solar viewing, multimedia shows and evening gazing.

Meteor Crater

Interstate 40, Exit 233, Winslow, AZ 86047 (800) 289-5898 The most well-known, mostpreserved meteorite crater on Earth, Meteor Crater is the result of an asteroid collision about 50,000 years ago. It’s nearly one mile across, 2.4 miles in circumference and more than 550 feet deep. Come for its outdoor observation trails, indoor viewing, interactive discovery center and more.

Sunset Crater Volcano

Off U.S 89, on Sunset Crater Wupatki Loop Rd., Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (928) 526-0502 When this volcano erupted 900 years ago, the surrounding landscape was reshaped, where twisted Ponderosa Pines and an array of wildlife now coexist. Hike the trail through the lava flow and cinders, located near Flagstaff. 80

North Pole Experience

2515 E. Butler Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86004 (888) 469-8819 Families can enjoy a magic trolley ride to the North Pole, build toys with Santa and his elves, attend Elf University, visit Mrs. Claus’ bakery and more. Recently relocated to Flagstaff from Greer, the North Pole Experience has partnered with The Little America Hotel, which is always decked out in more than one million Christmas lights.

Arizona Snowbowl

Off Hwy. 180, on Snowbowl Rd., Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (928) 774-0729 When Flagstaff transforms into a winter wonderland, residents and visitors alike flock to Arizona Snowbowl for snowshoe hiking, skiing, snowboarding and more. With 25 rooms in a cabin setting, the Ski Lift Lodge & Cabins are also an ideal place to stay, whether in the winter or summer.

Vote and learn more at


The asteroid that created Meteor Crater was only roughly 130 feet wide, traveling at 26,000 miles per hour, when it collided and created a crater 570 feet deep and nearly 32 times its size, at 4,100 feet across.

Vote and learn more at 81

Adventures Grand Canyon


Grand Canyon Whitewater 916 Vista, P.O. Box 1300, Page, AZ 86040 (800) 343-3121 Grand Canyon Whitewater rafting trips give you the opportunity to be in one of the most spectacular places on earth. Whitewater rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon is beyond your imagination and gives you a chance to experience the true spirit of the Canyon.

Grand Canyon Skywalk

Located near Grand Canyon West Airport, Peach Springs, AZ (702) 220-8372 The Grand Canyon Skywalk at Grand Canyon West extends 70 feet beyond the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, allowing visitors to gaze down nearly 4,000 feet to the canyon floor, a height far exceeding those of the world’s largest skyscrapers.


The Grand Hotel

149 S. State Rte. 64, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 (888) 63-GRAND (47263) The Grand Hotel is one of the premier Grand Canyon hotels, with the entrance to Grand Canyon National Park just one mile away, and the South Rim of the Canyon just a short car ride away. The warm and spacious lobby is reminiscent of a mountain lodge with exposed timbers and stone, a large flagstone fireplace and cozy seating areas.



Postal workers still deliver mail by mule to Havasu Falls, the Grand Canyon location of the Havasupai tribe, and Phantom Ranch, a resort community.

Canyon Trail Rides

280 W. Bryce Way, Tropic, UT 84776 (435) 679-8665 The half-day mule trip descends down the North Kaibab Trail to the Supai Tunnel, 2,300 feet. Wranglers take riders of all levels into the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon every day.

Vote and learn more at

Maverick Helicopters

Grand Canyon National Park Airport, Hwy. 64, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 (888) 261-4414 Maverick Helicopters offers a list of unique air tours for every attraction seeker. They have helicopter tours that will take you deep into the aweinspiring Grand Canyon.

Adventures Fun Day Trips



P.O. Box K, Jerome, AZ 86331 (928) 634-2900, Once an old mining camp, Jerome is alive with writers, artists, artisans, musicians, historians and families. The city is known as the “Largest Ghost Town in America.”


1010 S. Main St. Cottonwood, AZ 86326 (928) 634-7593, Surrounded by the red rocks of Sedona, Mingus Mountain to the west and the Mogollon Rim stretching north and east, Cottonwood is located in the Verde Valley. Come visit the Verde Valley Wine Trail, Clemenceau Heritage Museum, Tuzigoot National Monument and more. 84


1360 N. Broad St., Globe, AZ 85501 (800) 804-5623, Located along the Historic Old West Highway, visit the Salado Indian Ruins at Besh-Ba-Gowah Archeological Park, walk historic downtown and its antique shops; or visit the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts.


303 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson, AZ 85541 (928) 474-5242 Considered the Festival Capital of Arizona and situated in the world’s largest group of Ponderosa pines.

Vote and learn more at


201 S. Cortez, Prescott, AZ 86303 (928) 777-1100 Arizona’s territorial capital is the perfect place to escape summer heat.


There are 11.2 million acres of National Forest in Arizona and one fourth of the state is forested. The largest forest is comprised of Ponderosa Pine.


Christmas City

December 1

30th Annual Prescott Christmas Parade

December 1

58th Annual Prescott Courthouse Christmas Lighting

Prescott Courthouse Plaza, 1:00 pm Prescott Courthouse Plaza, 4-6 pm

December 7

Acker Musical Showcase

Various downtown locations, 5:30 - 8:30 pm

Visit our website for more Christmas events & Special Packages!

Adventures Northern Weekend Trips Williams

200 W. Railroad Ave., Williams, AZ 86046 (800) 863-0546 Dubbed the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon,” the picturesque town of Williams sits at the base of Bill Williams Mountain in one of the largest Ponderosa Pine Forests in the world, and it’s just a mere 60 miles south of the Grand Canyon. Here, you can hop aboard the Grand Canyon Railway; stroll its main street, Route 66; or, visit Bearizona, where you can watch bears up-close.


P.O. Box 1507, Page, AZ 86040 (888) 261-PAGE (7243) Page is your destination for hiking, biking, boating and off-road adventure. Have you heard of Horseshoe Bend, the horseshoeshaped meander of the Colorado River? That’s in Page. How about the the most-visited and mostphotographed slot canyon in the American Southwest, Antelope Canyon? That’s here, too. Page is your “Frontier of Adventure.”


One E. Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (800) 842-7293 Welcome to high mountain country, where you can take part in skiing in the winter, watch the flowers bloom in the spring, play rounds of golf in the summer and witness the fall foliage. Breathe in the clean, mountain air as you hike the San Francisco Peaks; or, just a drive away, visit the Grand Canyon National Park, Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Wupatki National Monument or Meteor Crater.


Navajo Indian Reservation, Kayenta, AZ 86033 Just 20 miles south of the Utah border on US 163 is Kayenta, located on the Navajo Reservation. Kayenta is considered the gateway to one of the world’s most photographed landscapes, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, just 30 miles north of the town.


331 Forest Rd., Sedona, AZ 86336 (800) 288-7336 The spectacular Oak Creek Canyon. The magnificent red rocks. Vortexes. There is virtually no end to Sedona’s attraction. Hike or bike the red rock trails, including the popular Cathedral Rock; spend a night or two in one of its awardwinning resorts and spas, including Enchantment Resort; or come for the weekend for one of the town’s many festivals and events, such as its Yoga Festival. The possibilities are endless.

A train departs at the Grand Canyon Railway. Photo: Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce



Vote and learn more at


Tonto Natural Bridge is believed to be the largest natural travertine bridge in the world.




























p res e nti ng

Experience the magic of The Polar Express™ as the classic book comes to life when the train departs the Williams Depot for a journey through the starlit wilderness for a special visit to the “North Pole.” Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies while listening to the magical story on this hour-long train trip. Watch the joy on the children’s faces when the train arrives at the North Pole, where Santa Claus will board The Polar Express and hand each child their own special gift. Make enduring holiday memories this year!

INFO & RESERVATIONS AT T H E T R A I N . C O M 1-888-848-3511 TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s12)







ASK ABOUT HOTEL PACKAGES WITH ROOM, MEALS AND TRAIN Rates are per person and do not include tax, valid for 2012 Polar Express season.

Adventures Southern Weekend Trips


Photo: City of Bisbee


1326 W. Highway 92, #9, Bisbee, AZ 85603 (520) 432-5421 Bisbee was founded in 1880 and has since evolved into an artist colony and retirement community emphasizing monthly events and tourism. Travelers from all over the world come to Bisbee to savor its unique charm ... a blend of creativity, friendliness, style, romance and adventure wrapped in the splendor of the Old West.


P.O. Box 813, Tombstone, AZ 85638 (520) 457-3884 The name Tombstone creates images of gunfights and dusty streets, whiskey and Faro games, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and a plethora of old Western movie scenes. Tombstone has been called “The Town Too Tough to Die.”


P.O. Box 1866, Tubac, AZ 85646 (520) 398-2704 Located in the Santa Cruz River Valley, Tubac has a 250-year-old Spanish history. Tubac is the perfect shoppers’ paradise with more than 80 galleries and shops that feature handcrafted items, sculpture, paintings, clothing and some of Southern Arizona’s best import shops. Tubac is also the gateway to birding, hiking, and mountain biking. 88

Vote and learn more at


Tombstone, Ruby, Gillette, and Gunsight are among the ghost towns scattered throughout the state.


100 S. Church Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701 (800) 638-8350 Although a growing metropolis, Tucson is rich with history and culture. Whether you come to visit the Old Tucson Studios, the Kitt Peak National Observatory, hike a trail or two at Saguaro National Park, or visit the University of Arizona’s campus, Tucson makes for a memorable day trip.


P.O. Box 607, Sonoita, AZ 85637 (520) 455-5498 Sonoita: “A short drive from where you are, to where you want to be.” Located in the heart of Arizona’s Wine Country, head to Sonoita for its nine, award-winning wineries, go horseback riding or bicycling, or simply take the trip to surround yourself with the views of breathtaking mountain peaks and rolling hills.

Geotour Tucson, The Real Southwest

Discover sights untouched by human hands, relive an event where something ‘real’ happened in history, or experience an activity you simply can’t find anywhere else. Geo-tour Tucson and Southern Arizona – the Real Southwest. Find a Real connection in Tucson – our unique sense of place will capture your imagination.

Tucson is your natural playground

Adventures White Mountain


The Honeymoon cabin at Greer Lodge Resort & Cabins. Photo: Greer Lodge Resort

Hidden Meadow Ranch

620 County Rd. 1325, Greer, AZ 85927 (866) 333-4080 Includes 12 luxuriously furnished log cabins, dining room, lounge, library. Spring-fed trout pond for fly-fishing and canoeing.


With 334 species, Arizona has a greater diversity of butterflies than any other state except Texas.


Greer Lodge Resort & Cabins

Sunrise Ski Park

Molly Butler Lodge

White Mountain Family Fun Park

44 Main St., Greer, AZ 85927 (928) 735-7216 Bird watching, fishing, biking, kayaking, hiking — stay at Greer Lodge Resort & Cabins, and you’ll have access to it all. Not only is it surrounded by pine trees, mountain streams and a plethora of wildlife, but its 373 Grill Restaurant also offers free treats for your pooch. Now, how can you beat that? 109 Main St., Greer, AZ 85927 (928) 735-7617 Molly Butler Lodge offers more than 50 unique cabin rentals on lots throughout Greer’s woodlands. Whether for a romantic get-away to sip wine and stargaze, or for a memorable family weekend to hike, bike, ski or ride horseback, Molly Butler Lodge will cater to any of your needs.

Vote and learn more at

12 miles west of Greer, Greer, AZ 85927 (928) 735-7669 It’s located in the heart of Arizona’s White Mountains and considered Arizona’s premier ski destination — Sunrise Park Resort. In the winter, come ski on one of the country ski trails, go tubing, or snowboard on one of the 65 runs for boarders of any level. And let’s not forget about the kids; they can hop on a sleigh ride!

4725 White Mountain Blvd., Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ 85929 (928) 368-4420 Go-karts, mini golf, an arcade and more! This family-fun hot-spot will keep your kids entertained for hours — possibly even days. And nestled in Pinetop-Lakeside, it’s sure to be a vacation to remember.

Adventures Hiking




Prescott, Arizona is home to the World's Oldest Rodeo, which dates back to 1888.

Beginner: Aspen Nature Loop

Flagstaff Near Flagstaff, this easy, 1.5-mile hike with an elevation gain of 270 feet showcases beautiful fall foliage and scenery.

Council Rock

Tucson This hike near Tucson is an incredibly easy 1.2-mile, roundtrip hike showcasing pictographs thought to be painted nearly 1,000 years ago. Photo: Arizona Office of Tourism 92

Moderate: Bear Mountain Trail 54

Sedona This well-traveled and moderately strenuous hike with rocky switchbacks leads to panoramic views of the San Francisco Peaks at the Red Canyon overlook. Descending the mountain requires a different path.

Advanced: South Fork Trail 46

Payson Hidden away in Tonto National Forest, South Fork Trail 46 offers

Vote and learn more at

a unique experience traversing an interesting canyon. The hike has an elevation gain of 2,850 feet, and bears are known to be in the area.

Moody Point 139

Globe One of the most challenging hikes in Tonto National Forest with a 4,200-foot elevation gain and faint trail, downhill travel is recommended when hiking Moody Point 139. During times of flooding, Cherry Creek is not traversable. For more information about these hikes, visit top5/hikes-fall-winter

Adventures Best Places To Take Kids Arizona Science Center

Verde Canyon Railroad

Children’s Museum Of Phoenix

Schnepf Farms

600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 716-2000 Hands-on, eye-opening fun with more than 300 interactive exhibits, Dorrance planetarium, giant-screen theater, daily live demonstrations, traveling exhibitions and much more.

215 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 253-0501 With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children from infants to age 10, the focus is on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.

300 N. Broadway, Clarkdale, AZ 86324 (800) 582-7245 Acclaimed as Arizona’s longestrunning nature show, this four-hour scenic ride takes you through a piece of “natural Arizona,” featuring spectacular views that are breathtaking and invigorating to the senses. 24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek, AZ 85242 (480) 987-3100 It is in Schnepf’s mission statement to educate the public about Arizona agriculture. The most important aspect of the educational field trips is the fact that children are learning about where their food comes from and they are visiting a true family farm. Open October through May.



Vote and learn more at

Sea Life Arizona

5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, #145, Tempe, AZ 85282 (480) 478-7600 Located in Arizona Mills, Sea Life is an aquarium built for kids that transports visitors into an amazing ocean world that provides close encounters with a vast array of creatures.


FP7 locomotives — produced by GM between 1949 and 1953 and two of only 12 in North America — pull the Verde Canyon Railway along 20 miles of track.

Adventures Native American Experiences


Heard Museum

Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise

2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 252-8848 Experience myriad cultures and the art of American Indians in 10 world-class exhibit galleries, plus enjoy sculpture courtyards, superb dining and shopping for your own uniquely Southwestern gifts and art.

6677 W. Thunderbird Rd., #J176, Glendale, AZ 85306 (623) 412-0297 Come visit the largest Indian Reservation in the United States. The Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise owns and operates three properties in the heart of Indian Country — Quality Inn Navajo Nation, Quality Inn Navajo Nation Capital and the Navajo Travel Center.

Hubbell Trading Post

1 mile west of Hwy. 191, Ganado, AZ 86505 (928) 755-3475 Feel the old wooden floor give slightly and squeak beneath your feet as you enter the oldest, continuously operating trading post on the Navajo Nation. As your eyes adjust to the dim lighting of the “bullpen,” you might catch the trader negotiating a deal with a Native American artist for their art.

Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise

W. Highway 264 & SR-12, Window Rock, AZ 86515 (928) 871-4090 The only enterprise of the Navajo Nation that specializes in handmade Navajo jewelry, such as bracelets, rings, belts necklaces and more, Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise also offers woven rugs and represents many artisans on and off the Navajo Reservation. 96

Vote and learn more at

The Yavapai Experience


The oldest Native American settlement in the United States is the Hopi village of Oraibi, which was built in 1100 and was discovered in 1540 by Pedro de Tovar, a lieutenant of Coronado.

14803 N. Hiawatha Hood Rd., Fort McDowell, AZ 85264 (480) 816-6465 Learn all about the Yavapai, the tribe’s culture, history and heritage, on this two-hour cultural heritage experience from the people of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. The professional guide will facilitate your tour with possible opportunities to interact with Yavapai tribal members as well.

Photo: Heard Museum

Rd 9998 E. Indian Bend 6 Scottsdale, AZ 8525

7555 N. Pima Rd Scottsdale, AZ 8525


9800 E. Indian Bend Rd ER G CENT



Scottsdale, AZ 85256

d ian Bend R 9175 E. Ind 0 5 2 AZ 85 Scottsdale,

5201 N. Pima Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85250

E������� I� T������ A�� � � � W � � S � ��. C��

A C������� ��� E������������ D���������� Talking Stick is conveniently located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community at Indian Bend and the 101 Freeway. We’re just 15 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and 10 minutes from Scottsdale Airpark. We invite you to play, dine, shop and stay with us at Talking Stick and be a part of what everyone is talking about!

S��� R���� P���-M������� I����� C��������, S���������, AZ • T������S����A������.��� • 480.362.2700

Adventures Uniquely Arizona Besh-Ba-Gowah

1324 Jess Hayes Rd., Globe, AZ 85501 (928) 425-0320 Visitors walk through a 700-yearold Salado Culture pueblo, climb ladders to second story rooms and view the typical furnishings of the era. Artifacts are also displayed in the Besh-Ba-Gowah Museum.

Hubbell Trading Post

1 mile west of Hwy. 191, Ganado, AZ 86505 (928) 755-3475 Feel the old wooden floor give slightly and squeak beneath your feet as you enter the oldest, continuously operating trading post on the Navajo Nation. As your eyes adjust to the dim lighting of the “bullpen,” you might catch the trader negotiating a deal with a Native American artist for their art.

Rawhide Western Town At Wild Horse Pass

5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler, AZ 85226 (480) 502-5600 Arizona’s largest Western-themed attraction, with desert stagecoach and train rides, rock climbing, mechanical bull and more. Theatrical performances include shootouts, gun twirling and musical performances.


HC 74, Box 4136, Mayer, AZ 86333 (928) 632-7135 In 1970, the Cosanti Foundation began building Arcosanti, an experimental town in the high desert of Arizona, 70 miles north of metropolitan Phoenix. When complete, Arcosanti will house 5,000 people, demonstrating ways to improve urban conditions and lessen our destructive impact on the earth.

Mystery Castle

800 E. Mineral Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85042 (602) 268-1581 This unusual piece of architecture, built from recycled bottles, granite and bricks in the 1930s, is a tribute from a father to his daughter. Largely constructed of native stone, the 8,000-square-foot castle contains 13 fireplaces, 18 rooms and various features of interest. Southwestern antiques furnish this unique facility.


Arcosanti is an experimental town built to embody Paolo Soleri's concept of arcology: a fusion of architecture and ecology.



Vote and learn more at

Arcosanti: The apse houses Cosanti Originals ceramics studio. Photo: Tomiaki Tamura

Adventures Air Tours


Maverick Helicopters

Grand Canyon National Park Airport, Hwy. 64, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 (888) 261-4414 Maverick Helicopters offers a list of unique air tours for every attraction seeker. They have helicopter tours that will take you deep into the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon.

Arizona Helicopter Adventures

235 Air Terminal Dr., Sedona, AZ 86336 (800) 282-5141 Up-close, breathtaking tours by experienced pilots of all the wonders that this area has to offer. Three different package deals with eagleeye views of Sedona.


Westwind Air Service

732 W. Deer Valley Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85027 (480) 991-5557 Scenic aerial and air/ground tours of the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Sedona.

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

North Hwy. 64, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 (888) 635-7272 Since 1965, Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters has been showing guests the majesty of the Grand Canyon.

Vote and learn more at

Sedona Sky Treks

235 Air Terminal Dr., Sedona, AZ 86336 (928) 282-6628 Sky Treks provides spectacular air tour and tour packages from Scottsdale and Sedona to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, as well as other incredible destinations.



The Arizona Air National Guard was founded by Barry Goldwater in 1946 and was integrated two years before President Truman's military integration order.

Take Home Memories to Last a Lifetime

Sedona Air Tours . .

Sedona’s Most Experiecned & Largest Air Tour Company Family Owned Since 1994

Join the ranks of Snoopy and the Red Baron as you take to the skies over Sedona in an open cockpit biplane.

Expereince the thrill and awe of Sedona’s red rocks up close and personal on a jet helicopter.

Tours Starting at $119 pp

Tours Starting at $80 pp

Cruise over the amazing landscape of Northern Arizona as you visit the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Colorado River, Skywalk, Lake Powell and more. Tours Starting at $189 pp

928-204-5939 • 888 TOO-RIDE •

Adventures Animal Parks Phoenix Zoo

455 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ 85008 (602) 273-1341 Guests can take a walk through Monkey Village, have an up-close encounter with a giraffe, ride a camel, hop aboard the Safari Train, learn about farm life at the petting zoo and enjoy several water-play features during spring and summer months.

Reid Park Zoo

1100 S. Randolph Way, Tucson, AZ 85716 (520) 791-4022 Meet more than 400 animals — rhinos, elephants, anteaters, polar bears, lions and many more. Venture into the African, Asian and South American regions. Explore the Flight Connection — the full-flight, walkthrough aviary.

Out of Africa Wildlife Park

3505 W. Highway 260, Camp Verde, AZ 86322 (928) 567-2840 At Out of Africa, you get a different view of wildlife. Here, exotic animals roam in spacious habitats, so you can see their natural behavior up-close. And, with exciting shows like Tiger Splash and the Predator Feed, Out of Africa is like nothing you’ve ever seen.


1500 E. Route 66, Williams, AZ 86046 (928) 635-2289 Experience animal wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment and all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. Your family will enjoy the wide variety of wildlife, from majestic bison and nimble bighorn sheep to stealthy mountain lions and adorable bear cubs.


The Phoenix Zoo, host of ZooLights — which uses 3.5 million individual lights — has about 1,300 animals.


Vote and learn more at


Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium

16501 W. Northern Ave., Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 (623) 935-WILD (9453) Wildlife World Zoo has been an integral part of the West Valley for more than two decades, and with the opening of a multimillion-dollar aquarium, it just keeps getting better and better. The Zoo is open 7 days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (The aquarium is open to 9 p.m.). That means we are open every day and night of the year — even holidays.

Adventures Family Fun Spots


Amazing Jakes

Castles ~n~ Coasters

Out of Africa Wildlife Park

Rawhide Western Town At Wild Horse Pass

1830 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa, AZ 85204 (480) 926-PIZZA (7499) All-you-can eat pizza, pasta and salad, train riding, carousel, go-karts, laser tag, rock wall, bumper cars and 12 lanes of galaxy bowling. 3505 Camp Verde Bridgeport Hwy., Camp Verde, AZ 86322 (928) 567-2840 At Out of Africa, you get a different view of wildlife. Exotic animals roam in spacious habitats, so you can see their natural behavior up-close. And, with exciting shows like the Tiger Splash and the Predator Feed, Out of Africa is like nothing you’ve ever seen.


9445 N. Metro Parkway East, Phoenix, AZ 85051 (602) 997-7575 More than 18,000 square feet of arcades, 300 games, roller coasters, water rides, a miniature golf course and an old-fashioned carousel.

3505 W. Highway 260, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler, AZ 85226 (480) 502-5600 Arizona’s largest Western-themed attraction, with desert stagecoach and train rides, rock climbing, mechanical bull and more. Theatrical performances include shootouts, gun twirling and musical performances.

Vote and learn more at

Challenger Space Center

21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382 (623) 322-2001 An exciting space-themed learning environment where students, families and others fly simulated space flight missions and more.


The Challenger Space Center’s Technology Flight Deck features more than $1 million in technology, including a Mission Control room designed after Johnson Space Center.

Adventures AZ Tours Red Rock Western Jeep Tours

270 N. Hwy. 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 (800) 848-7728 Red Rock Western Jeep Tours is the premier jeep guide company in Sedona. Officially ranked as Arizona’s best adventure guide company, Red Rock Western Jeep Tours can accommodate any guest’s needs with award-winning service.

Arizona Food Tours, A Taste of Old Scottsdale, LLC

3021 N. 87th Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (800) 979-3370 This walking tour gives guests a behind-the-scenes look at what makes Old Town Scottsdale a favorite destination — one delicious taste at a time.

Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas Tours

100 Lakeshore Dr., Page, AZ 86040 (888) 896-3829 Whether you’re a seasoned houseboater or a first-timer, Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas provides everything you need to have the vacation of a lifetime — from instruction and advice to sheets and towels.

Queen Mine Tour

Hwy 80, Historic Old Bisbee exit, Bisbee, AZ 85603 (866) 432-2071 Don a mining lantern, hat and slicker and ride the mine train deep into the mine and experience the life of the miners as they tell you how they toiled in the subterranean tunnels. Fun and educational for the whole family. Tours last about one hour and are offered five times a day, seven days a week.


Segway riders in Downtown Scottsdale. Photo: Scottsdale Segway Tours, LLC 108

Vote and learn more at

Scottsdale Segway Tours, LLC 7118 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (855) SEG-TOUR (734-8687) Segway tours of Scottsdale’s Arts District, Civic Center Mall and the Waterfront that capture the culture, history and excitement of downtown Scottsdale.


Before the Bisbee mines closed in 1975, the local mines produced metals valued at $6.1 billion — one of the largest production valuations of all the mining districts in the world.

U-DRIVE “C2” 2 seat desert buggy or “C4” 4 seat desert buggy

“Go Pro Cameras now available, film your adventure to take home”

H1 Hummer (the ultimate desert vehicle)

H2 Hummer ( Air Conditioned, Exo Skelton Roll cage & Roof mounted spotlights )

Adventures Hot Air Balloon Tours


A hot air balloon in the Sonoran Desert. Photo: Hot Air Expeditions

Hot Air Balloon Company

1833 E. Redfield Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85022 (800) 843-5987 The vast desert and the ideal Arizona weather make it the perfect environment for hot air ballooning. Watch your pilot gradually lower the balloon to inches above saguaro cacti and evergreen trees as you spot a coyote or jackrabbit. Flights end with the traditional champagne toast and brunch.

Fleur De Tucson Balloon Tours

4635 N. Caida Pl., Tucson, AZ 85718 (520) 403-8547 Each journey is unique, combining low-level views of the beautiful desert landscape, javelina, deer, bobcat, rabbits and red-tailed hawks, and spectacular panoramas from higher elevations. After landing, each flight is celebrated with a continental brunch. Season is from October 1 to April 1. 110

Hot Air Expeditions

Rainbow Ryders

1725 W. Williams Dr., Bldg. D, #39, Phoenix, AZ 85027 (877) 771-0776 The premiere balloon ride company in the Southwest, Rainbow Ryders offers scenic hot air balloon rides daily in Albuquerque, Phoenix and Scottsdale.

Arizona Balloon Safaris

Exclusively in Tucson (520) 505-9647 There is no better way to see Arizona than by hot air balloon, floating silently over the majestic Sonoran Desert. Flying close to the ground, usually under 400 feet, you’ll be able to hear and see the sights and sounds of desert life.

Vote and learn more at

2243 E. Rose Garden Loop, #1, Phoenix, AZ 85024 (800) 831-7610 As you gently leave the Earth, you’ll be amazed at how light the balloon feels. During the flight you have an unobstructed 360-degree view to take excellent photographs.


The Arizona Balloon Club, as it is commonly known as today, was founded in 1974 as the Gila & Salt River Base & Meridian Hot Air Balloon & Airship Ascension Social Society, Inc.

Get ready for “the experience of a lifetime happening right now!”™

Balloon Rides Daily For Reservations Call 1-877-771-0776

The Premier Balloon Ride Company of the Southwest

Travel Like Never Before!

Meet Up! Lift Off! Celebrate!

Balloon Rides Daily in Phoenix, Scottsdale & Albuquerque

Adventures River Rafting


Salt River Rafting

US Hwy. 60 - AZ State Route 77 Mile Marker 293, Salt River Canyon, AZ 85501 (800) 425-5253 Salt River Rafting offers guided whitewater raft trips in Arizona’s spectacular Upper Salt River Canyon March through May.

Arizona Raft Adventures

4050 E. Huntington Dr., Flagstaff, AZ 86004 (800) 786-RAFT (7238) With an emphasis on adventure, education and fun, whitewater rafting on the Colorado River allows you to see places you have never seen before, do things you’ve never done before, and awake every morning to beauty so breathtaking, the images will last a lifetime. 112

Colorado River rafting. Photo: Arizona River Runners

Yuma River Tours

1920 Arizona Ave., Yuma, AZ 85364 (928) 783-4400 Offers a variety of jet-boat tours, including day trips with stops at historic sites, student field trips, canoe trips, photography and birding trips, or custom charters. For a relaxing cruise, take a lunch or dinner cruise aboard the Colorado King sternwheeler.

Arizona River Runners

P.O. Box 47788, Phoenix, AZ 85068 (800) 477-7238 Since 1970, Arizona River Runners has provided complete Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trips on the Colorado River.

Vote and learn more at

Colorado River Discovery

130 6th Ave., Page, AZ 86040 (888) 522-6644 Colorado River Discovery offers smoothwater float trips perfect for the entire family (ages four years and older).


The Colorado River no longer consistently reaches the Gulf of California because of water diversion upstream.


“Tours & Guides”

Discover The Best A D V E N T U R E A N D VA L U E I N T H E W E S T

Take a break from your life and raft the Colorado River in Glen Canyon. Experience the beautiful blue-green waters and the majestic walls and discover the way to the past with Colorado River Discovery. We offer half-day and full-day motorized raft tours along with our all-day oar powered trips. Rafting a day on the Colorado River is the perfect escape. Call or book online today!

Colorado River Discovery is an authorized concessioner of the National Park Service, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Horseshoe Bend - Another one of Mother Nature’s little tricks


Adventures Trail Riding Bumble Bee Ranch Adventures

34900 S. Old Black Canyon Hwy., Black Canyon City, AZ 86333 (623) 374-0002 Horseback riding, cattle drives, nature hikes and Western dinners. Guided history-filled tours through Bumble Bee Creek, into the mountains and through the scenic Sonoran Desert. Guest accommodations are available.

M Diamond Ranch

Tanque Verde Ranch

14301 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85748 (800) 234-3833 Tanque Verde Ranch offers trailriding adventures on horseback, mountain bike and on foot. With experienced guides to explore the Saguaro National Park and Rincon Mountains, you will experience the flora, fauna and wildlife of our beautiful desert location. All ranch activities are included in the rate.

3255 Forest Rd. 618, Rimrock, AZ 86336 (928) 300-6466 A working cattle ranch with cowboys who take you on trail rides and cookouts. The M Diamond Ranch provides the only horseback rides permitted by the Coconino National Forest in the Red Rock Ranger District and is the only working ranch in the Sedona area that is open to guests.

Fort McDowell Adventures

14803 N. Hiawatha Hood Rd., Fort McDowell, AZ 85264 (480) 816-6465 Featuring hiking, biking, kayaking, Jeep tours, cattle drives, cultural heritage tours, team building and trail rides through the Verde River. Experience outdoor fun in the Valley of the Sun’s most pristine setting.

A Day in the West

252 N. Hwy. 89A, Sedona, AZ 86336 (800) 973-3662 Start your adventure with a 4x4 Jeep tour through the beautiful high desert surrounding Sedona, then saddle-up for a scenic one-hour horseback ride on a 45,000-acre working cattle ranch.




Paleontological evidence shows that the genus that includes horses evolved on the North American continent.

On horseback at the M Diamond Ranch. Photo: M Diamond Ranch 114

Vote and learn more at

y re n ” Da tu tio ls ic en en cia or dv m pe ss ist t A s”, d S ine t H gh or ir us ea Ni sit B b Gr ver r Vi now ing O te “S at or in or cip r W f rti fo s ad pa i th to

Adventures Lake Activities

A boat resting on the shore of Lake Powell. Photo: ARAMARK Parks and Destinations


The Dolly Steamboat

P.O. Box 977, Apache Junction, AZ 85117 (480) 827-9144 The Dolly Steamboat is a familyowned and operated business for more than 25 years, continuing a tradition of cruising since 1925 starting with the SS Geronimo.

Bartlett Lake Marina

20808 E. Bartlett Dam Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85262 (480) 502-4354 Located in the heart of the Tonto National Forest, just 45 minutes north of Downtown Phoenix, Bartlett Lake Marina offers fishing, boating and watersports; it’s a wonderful location for a weekend getaway with the family.


Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas

100 Lakeshore Dr., Page, AZ 86040 (888) 896-3829 Take a boat tour, a dinner cruise, rent a powerboat for a little exploring or have a picnic with your family on a secluded beach — Lake Powell Resort has it all.

Bluewater Jet Boat Tours 501 English Village, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403 (928) 855-7171 Enjoy breathtaking views as the tour travels up the Colorado River through the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. You’ll see places like Devils Elbow, interesting rock formations and 3,500-year-old Indian petroglyphs.

Vote and learn more at


It took 17 years for Lake Powell to fill the canyon to the high water mark (3,700 feet above sea level), giving America its second-largest, manmade lake.

Roosevelt Lake Marina

28085 N. AZ Hwy. 188, Roosevelt, AZ 85545 (602) 977-7170 It’s the largest lake in Central Arizona, consisting of 112 miles of shoreline and 22,000 acres of surface water — Roosevelt Lake. Head to the lake to water ski, fish, boat or camp.

Adventures Casinos



Fort McDowell Casino

10424 Ft. McDowell Rd., Fort McDowell, AZ 85264 800-THE-FORT (843-3678) Fort McDowell Casino offers some of the finest, most exciting gaming in the Southwest. Slots, keno, bingo, poker, black jack, and lunar bingo, which takes the traditional game to thrilling new heights.

Casino Arizona At Salt River

524 N. 92nd St., Scottsdale, AZ 85256 (480) 850-7777 Offers more than 100,000 square feet devoted to gaming and entertainment. Amenities include 52 table games, 1,026 slot machines, keno, a high-limit lounge and a world-class showroom. Guests seeking food and refreshments can enjoy one of the facility’s five lounges and four restaurants of flavorful virtue. 118

Casino Del Sol

5655 W. Valencia Rd., Tucson, AZ 85757 (800) 344-9435 Mediterranean architecture surrounds the gaming space, featuring 1,000 nickel, quarter, $1, $5 and multidenominational slot machines. The $100 million resort, with luxury rooms and suites, two new restaurants, a spa and 20,000 square feet of meeting space.

Cliff Castle Casino

1555 W. Middle Verde Rd., Camp Verde, AZ 86322 (928) 567-7900 You’ll find slot machines, poker, blackjack and other gaming options. Lodging and dining are also offered. Everything at Cliff Castle Casino is catered for comfort, from its spacious aisles to its extra-padded seats. The casino also includes a gourmet steakhouse, a gift shop and a 20-lane bowling center.

Vote and learn more at

Currently, there are 15 tribes operating 23 casinos in Arizona. Another six tribes do not have casinos, but have slot machine rights they may lease to other tribes.

Lone Butte Casino

1200 S. 56th St., Chandler, AZ 85226 (800) WIN-GILA (946-4452) Minutes from the Chandler/ Ahwatukee area, Lone Butte is the destination for the slot lover. Lone Butte has 850 of the newest slots, with classic reels and video slots, as well as video keno and video poker. Lone Butte also has live blackjack, with limits from $5 to $1,000, plus a state-of-the-art bingo hall. There are also six restaurants to choose from.

Only at Gila RiveR CasinOs

Santan 202 & Kyrene Rd.

I-10 and Wild Horse Pass Blvd.

51st Avenue, 4 miles south of Baseline Rd.

Adventures Sporting Events


Cubs and the White Sox at HoHoKam Park. Photo: Andy Jou



Nascar Sprint Cup Series

Fiesta Bowl

WM Phoenix Open

Cactus League Spring Training

7602 S. Avondale Blvd., Avondale, AZ 85323 (623) 772-2000 Held at the Phoenix International Raceway, the Sprint Cup Series is the top racing series of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. 7226 N. 16th St., #100, Phoenix, AZ 85020 (602) 870-0163 One of the PGA's premiere tour stops, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is a must-see tournament for all professional golf enthusiasts. 120

7135 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 350-0900 One of the largest events in college football, the Fiesta Bowl takes place at the start of the new year and is part of the Bowl Championship Series.

16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382 (623) 773-8700 Watch your favorite West Coast baseball teams prepare for the fall season during spring training games. Ticket prices range from $6 to $23 dollars.

Vote and learn more at

More than three million out-of-state visitors have traveled to Arizona for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl and its surrounding events during the Bowl's history.

Accenture Match Play Championship

15000 N. Secret Springs Dr., Marana, AZ 85658 (520) 572-3500 The Accenture Match championship is a knockout event hosted in January and February — opening the world golf tournament season.

MARCH 1-3, 20





N O V. 7 - 1 0 , 2 0 1 * DATES ARE TEN





Cubs and the White sox at hohoKam ParK


Adventures Auto Attractions


The Pit Crew Challenge at Octane Raceway. Photo: Octane Raceway

Bondurant School of High Performance Driving

20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Gate #3, Chandler, AZ 85226 (800) 842-7223 Channel champion race-car driver Bob Bondurant while learning tricks and honing skills to make you a better driver. Take a late model GM car out on a 1.6-mile racetrack with a professionally trained staff who will help you accomplish your driving goals.

Octane Raceway

317 S. 48th St., Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 302-7223 The self-proclaimed largest indoor racetrack in America, Octane Racing features two quarter-mile tracks and go-karts that drive up to 45 mph. 122

Firebird International Raceway

20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Gate #2, Chandler, AZ 85226 (602) 268-0200 Firebird International Raceway offers racing enthusiasts a unique venue showcasing street racing, drifting lessons, boat races, off-road races and more.

Barrett-Jackson Auction

7400 E. Monte Cristo Ave., Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (480) 663-6255 Barrett-Jackson’s nine-day, classic-car auction features more than 1,000 collector automobiles from around the country.

Vote and learn more at


Bondurant School of High Performance Driving's 1.6-mile track, on a 60-acre facility, was designed by worldchampion driver Bob Bondurant himself.

K1 Speed

2425 S. 21st St., Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 275-5278 Go-kart racers can experience a professionally designed track at K1 Speed, as well as karts that go up to 45 mph.

Adventures Public Golf Courses


Grayhawk Golf Club

8620 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 502-1800 Since opening in 1994, Grayhawk has become one of Arizona’s most celebrated daily-fee golf clubs, mostly because of Grayhawk’s two exceptional 18-hole golf courses – Talon and Raptor. Both have hosted high-profile events such as the Open (2007-2009).

Talking Stick Golf Club

9888 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85256 (480) 860-2221 Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, together as a design team, created the magic of Talking Stick. Located on and owned by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the north and south courses provide a serene yet challenging day of play. 124


Enchantment Resort was originally named John Gardiner’s Tennis Ranch, which opened in 1987 by the tennis legend of the same name. The resort sits on land sacred to Native Americans.

Golf Club At Eagle Mountain

14915 E. Eagle Mountain Pkwy., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 (866) 863-1234 Located minutes from Scottsdale in the rugged McDowell Mountains of Fountain Hills, the Scott Millerdesigned Eagle Mountain Golf Club dramatically weaves its way through shaded box canyons and around majestic mountain peaks unique to this scenic corner of the Sonoran desert.

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

18200 E. Toh Vee Cir., Fort McDowell, AZ 85264 (480) 836-9000 Featuring views of the Sonoran Desert, We-Ko-Pa consists of the original 18 holes, the Cholla Course, designed by Scott Miller; and a second 18, the Saguaro Course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

Vote and learn more at

Troon North Golf Club. Photo: Troon North

Monument Express At Troon North

10320 E. Dynamite Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85262 (480) 585-5300 Troon North Golf Club has created an executive 9-hole golf course called Monument Express. The course measures to more than 1,500 yards and offers two different par options based on each player’s experience and ability. The course can be played for a very affordable price. It’s great exercise and perfect for beginners, juniors and golfers of all skill levels. Free for kids 15 and under playing with an adult.

Experience the Troon Golf ® difference in Arizona: representing the best the game has to offer—from course conditions to clubhouse amenities to unparalleled service, at premier destinations throughout the world. Experience Troon Golf in Arizona for yourself. The Boulders • Copper Canyon Golf Club • Golf Club of Estrella Lookout Mountain Golf Club • Ocotillo Golf Resort • The Phoenician Poston Butte Golf Club • Southern Dunes Golf Club • Talking Stick Golf Club • Troon North Golf Club • Westin Kierland Golf Club Whirlwind Golf Club at Wild Horse Pass Clockwise below: Lookout Mountain Golf Club, Phoenix; Southern Dunes Golf Club, Maricopa; Westin Kierland Golf Club, Scottsdale.

Download FREE Troon GPS Golf Apps in iTunes and Google Play!


Vote and learn more at



Adventures Beauty & Day Spas


The ladies outdoor relaxation area at Spa Avania. Photo: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale

Spa Avania At Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort at Gainey Ranch 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (480) 444-1234 Personalized treatments, mineral water therapy, synchronized music, YogaAway, diet and the antioxidants of fine teas are blended for an awakening experience at Spa Avania.

The Spa At Camelback Inn

5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85253 (800) 922-2635 With a variety of massages, facials, body treatments, packages and specials available, including farm to treatment table experiences, the Spa at Camelback Inn allows you experience complete rejuvenation and relaxation.

Mii Amo At Alvadora Spa At The Royal Enchantment Resort Palms Resort & Spa 525 Boynton Canyon Rd., 5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018 (602) 977-6400 Old World ambiance melds with contemporary amenities, including a fitness center, professional massage therapy, pools, golf, biking and nearby hiking trails. 126

Sedona, AZ 86336 (888) 749-2137 This destination spa at Enchantment Resort offers a wide range of treatments, from facials to massages and spiritual readings, as well as fitness classes, cooking demonstrations and outdoor adventures.

Vote and learn more at


The saguaro (pronounced “sah-wahroh”) cactus blossom is the official state flower. The white flower blooms on the tips of the saguaro cactus during May and June.

Canyon Ranch

8600 E. Rockcliff Rd., Tucson, AZ 85750 (800) 742-9000 For more than 30 years, Canyon Ranch has been empowering people to live healthier, longer, more joyful lives through fitness, nutrition, stressmanagement and integrative wellness.

Arizona Mills is like a vacation all its own. Home to more than 200 retailers, Arizona Mills has always been the vacation place to shop with more stores, more brands, more values, and more fun. Plus, you’ll find more of everything you want for much less. Arizona Mills means more of what you’ll want to remember on your trip, and it won’t be hard to convince the kids to go.

Mention this ad at Guest Services and you’ll receive a FREE Coupon Book worth hundreds of dollars in savings!

At the intersection of I-10 exit Baseline Rd. East and Hwy. 60 exit Priest Dr. South. 480.491.9700 127

Vote and learn more at

Adventures Performing Arts & Theater


Photo: The Phoenix Symphony

Herberger Theater

222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 252-8497 Herberger Theater is home to Actors Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, and Center Dance Ensemble. Approximately 175,000 patrons visit the Herberger annually.

Silver Star Playhouse

5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa, AZ 85205 (480) 325-6700 A sister theatre to Desert Star Playhouse in Salt Lake City, Utah, this broadway-style theatre produces “original musical parodies with a melodramatic twist.” 128

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 499-TKTS (8587) Presenting dance, jazz, classical and world music, theater and satire.

Orpheum Theater

15 W. Aspen Ave., Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (928) 556-1580 Northern Arizona’s premier live entertainment venue, Orpheum Theater is a local landmark in historic downtown Flagstaff that started as an old movie house. It continues to show films, hold events and is also a live music venue.

Vote and learn more at


The Phoenix Symphony first rehearsed in the band room of a high school.

The Phoenix Symphony

One N. 1st St., #200, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 495-1999 The Phoenix Symphony offers an extraordinary array of musical experiences, from pop concerts to exhilarating selections of classical masterpieces that give the full symphonic treatment to music you love.

Adventures Parks & Monuments


Montezuma Castle National Monument

P.O. Box 219, Camp Verde, AZ 86322 (928) 567-3322 An enduring legacy of the prehistoric Sinagua. The 20-room stone, timber and adobe dwelling is 80 percent intact, making it one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in the United States.

Petrified Forest National Park

1 Park Rd., Petrified Forest, AZ 86028 (928) 524-6228 History speaks volumes as you take in the spectacular scenery in the land where the surroundings have aged for 225 million years, turning wood into stone. The park is located in northeast Arizona, and features one of the world’s largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

10 Organ Pipe Dr., Ajo, AZ 85321 (520) 387-6849 The monument exhibits an extraordinary collection of plants of the Sonoran Desert, including the organ pipe cactus, a large cactus rarely found in the U.S. 130

Vote and learn more at

Secret Canyon at Water Holes Canyon, Lake Powell Navajo Tribal Park. Photo: Geri Hongeva-Camarillo


Petrified wood is the official state fossil. Most petrified wood comes from the Petrified Forest in northeastern Arizona.

Saguaro National Park East

3693 S. Old Spanish Tr., Tucson, AZ 85743 (520) 733-5158 With districts skirting the east and west boundaries of Tucson, this national park is home to the most recognizable cactus in the world — the saguaro.

Monument Valley

Bldg. 36A E. Hwy. 264 at Route 12, Window Rock, AZ 86515 This great valley boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet, framed by scenic clouds casting shadows that graciously roam the desert floor. The angle of the sun accents these graceful formations, providing scenery that is simply spellbinding.

• High Country Camping & Winter-Skiing • Grand Canyon • Historic Mining and Ghost Towns • Spectacular Vistas • Winter Destinations • Metropolitan Areas • Mayo Clinic • Native American Culture • Casinos • Kartchner Caverns • Painted Desert • Native American Ancient Ruins • The Petrified Forest • Canyon de Chelly • Cochise Stronghold


For every passion, there’s an R V to help you enjoy it more.

this ad Mention ce AZ n in Experie get 10% n ea d Magazin r rental. off you

RV Rental Outlet provides top of the line vehicles that are perfect for camping, exploring Arizona’s national parks and scenic byways, for tailgating, for weekend excursions - and so much more.



Call Us Today For A Quote And Availability 256 E. Main Street , Mesa, AZ | Toll Free: 888.461.0023


Vote and learn more at 131

Adventures Museums Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050 (480) 478-6000 At the first global musical-insturment museum, nearly 300 exhibits immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the world’s instruments.

Phoenix Art Museum

Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 252-8848 Experience the myriad cultures and art of American Indians in 10 world-class exhibit galleries, plus enjoy sculpture courtyards, superb dining and shopping for your own uniquely Southwestern gifts and art.

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 257-1222 The Southwest’s premier destination for world-class visual arts, features popular exhibitions and a collection of more than 18,000 works.


Scottsdale Museum Of Contemporary Art

7374 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 994-ARTS (2787) SMoCA is an educational institution dedicated to presenting exhibitions on contemporary and modern art, architecture and design.

Pima Air & Space Museum

6000 E. Valencia Rd., Tucson, AZ 85706 (520) 574-0462 Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum.


Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott is named after its founder, Sharlot Mabridth Hall, who was Arizona’s first territorial historian.

The Phoenix Art Museum. Photo: Bill Timmerman


Vote and learn more at

A m er i c an I ndi a n A r t & H i s t o r y | S p e cia l E v e n ts | S h o p p in g & Dining 2 301 N. C en tr al Av e . P h o e n i x , A Z 8 5 004 | 602.252.8848 |

Adventures AZ Art Experiences


Sedona Arts Festival

Celebration of Fine Art

8602 E. Cortez St., Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (480) 443-7695 A gathering of some of the finest artists in the country, where you can meet and watch them in the creative process.

Sedona Arts Festival

995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd., Sedona, AZ 86339 (928) 204-9456 The festival itself — which runs Oct. 13-14, 2012 — has grown in size and reputation over the past 20 years. It has become a premiere, destination arts festival, known for the quality of art and first-class treatment of both its artists and attendees. With 140 nationally known artists displaying their work surrounded by red rock splendor, there is no better place to spend an October weekend than Sedona. 134

First Fridays

Downtown Phoenix (602) 256-7539 First Friday is a monthly art walk from 6 to 10 p.m. Starting at the Phoenix Public Library, located south of McDowell Rd. on Central Ave., participants can pick up a First Friday brochure, which includes the member galleries, their locations and the best shuttle bus route.


In 1913, artist Jackson Pollock and his family lived on a small farm halfway between Phoenix and Tempe, where the north runway of Sky Harbor International Airport now sits.

Thunderbird Artists

15648 N. Eagles Nest Dr., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 (480) 837-5637 The goal of Thunderbird Artists is to provide an outstanding variety of mediums, subject matters, sizes and price ranges that satisfy the desires of each and every patron that strolls through one of its festivals.

Vote and learn more at

Scottsdale ArtWalk

Old Town Scottsdale (480) 990-3939 See Scottsdale’s 100 plus galleries and artists’ studios every Thursday night starting at 7 p.m. Located on Marshall Way and Main St. in Old Town Scottsdale.

If you’re into landscapes, they’re here on exhibit 24 hours a day.

The Sedona Arts Festival has been promoting the arts in one of the world's most scenic settings for more than 20 years. Marvel at the work of over 125 artists. Browse the Gourmet Gallery. Enjoy food and prizes. Let the kids create in our interactive KidZone. Your attendance helps support our grant and scholarship programs. So come to an arts festival that really rocks. For more information: (928) 204-9456 or visit us at

OCT. 13-14

Adventures Malls Scottsdale Fashion Square 7014-590 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 941-2140 Scottsdale Fashion Square is a diamond in the desert, with more than 225 retailers, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York. It’s the ultimate shopping destination.

Scottsdale Quarter

15279 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (480) 270-8123 This new city district is one of the most unique shopping, dining and entertainment destinations in the Valley. With lounges, bars, movies, art and fashion shows, Scottsdale Quarter is a bustling hub of activity.

Kierland Commons

15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 348-1577 An intimate, open-air lifestyle center with extensive landscaping, upscale shops and restaurants, walkways, patios and courtyards that invite pedestrian interaction.

Biltmore Fashion Park

2502 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 955-8400 The original luxury-shopping destination in Phoenix is a newly polished classic. Think Saks, Ralph Lauren, Escada, Apple and more. A delicious collection of restaurants, including True Food Kitchen and The Capital Grille, let you order up levels of flavorful virtue.


Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix. 136

Vote and learn more at

Desert Ridge Marketplace

21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050 (480) 513-7586 Desert Ridge Marketplace delivers the ultimate shopping experience in a distinctive outdoor setting. Immerse your shopping senses in a unique blend of specialty retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues spread over 110 acres. The center’s 1.2 million square feet of retail space – home to more than 110 retailers and restaurants – bursts with color, energy and fun, creating a one-of-a-kind lifestyle destination you’ll want to come back to again and again.


Park Central Mall was the first shopping mall in Phoenix and is located on Central Avenue and Osborn Road. The property is currently known simply as Park Central.


The best brands, the biggest selection, plus, 1O% off * for visitors. Stop by Macy’s Biltmore Fashion Park, Scottsdale Fashion Square, Metro Center, Paradise Valley Mall, Fiesta Mall, Chandler Fashion Center, Arrowhead Towne Center, Superstition Springs Center, Santan Village, Tucson Mall, or Tucson Park Place and ask for your Macy’s Visitor Savings Pass*, good for 10% off* thousands of items throughout the store! For more details, visit *Restrictions apply. Valid I.D. required. Details in store.

Adventures Wineries


Sonoita Vineyards

290 Elgin-Canelo Rd., Elgin, AZ 85611 (520) 455-5893 Opened in 1983, Sonoita Vineyards is the oldest commercial vineyard and winery in the state — consistently creating award-winning wines. The vineyard also hosts festivals, special events, tasting and group events.

Alcantara Vineyards

3445 S. Grapevine Way, Verde Valley, AZ 86326 (888) 569-0756 Alcantara Vineyards, the first winery on the Verde River, is one of the largest vineyards in Central and Northern Arizona. Make it a day trip from the Phoenix or Scottsdale area. Check out the Arizona winery tours and tasting with an outstanding selection of wines, made right here in Arizona. The winery’s vineyards have more than 19,000 vines and offers 12 different varietals. 138

Dos Cabezas Wineworks

3248 Hwy. 82, Sonoita, AZ 85637 (520) 841-1193 Dos Cabezas WineWorks is a family-owned and operated winery that challenges the perception that Arizona does not produce exceptional wines. Dos Cabezas WineWorks has been producing wines in Arizona since 1995. Its wine has been enjoyed at the White House, earned critical acclaim and grabbed international attention.

Kokopelli Winery and Bistro

35 W. Boston, Chandler, AZ 85225 (480) 792-6927 Arizona’s largest and oldest continual producing winery, Kokopelli wines are available in more than 550 retail locations. The 5200-square-foot restaurant houses a winery and wine bar, which pours Kokopelli’s wines by the glass or by the bottle.

Vote and learn more at


Maynard Keenan, the lead singer of the bands Tool and A Perfect Circle, operates Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards in Jerome.

Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards

158 Main St., Jerome, AZ 86331 (928) 639-9463 “Blood Into Wine” is a documentary about winery owners Maynard James Keenan’s and Eric Glomski’s embarkation into winemaking in the desert conditions of Arizona’s Verde Valley, and the success they’ve seen in the decade since its inception.

Experience the highest point in Arizona. { Neighbor to the grandest canyon in the world. }

Discover Arizona at 7,000 feet in the cool, fresh air and pine-covered mountains of Flagstaff. Enjoy year-round outdoor adventure with easy access to the Grand Canyon and other worldfamous attractions, as well as eclectic shops, art galleries, restaurants and craft breweries in the historic 1890s downtown.

The destination for all seasons | 877.600.1919


Adventures Art & Food Festivals


Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace

12601 E. Hwy. 60, Gold Canyon, AZ 85118   (520) 463-2600 Escape the rigors of the 21st century and travel back into the past with Arizona’s Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace. The festival showcases events such as a jousting tournament, a day-long feast and a 30-acre circus.  

Fountain Festival of the Arts & Crafts

16837 E. Palisades Blvd., Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 (480) 837-1654 The Fountain Hills Festival of the Arts & Crafts runs from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11 and features nearly 500 artists, artisans, food, live music and a beer garden. 140

Photo: Arizona Renaissance Festival

Tempe Festival of the Arts

310 S. Mill Ave., #A-201, Tempe, AZ 85281 (602) 997-2581 The Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, attracts nearly 225,000 guests and features more than 400 artists. Although the festival’s primary focus is on visual art and artists, it also includes musical performances, street artists, vendors and sponsored exhibits.

Scottsdale Arts Festival

7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 994-2878 The Scottsdale Arts Festival runs March 8-10 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and features nearly 200 jury-selected artists. Alongside the showcased artists are 22 bands and 12 food trucks.

Vote and learn more at


Turquoise is the official state gemstone. The blue-green stone has a somewhat waxy surface and can be found throughout the state.

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

(480) 945-7193 This culinary adventure annually draws nearly 40,000 visitors who attend more than a dozen events. Featured within these activities are hundreds of restaurants, dozens of chefs and a large selection of wines and spirits. Takes place April 9-14, 2013.

Adventures Nightlife


Mabel’s on Main

7018 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 889-5580 Chef Aaron May and crew have created a mid-20th- century New York watering hole with red brick, dark-walnut accents, red-velvet curtains, antique furniture and Prohibition-era drinks. At Stump the Chef on Tuesdays, guests are invited to name their favorite cocktail and see whether Mabel’s can make it right.

The Shout! House

6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., #207, Glendale, AZ 85305 (623) 772-1500 A rock ‘n’ roll, sing-a-long, dueling piano bar located in Glendale’s Westgate City Center. It’s a foot stompin’, hand-clappin’ good time!

Rúla Búla Irish Pub

401 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 929-9500 Rúla Búla’s gathering areas and menus of traditional and modern Irish food make for different experiences every time. Catch live music, open mic nights and special events.

The Mint

7373 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (480) 947-6468 The Mint occupies a 7,000-square-foot space that was previously a bank, giving inspiration to the name. In a nod to its past, The Mint’s centerpiece is the original vault door.

Club Congress

311 E. Congress St., Tucson, AZ 85701 (800) 722-8848 Considered “one of the 10 best rock clubs in the United States,” Club Congress, located in Hotel Congress, is also considered the city’s best dance club. 142

Vote and learn more at

One of the cocktails found at Mabel’s on Main.


The name Rúla Búla is taken from the Irish Gaelic language expression “rí rá agus ruaille buaille,” which translates to “uproar and commotion” in the context of a celebratory and fun time.

3X’S THE WINNING! Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment has three times the winning and three times the fun at our three locations. You’ll find the newest slots, hottest table games, delicious dining, luxurious accommodations and exciting nightlife waiting just for you.

TUCSON I SAHUARITA I WHY ( 5 2 0 ) 2 9 4 -7 7 7 7




Amenities vary per location. Visit our website for more information. Must be 21 to enter gaming areas. Play responsibly. An Enterprise of the Tohono O’odham Nation.



b for d





tions/ promo


are su

nge/c to cha


e Clu Fortun


years be 21

old to



ing in gam



ies. G


lem? g prob




Call 1

Profile for AZ Big Media

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012  

One cannot truly experience all that Arizona has to offer without a little help. Experience Arizona is the perfect travel guide to some of t...

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012  

One cannot truly experience all that Arizona has to offer without a little help. Experience Arizona is the perfect travel guide to some of t...