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Arizona packs adventures for everyone, every day More than a decade after moving to Arizona from my native 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 have a snowball fight in Flagstaff on the same day? Arizona offers something for everyone, every day. From hiking and biking to shopping and spas, Arizona provides the experiences that create memories that last a lifetime. That’s what Experience AZ is all about. We want to guide you to adventures and experiences that will make your visit to Arizona one 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 to the waterfalls of Havasupai. Competing at Ironman Arizona. Relaxing at Briar Patch in Sedona. Cheering on the Phoenix Mercury and Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. 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 toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the mustsee hot spots off your Top 5 lists. And when you find a favorite, be sure to vote for it by visiting azBIGmedia.com so others can share your amazing memories.

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GLENDALE 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 neverending 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 Catlin Court/58th Ave. Girl’s Night Out May 2 7th Annual Mother’s Day Celebration May 10 48th Annual Glendale Summer Band Concerts June 5, 12, 19, 26 Arizona Watermelon Festival June 7-8 48th Annual Glendale Summer Band Concerts July 3, 10, 17, 24 8th Annual Christmas in July July 19 5th Annual Dog Days of Summer August 2 10th Annual Teddy Bear Day August 6 Open Air Market October 4 20th Annual Front Porch Festival & Old Towne Marketplace October 18 Open Air Market and 18th Annual Holiday Open House November 8 Glendale Glitters Spectacular Weekend November 28-29 Glendale Glitters December Holiday Weekends December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20

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 Dr., #140 Glendale, AZ 85301 (623) 930-4500 / (877) 800-2601 VisitGlendale.com

SHOP

Rev up those credit cards. 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 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. And, the newest addition, Tanger Outlets Westgate featuring 85 brand-name stores in an openair mall. The outdoor enthusiast won’t want to miss Cabela’s – the world’s foremost outfitter, located just north of the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

DINE

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 Jobing. com 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 Dr. (623) 930-3486  GlendaleAZ.com 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  GlendaleAZ.com Discover one of Glendale’s bestkept 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  GlendaleAZ.com 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.

STAY Glendale boasts of more than 8,000 hotel rooms within a 15-mile radius, ranging from four - and - five star luxury properties to modest accommodations. Glendale accommodations are conveniently located within easy access to mustsee attractions. Visit VisitGlendale.com for a list of great places to stay.

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With so much to see and do in Glendale & the West Valley, you might want to plan your vacation in

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Antiquing

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Cowboys

Dodgers Spring Training

Events & Festivals

Football AZ Cardinals

Golfing

Hiking

In - Flight

Jet Skiing

Kayaking

Lodging

Music & Concerts

Nightlife

Outstanding Culture

Quiet Nights

Reds Spring Training

Shopping

Theatre

Waterpark

Xeriscape Garden

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DOWntown scottsdale Downtown Scottsdale

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 3,500 residential units 3,300+ hotel rooms 100+ art galleries 50+ night spots 85+ restaurants

Calendar of Annual Events

Downtown hosts a wide variety of art, fashion, culinary and music festivals throughout the year.

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.

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Visit the Market at 2nd Street and Brown Ave. every Saturday morning and shop from local growers, attend educational sessions, and lots, lots more! Visit arizonafarmersmarket.com

NIGHTLIFE

Is it an exciting and vibrant nightlife you want? Then 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 they are looking for from neighborhood locations to upscale environments. Visit downtownscottsdale.com 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? Then have we got the special shopping spots for anything you are 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.

Scottsdale has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a bicycle friendly community at the gold level for 2011-2014. As one of a handful of gold level bicycle friendly communities in the United States, Scottsdale has more than 350 miles of bike lanes, dedicated bike paths and trails, including recently improved canal banks through downtown Scottsdale. Tour Downtown Scottsdale at a bicycle pace and enjoy the stops along the way.

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High-end retailers can be found throughout downtown Scottsdale.

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Desert Botanical Garden Spring Butterfly Exhibit Through May 11 (480) 941-1225 dbg.org Wander through Marshall Butterfly Pavilion and learn about the hundreds of beautifully colored butterflies fluttering about the lush habitat. MACFest First and third Saturdays from October through April (480) 644-6500 macfestmesa.com A free arts and crafts event in Mesa with music and fun for the whole family. Arizona Bike Week 2014 April 2 – April 6 (480) 644-8191 azbikeweek.com Rides, concerts, organized runs and events at some of the Valley’s favorite local watering holes. 20

PHOENIX BIKEFEST 2014 April 2 – April 6 phoenixbikefest.com Area Harley-Davidson dealers deliver a roaring first-ever Phoenix Bikefest to Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. Scottsdale Culinary Festival April 8 – April 13 (480) 945-7193 scottsdalefest.org Six days of food, wine and music! With over 100 restaurants, 20 events and dozens of top chefs, this is the nation’s longest running event of its kind! Country Thunder Festival April 10 – April 13 (866) 802-6418 countrythunder.com Experience one of the hottest (pun intended) country concerts of your life! Camp out or come for a day and see all of the big names on stage at this country music festival.

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104th Annual Pima County Fair April 17 – April 27 (520) 762-9100 pimacountyfair.com Tucson’s largest annual event offers an old-fashioned fair with carnival rides, exhibits, food and live entertainment. Desert Botanical Garden Dinner on the Desert April 26 (480) 481-8182 dbg.org Celebrate the Garden’s 76th anniversary and its timeless beauty with gardeninspired cuisine, music and dancing under the stars.


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Salt River Whitewater Rafting Through May 31 azroa.org Salt River Whitewater Rafting Season on the White Mountain Apache Reservation — not the tubing section of river — offers half-day, full-day, and overnight wilderness trips of up to 5 days.

12th Annual Soar Into Spring Kite Festival May 10 (928) 213-2300 flagstaff.az.gov/recreation Foxglenn Park kite flying, arts and crafts, carnival games and rides, bounce houses, face painting, library activities, food, prizes and giveaways.

Cinco de Mayo Festival & Chihuahua Races May 3 (480) 310-2018 chandleraz.gov Festival also features the popular Chihuahua Races and the crowning of the King and Queen Chihuahua.

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29th Annual Tucson Folk Festival May 3-4 tkma.org One of the country’s largest free festivals, with more than 400 local, regional, and national musicians performing more than 20 hours of family-friendly music, dance, and entertainment for more than 10,000 fans. 22

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Midsummer Night’s Dream in an innovative staging by artistic director Jared Sakren, this new vision will include bold visual elements, stunning costumes, lighting and stage magic designed to highlight the Garden. RIDE THE VORTEX May 17-18 BikeMSarizona.org Bike MS: Ride the Vortex is Arizona’s premier cycling event with route options for every level of cyclist, ranging from 30-150 miles. A fantastic festival awaits you on Saturday after the ride with great food, music, a beer garden, massage tent and fun entertainment. Wyatt Earp Days May 24-26 (520) 457-3511 WyattEarpDays.com Activities include gunfights, chili cookoff, hangings, and an 1880’s fashion show.


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BILLY JOEL June 1 (800) 745-3000 ticketmaster.com The performance marks Billy Joel’s first solo headlining appearance in the market in eight years, also marks his 6th ever performance at US Airways Center — which earns him the honor of being the first-ever inductee as a US Airways Center Entertainment Legend. The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein June 1-June 22 azbroadway.org Arizona Broadway Theatre’s New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, based on the 1974 hit comedy film of the same name, offers only place you’ll witness a singing and dancing laboratory experiment in the largest tuxedo ever made. Hollywood Costume June 1-June 30 phxart.org Major multimedia exhibition explores the essentials of costume design and illuminates the costume designer’s creative process, bringing together more than 100 of the world’s most iconic costumes from a century of filmmaking. 24

SEDONA PHOTOFEST June 4-9 (928) 282-3809 SedonaPhotoFest.org Experience Sedona in June when monsoon skies and brilliant sunsets against the beautiful Red Rocks make this location a photographer’s dream.

SEDONA BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL June 7-8 (928) 204-2415 SedonaBluegrassFestival.org This event showcases established and emerging Bluegrass artists from around the United States with concerts, workshops and more.

Mogollon Monster Mudder-5K Mud Run June 7 (928) 474-5242 paysonrimcountry.com A 5k course with more than 30 obstacles. Get ready to get dirty as the Town of Payson along with local regional fire departments puts on this fun yet very challenging event.

James Taylor and His All Star Band June 10 (800) 745-3000 ticketmaster.com James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years.

AZ Watermelon Festival June 7-8 azmelonfestival.com Bringing part of Glendale’s storied history back to life with the 2014 Watermelon Festival, the festival will highlight a crowned and Miss Arizonaqualifying Miss Arizona Festivals along with a multitude of watermelon centric activities and games to entertain the whole family.

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LASER LIGHT SHOW AND CONCERT IN THE PARK July 4 SedonaAZ.gov/Parks Amazing patriotic laser show and concert brought to you by Diamond Resorts International and Sedona Parks and Recreation. Free glow sticks, concert, food vendors on site. July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival July 4 (480) 350-5189 tempe4th.com Kiwanis Club of Tempe 60th Annual Fireworks Spectacular will present the best fireworks show in the Valley shot from Mill Avenue bridge.

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25th Annual Summer Spectacular ArtWalk July 10 scottsdalegalleries.com It’s summertime’s annual cool down in the Scottsdale Arts District. Prescott Indian Art Market July 12-13 (928) 445-3122 sharlot.org This festival showcases authentic Indian Art and features distinctive jewelry, exquisite ceramics, sculpture, paintings, and hand-woven baskets and blankets. WNBA All-Star Game July 19 wnba.com All-Star weekend will showcase the extraordinary talent of the WNBA’s best players in front of the great fans at US Airways Center in Phoenix.

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DAY OF THE COWBOY CELEBRATION July 26 SedonaMainStreet.com Enjoy “cowboy goin’s on”: gunfights, roping, bullwhip cracking, reenactments, storytelling, music, artists. Free event presented by Sedona Main Street Program. McDonald’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Car Show at The Pavilions Every Saturday (480) 443-0080 experiencescottsdale.com The perfect destination to see classic cars and motorcycles in a free open air event complete with 50’s era music provided by “Party Time DJ’s.” An average night showcases 250-500 cars and up to 150 motorcycles.


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SEPTEMBER

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Picture This! Navajo Pictorial Textiles September 1-3 heard.org This shows the many ways in which the weavers’ creativity and imagination have been woven with technical mastery will be showcased, many weavers draw on important imagery from the Navajo culture, while others work in a popular folk-art style that infuses images from the modern world into a distinctively Navajo perspective. Show Low Main Street Farmers’ Market & Art Walk Every Saturday (928) 532-4124 showlowfarmersmarket.com Show Low Main Street Farmers’ Market & Art Walk features local produce growers, food product producers, artisans and craftspeople. 28

41st ANNUAL FIESTA DEL TLAQUEPAQUE September 13 (928) 282-4838 tlaq.com The 41st annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque is a celebration of Mexican Independence Day. The charming plazas, patios, and streets of Tlaquepaque will be dressed in a festive wash of color, music, and dancing in the spirit of old Mexico. The lively mariachis, the heart-pounding rhythms and beats of Flamenco dancers and the mouth-watering tastes of Mexico will fill the day. Vintage Market September 20 junkinthetrunktrio.com With a commitment to the unique, and creative local Arizona vendors, attendees are sure to find all things vintage and handmade.

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Arizona Fall Championship September 24-28 (623) 869-8037 azfallchampionship.com Riders from across the country will come to compete at Scottsdale’s WestWorld facility for the The Arizona Quarter Horse Association’s Fall Championship’s inaugural year. Admission is free. SEDONA WINEFEST September 27-28 sedonawinefest.com Enjoy tasting over 60 Arizona wines. The festival includes smooth sounds, great food, a cigar area, wine education and the Winefest’s Juried Art Exhibition, including paintings, photographs, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry.


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6th Annual Phoenix FearCon Film Festival October 10-13 (602) 399-9500 phoenixfearcon.com Showcasing the best horror cinema from around the world, presented by Trash City Entertainment, featuring the world premiere of several feature length and short films, cast and crew of many of the films will be available for Q&A and panel discussions. Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival October 10-12 (520) 621-4046 tucsonmeetyourself.org Celebrate the living traditional arts of southern Arizona’s and northern Mexico’s Scottsdale Arts Festival diverse ethnic and folk communities at this festival, featuring hundreds of artisans, home cooks, dancers, musicians and special exhibits. Arizona State Fair October 10-November 2 (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays) (602) 252-6771 azstatefair.com The Arizona State Fair features 18 days of rides, attractions, concerts, exhibits and — of course — all the fried food you could ever desire.

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22nd Annual Sedona Arts Festival October 11-12 (928) 204-9456 sedonaartsfestival.org Nearly 125 artists from across the U.S. will showcase their exquisite work against Sedona’s stunning red rock backdrop. The interactive KidZone is a safe and creative environment for kids 12 and under to create their own masterpiece. Muller-Kuhrs Oktoberfest October 11 (480) 270-5000 saltriverfields.com Live music, 11 beer options, cooking demonstrations, volleyball and cornhole tournaments entertain partiers with proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Komen Phoenix Race For the Cure October 12 (602) 544-2873 komwnproenix.org The Komen Phoenix Race for the Cure is the breast cancer awareness organization’s signature fundraising event. Proceeds benefit breast cancer research and awareness efforts in central and northern Arizona. Spa Week October 13-19 (212) 352-8098 spaweek.com Spa week aims to bring the spa and wellness experience to the masses by offering

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full-service treatments that normally cost hundreds of dollars for just $50. The Great Pumpkin Festival October 16-19 (480) 941-1225 dbg.org Take an authentic hayride to a pumpkin patch, where each child under 12 can choose a free pumpkin. Get lost in the Amazing Hay Bale Maze, visit with adorable farm animals in the petting zoo, enjoy lively country western entertainment, carnival style games and much more. Arizona Taco Festival October 18-19 (480) 466-0579 aztacofestival.com This two-day contest is not for the faintof-taco. Teams will battle for $10,000 in prize money and serve more than 100,000 tacos for $2 each. Wild West Days November 1-November 3 (480) 437-1196 wildwestdayscavecreek.com Arizona’s largest western celebration features three days of non-stop family entertainment, mutton bustin’, live bull riding, bath tub races, mounted shooting, period costume competitions, live country music, cowboy theater stunt groups and much more.


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TOP 5 | accommodations Phoenix

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Hyatt Regency Phoenix

122 N. 2nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 252-1234 phoenix.hyatt.com Set within the center of cosmopolitan Phoenix, the Hyatt Regency Phoenix is an urban oasis of comfort and calm. From spacious suites to delicious dining and beyond, you can immerse yourself in the very essence of downtown Phoenix.

Palomar Phoenix, A Kimpton Hotel

2 E. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (877) 488-1908 hotelpalomar-phoenix.com Hotel Palomar has the largest rooms in downtown Phoenix, ranging from 410 to 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. 32

Royal Palms Resort and Spa

5200 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018 (800) 678-8946 royalpalmshotel.com Since it began as a couple’s desert getaway in 1929, this Phoenix, Arizona hotel has offered generations of guests the intimate atmosphere of a luxurious, private residence—along with the amenities of an awardwinning resort.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

5700 E. McDonald Dr. Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 (800) 245-2051 sanctuaryaz.com 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 Suite and Watsu pool.

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The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix

2401 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016 (800) 542-8680 ritz-carlton.com The 11-story, 281-room hotel features spectacular city views, fine dining and an exquisite outdoor patio and pool.

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TOP 5 | accommodations scottsdale Large: 300 or more rooms Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa

5402 E. Lincoln Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85253 (480) 948-1700 camelbackinn.com An enchanting haven of AAA Five-Diamond 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.

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Carefree Resort & Conference Center

37220 N. Mule Train Rd. Carefree, AZ 85377 (480) 488-5300 carefree-resort.com Embrace the Southwestern lifestyle in total relaxation at a place filled with soothing and simple spaces with uncluttered panoramic views of the Continental Mountains. Play tennis, enjoy the spa or simply relax at the pool with a margarita.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

7575 E. Princess Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 585-4848 scottsdaleprincess.com This hotel has 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).

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FireSky Resort

4925 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 945-7666 fireskyresort.com At FireSky Resort, pamper yourself at Jurlique Spa, enjoy fine Italian dining at Taggia and take in its breathtaking Scottsdale location. At FireSky, fire, water, earth and air sumptuously blend to create a magical world of comfort and beauty.

The Phoenician

6000 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 941-8200 thephoenician.com This AAA Five Diamond awardwinning property offers luxurious casitas, suites and guest rooms; one of America’s best resort golf courses; The Centre for Well-Being spa; a tennis complex; nine swimming pools and elegant dining venues.

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CAREFREE Escape to a world of sunlit days and star-filled nights. A Carefree place with world-class accommodations, taste-tempting dining, unparalleled tennis and a spa to restore the senses. A serene place where you can rest and rejuvenate in the midst of an adventure-filled desert! At Carefree Resort & Conference Center it’s all possible! Come discover Carefree Resort - a year-round destination that truly lives up to its name. Click us at carefree-resort.com or call toll free at 888-488-9034.

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Small: 299 or fewer rooms Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North 10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85262 (866) 888-6540 fourseasons.com/scottsdale 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.

Gainey Suites Hotel

7300 E, Gainey Suites Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (480) 922-6969 gaineysuiteshotel.com Experience the quieter side of Scottsdale with this intimate boutique hotel that is in the heart of it all. 36

Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main St. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (866) 882-4484 hotelvalleyho.com Originally built in 1956, the hotel re-opened in 2005, following extensive renovations. Features include a full-service spa boutique, pool and the hotel’s signature restaurant, Cafe ZuZu.

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

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

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7277 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 970-2100 wscottsdalehotel.com The AAA Four-Diamond hotel is located near Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall and within walking distance to the entertainment district, luxury shopping at the Waterfront and Old Town Scottsdale.


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TOP 5 | accommodations West valley Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa

9495 W. Coyotes Blvd. Glendale, AZ 85305 (623) 937-3700 renaissanceglendale.com This hotel offers 320 elegant guest rooms. Its conference center is complete with 100,000 square feet of flexible space. Guests will enjoy dining at Soleil and Ray’s. Its swimming pool, state-of-theart 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.

Sheraton Crescent Hotel

2620 W. Dunlap Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85021 (602) 943-8200 sheratoncrescent.com 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.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott

7370 N. Zanjero Blvd. Glendale, AZ 85305 (623) 772-9200 marriott.com 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 to University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals.

The Wigwam

300 E. Wigwam Blvd. Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 (800) 327-0396 wigwamarizona.com The Wigwam is an Arizona treasure rich with history. It features 331 casita-style rooms, including 72 suites nestled within 440 acres of lush green grass, tree-lined enclaves and vibrant floral landscaping. The Wigwam, a AAA Four-Diamond property is celebrated as Arizona’s most authentic resort destination, coupling historic charm with a modern sense of adventure. Additional features are distinctive dining, 54 holes of on-site

golf, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and four pools. The Wigwam has something for tourists and locals alike.

Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino 15091 S. Komatke Lane Laveen, AZ 85339 (800) 946-4452 This luxurious boutique hotel has 90 rooms and features a convenient fitness center, pristine pool and poolside suites. Conveniently located in Phoenix’s West Valley, Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino features a wide variety of gaming, dining and entertainment.

A majority of the original “Planet of the Apes” was filmed at Lake Havasu.

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TOP 5 | accommodations east valley

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Aloft Tempe

951 E. Playa Del Norte Dr. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 621-3300 alofttempe.com The hotel offers modern, state-ofthe-art facilities and is the first LEED Certified hotel in the state of Arizona. It’s located a short walk from Tempe Town Lake, near eclectic shops and restaurants, and Arizona State University is just a few blocks away.

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Arizona Golf Resort Hotel & Conference Center

425 S. Power Rd. Mesa, AZ 85206 (480) 832-3202 arizonagolfresort.com Convenient location with 186 resort rooms, on-site championship golf course and 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

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Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes 2000 W. Westcourt Way Tempe, AZ 85282 (800) 228-9290 marriott.com Set against an inspiring backdrop of a majestic hillside butte with breathtaking panoramic views of blue skies and desert sunsets, the resort attracts attendees with its cascading waterfalls, sparkling pools, first class dining, and exceptional meeting facilities.

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

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


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TOP 5 | accommodations Northern Arizona Amara Resort & Spa

Enchantment Resort

L’Auberge de Sedona

Hassayampa Inn

100 Amara Lane Sedona, AZ 86336 (928) 282-4828 amararesort.com Set against a superb backdrop of red-rock buttes and steps from the banks of Oak Creek, this Arizona hotel offers breathtaking views and is just a block from Uptown Sedona’s shopping and restaurants. 301 L’Auberge Ln. Sedona, AZ 86336 (800) 905-5745 lauberge.com L’Auberge is rated one of the Top 50 Hotels in the U.S. by Condé 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.

525 Boynton Canyon Rd. Sedona, AZ 86336 (800) 826-4180 enchantmentresort.com This resort combines luxury with rugged grandeur inspired by Native American culture. The adobe casita-style accommodations offer world-class comforts amid the Sedona red rocks. 122 E. Gurley St. Prescott, AZ 86301 (928) 778-9434 hassayampainn.com Since 1927, when writers and artists were drawn to the stunning landscapes of the Southwest, the Hassayampa Inn has been the “Grand Jewel of Prescott,” a fashionable resort for the wellheeled. Georgia O’Keeffe stayed there. So did D.H. Lawrence, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Tom Mix and Will Rogers.

Jerome Grand Hotel

200 Hill St. Jerome, AZ 86331 (928) 634-8200 jeromegrandhotel.com The Jerome Grand Hotel was originally constructed in 1926 under the name United Verde Hospital. After the United Verde Hospital became the Jerome Grand Hotel, many alleged hauntings began to occur and it has become a quite popular destination for amateur ghost hunters.

Alice Cooper, born Vincent Damon Furnier, attended Cortez High School in north Phoenix and Glendale Community College.

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TOP 5 | accommodations STAYCATIONS Photo courtesy Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Arizona Biltmore

2400 E. Missouri Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85016 (800) 950-0086 arizonabiltmore.com Stay at this legendary resort this summer, at more than 40 percent off high-season rates. Summer rates are offered May 19 - September 12.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North 10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85262 (480) 515-5700 fourseasons.com With great summer rates, why not experience the best of AAA FiveDiamond luxury at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Enjoy casual comfort, renowned personal service, and temperatures up to 10 degrees cooler than the Valley below from the resort’s scenic position in north Scottsdale.

FireSky Resort & Spa

4925 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 945-7666 kimptonhotels.com FireSky is the perfect staycation location because it evokes nature’s four elements (earth, air, fire and water) and somehow encourages downtime. You can remain horizontal by our pools for days, but also offer golf, tennis, high desert horseback riding and hiking in all directions.

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

7677 N. 16th St. Phoenix, AZ 85020 (602) 997-262 pointehiltonsquawpeak.com With great summer rates, the allsuite Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort features the River Ranch water park with a waterslide, lazy river and putt putt golf. Throughout the summer, the resort offers dive-in movies, water games, arts and crafts and more.

Hotel Palomar Phoenix, a Kimpton Hotel

2 E. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 253-6633 kimptonhotels.com Palmar offers several summer staycation options that are so packed with fun activities that it turns downtown Phoenix into a place to go to get away from it all.

Many scenes from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” were shot in downtown Phoenix.

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TOP 5 | accommodations Southern Arizona Canyon Ranch

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

Miraval Resort & Spa

5000 E. Vía Estancia Miraval Tucson, AZ 85739 (800) 232-3969 miravalresorts.com The Miraval experience includes fresh locally sourced ingredients to make flavorful food, growth and development activities that make the heart pump, fabulous spa services that ignite the senses and an unrivaled team of wellbeing specialists to help make positive and lasting change in your life.

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

7000 N. Resort Dr. Tucson, AZ 85750 (520) 299-2020 loewshotels.com Loews 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.

Westward Look Resort

245 E. Ina Rd. Tucson, AZ 85704 (800) 722-2500 westwardlook.com 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.

Radisson Suites Tucson

6555 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85710 (520) 721-7100 radissontucson.com Nestled in an upscale midtown neighborhood, the Radisson Suites Tucson is perfect for travelers who want to explore the rich culture and beautiful scenery of the Southwest. Amenities include a business center, fitness center, wireless Internet and an oversized pool.

Steven Spielberg’s spaceship in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was modeled after a building from Arcadia High School in Phoenix

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TOP 5 | accommodations uniquely Arizona Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

Hermosa Inn

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

5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd. Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 (602) 955-8614 hermosainn.com In-room fireplaces, secluded patios, hand-painted Mexican tile, HD TVs, high-speed Internet, swimming pool, Jacuzzis and Lon’s at the Hermosa.

Rancho De Los Caballeros Hotel

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1551 S. Vulture Mine Rd. Wickenburg, AZ 85390 (928) 684-5484 ranchodeloscaballeros.com Rancho de los Caballeros isn’t your average dude ranch. It’s a historic ranch resort with the soul of a bed and breakfast. The Ranch offers full resort amenities and privacy, yet with the charm and intimacy of yesteryear—it’s the kind of place where everyone knows your name and your favorite horse.

303 E. 2nd St. Winslow, AZ 86047 (928) 289-4366 laposada.org 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. It offers guests three gardens (Sunken, Rose and Potager), a wedding terrace and the fabulous Turquoise Restaurant.

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The Grand Canyon Caverns, Cavern Motel Room On Route 66 at mile marker 115, just 9 miles east of Peach Springs, Ariz. (928) 422-3223 gccaverns.com Imagine, if you can, spending the night in the oldest, darkest, deepest, quietest, and largest suite room in the world. You take the elevator 22 stories underground and spend the night in a place so quiet and dark, so large and so old, and so alone. It is not for everyone, but if you have the desire and will, you can do this.

Although Curt Schilling wasn’t born here, he did go to Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix and attended Yavapai College in Prescott.


TOP 5 | accommodations guest ranch adventures Bumble Bee Ranch Adventures

23925 S. Bumble Bee Ranch Rd. Bumble Bee, AZ 86333 (623) 374-0002 bumblebeeranch.com 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.

Lazy K Bar Ranch

8401 N. Scenic Dr. Tucson, AZ 85743 (520) 299-RIDE (7433) lazykbarranch.com Originally a homestead for the Staggs Family in the 1920s, the Lazy K is now a dude ranch. 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

1 La Osa Ranch Rd. Sasabe, AZ 85633 (520) 823-4257 ranchodelaosa.com This intimate 300-year-old 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.

Rancho de los Caballeros

1551 S. Vulture Mine Rd. Wickenburg, AZ 85390 (800) 684-5030 ranchodeloscaballeros.com Rancho de los Caballeros is 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.

Tanque Verde Ranch

14301 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85748 (800) 234-3833 tanqueverderanch.com Tanque Verde Ranch, founded in 1868 and located on 640 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.

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TOP 5 | accommodations Bed & Breakfasts

Adobe Village Graham Inn Briar Patch Inn 150 Canyon Circle Dr. Sedona, AZ 86351 (928) 284-1425 adobevillagegrahaminn.com The Adobe Village Graham Inn offers a boutique inn lodging experience in a luxury Sedona bed and breakfast. The inn was designed to showcase views of Castle Rock and is within walking distance of the famous Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte.

Maricopa Manor

15 W. Pasadena Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85013 (800) 292-6403 maricopamanor.com In the very heart of North Central Phoenix, Maricopa Manor stands like an oasis. Palm trees and flowers abound in this garden-like setting. The New York Times selected Maricopa Manor as a “pick” for Arizona visitors.

3190 N. State Route 89A Sedona, AZ 86336 (928) 282-2342 briarpatchinn.com 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.

Molly Butler Lodge

109 Main St. Greer, AZ 85927 (928) 735-7617 mollybutlerlodge.com Molly Butler boasts of more than 50 unique cabin rentals with a variety of amenities throughout Greer’s beautiful woodlands. The charming and historic Molly Butler Lodge also offers one of the best dining experiences in all of the Southwest.

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The Surgeon’s House

100 Hill St. Jerome, AZ 86331 (800) 639-1452 surgeonshouse.com 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.

“General Hospital” hearthrob Jack Wagner attended the University of Arizona in Tucson.


Briar Patch Inn Cabins in Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona Arizona

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9-acre oasis nestled in Oak Creek Canyon 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 creekside with live music in the summer or fireside in the lodge during the winter months. Relax with a soothing massage in our creekside gazebo after your hike in the spectacular Sedona wilderness. Sunset Magazine The West’s Best Cabins 2014 Top Choices Fodor’s & Frommers #1 B & B Ranking Arizona 2013 & 2014 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2013 3190 N. State Route 89A Sedona Arizona, 86336 www.briarpatchinn.com 888.809.3030


TOP 5 | accommodations Outdoor venues Fort McDowell Adventures

Greasewood Flat

Pinnacle Peak Patio

Rawhide Western Town At Wild Horse Pass

14803 N. Hiawatha Hood Rd. Fort McDowell, AZ 85264 (480) 816-6465 fortmcdowelladventures.com 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.

10426 E. Jomax Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85262 (480) 585-1599 pppatio.com Picture your group having a rip roarin’ cowboy cookout under the stars. Since 1957, Pinnacle Peak Patio has been serving large and small groups at corporate events, wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, holiday parties and bar mitzvahs.

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27375 N. Alma School Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 85262 (480) 585-9430 greasewoodflat.net The bar and restaurant, which has been around for more than 30 years, is housed in a 120-year-old bunkhouse and is a favorite among locals, bikers and visitors.

5700 W. North Loop Rd. Chandler, AZ 85226 (480) 502-5600 rawhide.com 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.

The Duce

525 S. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 866-3823 theducephx.com Housed in a brick-and-corrugatedmetal building constructed in 1928, The Duce us dedicated to serving the downtown office and events crowds and offers a restaurant, full bar, gym, coffee bar, old-fashioned soda fountain, fresh organic produce stand and retro clothing and collectibles.

Steve McQueen shot a movie called “Junior Bonner” in Prescott in 1971.


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La Puesta del Sol and Rosa’s Ranch - Private group venues offering an experience that’s uniquely Arizona. Delicious dining, western entertainment and spectacular sunsets for 501,600 guests.

Friday Night Franks - Join us every Friday for Friday Night Franks. Labor Day to Memorial Day, 5-9pm. Purchase brats, hot dogs & S’mores and cook them over a fire and under the stars. Cash bar, live music, horse wagon rides and games.

Sign Up For Adventure - For you adrenaline junkies, break away and join us every Friday at 4pm for a sensational outdoor activity. “Sign Up For Adventure” offers several awesome adventures each week at deeply discounted prices. Package price includes your meal at Friday Night Franks.

The Boulder House - A private group venue offering architectural magnificence and historical intrigue. Ideal for intimate dinner parties, weddings or cocktail receptions designed to impress. Truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Maximum capacity 60 guests.

Saddle Up! Our horseback trail rides take you through the pristine Sonoran desert and include a short splash in the Verde River. Make your reservations Monday – Saturday by calling 480 816-6465 extension 2. City Slicker cattle drives and cowboy cookouts are also available for groups of 10 or more at our Stables.

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TOP 5 | accommodations Casino resort destinations

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

Casino Del Sol Resort

5655 W. Valencia Rd. Tucson, AZ 85757 (855) 765-7829 casinodelsol.com 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. 54

9800 E. Indian Bend Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85256 (480) 850-7777 talkingstickresort.com 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.

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85226 (800) WIN-GILA (946-4452) wingilariver.com 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.

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort

22181 Resort Blvd. Flagstaff, AZ 86004 (928) 856-7200 twinarrows.com Twin Arrows, located east of Flagstaff, is northern Arizona’s premier casino resort destination, offering luxury amenities and best-in-class gaming.

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TOP 5 | Restaurants Local Favorites Cornish Pasty

3800 N. Goldwater Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 945-1220 cornishpastyco.com Cornwall native Dean Thomas confesses to eating at least five pasties a week when he was growing up in Saltash, Cornwall. Dean still remembers every Friday he would go over to his ‘Nans’(Grandmas) house for pasties. Apparently, “They were bloody awsome!”

Binkley’s Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Rd. Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (480) 437-1072 binkleysrestaurant.com In a town of cowboy bars, chef Kevin Binkley creates a world-class menu featuring dishes like blacktruffle whipped potatoes, monkfish with gnocchi, braised greens and i’itoi onions, and red-wine-poached filet mignon.

Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn

5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd. Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 (602) 955-7878 hermosainn.com/lons This expensive Paradise Valley New American restaurant offers phenomenal views of Camelback Mountain from the patio and unique fare that ranges from melt-in-yourmouth braised beef ribs to a don’tmiss brunch.

Rokerij

6335 N. 16th St. Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 287-8900 richardsonsnm.com Amazing atmosphere, food and drink. Rokerij is one of those special places where Phoenix residents take their friends and family to impress them.

The Stockyards

5009 E. Washington St., #115 Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 273-7378 stockyardssteakhouse.com In 1947, The Stockyards, Arizona’s Original Steakhouse, opened its doors for the first time with a menu focused solely on its historical past: beef. Staying true to its heritage, The Stockyards’ menu continues to feature only the finest corn-fed, aged steaks and prime rib.

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TOP 5 | Restaurants FRENCH

Coup Des Tartes

1725 E. Osborn Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 212-1082 nicetartes.com Coup Des Tartes is a charming bistro-style restaurant with eclectic decor and warmly lit dining rooms. With hardwood floors, covered ceilings and candlelit rooms, it has been hailed as one of the most intimate dining experiences in Phoenix.

Atlas Bistro

Vincent on Camelback

Christopher’s

Zinc Bistro

2515 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85257 (480) 990-2433 atlasbistrobyob.com Atlas Bistro’s BYOB policy allows guests to bring their finest wines to pair with the best tasting food in Arizona. Organic, hand foraged, local, wild, line caught, sustainable and exotic are just some of terms you will find on the menu that Atlas’ chefs revise daily.

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2502 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018 (602) 522-2344 christophersaz.com This American-contemporary French bistro allows visitors to feel at home, with a glass wall separating the kitchen from dining area, while indulging in anything from specialty pizzas to smoked truffle infused filet mignon with suggested wine pairings.

3930 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018 (602) 224-0225 vincentsoncamelback.com Vincent on Camelback was voted a semi-finalist by the James Beard Foundation for Outstanding Restaurant in 2013. Chef Vincent Guerithault uses Southwestern ingredients to produce a hybrid cuisine based on the most exacting French techniques. 15034 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85281 (480) 603-0922 zincbistroaz.com 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.


TOP 5 | Restaurants AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY

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Beckett’s Table

3717 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018 (602) 954-1700 beckettstable.com Chef Justin Beckett has created a menu that features a hearty assortment of seasonal, American dishes. The neighborhood restaurant is a safe haven for sophisticated foodies and families alike. Expect incredible comfort food and service without pretension or fluff.

Tarbell’s

3213 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018 (602) 955-8100 tarbells.com One of the Valley’s most happening places with bistro fare, using locally grown and organic produce when possible. 60

Quiessence Restaurant

6106 S. 32nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85042 (602) 276-0601 quiessencerestaurant.com Featuring one of the Valley’s only true “daily menus,” Quiessence invites guests to savor awardwinning handcrafted contemporary American cuisine inspired by tradition and seasonality.

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

The House Brasserie

6936 E. Main St. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 634-1600 thehousebrasserie.com Tucked away in a shaded corner of Old Town Scottsdale, The House is a place of culinary artistry that allows guests to be a part of cutting-edge world cuisine, as well as leaving them slightly nostalgic for Grandma’s kitchen.

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TOP 5 | Restaurants SOUTHWESTERN Cowboy Ciao

7133 E. Stetson Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) WINE-111 (946-3111) cowboyciao.com What began as Tex-Mex Italian 14 years ago has evolved into modern American cuisine with global influences. Whether you’re not sure what you’re craving, or you’re with a group on finicky foodies, the Cowboy Ciao menu offers something for everyone.

Richardson’s of New Mexico

6335 N. 16th St. Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 287-8900 richardsonsnm.com 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.

El Chorro Lodge

5550 E. Lincoln Dr. Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 (480) 948-5170 elchorro.com 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.

Old Town Tortilla Factory

6910 E. Main St. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 945-4567 oldtowntortillafactory.com Built from an historic 75-year old Scottsdale adobe home, Old Town Tortilla Factory captures timeless charm and distinct atmosphere that exemplifies the essence of the Southwest and offers food that is Southwestern with a Mexican twist.

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill Five locations in Arizona (480) 948-9010 (Phoenix) ztejas.com Z’Tejas appeals to families, business 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.

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TOP 5 | Restaurants ITALIAN North

4925 N. 40th St. Phoenix, AZ 8501 (602) 324-5600 (2 other Arizona locations) foxrc.com/restaurants/north-italia Every day, North’s chefs start from scratch to create dishes like Strozzapreti with Bloomsdale spinach or supple ribbons of tagliatelle for its Bolognese. North’s pizza is a revelation: an airy, barely chewy center embraced by a perfectly crisp crust.

EVO

4175 N. Goldwater Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 265-9814 evoscottsdale.com The cozy restaurant and lounge offers Italian comfort food, pizza, salads and appetizers like housemade meatballs, bruschetta and scallops. Beer and wine are available on tap, or guests can try one of EVO’s signature cocktails such as the Evo Maid.

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Franco’s Italian Caffe

4327 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 481-7614 francosscottsdale.com After a six-year hiatus, Franco Fazzuoli and Chef Steve Martin are once again impressing Italian cuisine seekers at their new Franco’s Italian Caffe location in Old Town Scottsdale.

Tomaso’s

3225 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 956-0836 tomasos.com 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.

Oregano’s

Locations throughout Arizona oreganos.com An original Chicago-style pizza joint serving award-winning thin crust, stuffed and pan pizzas to the sounds of Sinatra, Martin and big band music.

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TOP 5 | Restaurants SEAFOOD Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant

1720 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 277-3474 bluewatergrill.com This Camelback Corridor restaurant makes seafood its specialty. Bluewater is casual, fun, owner-operated, offers a kid’s menu, oyster bar, patio dining and full bar with a great wine list and happy hour.

Cuttlefish Ocean Kitchen

8777 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85253 (480) 947-3214 cuttlefishscottsdale.com Cuttlefish is a seafood restaurant with modern Italian flair, courtesy of a well-known family of restaurateurs. The restaurant is the brainchild of Joey Maggiore, who starred with his sister, Melissa, in the Food Network reality show “Family Style.”

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

15323 N. Scottsdale Rd, #E1-160 Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 730-4800 eddiev.com 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 a warm and inviting atmosphere.

The Salt Cellar

550 N. Hayden Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85257 (480) 947-1963 saltcellarrestaurant.com While the specialty is seafood — baked, broiled, sautéed, deepfried, steamed and sliced — that will exceed 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 mastrosrestaurants.com Mastro’s Ocean Club combines world-class service and seafoodfocused 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.

El Chorro’s iconic setting at the base of Camelback and Mummy mountains offers an authentic Arizona desert setting.

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TOP 5 | Restaurants SUSHI Pearl Sushi Lounge & Bomber Bar

Two Locations in Old Town Scottsdale and Chandler (480) 963-4766 pearlsushi.net Pearl is a stylish, high-energy sushi bar the merges modern cuisine and fabulous cocktails into a hip, contemporary environment that provides the coolest place to eat, drink, party and people watch. The newly remodeled Scottsdale location is perfect for corporate events and meetings in addition to the ultimate social gathering.

RA Sushi Bar

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

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Roka Akor

7299 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85253 (480) 306-8800 rokaakor.com 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.

Stingray Sushi

Three locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale (602) 955-2008 (Phoenix) stingraysushi.com Delivering a unique blend of contemporary style and energy with Latin-influenced Japanese cuisine, Stingray Sushi is a distinctive experience.

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Sushi Brokers

4419 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018 (480) 515-5000 sushibrokers.com Choose from more than 20 creative sushi rolls that are interesting and tasty along with a nice selection of wines that are offered for the perfect pairing. In addition, Sushi Brokers features many bottled beers, sake and a large array of vodka.

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TOP 5 | Restaurants STEAKS AND CHOPS Bourbon Steak

7575 E. Princess Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 513-6002 scottsdaleprincess.com Award-winning Chef Michael Mina presents an upscale, contemporary American steakhouse like no other. Indulge in a tantali zing menu at a restaurant that serves only American Kobe and Certified All-Natural Angus Beef.

Monti’s La Casa Vieja

100 S. Mill Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 967-7594 montis.com Steeped in a tradition of Southwestern hospitality that dates back more than 130 years, the popular restaurant makes its home in an authentic adobe hacienda that’s an icon of Arizona history.

Donovan’s Steak & Chop House

Cholla Steakhouse

3101 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 955-3666 donovanssteakhouse.com Donovan’s sets the standard of fine dining excellence. A classic steakhouse. A stylish, lively atmosphere. USDA Prime Steaks reign supreme. Mouth-watering steakhouse fare. A depth of wine variety that has earned the prestigious Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

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

524 N. 92nd St. Scottsdale, AZ 85256 (480) 850-7736 casinoarizona.com Cholla Prime Steakhouse & Lounge offers one of Scottsdale’s best finedining experiences in an intimate, upscale environment. Its menu includes such favorites as crab-stuffed prawns, strawberry fields salad, New York steak and elk tenderloin.

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For the best regional cuisine in an intimate setting any day of the week, make the Cholla your prime choice. Enjoy mouth-watering, eclectic dishes such as Crab-Stuffed Jumbo Prawns, Bacon-Wrapped Elk Tenderloin and our signature Steak and Lobster Tail.

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TOP 5 | Restaurants MEXICAN Barrio Cafe

Blanco Tacos + Tequila

La Hacienda

Milagro Grill

2814 N. 16th St. Phoenix, AZ 85006 (602) 636-0240 barriocafe.com 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 an unpretentious atmosphere. 7575 E. Princess Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 585-4848 ext. 7320 scottsdaleprincess.com 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.

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4 locations in Arizona (602) 429-8000 foxrc.com/restaurants/blanco-tacostequila An afternoon at Blanco will make you wish that all your afternoons were spent south of the border, barefoot, with margarita salt on your lips. Try a perfectly prepared plate of street-style carne asada tacos, or award-winning barbecue pork tacos with sweet corn fresh tomato salsa. 4280 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018 (602) 773-5844 milagrogrillaz.com Milagro Grill serves MexicanAmerican fusion cuisine with a South American flair and European influences. Milagro Grill earned the title of Grand Champion at the 2012 Arizona Taco Festival.

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The Mission

3815 N. Brown Ave. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 636-5005 themissionaz.com The sophisticated yet casual allure of the Mission seamlessly blends old world charm with modern elegance. Chef Matt Carter and Brian Raab mix tradition and ingenuity in their signature dishes and hand-pressed cocktails.

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES SOUTHERN AZ MUST DO’S Kartchner Caverns State Park

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

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.

Old Tucson Studios

201 S. Kinney Rd. Tucson, AZ 85735 (520) 883-0100 oldtucson.com/ Passing through the gates of a western frontier town, visitors from around the globe are transported back to a time when fearless men with six shooters ruled the Old West and the setting for the more than 300 movies and television productions filmed at the location since 1939.

Tombstone

P.O. Box 813 Tombstone, AZ 85638 (520) 457-3884 cityoftombstone.com 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.”

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Titan Missile Museum

1580 W. Duval Mine Rd. Sahuarita, AZ 85629 (520) 625-7736 titanmissilemuseum.org Once one of America’s most top secret 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.

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES TUCSON Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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

Biosphere 2

32540 S. Biosphere Rd. Oracle, AZ 85623 (502) 838-6200 b2science.org 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.

Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium

1601 E. University Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85719 (520) 621-7827 flandrau.org Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium explores our universe from earth to space and everything in-between, bringing science alive for young and life-long learners alike. Changing exhibits through the year focus on biology, energy, optics and more.

Saguaro National Park

3693 S. Old Spanish Trail Tucson, AZ 85730 (520) 733-5158 nps.gov/sagu The east and west districts of the park span for a total of 71,400 acres of wilderness, and the Eastern Rincon Mountain District hosts 128 miles of trails over an 8,000foot elevation change. Visitor Center is open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Mission San Xavier Del Bac

1950 W. San Xavier Rd. Tucson, AZ 85746 (520) 294-2624 sanxaviermission.org 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.

Bill Keane, a resident of Paradise Valley, was an notable cartoonist most memorable for his work on the long-running newspaper comic “The Family Circus.”

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES CENTRAL AZ MUST DO’S

Desert Botanical Gardens

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

Hot Summer Nights Concert Series

CityCenter of CityNorth 5515 E. Deer Valley Dr. Phoenix, AZ 85054 CityCenterofCityNorth.com In addition to free music by great local talent, the concert series includes food and drink specials courtesy of each host restaurant and enough tables, misters and fans to keep attendees cool – literally. 78

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Taliesin West

12345 N. Taliesin Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (888) 516-0811 franklloydwright.org Visit a national historical landmark constructed in the 1930s and designed after the surrounding desert. The school features architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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.

Salt River Tubing

9200 N. Bush Hwy. Mesa, AZ 85215 (480) 984-3305 saltrivertubing.com Enjoy a floating picnic and experience the natural wonders of the Salt River in beautiful Tonto National Forest near Mesa. You may choose two,three, and five-hour trips that include float time and shuttle bus ride, weather and water flow permitting.

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES SEDONA Slide Rock

Slide Rock

Cathedral Rock

Off SR 179, on Back O’ Beyond Rd. wildsedona.com/trails/cathedral.htm 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 chapeloftheholycross.com 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.

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PO Box 463 Sedona, AZ 86339 (928) 853-9778 eveningskytours.com 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.

Slide Rock

6871 Arizona 89A Sedona, AZ 86336 (928) 282-3034 azstateparks.com/Parks/SLRO Slide Rock State Park takes its name from a natural water slide formed by the slippery bed of Oak Creek. Tall red rock formations that are typical of the region also surround the park, which contains a 43-acre working apple farm.

Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village

336 State Route 179 Sedona, AZ 86336 (928) 282-4838 tlaq.com 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.


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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES GRAND CANYON Canyon Trail Rides

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

The Grand Hotel

149 S. State Rte. 64 Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 (888) 63-GRAND (47263) grandcanyongrandhotel.com 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.

Grand Canyon Movie in IMAX

450 State Route 64 Tusayan, AZ 86023 (928) 638-2203 explorethecanyon.com This IMAX movie opens with the beginning of man’s fragile kinship with the twisting 277-mile Grand Canyon in Arizona, then moves the audience through time with brief glimpses at the stone pages of human history.

Grand Canyon Skywalk

Located near Grand Canyon West Airport Peach Springs, AZ (888) 868-9378 grandcanyonwest.com The Grand Canyon Skywalk at Grand Canyon West extends 70 feet beyond the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, allowing visitors to gaze nearly 4,000 feet to the canyon floor, a height far exceeding those of the world’s largest skyscrapers.

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Grand Canyon Whitewater

1000 N. Humphreys, #202 Flagstaff, AZ 86004 (800) 343-3121 grandcanyonwhitewater.com 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.

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES NORTHERN AZ MUST DO’S Havasu Falls

Havasu Falls

Supai, AZ 86435 havasupai-nsn.gov (928) 448-2121 The waterfalls in the Grand Canyon are known for their natural pools and high calcium carbonate concentration in the water, which creates a vivid blue-green color and forms the natural travertine dams that occur in various places near the falls.

Hoover Dam

Nevada-Arizona border (702) 494-2517 usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam The Bureau of Reclamation started conducting tours through the Hoover Dam in 1937. Today, close to 1 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.

The lyrics from the song “Take It Easy” by The Eagles put Winslow, Ariz. on the map.

Navajo National Monument London Bridge End of State Highway 564 off of US Highway 160 Tonalea, AZ 86044 (928) 672-2700 nps.gov/nava 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. 84

314 London Bridge Rd. Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403 (800) 242-8278 golakehavasu.com 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.

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Meteor Crater

Interstate 40, Exit 233 Winslow, AZ 86047 (928) 289-5898 meteorcrater.com Meteor Crater is the breath-taking result of a collision between a piece of an asteroid traveling at 26,000 mph and planet Earth approximately 50,000 years ago.


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES FLAGSTAFF Arizona Snowbowl

Off Hwy. 180, on Snowbowl Rd. (928) 779-1951 arizonasnowbowl.com Snowbowl’s scenic chairlift shuttles you to an elevation of 11,500 feet for panoramic views atop this extinct volcano. From this elevation, you can see over 70 miles of world-class scenery — including the Grand Canyon and downtown Flagstaff.

Grand Canyon Railway

233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Kaibab National Forest Williams, AZ 86046 (800) The-Train thetrain.com Take an unforgettable ride on one of Grand Canyon Railway’s lovingly restored cars and hear folklore and tales from a crew that is still bewitched by its spectacular surroundings. Be entertained by authentic characters and musicians who bring the Old West to life.

Lava River Cave

1824 S. Thompson St. Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (928) 527-3600 fs.usda.gov This mile-long lava tube cave was formed roughly 700,000 years ago by molten rock that erupted from a volcanic vent in nearby Hart Prairie. The cave is as cool as 42 degrees even in summer, and you may even find some ice inside.

Lowell Observatory

1400 W. Mars Hill Rd. Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (928) 774-3358 lowell.edu Sitting atop Mars Hill in Flagstaff, on the Mogollon Rim, Lowell Observatory’s Discovery Channel Telescope is the fifth 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.

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Museum of Northern Arizona

3101 N. Ft. Valley Rd. Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (928) 774-5213 musnaz.org Showcasing anthropology, biology, geology and fine art, Museum of Northern Arizona has eight galleries, three of which are changing exhibits. While there, learn about the Native American Tribes of Northern Arizona and which mountain in Flagstaff is a volcano.

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES FUN DAY TRIPS Globe

1360 N. Broad St. Globe, AZ 85501 (800) 804-5623 globeaz.gov, globemiamichamber.com 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.

Jerome

P.O. Box K, Along Route 89-A Jerome, AZ 86331 (928) 634-2900 azjerome.com, jeromechamber.com 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.”

Payson

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

Prescott

201 S. Cortez St. Prescott, AZ 86303 (928) 777-1100 cityofprescott.net Nestled at an elevation of 5,200 feet above sea level amongst the largest stand of ponderosa pine forests in the U.S., Prescott provides an average temperature of 70 degrees, with four beautiful and distinct seasons, breathtaking landscapes, granite mountains, lakes, streams and rolling meadows filled with wildlife.

Cottonwood

827 S. Main St. Cottonwood, AZ 86326 (928) 634-5526 cottonwoodaz.gov, cottonwoodchamberaz.org 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.

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES NORTHERN WEEKEND TRIPS Sedona

Antelope Canyon Crown King

Crown King, AZ 86343 (928) 554-6472 Crown King might be labeled a “gold ghost mining town,” but its thriving community hosts an array of events and festivals. With elevations over 6,000 feet, Crown King offers all seasons and is a wonderful escape from the city life of Phoenix and only a two-hour drive from most parts of the Valley.

Sedona

331 Forest Rd. Sedona, AZ 86336 (800) 288-7336 visitsedona.com The spectacular Oak Creek Canyon. The magnificent red rocks. Vortexes. There is virtually no end to Sedona’s attractions. 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. 90

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5975 E. Highway 98 Page, AZ 86040 (928) 698-2808 navajonationparks.org Antelope Canyon, located in Page, 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.

Flagstaff

One E. Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (800) 842-7293 flagstaffarizona.org In high mountain country 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.

Williams

200 W. Railroad Ave. Williams, AZ 86046 (800) 863-0546 experiencewilliams.com 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.

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES SOUTHERN WEEKEND TRIPS Bisbee

1326 W. Highway 92 Bisbee, AZ 85603 (520) 432-5421 bisbeearizona.com 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.

Tucson

Saguaro National Park

100 S. Church Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701 (800) 638-8350 visittucson.org 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.

Nogales

777 N. Grand Ave. Nogales, AZ 85621 (520) 287-6571 nogalesaz.gov Referred to as Ambos Nogales, the communities of Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, México comprise the largest international border community in Arizona.

Sonoita

P.O. Box 607 Sonoita, AZ 85637 (520) 455-5498 sonoitaelginchamber.org 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.

Tombstone

P.O. Box 813, Tombstone, AZ 85638 (520) 457-3884 cityoftombstone.com 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.”

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The Arizona Biltmore holds the record for hosting more presidents than any other hotel in the state. Visiting presidents include George H. Bush, Herbert Hoover and Ronald Regan.


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Hon-Dah Casino

777 Hwy. 260 Pinetop, AZ 85935 (800) 929-8744 hon-dah.com After a full day of outdoor activity around Pinetop, come inside for games and live entertainment five nights a week at Hon-Dah ( meaning, “Be Our Guest”) Casino.

Molly Butler Lodge

109 Main St. Greer, AZ 85927 (928) 735-7617 mollybutlerlodge.com Molly Butler Lodge offers more than 50 unique cabin rentals on lots throughout Greer’s woodlands. Whether for a romantic getaway to sip wine and stargaze, or for a memorable family weekend to hike, bike, ski or ride horseback, Molly Butler Lodge caters to a variety of visitors. 94

Sunrise Ski Park

12 miles west of Greer Greer, AZ 85927 (928) 735-7669 sunriseskiparkaz.com It’s located in the heart of Arizona’s White Mountains and offers a variety of experiences including hiking, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, camping or just enjoying the cool quiet shade of the big Ponderosa pines.

White Mountain Family Fun Park

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

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Snowy Mountain Inn

38721 Route 373 Greer, AZ 85927 (888) 766-9971 snowymountaininn.com Eight log cabins on 10 secluded acres, with full kitchens, private Jacuzzis and all amenities. In the surrounding area is abundant wildlife, trees and a private trout pond. Cabins are kid and pet friendly. World-class sports bar/restaurant and gift shop on-site.

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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 Rocks

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.

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Moderate: Lava River Cave

Flagstaff The mile-long lava tube cave was formed roughly 700,000 years ago by molten rock that erupted from a volcanic vent in nearby Hart Prairie. This cave has a yearround temperature of 34 degrees and is also extremely dark, so dress accordingly and bring two flashlights per person.

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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.

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Advanced: 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.


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES BEST PLACES TO TAKE KIDS Butterfly Wonderland

9500 E. Vía de Ventura Scottsdale, AZ 85256 (480) 800-3000 butterflywonderland.com Butterfly Wonderland welcomes you into a magnificent, lush, rainforest environment where thousands of butterflies from around the world fly freely, alighting on fragrant flowering plants and, quite possibly, on a friendly visitor’s shoulder or finger.

Castles N’ Coasters

9445 N. Metro Pkwy. E Phoenix, AZ 85051 (602) 997-7575 castlesncoasters.com The approximately 10-acre park features four outdoor 18-hole miniature golf courses, several rides and an indoor video game arcade.

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Children’s Museum Of Phoenix

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

Arizona Science Center

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

Sea Life Arizona

5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, #145 Tempe, AZ 85282 (480) 478-7600 visitsealife.com 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.

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES NATIVE AMERICAN EXPERIENCES Kinishba Ruins

Fort Apache Historic Park

White Mountain Apache Lands, AZ (928) 338-4525 wmat.nsn.us/fortapachepark Learn about the Apache heritage and lifestyle at the tribe’s traditional holy home, cultural center and museum. Extend your experience by touring the Kinishba Ruins a few miles down the road.

Hubbell Trading Post

1 mile west of Hwy. 191 Ganado, AZ 86505 (928) 755-3475 nps.gov/hutr 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 a trader negotiating a deal with a Native American artist for their art. 100

Heard Museum

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

Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise

W. Highway 264 & SR-12 Window Rock, AZ 86515 (928) 871-4090 gonavajo.com 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.

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Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise

6677 W. Thunderbird Rd., #J176 Glendale, AZ 85306 (888) 831-7384 explorenavajo.com 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.

Two Arizonans have won their party’s nomination for president: Barry Goldwater and John McCain.


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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES WINERIES

Wyatt Earp was neither the town marshall nor the sheriff in Tombstone at the time of the Shootout at the O.K. Corral. His brother, Virgil, was the town marshall.

Alcantara Vineyards

3445 S. Grapevine Way Cottonwood, AZ 86326 (888) 569-0756 alcantaravineyard.com 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 varietals.

Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards

158 Main St. Jerome, AZ 86331 (928) 639-9463 caduceus.org Maynard James Keenan, made famous as the vocalist of rock band Tool, and vintner Eric Glomski embarked into winemaking in the desert conditions of Arizona’s Verde Valley. Their story is documented in the film “Blood Into Wine” and the success they’ve seen in the decade since its inception.

Dos Cabezas Wineworks

3248 Highway 82 Sonoita, AZ 85637 (520) 455-5141 doscabezaswinery.com 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. 102

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Page Springs Cellars

1500 N. Page Springs Rd. Cornville, AZ 86325 (928) 639-3004 pagespringscellars.com Page Springs is a family owned vineyard and winery tucked into the volcanic landscape overlooking pristine Oak Creek. Page Springs Cellars offers delicious Rhône style wines, gourmet food selections and breathtaking views.

Sonoita Vineyards

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


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES AIR TOURS Arizona Helicopter Adventures

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

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Red Rocks Biplane Tours

1200 Airport Rd. Sedona, AZ 86336 (800) 282-5141 arizonaheli.com Up-close, breathtaking tours by experienced pilots of all the wonders this area has to offer. Three different package deals provide eagle-eye views of Sedona. Grand Canyon National Park Airport-Hwy. 64 Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 (888) 261-4414 maverickhelicopter.com Maverick Helicopters offers a list of unique air tours for every attraction seeker. It has helicopter tours that will take you deep into the aweinspiring Grand Canyon.

3568 Airport Rd. Heliport address: 3563 Hummingbird Dr. Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 (888) 635-7272 papillon.com Since 1965, Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters has been showing guests the majesty of the Grand Canyon. Airport Location: 1225 Airport Rd #14 Sedona, AZ 86336 Uptown Location: 250 N. State Route 89A Sedona, AZ 86336 (928) 204-5939 sedonaairtours.com Choose from four tours and view Sedona from above in the new WACO open-cockpit biplane.

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.

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES ANIMAL PARKS Bearizona

1500 E. Route 66 Williams, AZ 86046 (928) 635-2289 bearizona.com 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.

Keeper of the Wild

13441 E. Highway 66 ​Valentine, AZ 86437 (928) 769-1800 keepersofthewild.org Keepers of the Wild is currently home to more than 140 exotic and indigenous wild animals that were rescued, surrendered by an owner, or placed with us by other animal welfare agencies. Animals placed at Keepers of the Wild can depend on a safe and life-long home.

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Out of Africa Wildlife Park

3505 W. Camp Verde Bridgeport Hwy. Camp Verde, AZ 86322 (928) 567-2840 outofafricapark.com 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. With exciting shows like Tiger Splash and the Predator Feed, Out of Africa is like nothing you’ve ever seen.

Phoenix Zoo

455 N. Galvin Pkwy. Phoenix, AZ 85008 (602) 273-1341 phoenixzoo.org This zoo is home to more than 1,300 animals. Guests can 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.

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Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium

16501 W. Northern Ave. Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 (623) 935-WILD (9453) wildlifeworld.com 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 seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (The aquarium is open until 9 p.m.) year-round — even holidays.

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES FAMILY FUN SPOTS Challenger Space Center

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

CrackerJax

16001 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 998-2800 crackerjax.com CrackerJax is a family fun and sports park where you can work on your golf or baseball swing, play miniature golf, or enjoy bumper boats and go-karts.

Rawhide Western Town At Main Event Entertainment Wild Horse Pass 8545 S Emerald Dr. 5700 W. North Loop Rd. Chandler, AZ 85226 (480) 502-5600 rawhide.com Rawhide is 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.

Tempe, AZ 85284 (480) 753-1200 mainevent.com This 55,000-square-foot one-top spot for fun offers more than 100 video arcade games, an upscale bowling alley, laser tag, and gravity ropes. For the grownups, there’s a full-service bar, pool tables, and shuffleboard.

Stratum Laser Tag

1455 S. Stapley Dr., #11 Mesa, AZ 85204 (480) 545-5500 stratumhq.com Stratum’s 18,000 square foot fullservice entertainment facility includes a 13,000 square foot laser tag arena with 15 different levels, 90 towers, bridges and ramps equipped with 60 Zone Laser Tag vests and phasers.

After his famous transatlantic flight in 1921, aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh flew his airplane the Spirit of St. Louis to Tucson to dedicate the Davis-Monthan airport.

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Desert Dog Hummer Adventures

Blazin’ M Ranch

17212 E. Shea Blvd. Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 (480) 837-3966 azadventures.com Desert Dog offers unique levels of 4X4 desert adventures, from its scenic Sonoran adventure to its “desert stormin’” extreme adventure. Enjoy the beauty of Arizona’s outback in one of Desert Dog’s Hummers. ATV and quad tours are also available.

1875 Mabery Ranch Rd. Cottonwood, AZ 86326 (800) 937-8643 blazinm.com A classic tractor pulls riders in wagons past vintage farm equipment, farm critters and far into the depths of the Old West where graves are shallow and tales are tall. Everyone has fun trying their hand at roping, pitching horseshoes and target shooting with a real Colt .45 six-shooter.

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Taste It Tours

478 N. Dart Rd. Bisbee, AZ 85603 (866) 432-2071 queenminetour.com Don a mining lantern, hat and slicker and ride the train deep into the mine and experience the life of the miners as guides tell you how miners toiled in the subterranean tunnels. Tours last about one hour and are offered five times a day, seven days a week. 110

114 W. Adams St., #109 Phoenix, AZ 85003 (866) 577-3552 tasteittours.com The tour takes you inside the restaurants that have shaped downtown Phoenix’s culinary culture and show you what it is, where its going and how great it tastes. Taste for yourself why Phoenix’s food scene is one of the hottest in the country.

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Pink Jeep Tours

204 N. State Route 89A Sedona, AZ 86336 (800) 873-3662; (928) 282-5000 pinkjeeptours.com/sedona For more than 50 years, Pink Jeep Tours have thrilled visitors and residents with rides over the majestic Red Rocks of Sedona. With multiple tours to choose from, this is a must for the whole family.

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES HOT AIR BALLOON TOURS Fleur De Tucson Balloon Tours

4635 N. Caida Pl. Tucson, AZ (520) 403-8547 fleurdetucson.net 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.

Hot Air Balloon Company

Launch Site: Deer Valley Airport (800) 843-5987 arizonaballooning.com 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.

Rainbow Ryders

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

Unicorn Balloon Company Locations in Scottdale and Phoenix (480) 502-6999 unicornballoon.com At the highest flight levels, you will experience the panorama of the desert and mountain terrain stretching out for 100 miles in all directions. Unicorn balloons float close to the ground to skim over the unique plant life and wildlife comprised of coyotes, jackrabbits, desert mule deer and javelinas.

Hot Air Expeditions

Launch Site: Deer Valley Airport 704 W. Deer Valley Airport Phoenix, AZ 85027 (800) 831-7610 hotairexpeditions.com 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 Hotel San Carlos in Phoenix is shown briefly in the opening scene of Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 film "Psycho."

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES RIVER RAFTING

Arizona Raft Adventures

4050 E. Huntington Dr. Flagstaff, AZ 86004 (800) 786-RAFT (7238) azraft.com 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.

Arizona River Runners

15211 N. Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85068 (800) 477-7238 raftarizona.com Since 1970, Arizona River Runners has provided complete Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trips on the Colorado River. 114

Colorado River Discovery 130 6th Ave. Page, AZ 86040 (888) 522-6644 raftthecanyon.com Colorado River Discovery offers smoothwater float trips perfect for the entire family (ages 4 years and older).

Yuma River Tours

1920 S. Arizona Ave. Yuma, AZ 85364 (928) 783-4400 yumarivertours.com 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.

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Salt River Rafting

US Hwy. 60 - AZ State Route 77 Mile Marker 293 Salt River Canyon, AZ 85501 (800) 472-5194 raftthesalt.com Salt River Rafting offers guided whitewater raft trips in Arizona’s spectacular Upper Salt River Canyon March through May.

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES TRAIL RIDING A Day in the West

252 N. Hwy. 89A Sedona, AZ 86336 (800) 973-3662 adayinthewest.com 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.

Bumble Bee Ranch Adventures

23925 S. Bumble Bee Ranch Rd. Bumblee Bee, AZ 86333 (623) 374-0002 bumblebeeranch.com 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.

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M Diamond Ranch

3255 National Forest 618 Rd. Lake Montezuma, AZ 86335 (928) 300-6466 sedonahorsebackrides.com 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 Sedona that is open to guests.

MTM Ranch

43001 N. Spur Cross Rd. Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (480) 488-4538 mtmranch.com At MTM Ranch, amateur and long-time horse enthusiasts will be thrilled with their specially chosen trail ride mount. The age and fitness of MTM Ranch’s horses allows them go where many can’t.

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Tanque Verde Ranch

14301 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85748 (800) 234-3833 tanqueverderanch.com 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 the ranch’s beautiful desert location. All ranch activities are included in the rate.

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES LAKE ACTIVITIES Bartlett Lake Marina

20808 E. Bartlett Dam Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85262 (480) 502-4354 bartlettlake.com 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.

Bluewater Jet Boat Tours 70 London Bridge Rd. Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403 (928) 855-7171 coloradoriverjetboattours.com 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.

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Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas

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

The Dolly Steamboat

Canyon Lake Marina: 16802 Arizona 88 Tortilla Flat, AZ 85219 (480) 827-9144 dollysteamboat.com The Dolly Steamboat is a family owned and operated business for more than 25 years, continuing a tradition of cruising since 1925 starting with the SS Geronimo.

Roosevelt Lake Marina

28085 N. AZ Hwy. 88 Roosevelt, AZ 85545 (602) 977-7170 rlmaz.com 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.

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES CASINOS Casino Arizona at Salt River

524 N. 92nd St. Scottsdale, AZ 85256 (480) 850-7777 casinoarizona.com This casino 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.

Casino Del Sol

5655 W. Valencia Rd. Tucson, AZ 85757 (855) 765-7829 casinodelsol.com Mediterranean architecture surrounds the gaming space, featuring 1,000 nickel, quarter, $1, $5 and multi-denominational slot machines. The $100 million resort, with luxury rooms and suites, two new restaurants, a spa and 20,000 square feet of meeting space, opened on Nov. 11, 2011.

Cliff Castle Casino

555 W. Middle Verde Rd. Camp Verde, AZ 86322 (928) 567-7900 cliffcastlecasinohotel.com You’ll find slot machines, poker, blackjack and other gaming options here. 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, gift shop and 20-lane bowling center.

Fort Mcdowell Casino

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

Legend says that a person who drinks from the Hassayampa River, a mostly underground tributary of the Gila River, can never tell the truth.

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Lone Butte Casino

1077 S. Kyrene Rd. Chandler, AZ 85226 (800) WIN-GILA (946-4452) wingilariver.com 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.


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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES SPORTING EVENTS

Arizona Cardinals

University of Phoenix Stadium 1 Cardinals Dr. Glendale, AZ 85305 (623) 433-7101 azcardinals.com During the 2014 season, the Cardinals will host St. Louis, San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia, Washington, Kansas City, San Diego and Detroit.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Chase Field 401 E. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 462-6500 arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com Check out the 2001 World Series champions as they bring the excitement back to Chase Field, the first stadium built in the United States with a retractable roof.

Phoenix International Raceway

7602 S. Avondale Blvd., Avondale, AZ 85353 (623) 772-2000 phoenixraceway.com PIR, a one-mile, low-banked tri-oval race track, is celebrating 50 years of racing and currently hosts two NASCAR race weekends annually. The track is both the first and last stop in the western United States.

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Phoenix Mercury

US Airways Center 201 E. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 379-2000 wnba.com/mercury The Mercury has qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in six of its fourteen years in Phoenix. The team is led by six-time all-star Diana Taurasi and sensational center Brittney Griner. The team will host the WNBA AllStar Game in July.

Phoenix Suns

US Airways Center 201 E. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 379-2000 nba.com/suns The surpring Phoenix Suns are in the midst of their 45th NBA season. The team’s high-flying action is a must-see during a visit to Arizona.

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES AUTO ATTRACTIONS

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Arizona Speedway

47346 N. Ironwood Rd. San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 (480) 926-6688 arizonaspeedway.net Dirt Track race fans can get all the action they will ever need with races featuring the IMCA Modifieds South West Modified Championships, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks, Robert Horne Ford Bombers and Lady Stocks.

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

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Bondurant School of High Performance Driving

20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Gate #3 Chandler, AZ 85226 (800) 842-7223 bondurant.com Channel champion racecar 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 that will help you accomplish your driving goals.  

K1 Speed

2425 S. 21st St. Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 275-5278 k1speed.com Go-kart racers can experience a professionally designed track at K1 Speed, as well as karts that go up to 45 mph.

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Octane Raceway

9119 E. Indian Bend Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85034 (602) 302-RACE (7223) octaneraceway.com The self-proclaimed largest indoor racetrack in America, Octane Racing features two quarter-mile tracks and go-karts that drive up to 45 mph.  

Rock & Roll Car and Bike Show

Pavilions Shopping Center at Talking Stick, 9180 E. Indian Bend Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85250 Every Saturday night, 4:30 p.m. rockandrollcarshow.com This casual weekly event brings in anywhere between 250 and 500 cars and motorcycles. Stop by, have a look around, talk to the locals and visitors and then grab a bite to eat or see a movie at the Scottsdale Pavilions.


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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES GOLF COURSES - PUBLIC Grayhawk Golf Club

8620 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 502-1800 grayhawkgolf.com 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 Frys. com Open (2007-2009).

Talking Stick Golf Club

9998 E. Indian Bend Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85256 (480) 860-2221 talkingstickgolfclub.com Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, together as a design team, created the magic of Talking Stick. Located on and owned by the Salt River PimaMaricopa Indian Community, the north and south courses provide a serene yet challenging day of play.

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Golf Club at Eagle Mountain

14915 E. Eagle Mountain Pkwy. Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 (866) 863-1234 eaglemtn.com 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 wekopa.com 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.

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Monument Express at Troon North

10320 E. Dynamite Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85262 (480) 585-5300 troonnorthgolf.com Troon North Golf Club has created an executive nine-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.

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Bill Coore and legendary golfer Ben Crenshaw created the magic of Talking Stick Golf Club. Two uniquely divergent golf courses assure a host of memorable golf experiences. This perfect golf destination, located on and owned by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, offers uninterrupted desert panorama with spectacular vistas of the distant mountains, reflecting cherished rural seclusion minutes from the heart of Scottsdale.

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES BEAUTY & DAY SPAS Alvadora Spa At The Royal Palms Resort & Spa

5200 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018 (602) 977-6400 royalpalmshotel.com/phoenix-spasalvadora.php Old World ambiance melds with contemporary amenities, including a fitness center, professional massage therapy, pools, golf, biking and nearby hiking trails.

The Spa at Camelback Inn Well & Being at Willow Stream 5402 E. Lincoln Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85253 (800) 922-2635 camelbackspa.com 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 Enchantment Resort

525 Boynton Canyon Rd. Sedona, AZ 86336 (888) 749-2137 miiamo.com 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.

Spa Lamar

5115 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85250 (480) 945-7066 thelamar.com The island-inspired ambience of The Lamar Everyday Spa is an unexpected oasis in the Sonoran Desert. The staff has combined exotic therapies from around the world to create an unparalleled place of rejuvenation.

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7575 E. Princess Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 585-4848 fairmont.com/scottsdale/willowstream/ From the exhilaration of Aerial Hammock Yoga to the tranquility of a customized aromatherapy massage, Well & Being offers you a uniquely rewarding and deeply personalized palette of experiences that infuse life with a greater sense of vitality.

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES PERFORMING ARTS THEATER

The Palms Theatre

5247 E. Brown Rd. Mesa, AZ 85205 (480) 924-6260 thepalmstheater.com The theatre seats 450 and is known as “Mesa’s most entertaining destination.” Centrally located, the theatre is just minutes away from Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe and is planning upcoming performances of “South Pacific” and “Burt and Me.”

Herberger Theater

222 E. Monroe St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 254-7399 herbergertheater.org Herberger Theater is home to Actors Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, and Center Dance Ensemble. Approximately 175,000 patrons visit the Herberger annually. 130

Orpheum Theatre

203 W. Adams St. Phoenix, AZ 85003 (602) 534-5600 orpheum-theater.com After 12 years, $14 million and an incredible amount of perseverance, the historic Orpheum Theatre has been renovated for ‘adaptive reuse’. The Orpheum Theater hosts a great variety of first class productions, drawing thousands of people to a vibrant downtown venue.

Phoenix Symphony

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

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Mesa Arts Center

1 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85201 (480) 644-6500 mesaartscenter.com This unique, architecturally stunning, international award winning facility located in the heart of downtown Mesa is home to four theaters, five art galleries and 14 art studios that host oncerts, performing arts, events, art activities, music, dance, shows, comedy and more


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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES PARKS & MONUMENTS Monument Valley

Montezuma Castle National Monument

2800 N. Montezuma Castle Hwy. Camp Verde, AZ 86322 (928) 567-3322 nps.gov/moca This monument is 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 U.S.

Monument Valley

Bldg. 36A E. Hwy. 264 at Route 12 Window Rock, AZ 86515 (928) 871-6647 navajonationparks.org/htm/ monumentvalley.htm 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.

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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.

Petrified Forest National Park

1 Petrified Forest Rd. Petrified Forest, AZ 86028 (928) 524-6228 nps.gov/pefo 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.

South Mountain

10919 S. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85042 (602) 262-7393 phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/ south At more than 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park/Preserve is the largest municipal park in the country. South Mountain features some of the most popular urban hiking and biking trails in the city and horseback riding.

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES MUSEUMS Photo courtesy Musical Instrument Museum

Musical Instrument Museum Pima Air & Space Museum 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85050 (480) 478-6000 mim.org At the first global musical instrument museum, nearly 300 exhibits immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the world’s instruments.

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

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Scottsdale Museum Of Contemporary Art

1625 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 257-1222 phxart.org The Southwest’s premier destination for world-class visual arts, features popular exhibitions and a collection of more than 18,000 works. 134

7374 E. 2nd St. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 874-4666 smoca.org SMoCA is an educational institution dedicated to presenting exhibitions on contemporary and modern art, architecture and design.

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Heard Museum

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


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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES ART EXPERIENCE First Friday

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

Scottsdale ArtWalk

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

Phoenix Center for the Arts Sedona Arts Festival 1202 N. 3rd St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 254-3100 phoenixcenterforthearts.org Through a unique partnership with the City of Phoenix, the nonprofit Phoenix Center fir the Arts provides opportunities to participate in the visual and performing arts through quality classes and programming.

Thunderbird Artists

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

995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd. Sedona, AZ 86339 (928) 204-9456 sedonaartsfestival.org The festival itself — which runs Oct. 12 to 13 — has grown in size and reputation over the past 20 years. It has become a premier destination arts festival, known for the quality of art and first-class treatment of 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.

Phoenix International Raceway, also known as PIR, opened in 1964 and currently hosts two NASCAR race weekends annually.

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TOP 5 | SHOPPING JEWELERS

Cornelis Hollander Designs Inc.

4151 N. Marshall Way Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 423-5000 cornelishollander.com Cornelis Hollander Designer is a well-established jewelry design company working to produce the finest quality jewelry and providing clients with custom designs.

E.D. Marshall Jewelers

10261 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85253 (480) 922-1968 edmarshalljewelers.com Providing clients with Arizona’s largest selection of high-end gems since 1981, E.D. Marshall Jewelers produces original fine jewelry designs with a focus on craftsmanship.

London Gold

10441 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85253 (480) 367-1717 londongold.com For more than 33 years, London Gold has been Phoenix’s premier diamond expert and voted "Best Of Phoenix.” Stop in any of London Gold's three Arizona locations to learn why so many discriminating people have chosen London Gold as the jeweler they trust to do business with. 138

Hyde Park Jewelers

2502 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 667-3541 hydeparkjewelers.com Hyde Park showcases the Rocky Mountain Region’s largest collections of designer jewels, Swiss watches and bridal jewelry and is consistently recognized as one of the leading independent jewelers in the nation.

Molina Fine Jeweler

3134 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 955-2055 molinafinejewelers.com With a “never say no” attitude, Molina Fine Jewelers delivers legendary service with a focus on quality. Owner Alfredo J. Molina dazzled the diamond world in 2012 by selling the 76-carat Archduke Joseph diamond for $21.5 million, the most ever paid at auction for a colorless diamond.

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TOP 5 | SHOPPING MALLS

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Biltmore Fashion Park

2502 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 955-8400 shopbiltmore.com 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.

Scottsdale Fashion Square 7014-590 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 941-2140 fashionsquare.com 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. 140

Kierland Commons

15205 N. Kierland Blvd., #150 Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 348-1577 kierlandcommons.com An intimate, open-air lifestyle center with extensive landscaping, upscale shops and restaurants, walkways, patios and courtyards that invite pedestrian interaction.

Scottsdale Quarter

15279 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85260 (480) 270-8123 scottsdalequarter.com Scottsdale Quarter is an open-air center where the vibe of the city meets the serenity of the desert. The hip, urban destination sits on 28 acres and restaurants, specialty and fashion retailers include Sephora, Pottery Barn, iPic Theaters, NIKE, Dominick’s Steakhouse, H&M, Apple and True Food Kitchen.

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Maynard James Keenan, lead singer of Tool, operates Caduceus Cellars winery in Jerome.

Desert Ridge Marketplace

21001 N. Tatum Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85050 (480) 513-7586 shopdesertridge.com 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.


Welcome to MACY’S The best brands, the biggest selection, plus 1O% off * for visitors.

Stop by Macy’s and ask for your Macy’s Visitor Savings Pass*, good for 10% off* thousands of items throughout the store! Plus, we now ship to over 100 countries around the world, so you can enjoy international shipping online. For details, log on to macys.com/international Macy’s Biltmore Fashion Park (602) 468-2100 Macy’s Scottsdale Fashion Square (480) 840-0333 Restrictions apply. Valid I.D. required. Details in store.

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TOP 5 | SHOPPING OUTLET MALLS

Photo courtesy Phoenix Premium Outlets Tombstone, Ruby, Gillette and Gunsight are among the ghost towns scattered throughout the state.

Arizona Mills

5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir. Tempe, AZ 85282 (480) 791-7300 simon.com/mall/arizona-mills Shopping isn’t the only thing you’ll find here. Take the whole family and enjoy the Sea Life Arizona aquarium, Harkins Theater IMAX and Rainforest Cafe.

Oak Creek Factory Outlet Stores

6600 S. Hwy 179 Sedona, AZ 86351 602-687-6764 The only retail outlet mall in Northern Arizona is located in the popular Sedona Oak Creek Village shopping mall. 142

Phoenix Premium Outlets 4976 Premium Outlets Way Chandler, AZ 85226 premiumoutlets.com Phoenix Premium Outlets, located in Chandler, offers deals ranging from 25 to 65 percent off items at designer and name-brand outlets, including Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Coach, Elie Tahari, Lucky Brand, Michael Kors, Nike, Puma, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Tommy Hilfiger and much more.

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Outlets at Anthem

4250 W. Anthem Way Phoenix, AZ 85086 (623) 465-9500 outletsanthem.com More than 60 designer shops fill this open-air shopping district, offering the perfect road stop when heading in or out of the Valley.

Tanger Outlets at Westgate

6800 N. 95th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85305 623-877-9500 tangeroutlet.com/glendale Tanger Outlets offers something for everyone in the West Valley, located near a variety of restaurants, a lively night scene, University of Phoenix Stadium and Jobing.com Arena.


PLAY BIG WHERE TO EAT

WHERE TO STAY

WHERE TO PLAY

You are just a click away from a list of dining locations in every town from Tombstone to Lake Powell.

Whether you are trying to find a place to stay for a night or a few weeks, we have places listed that will fit everyone’s budget.

With our new “Where to Play” button you can find fun activities for all ages in every town.

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Experience AZ | Spring-Summer 2014  

Your guide to where to stay, play and eat in Arizona, a.k.a. the Grand Canyon State.

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