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ON A ROLL: Editor in Chief Michael Gossie prepares for a training ride at South Mountain in Phoenix. Each month on Silent Sunday, the park’s main access roadways are closed to motor vehicles, reserving them for the entire day for non-motorized uses.

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 sunbathe 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. Running and riding at South Mountain on “Silent Sundays.” Relaxing at Briar Patch in Sedona. Getting away for a weekend at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain near Tucson. And when friends visit, we always dine at Clever Koi near downtown Phoenix. 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 must-see hot spots off your Top 5 lists. And when you find a favorite, be sure to vote for it by visiting so others can share your amazing memories.

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CONTENTS Chambers of Commerce Glendale .................................................................... 10 Scottsdale ................................................................. 14 Calendars May............................................................................. 18 June............................................................................ 20 July............................................................................. 22 August........................................................................ 24 September................................................................. 26 October...................................................................... 28 November................................................................... 30 Accommodations Northern Arizona........................................................ 34 Southern Arizona....................................................... 36 East Valley.................................................................. 38 Stay & Play................................................................. 40 Dude Ranches........................................................... 42 Bed & Breakfast......................................................... 44 Uniquely AZ................................................................ 46 Casino Resort Destinations....................................... 48 Restaurants Local Favorites........................................................... 50 Steakhouse................................................................ 52 Mexican...................................................................... 54 American Contemporary........................................... 56 Sushi.......................................................................... 58 Italian.......................................................................... 60 Seafood...................................................................... 62 Adventures Southern AZ Must Do’s.............................................. 64 Central AZ Must Do’s................................................. 66 Grand Canyon............................................................ 68 Northern AZ Must Do’s.............................................. 70 Day Trips.................................................................... 72 Places to Cool Off...................................................... 74 Arizona Destination Must Do’s.................................. 76 Hiking......................................................................... 78 Best Places to Take Kids........................................... 80 Native American Experiences.................................... 82 Performing Arts.......................................................... 84 Air Tours..................................................................... 86 Animal Parks.............................................................. 88 Family Fun Spots....................................................... 90 AZ Tours..................................................................... 92 River Rafting............................................................... 94 Trail Riding................................................................. 96 Lake Activities............................................................ 98 Casinos.................................................................... 100 Sporting Events........................................................ 102 Auto Attractions....................................................... 104 Golf Courses - Public............................................... 106 Beauty & Day Spas.................................................. 108 Wineries....................................................................110 Parks & Monuments..................................................112 Museums...................................................................114 Jewelers....................................................................116 Outlet Malls...............................................................118

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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 January Glendale Glitter & Glow February Glendale Chocolate Affaire March Paris in the Spring April Sidewalk & Yard Sale May Mother’s Day Event June Summer Band Concerts Summer Scavenger Stroll July Summer Band Concerts August Dog Days of Summer September Teddy Bear Day October Front Porch Festival November Holiday Open House Glendale Glitters Spectacular Weekend December Glendale Glitters Holiday Weekend

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


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 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 more than 90 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.


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.


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.


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

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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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 50+ public art pieces

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


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


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 and view the list of nightclubs, bars, and lounges.


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

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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Salt River Whitewater Rafting Season Through May 31 Salt River whitewater rafting season in the White Mountain Apache Reservation (not the tubing section of river) features half-day, full-day and overnight wilderness trips of up to five days.

Arizona Spring Restaurant Week May 15-25 Take advantage of restaurant week pricing on a three course pre-fixe meal for either $30 or $40 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), at participating restaurants throughout the state. It’s a great excuses to taste Arizona.

29th Annual Mountain Artists Guild Fine Art & Wine Festival May 9-10 Juried art show with more than 140 artisans from throughout the West, displaying and demonstrating work in painting, ceramic, metal art, woodworking, glass, fiber and jewelry, live music, food and wine garden.

50th Annual Jerome Home & Historic Building Tour May 16-17 928-634-2900 Visit eight historic homes and buildings for a glimpse back in time,. Homes range from Victorians on Company Hill to renovated miners’ shacks. Tour is selfpaced with continuous shuttle service.

Innovations May 14-24 602-381-1096 Join Ballet Arizona for an evening of captivating choreography, Ib Andersen’s commitment to dance innovation and encouragement of emerging choreographers finds a home at Ballet Arizona.

5th Annual Ameri-CAN Canned Craft Beer Festival May 16 Support and celebrate the craft beer movement during American Craft Beer Week. The festival features live entertainment, food, VIP, beer garden, beer Olympics and more than 80 local and national beers.


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6th Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival May 23 Enjoy live music by local bands, as well as food, beverages, cocktails and wine. Locally brewed Four Peaks beer will be available for purchase. Turn the kids loose at the larger-than-ever kids’ zone. Bette Midler May 24 The multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and legendary performer will perform material from her iconic career and material from her new album, “It’s The Girls!” — a glorious tribute to girl groups through the ages. Phoenix Comicon May 28-31 The signature pop culture event in the Southwest focuses on comic books, anime, sci-fi and film and comic book creators. Anime voice actors, movie and TV actors will be in attendance and will meet with fans. Also featured will be panels and workshops, art auction, zombie beauty pageant, Japanese fashion show, masquerade and live music.

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Andy Warhol: Portraits Through June 21 Nearly 200 works produced by the iconic pop artist are featured in this career-spanning exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum. The Phantom of the Opera June 1-7 The timeless story of seduction and despair seen all around the world and directed by Harold Prince returns to the theater. 9th Annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival 2015 June 4-7 The ninth annual Sedona Bluegrass Festival, held at the Los Abrigados Resort and Spa, will feature four days of bluegrass music and fun in the heart of Sedona. 40th Annual MIghty Mud Mania June 6 Get a little muddy at Chaparral Park with an event for all ages including a


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6-and-under young “mudders” mini mud obstacle, puddle pools for toddlers and the original mud course for ages 7 and up. 23rd Annual Made in the Shade Beer Tasting Festival June 13 Throw one back for a good cause! Admission will get you sampling tickets for brewers from around the Southwest, a sampling mug and live entertainment with all the proceeds going to Sun Sounds of Arizona. 12 Hours at Night Mountian Bike Race June 13-14 Break out the headlights for a 12-hour, 8-mile lap endurance mountain bike event that includes wide track, hills, twisty single track, tunnels and more. This event if for solo riders or teams of two or three.

43rd Annual Arizona State Championship Chili Cook-Off June 13-14 Chili cooks from all over the Southwest compete to qualify for the World Championships in red chili, chili verde and salsa. The event will feature public tastings, crafters, vendors and car displays. Scottsdale Beer Palooza June 20 Scottsdale Beer Palooza returns for its second year. The event will feature more than 30 breweries such as Four Peaks, SanTan, O.H.S.O., Sleepy Dog, Oskar Blues, Mudshark, Prescott, New Belgium, Mike Hess, Stone, Nimbus, College Street, Odell and many more! iCon June 27 Arizona’s newest toy and popular culture convention celebrates toys and popular movies, cartoons, video games, comics and icons from the 1960s to now.



128th Annual Prescott Frontier Days & World’s Oldest Rodeo June 29-July 5 Since July 4, 1888, Prescott has been the home of the World’s Oldest Rodeo and the traditional continues this year with each rodeo consisting of eight performances. Independence Day Music Festival July 3-4 There will be musical performances by Wilco with Dr. Dog and Little Big Town with Brandy Clark as well as the largest fireworks show in the Valley. Fireworks Over the Lake: 4th of July Fireworks July 4 details/1758 Start your independence weekend off the right way — watching the sky light up


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over Thompson Bay with fellow boaters, beach-goers and tailgaters. July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival July 4 The spectacular family night fireworks show will be choreographed to patriotic and classical music, while main stage features live local entertainment. 8th Annual Medieval Mayhem in the White Mountains July 10-12 Celebrate the Medieval times, the Dark Ages and the Renaissance all rolled into one! The fair features period dress, food, music, dancers, merchants, sword fighting demonstrations and more. 25th Annual Camp Verde Cornfest July 27-18

The festival started back in 1991 as a way to not only feature the Valley’s wonderful corn, but to have fun at the height of the corn season. Glendale’s 9th Annual Christmas in July July 18 Less than 160 days until Christmas comes to town. Get your shopping done early, indulge in holiday crafts, sweet treats, deals and hangout with the one and only Santa. 11th Annual National Day of the American Cowboy Celebration July 25 Embrace cowboy culture with gunfights, roping, cowboy action shooting, historical re-enactments, musical revues, storytelling, poetry, cowboy/cowgirl outfit contest and country music performances.

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6th Annual Dog Day of Summer August 1 The festival will have everything you can imagine for dogs. Including: Frosty Paw Treats, watering stations, pet aura photos, fresh baked dog treats, a fashion show, pet gifts and accessories as well as an appearance by Topaz, the Glendale Fire Department’s crisis response dog. Steamy Saturday at Grand Canyon Railway August 1 Take an unforgettable ride to the Grand Canyon on a restored steam locomotive, while being entertained by authentic characters and musicians who bring the Old West to life. 6th Annual Grape to Glass Symposium August 1 Activities include an in-depth vineyard and winery tour at Lawrence Dunham


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Vineyards, lunch paired with LDV wines, barrel tasting panel, music and a special guest speaker. Old Bisbee Brewing Company Presents the 5th Annual Pirates of the High Desert August 8 Activities include a costume contest, city-wide treasure hunt, burlesque show, music, art walk, exotic rum tastings, food and lots of fun. Round Up Regatta August 7-8 Party on the river join the fun with over 30,000 people for the worlds largest tube float down the Colorado River. 2015 Arizona Open August 20-22 Played annually since 1945, this tournament is open to both amateaur and professional golfers.

Paranormal and Ghost Hunting Weekend August 22-24 Join the fun exploring haunted buildings to solve the mystery of some unexplained paranormal happenings on the historic Allec Block of Old Bisbee. 4th Annual Prickly Pear Festival August 22 Visitors to the festival learn to identify the most edible of the prickly pears. Experts guide visitors in how to turn the pears into tasty salads, entrees and desserts, brew a light melony pale ale and make wine and mead from the fruit. 32nd Annual Grand Canyon Music Festival August 28-31 This annual series of evening concerts features musicians — from jazz to classical — from around the country.

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Wicked September 1-30 Before that girl from Kansas arrived in Munchkinland, two girls met in the land of Oz and grew to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Come see Broadway’s biggest blockbuster while it is the Valley.

There are more than 700 entries and $40,000 awarded in cash and buckles to the top contestants of the Southwest. The event features bulls, saddle broncs, steer wrestling, barrel racing, bareback, calf roping, team roping, team penning and mutton busting. There also are events for the the little cowboys and girls.

3rd Annual AZ Reggae Fest September 4-6 Arizona’s largest reggae event featuring food, culture and music with live performances from local, national and international DJs and recording artists.

43rd Annual Fiesta Del Tlaquepaque September 12 Check out this free Mexican style celebration with piñatas, strolling mariachi bands, folklorico dance groups and Flamenco and classical guitarists.

100th Annual Labor Day Rodeo September 5-7

3rd Annual Wine in the Woods: Wine & Food Festival September 13


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Enjoy this showcase of Arizona wineries and local eateries among the beautiful gardens at The Arboretum at Flagstaff. Brazilian Day Festival September 19 The all ages Brazilian festival is a great opportunity for the whole family to come and experience a variety of Brazilian culture, including live Brazilian bands, dancers, performers, DJs, martial arts, Brazilian food, drinks and more. Annual Best of the West on Route 66 Festival September 25-27 The festival opens with new inductions to the Route 66 Walk of Fame, includes free concerts and entertainment, craft and food vendors and more.



Ales on Rails October 1-31 Every Thursday to Sunday, the Verde Canyon Railroad will celebrate one of the most grandest bashes around the world, Oktoberfest. The party starts with a two hour luncheon and then the train whistle signals and the party moves onto the rails. Arizona State Fair October 8-November 8 With dozens of rides, classic carnival fare, live animals, performances, motor racing and more there is something for everyone! This year’s concert lineup includes Queens of the Stone Age, Weezer, Darius Rucker, Wiz Khalifa, John Fogerty, Barenaked Ladies and more. The Flagstaff Sky Race October 2-3 The race through Arizona high country is the 2015 U.S. Skyrunner Series finale and features a Vertical Kilometer on Friday up the ski runs at The Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort and on Saturday reaches a high point of 11,500 feet.


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37th Annual Folk Music Festival October 3-4 Arizona’s longest-running folk music event features 200-plus musicians at four venues on a four-acre campus. Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake October 9-11 There will be 15 kinds of German beer, authentic German food, wine gardens, Daschund racing, a kids zone, music and much more. Arizona Taco Festival October 17-18 The festival is the largest collection of taco-makers ever assembled in one place. There will be local bands, Lucha Libre wrestling, cooking classes, eating contests and huge bar experiences by some of your favorite party spots. Rainbows Festival and Street Fair October 17-18 Located in the historic Heritage Square Park in downtown Phoenix “Arizona’s Greatest Street Fair” celebrates the diversity in the LGBTQ community.

Loft Film Fest October 22-25 This four-day showcase presents handselected, award-winning festival favorites from Cannes, Sundance, Venice and SXSW. You can meet internationallyrenowned artists from the world of independent cinema. Glow: A Nighttime Art Experience October 24 Thousands of twinkling lights adorn trees and structures on five acres of scenic Sonoran Desert landscape at the historic Triangle L Ranch. Enjoy live music, artists, dancers and other performances by moonlight. 9th Annual El Dia de los Muertos Celebration October 24 to October 25 The Mesa Art Center showcases an artist Mercado of an assortment of traditional and contemporary merchandise, jewelry, and arts and crafts from several local artisans, live artist demonstrations, artist workshops, alter contests, hands-on educational activities, live traditional music and dance and a variety of food.

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6th Annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off November 6-8 Using historic cooking methods, authentic 1880s chuck wagons from around the Southwest compete to cook up the best meals fit for the trail. The wagon cooks compete to win prizes in various categories and the public can purchase these unique chuck wagon meals. All Souls Procession Weekend November 7-8 The weekend features the Procession of Little Angels and Night of the Living Fest on Saturday and All Souls Procession and Dance of the Dead on Sunday. The Procession is a 2-mile ceremonial march through downtown Tucson that ends with a celebratory ritual. Rock The Block November 7 This free event has two live performance


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stages. One with local bands and one community stage with a “Chandler’s Got Talent” show featuring the community’s talents. The event also features a beer garden, kids zone and Veterans Day celebrations. NASCAR’s Quicken Loans Race For Heros 500 November 12-15 Phoenix International Raceway will be packed with four days of high-speed NASCAR stock car racing and events. Fountain Festival of Arts and Crafts November 13-15 This signature event annually showcases Fountain Hills as a unique, arts-oriented community. Approximately 200,000 people attend each year, coming from across the country and around the world.

Hot Air Balloon Glow and Festival November 14 The event features the inflation, lighting and glowing of huge hot air balloons, tethered hot air balloon rides, a Kids Zone, face painting, live entertainment and food booths. Scottsdale Food and Wine Festival November 19-22 The festival features an array of delicious foods from local renowned celebrity chefs and spirits. The proceeds from this celebration will benefit the Scottsdale Charros. El Tour de Tucson November 21 The fun and adventurous ride is the largest perimeter bicycling event in the U.S. with 104-, 75-, 55- and 40-mile rides as well as the Fun Ride of 12, 5, or 1/4 miles.



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Set against a superb backdrop of redrock 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.

This resort combines luxury with rugged grandeur inspired by Native American culture. The adobe casitastyle accommodations offer world-class comforts amid the Sedona red rocks.

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 well-heeled. Georgia O’Keeffe stayed there. So did D.H. Lawrence, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Tom Mix and Will Rogers.

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

200 Hill St. Jerome, AZ 86331 (928) 634-8200

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.

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Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment Tucson 7350 S. Nogales Hwy. Tucson, AZ 85756 (520) 294-7777

Desert Diamond’s casino floor is packed with the hottest slot machines and table games. Hungry? They’ve got your cravings covered. Ready to dance up a storm? Monsoon Nightclub is here. And when it’s all over, chill out in the hotel.

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

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. 36

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Miraval Resort & Spa 5000 E. Vía Estancia Miraval Tucson, AZ 85739 (800) 232-3969

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.

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

15000 N. Secret Springs Dr. Marana, AZ 85658 (520) 572-3000

Distinguished from all other Tucson resorts by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the Top 100 Hotels in the World, and by Forbes Travel Guide as the only resort in Arizona to receive a “Forbes 5-Star Hotel” rating.

Westward Look Resort 245 E. Ina Rd. Tucson, AZ 85704 (800) 722-2500

Set high in the foothills overlooking Tucson and warmed by an abundance of desert sunshine, Westward Look Resort is a rejuvenating resort environment inspired by the beauty of its pristine natural surroundings.



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TOP 5 | accommodations EAst valley Arizona Golf Resort Hotel & Conference Center

Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort

Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes

Convenient location with 186 resort rooms, on-site championship golf course and 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Built in 1912, the historic Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort was one of the first hotels in Chandler. The newly renovated hotel provides contemporary comforts amid a rustic setting. The hotel boasts the first golf course created in the state and a host of distinctive amenities.

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.

425 S. Power Rd. Mesa, AZ 85206 (480) 832-3202

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Locations in Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson and Yuma (800) 842-4242

Stay where comfort meets value at InnSuites Hotels. InnSuites Hotel & Suites offers hotel deals and accommodations with award-winning value at all of its locations. InnSuites Hotels is certain to please the busy executive and the leisure traveler with its amenities and free extras.

One San Marcos Place Chandler, AZ 85225 (800) 972-3574

The Hotel San Carlos, also known as San Carlos Hotel, has been associated with ghost sightings. The hotel can be briefly seen in the opening shot of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho.

2000 W. Westcourt Way Tempe, AZ 85282 (800) 228-9290

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85226 (602) 225-0100

Arizona’s premier Native Americanowned luxury resort boasts 500 culturally themed rooms, 36-hole 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 STAY & PLAY

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Apache Gold Casino Resort

Hwy. 70, 5 miles east of Globe San Carlos, AZ 85550 (800) 272-2438

On-site Apache Gold Casino Resort is a 146-room hotel, an 18-hole championship golf course and convention center, with nearby fishing and sightseeing.

FireSky Resort & Spa 4925 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 945-7666

FireSky evokes nature’s four elements (earth, air, fire and water) and somehow encourages downtime. You can remain horizontal by its pools for days, but it also offers golf, tennis, high desert horseback riding and hiking in all directions. 40

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

Fort McDowell Casino 10424 N. Fort McDowell Rd. Fort McDowell, AZ 85264 (800) 843-3678

Situated in Fort McDowell, We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center is close to We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, Desert Canyon Golf Club and the famed Fountain Hills Fountain. Additional area attractions include Eagle Mountain Golf Course and SunRidge Canyon Golf Club.

Hotel Palomar Phoenix, a Kimpton Hotel 2 E. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 253-6633

Palomar’s perfect downtown Phoenix location provides so many options for fun activities that it turns downtown Phoenix into a place to go to get away from it all, while being in the middle of everything.

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort 22181 Resort Blvd. Flagstaff, AZ 86004 (928) 856-7200

Twin Arrows, located east of Flagstaff, is northern Arizona’s premier casino resort destination, offering luxury amenities and best-in-class gaming.

TOP 5 | accommodations DUDE RANCHES Bumble Bee Ranch Adventures

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

Horseback riding, cattle drives, nature hikes and Western dinners. Guided history-filled tours through Bumble Bee Creek, into the mountains and through the scenic Sonoran Desert. Guest accommodations are available.

Lazy K Bar Ranch 8401 N. Scenic Dr. Tucson, AZ 85743 (520) 299-RIDE (7433)

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 los Caballeros 1551 S. Vulture Mine Rd. Wickenburg, AZ 85390 (800) 684-5030

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

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.

Rancho De La Osa 1 La Osa Ranch Rd. Sasabe, AZ 85633 (520) 823-4257

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.


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The Jay-Six Ranch outside Benson, hired John F. Kennedy as a ranch hand in 1936.

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TOP 5 | accommodations BED & BREAKFAST Adobe Village Graham Inn 150 Canyon Circle Dr. Sedona, AZ 86351 (928) 284-1425

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.

Ghost City Inn 541 Main St. Jerome, AZ 86331 (888) 634-4678

Once a booming copper mining town, Jerome became America’s largest ghost town in the 1950s when the mines shut down. Ghost City Inn was originally built in the 1890s as a boarding house for employees of the copper mines. The building was restored in 1994 and features breathtaking views.

Molly Butler Lodge

Briar Patch Inn

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.

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.

109 Main St. Greer, AZ 85927 (928) 735-7617

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

The Royal Elizabeth Bed & Breakfast Inn 204 S. Scott Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701 (520) 670-9022

This is the oldest Victorian era inn operating in Arizona and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Sunset magazine. it was voted the No. 4 B&B in the country for the business traveler and features spacious guest suites, period antiques, private bathrooms and comfortable sitting areas.

“Montezuma Castle,” wellpreserved cliff-dwellings located near Camp Verde, is a misnomer. Emperor Montezuma of the Aztec Empire had nothing to do with the site.

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Briar Patch Inn Cabins in Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona Arizona


9-acre oasis nestled in Oak Creek Canyon along the lush banks of Oak Creek. Nineteen Cabins with Southwestern 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 2014 3190 N. State Route 89A Sedona Arizona, 86336 888.809.3030

TOP 5 | accommodations uniquely Arizona Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa 2400 E. Missouri Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85016 (800) 950-0086

An Arizona landmark since its opening on Feb. 23, 1929, when it was crowned The Jewel of the Desert.

Rancho De Los Caballeros Hotel

1551 S. Vulture Mine Rd. Wickenburg, AZ (928) 684-5484

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.

La Posada

Hermosa Inn

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.

In-room fireplaces, secluded patios, handpainted Mexican tile, HD TVs, highspeed Internet, swimming pool, Jacuzzis and Lon’s at the Hermosa restaurant.

303 E. 2nd St. Winslow, AZ 86047 (928) 289-4366

5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd. Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 (602) 955-8614

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

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

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.

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TOP 5 | accommodations CASINO RESORT DESTINATIONS Apache Gold Casino Resort

Hwy. 70, 5 miles East of Globe San Carlos, AZ 85550 (800) 272-2438

Apache Gold Casino Resort is a 146-room hotel, with an 18-hole championship golf course, convention center and features nearby fishing and sightseeing.

Talking Stick Resort 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85256 (480) 850-7777

A distinct resort and entertainment destination in Scottsdale, Talking Stick Resort offers luxuries such as a rejuvenating open-air spa, eight worldclass restaurants, 10 entertainment lounges, a lively 240,000 square foot gaming floor and two pools.


Casino Del Sol Resort 5655 W. Valencia Rd. Tucson, AZ 85757 (855) 765-7829

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.

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort 22181 Resort Blvd. Flagstaff, AZ 86004 (928) 856-7200

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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Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd. Chandler, AZ 85226 (800) WIN-GILA (946-4452)

Home to 1,200 slots with live poker and blackjack, a 1,500-seat concert venue, 250-room hotel, gift shop and great dining experiences, including Shula’s Steak House.

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TOP 5 | Restaurants Local Favorites

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Binkley’s Restaurant

Joe’s Real BBQ


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.

Joe’s is a local landmark that features barbecue slow cooked over pecan wood and equally delicious side dishes and desserts. Joe’s is located in a real 1929 brick building that was built in the “golden age” of Arizona’s agricultural days.

Amazing atmosphere, food and drink. Rokerij is one of those special places where Phoenix residents take their friends and family to impress them.

6920 E. Cave Creek Rd. Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (480) 437-1072


603 N. 5th Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85003 (602) 441-2697

This quaint, circa-1913 bungalow features red and white wood-fired pizzas that have made it a hot spot for downtown Phoenix residents. Don’t leave without topping off your meal with Nutella crepes with vanilla ice cream for dessert. 50

301 N. Gilbert Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85234 (480) 503-3805

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

The Stockyards

5009 E. Washington St., #115 Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 273-7378

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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Established in 1922, El Charro Cafe in Tucson is the nation’s oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family.

TOP 5 | Restaurants STEAKhouse Bourbon Steak

7575 E. Princess Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 513-6002

Award-winning Chef Michael Mina presents an upscale, contemporary American steakhouse like no other. Indulge in a tantalizing menu at a restaurant that serves only American Kobe and Certified All-Natural Angus Beef.

Cholla Steakhouse 524 N. 92nd St. Scottsdale, AZ 85256 (480) 850-7736

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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Donovan’s Steak & Chop House

3101 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 955-3666

Donovan’s sets the standard of fine dining excellence. A classic steakhouse. A stylish, lively atmosphere. Mouth-watering steakhouse fare, where USDA Prime steaks reign supreme. A depth of wine variety that has earned the prestigious Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.

BLT Steak

5402 E. Lincoln Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85253 (480) 905-7979

This modern American steakhouse integrates traditional elements of a cozy French bistro with those of a chic boîte. Scottsdale’s BLT Steak has the personal stamp of the acclaimed Chef Laurent Tourondel, who was named “2007 Restaurateur of the Year” by Bon Appétit magazine.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Five locations in Arizona (480) 596-8265 (Scottsdale)

Fleming’s offers the best in steakhouse dining, with a sophisticated wine list featuring 100 wines by the glass.

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With eclectic cuisine like Crab Stuffed Jumbo Prawns and Bacon Wrapped Elk Tenderloin, Cholla Prime Steakhouse & Lounge can satisfy any palate. One of the 10 Best Steakhouses in Scottsdale - USA Today 2014 Certificate of Excellence - TripAdvisor

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TOP 5 | Restaurants MEXICAN Barrio Cafe

La Hacienda

Milagro Grill

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.

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.

Milagro, which means “miracle” in Spanish, creates a new, fresh take on Mexican food in a contemporary, casual environment. Operated by a family with more than 68 years of restaurant experience, Milagro is an Arizona Taco Festival champion.

2814 N. 16th St. Phoenix, AZ 85006 (602) 636-0240

Los Dos Molinos

8646 S. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ (602) 243-9113 (4 other Arizona locations)

Los Dos Molinos is an iconic Phoenix restaurant. The family owned and operated restaurant features spicy Mexican dishes and pitchers of margaritas in an ornately decorated, fiesta-ready space. Don’t miss the adovada ribs.


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7575 E. Princess Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 585-4848 ext. 7320


4280 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018 (602) 773-5844

4001 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85012 (602) 264-6141 (13 other Arizona locations)

With a focus on community involvement and fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine, Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen grows its own farm-fresh chiles, blends them into delicious signature recipes and delivers each meal with unmatched hospitality. You will taste the 68 years of tradition in every dish.

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Beckett’s Table

3717 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018 (602) 954-1700

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.


5700 E. McDonald Dr. Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 (800) 245-2051

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Switch Restaurant and Wine Bar 2603 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 264-2295

Switch offers a wide variety of dishes inspired by American and European cuisine. Be sure to try the Big Virginian Burger, Triple Grilled Cheese, Pretzel Bun Shredded Pork, Chicken Pot Pie Gallette and the Mac N’ Cheese Plate.


3213 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018 (602) 955-8100

One of the Valley’s most happening places with bistro fare, using locally grown and organic produce when possible.

Mark Schnepf of Schnepf farms served as Queen Creek’s first mayor for 11 years, earning the title of “Best Public Servant.”

Quiessence Restaurant 6106 S. 32nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85042 (602) 276-0601

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.

TOP 5 | Restaurants Sushi

Pearl Sushi Lounge & Bomber Bar 2040 S. Alma School Rd., #3 Chandler, AZ 85286 (480) 963-4766

Pearls is a stylish, high-energy sushi bar that merges modern cuisine and fabulous cocktails into a hip, contemporary environment that provides the perfect place to eat, drink, party and people watch.

Roka Akor

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

Voted by Bon Appétit magazine as one of the Top 10 Sushi Spots in the United States, Roka Akor offers prime steak and sushi in a robatayki style (open charcoal) cuisine. 58

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Stingray Sushi

Three locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale (602) 955-2008 (Phoenix)

Delivering a unique blend of contemporary style and energy with Latin-inf luenced Japanese cuisine, Stingray Sushi is a distinctive experience.

RA Sushi Bar

Six locations throughout the Valley (480) 940-1111 (Phoenix)

Signature rolls, Japanese fusion cuisine, a vibrant atmosphere with lively music and inventive cocktails — you’ll find it all (and more) at RA.

Sushi Brokers

4419 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018 (480) 515-5000

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.

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




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TOP 5 | Restaurants ITALIAN Bucca di Beppo

Four locations in Metro Phoenix (480) 949-6622

Buca di Beppo is a collection of neighborhood restaurants with a lively atmosphere and authentic Italian menu for all to enjoy. In the spirit of Italian culture, its dishes are meant to be shared and served family-style, perfect for passing around the table.

Franco’s Italian Caffe 4327 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 481-7614



Sassi’s food, ambiance, attentive service and wine selection has garnered several awards including Wine Spectator and AAA 4 Diamond Awards five years in a row. Seasonal menus are based on the cooking methods and ingredients of traditional Southern Italian cuisine.

Tomaso’s embraces the lifestyle of Italian dining. Tables sit amidst authentic Tuscan country brickwork columns and original artwork by Aldo Luongo. Enjoy regional Italian cuisine including expertly prepared appetizers, pastas, seasonal vegetables, entrees and Tuscan-style steaks.

10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 502-9095

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

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.


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

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TOP 5 | Restaurants SEAFOOD Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant 1720 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 277-3474

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.

Mastro’s Ocean Club 15045 N. Kierland Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 443-8555

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.


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Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

The Yacht Club

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.

Arizona restaurateur Aaron May’s hot new seafood restaurant offers nearly 30 seafood dishes ranging in price from about $6 appetizers to $30 entrees, including a lemon lobster pasta, halibut, fish tacos, paella and wild salmon. The menu changes according to the availability of fresh seafood.

15323 N. Scottsdale Rd., #E1-160 Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 730-4800

The Salt Cellar

550 N. Hayden Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85257 (480) 947-1963

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.

4231 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018 (602) 368-2088

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

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

Old Tucson Studios

Titan Missile Museum

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.

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.

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.

2980 S. Hwy. 90 Benson, AZ 85602 (520) 586-CAVE (2283)

201 S. Kinney Rd. Tucson, AZ 85735 (520) 883-0100

Kitt Peak National Observatory


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.

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.”

950 N. Cherry Ave. Tucson, AZ 85719 (520) 318-8000

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

1580 W. Duval Mine Rd. Sahuarita, AZ 85629 (520) 625-7736

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

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Desert Botanical Gardens

First Friday

The Mystery Castle was built by Boyce Luther Gulley before his death in 1945, but his daughter lived here for decades afterwards. The castle is made largely of stone and other odd pieces that were recycled into use. The house has all kinds of whimsical features and inlaid pieces. Although most people would not consider it a castle or a masterpiece, it is definitely a one of a kind building.

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.

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.

800 E. Mineral Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85042 (602) 268-1581

Taliesin West

12345 N. Taliesin Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85258 (888) 516-0811

Visit a national historical landmark constructed in the 1930s and designed after the surrounding desert. The school features architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright.


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1201 N. Galvin Pkwy. Phoenix, AZ 85008 (480) 941-1225

Downtown Phoenix (602) 256-7539

Salt River Tubing 9200 N. Bush Hwy. Mesa, AZ 85215 (480) 984-3305

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 fivehour trips that include float time and shuttle bus ride, weather and water flow permitting.

Grizzly bears lived in Arizona until sometime in the early twentieth century, when they were hunted to extinction in Arizona.


Located near Grand Canyon West Airport Peach Springs, AZ (888) 868-9378

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.

Grand Canyon Whitewater

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

Grand Canyon Whitewater rafting trips give you the opportunity to be in one of the most spectacular places on Earth. Whitewater rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon is beyond your imagination and gives you a chance to experience the true spirit of the Canyon.

Papillon helicopter and airplane tours Heliport address: 3563 Hummingbird Dr. Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 (702) 736-7243

Helicopter and ground tours of the Grand Canyon can provide you with some of the most majestic scenes ever to be found on the planet. You can opt for several different tours that will show you the various rims of the Canyon, help you to understand the influence of the Colorado River and allow you to view some of the most beautiful rock formations in bright red and orange hues.

The Grand Hotel

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

The Grand Hotel is one of the premier Grand Canyon hotels, with the entrance to Grand Canyon National Park just one mile away, and the South Rim of the Canyon just a short car ride away. The warm and spacious lobby is reminiscent of a mountain lodge with exposed timbers and stone, a large flagstone fireplace and cozy seating areas.

Canyon Trail Rides 280 W. Bryce Way Tropic, UT 84776 (435) 679-8665

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.

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

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Supai, AZ 86435 (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.

London Bridge

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

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

Lowell Observatory 1400 W. Mars Hill Rd. Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (928) 774-3358

Lowell Observatory hosts 85,000 visitors per year at its Steele Visitors Center. Visitors take guided daytime tours and view various wonders of the night sky through the Clark Telescope and other telescopes. In 2011, the observatory was named one of “The World’s 100 Most Important Places” by Time magazine.

Hoover Dam

Nevada-Arizona border (702) 494-2517

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 tallest concrete dam in the U.S.

Meteor Crater

Interstate 40, Exit 233 Winslow, AZ 86047 (928) 289-5898

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.

Petrified Forest National Park has the world’s largest concentration of petrified wood.

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES FUN DAY TRIPS Bearizona Wildlife Park



Experience animal wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment, all from the comfort and safety of your own vehicle. This wildlife park offers a drive-through experience starring wolves, bears, bison, mountain goats and more.

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.

Considered the Festival Capital of Arizona, Payson is situated in the world’s largest group of Ponderosa pines.

500 Historic Route 66 Williams, AZ 86046 (928) 635-2289

1360 N. Broad St. Globe, AZ 85501 (800) 804-5623,



From fine dining to mountain biking, you’ll be awed by the hometown atmosphere, perfect weather and a myriad of things to do in Prescott. Prescott is known worldwide as the host of the World’s Oldest Rodeo and most recently now the host of the annual Whiskey Off-Road Mountain Bike endurance race, the largest competitive mountain bike race in North America.

There’s a magic about the city of Winslow, which is one of the most unique western cities you will visit. Civilizations have thrived in the area for centuries, beginning with the ancient Hopi village of Homolovi. More recent additions to Winslow are The Standin’ on the Corner Park, a draw for music fans who remember the line from the Eagles’ No. 1 hit, “Take It Easy.”

117 W. Goodwin St. Prescott, AZ 86303 (800) 266-7534

523 W. Second St. Winslow, AZ 86047 (928) 289-2434

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303 N. Beeline Hwy. Payson, AZ 85541 (928) 474-5242

No one is permitted to ride his or her horse up the stairs of the county court house in Prescott.

TOP 5 | ADVENTURES places to cool off Big Surf

Wet ’n’ Wild Phoenix

Havasu Falls

Opened in 1969, Big Surf boasted the first wave pool in the United States. At a ceremony on August 17, 2013, the Waikiki Beach Wave Pool was designated as an ASME Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark. The recognition is for being the “first inland surfing facility in North America.”

Wet ’n’ Wild Phoenix is situated on approximately 35 acres, making it the largest theme park in the state. The water park features more than 30 exhilarating attractions for families and thrill seekers alike.

The vibrant blue water contrast against the striking red rocks of the Grand Canyon walls as Havasu Falls plunges nearly 100 feet into a wide pool of blue-green waters. This, the most striking waterfall in the Grand Canyon, sports a wide sandy beach and plenty of shady cottonwood trees to relax by.

1500 N. McClintock Dr. Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 994-2297

4243 W. Pinnacle Peak Rd. Glendale, AZ 85310 (623) 201-2000

Slide Rock

6871 Arizona Rt. 89A Sedona, AZ 86336 (928) 282-3034

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.

P.O. Box 160 Supai, Arizona 86435 (928) 448-2121

Golfland Sunsplash Legend City, located in what is now Papago Park, was Phoenix’s first theme park and was a regular destination for fun and wild west adventure. It closed in 1983.

155 W. Hampton Ave. Mesa, AZ 85210 (480) 834-8319

Golfland-Sunsplash is separated into two parks. Golfland operates year-round and features miniature golf courses, an arcade, a pizza restaurant, a go-kart track and bumper boats. Sunsplash operates in the summer and features 29 waterbased attractions. Slide Rock State Park


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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES AriZona destination MUST DO’S Biosphere 2


Lava River Cave

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.

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.

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 34 degrees even in summer, and you may even find some ice inside.

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

Grand Canyon Railway

233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Kaibab National Forest Williams, AZ 86046 (800) THE-TRAIN

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.

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331 Forest Rd. Sedona, AZ 86336 (800) 288-7336

FP7 locomotives, two of only 12 in North America, pull the trains of the Verde Canyon Railway along 20 miles of track.

1824 S. Thompson St. Flagstaff, AZ 86001 (928) 527-3600


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

The name Tombstone creates images of gunfights and dusty streets, whiskey and Faro games, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and a plethora of old Western movie scenes. Tombstone has been called “The Town Too Tough to Die.”

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES HIKING 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, round-trip hike showcasing pictographs thought to be painted nearly 1,000 years ago.

Arizona has the largest Native American population of any state, with 27 tribes or nations.

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 year-round temperature of 34 degrees and is also extremely dark, so dress accordingly and bring two flashlights per person.

Bear Mountain Trail 54 Sedona

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

Advanced: Moody Point 139 Globe

One of the most challenging hikes in Tonto National Forest with a 4,200foot elevation gain and faint trail, downhill travel is recommended when hiking Moody Point 139. During times of flooding, Cherry Creek is not traversable.

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Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Hands-on, eye-opening fun with more than 300 interactive exhibits, Dorrance planetarium, giant-screen theater, daily live demonstrations, traveling exhibitions and much more.

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.

600 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 716-2000

Butterfly Wonderland

9500 E. Vía de Ventura Scottsdale, AZ 85256 (480) 800-3000

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.

215 N. 7th St. Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 253-0501

Sea Life Arizona

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

Located in Arizona Mills, Sea Life is an aquarium built for kids that transports visitors into an amazing ocean world that provides close encounters with a vast array of creatures.

Castles N’ Coasters 9445 N. Metro Pkwy. E Phoenix, AZ 85051 (602) 997-7575

The approximately 10-acre park features four outdoor 18-hole miniature golf courses, several rides and an indoor video game arcade.

The Phoenix Zoo, host of Zoo Lights, has about 1,200 animals.


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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES NATIVE AMERICAN EXPERIENCES Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park and Museum

1324 S. Jesse Hayes Rd. Globe, AZ 85501 (928) 425-0320

One mile southwest of Globe stand the ruins of the ancient Salado people who occupied the site nearly 800 years ago. The partially restored ruins, along with the adjacent museum provide a fascinating glimpse at the lifestyle of the people who occupied this region over two centuries before Columbus discovered the “New World.”

Fort Apache Historic Park White Mountain Apache Lands, AZ (928) 338-4525

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

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.

Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise W. Highway 264 & SR-12 Window Rock, AZ 86515 (928) 871-4090

The only enterprise of the Navajo Nation that specializes in handmade Navajo jewelry, such as bracelets, rings, belts necklaces and more, Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise also offers woven rugs and represents many artisans on and off the Navajo Reservation.

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community 10005 E. Osborn Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85256 (480) 362-7740

The SRPMIC operates two casinos on its land, both operating under the Casino Arizona brand name. It also operates Salt River Fields at Talking Stick — home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies — the first Major League Baseball spring training facility to be built on Indian land.

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

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES PERFORMING ARTS THEATER Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

The Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center illuminates, celebrates, and promotes Latinos in Arizona through education, advocacy and collaboration. The exhibition “Galeria 147” showcases the vast range of diversity and talent from across Arizona.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts showcases a diverse season of dance, music, theater and film from around the world. More than 1,000 indoor and outdoor performances, educational programs, festivals and other events are presented and hosted at the center each year.

147 E. Adams St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 254-9817

7380 E. 2nd St. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 499-8587

Herberger Theater 222 E. Monroe St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 254-7399

Herberger Theater is home to Arizona Theatre Company and Center Dance Ensemble. Approximately 150,000 patrons, including 30,000 school-aged children, visit the Herberger annually.

Mesa Arts Center 1 E. Main St. Mesa, AZ 85201 (480) 644-6500

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 concerts, performing arts, events, art activities, music, dance, shows, comedy and more.

Orpheum Theatre 203 W. Adams St. Phoenix, AZ 85003 (602) 534-5600

After 12 years, $14 million and an incredible amount of perseverance, the historic Orpheum Theatre has been renovated for “adaptive reuse.” The Orpheum Theatre hosts a great variety of first class productions, drawing thousands of people to a vibrant downtown venue.


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Notable bands that came from Arizona include Jimmy Eat World, Meat Puppets, Gin Blossoms, Phunk Junkeez, Dead Hot Workshop, and Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers.


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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES AIR TOURS Arizona Helicopter Adventures 1200 Airport Rd. Sedona, AZ 86336 (800) 282-5141

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.

Maverick Helicopters Grand Canyon National Park Airport-Hwy. 64 Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 (888) 261-4414

Maverick Helicopters offers a list of unique air tours for every attraction seeker. It has helicopter tours that will take you deep into the aweinspiring Grand Canyon.

Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters 3568 Airport Rd. Heliport address: 3563 Hummingbird Dr. Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 (888) 635-7272

Since 1965, Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters has been showing guests the majesty of the Grand Canyon.

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.

Red Rocks Biplane Tours

Airport Location: 1225 Airport Rd #14 Sedona, AZ 86336 Uptown Location: 250 N. State Route 89A Sedona, AZ 86336 (928) 204-5939

Choose from four tours and view Sedona from above in the new WACO open-cockpit biplane.

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, at the time the largest municipal airport in the United States.

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

Keeper of the Wild 13441 E. Highway 66 ​Valentine, AZ 86437 (928) 769-1800

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.

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 the organization by other animal welfare agencies. Animals placed at Keepers of the Wild can depend on a safe and lifelong home.

Out of Africa Wildlife Park

Phoenix Zoo

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.

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.

3505 W. Camp Verde Bridgeport Hwy. Camp Verde, AZ 86322 (928) 567-2840

Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium 16501 W. Northern Ave. Litchfield Park, AZ 85340 (623) 935-WILD (9453)

Wildlife World Zoo has been an integral part of the West Valley for more than two decades, and with the opening of a multimillion-dollar aquarium, it just keeps getting better and better. The zoo is open seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (The aquarium is open until 9 p.m.) year-round — even holidays.

455 N. Galvin Pkwy. Phoenix, AZ 85008 (602) 273-1341

Arizona farmers began breeding ostriches for their feathers in the late nineteenth century.

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Enjoy the Only Sea Lion Show in Arizona.

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16001 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 998-2800

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 Wild Horse Pass 5700 W. North Loop Rd. Chandler, AZ 85226 (480) 502-5600

Rawhide is Arizona’s largest Western-themed attraction, with desert stagecoach and train rides, rock climbing, a mechanical bull and more. Theatrical performances include shootouts, gun twirling and musical performances.


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Main Event Entertainment 8545 S Emerald Dr. Tempe, Arizona 85284 (480) 753-1200

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 grown-ups, there’s a full-service bar, pool tables and shuffleboard.

Stratum Laser Tag

UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle 16000 N. Maricopa Rd. Maricopa, AZ 85139 (520) 494-7827

The UltraStar Multi-tainment Center features movies, bowling, dining and live entertainment including a sports bar. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, check out the amazing laser tag facility.

1455 S. Stapley Dr., #11 Mesa, AZ 85204 (480) 545-5500

Stratum’s 18,000-square-foot, fullservice entertainment facility includes a 13,000 square foot laser tag arena with 15 levels, 90 towers, bridges and ramps equipped with 60 Zone Laser Tag vests and phasers.

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

TOP 5 | ADVENTURES AZ TOURS Arizona Outdoor Fun

Queen Mine Tour

Pink Jeep Tours

Arizona Outdoor Fun offers everything you’d possibly need for outdoor recreational fun, including affordable ATV rentals, jet ski rentals, sport quads, motorcycle rentals and more. Its sightseeing tours include ATV tours and jeep tours of the historic and scenic Arizona desert.

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.

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.

2144 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 400-2445

AZ Hummer Tours 4824 W. Waltann Lane Phoenix, AZ 85306 (602) 692-7124

An adventure with AZ Hummer Tours allows you to experience breathtaking vistas as you tour ghost towns and Native American ruins. All the while, your guide will share extensive knowledge of desert wildlife, flora and fauna and history of the area.


478 N. Dart Rd. Bisbee, AZ 85603 (866) 432-2071

204 N. State Rt. 89A Sedona, AZ 86336 (800) 873-3662; (928) 282-5000

Taste It Tours

114 W. Adams St., #109 Phoenix, AZ 85003 (866) 577-3552

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


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Arizona Raft Adventures

Colorado River Discovery

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.

Colorado River Discovery offers smoothwater float trips perfect for the entire family (ages 4 years and older).

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

Arizona River Runners 15211 N. Cave Creek Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85068 (800) 477-7238

Since 1970, Arizona River Runners has provided complete Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trips on the Colorado River. 94

130 6th Ave. Page, AZ 86040 (888) 522-6644

Yuma River Tours

Salt River Rafting

US Hwy. 60 - AZ State Route 77 Mile Marker 293 Salt River Canyon, AZ 85501 (800) 472-5194

Salt River Rafting offers guided whitewater raft trips in Arizona’s spectacular Upper Salt River Canyon.

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

Yuma offers a variety of jet boat tours, including day trips with stops at historic sites, student field trips, canoe trips, photography and birding trips and custom charters. For a relaxing cruise, take a lunch or dinner cruise aboard the Colorado King sternwheeler.

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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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A Day in the West 252 N. Hwy. 89A Sedona, AZ 86336 (800) 973-3662

Start your adventure with a 4x4 Jeep tour through the beautiful high desert surrounding Sedona, then saddle-up for a scenic one-hour horseback ride on a 45,000-acre working cattle ranch.

M Diamond Ranch

3255 National Forest 618 Rd. Lake Montezuma, AZ 86335 (928) 300-6466

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MTM Ranch

43001 N. Spur Cross Rd. Cave Creek, AZ 85331 (480) 488-4538

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.

Tanque Verde Ranch 14301 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85748 (800) 234-3833

Tanque Verde Ranch offers trailriding adventures on horseback, mountain bike and on foot. With experienced guides to explore the Saguaro National Park and Rincon Mountains, you will experience the flora, fauna and wildlife of the ranch’s beautiful desert location. All ranch activities are included in the rate.

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The walls of the Grand Canyon are a cross section of geologic history extending back two billion years.

Bumble Bee Ranch Adventures

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

Horseback riding, cattle drives, nature hikes and Western dinners. Guided history-filled tours through Bumble Bee Creek, into the mountains and through the scenic Sonoran Desert. Guest accommodations are available.


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

Located in the heart of the Tonto National Forest, just 45 minutes north of downtown Phoenix, Bartlett Lake Marina offers fishing, boating and watersports; it’s a wonderful location for a weekend getaway with the family.

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

Enjoy breathtaking views as the tour travels up the Colorado River through the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. You’ll see places like Devils Elbow, interesting rock formations and 3,500-year-old Indian petroglyphs.

Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas 100 Lake Shore Dr. Page, AZ 86040 (888) 896-3829

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.

Roosevelt Lake Marina

The Dolly Steamboat

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.

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.

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

Canyon Lake Marina: 16802 Arizona 88 Tortilla Flat, AZ 85219 (480) 827-9144

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

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CANYON LAKE, ARIZONA There's a different kind of adventure waiting for you aboard a steamboat. See an Arizona rich in history, lore and legends. Cruise the secluded inner waterways of the “Junior Grand Canyon” on a Nature Cruise or Twilight Dinner Cruise. Bring your camera and binoculars! (480) 827-9144 -

TOP 5 | ADVENTURES CASINOS Photo courtesy Casino Del Sol

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

Casino Del Sol

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

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.

Lone Butte Casino

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

Minutes from the Chandler/ Ahwatukee area, Lone Butte is the destination for the slot lover. Lone Butte has 850 of the newest slots, with classic reels and video slots, as well as video keno and video poker. Lone Butte also has live blackjack, with limits from $5 to $1,000, plus a state-of-the-art bingo hall. There are also six restaurants to choose from. 100

Casino Arizona at Salt River 524 N. 92nd St. Scottsdale, AZ 85256 (480) 850-7777

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.

Cliff Castle Casino

555 W. Middle Verde Rd. Camp Verde, AZ 86322 (928) 567-7900

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.

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Fort Mcdowell Casino 10424 N. Fort McDowell Rd. Fort McDowell, AZ 85264 800-THE-FORT (843-3678)

Fort McDowell Casino offers some of the finest, most exciting gaming in the Southwest. Slots, keno, bingo, poker, blackjack, and lunar bingo, which takes the traditional game to thrilling new heights.

Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino 15091 Komatke Lane Laveen Village, AZ 85339 (800) 946-4452

Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino features a 90-room luxurious boutique hotel, pristine pool and pool side suites, as well as a vibrant gambling complex with many slot machines and game tables.

MAKE IT A NIGHT TO REMEMBER When the sun goes down, the valley heats up. With hot spots like Cascades Lounge, Chrome Nightclub and the west valley’s VQ Live, Gila River Casinos are the ultimate destination for live music and electrifying nightlife. • 800-WIN-GILA • Gila River Gaming Enterprises, Inc. Owned and operated by the Gila River Indian Community

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The last Native Americans arrived in Arizona between 16,000 BC and 10,000 BC, while the history of Arizona as recorded by Europeans began when Marcos de Niza, a Franciscan, explored the area in 1539.

Arizona Cardinals 1 Cardinals Dr. Glendale, AZ 85305 (623) 433-7101

Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals made the playoffs last year after an 11-5 regular season. The Cardinals’ 2015 schedule features games against San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Baltimore, Chicago, Green Bay and Pittsburgh.

Arizona Diamondbacks 401 E. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 462-6500

Arizona Rattlers 201 E. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 514-TDTD

The Arena Football League’s Arizona Rattlers have won eight division titles and have played in eight ArenaBowl Championship games, winning championships in 1994, 1997, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Watch the action-packed Rattlers try to defende their ArenaBowl title in 2015. 102

Phoenix International Raceway 7602 S. Avondale Blvd. Tolleson, AZ 85353 (623) 772-2000

Phoenix International Raceway, also known as PIR, is a onemile, low-banked tri-oval race track located in Avondale. The motorsport track opened in 1964 and currently hosts two NASCAR race weekends annually.

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The Diamondbacks have the lowest Fan Cost Index ($126.89) in Major League Baseball for the eighth consecutive season. AllYou-Can-Eat Seats are available starting at $34 and include unlimited access to ballpark traditions such as hot dogs, chips, popcorn, peanuts, water and Pepsi soft drinks in a special section on the Insight Diamond Level.

Phoenix Mercury 201 E. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 379-7900

The Mercury are looking to repeat as WNBA champions in 2015. The Mercury are led by 6-8 center Brittney Griner, who is the first WNBA player to dunk twice in one game.

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Arizona Speedway 47346 N. Ironwood Rd. San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 (480) 926-6688

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.

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


Bondurant School of High Performance Driving 20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Gate #3 Chandler, AZ 85226 (800) 842-7223

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

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)

The self-proclaimed largest indoor racetrack in America, Octane Raceway 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 (480) 277-1864 Every Saturday night, 4:30 p.m.

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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8620 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 502-1800

Since opening in 1994, Grayhawk has become one of Arizona’s most celebrated daily-fee golf clubs, mostly because of Grayhawk’s two exceptional 18-hole golf courses – Talon and Raptor. Both have hosted high-profile events such as the Frys. com Open (2007-2009).

Talking Stick Golf Club 9998 E. Indian Bend Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85256 (480) 860-2221

As a design team, Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw 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.

Golf Club At Eagle Mountain

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

Located minutes from Scottsdale in the rugged McDowell Mountains of Fountain Hills, the Scott Millerdesigned Eagle Mountain Golf Club dramatically weaves its way through shaded box canyons and around majestic mountain peaks unique to this scenic corner of the Sonoran Desert.

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club 18200 E. Toh Vee Cir. Fort McDowell, AZ 85264 (480) 836-9000

Featuring views of the Sonoran Desert, We-Ko-Pa consists of the original 18 holes, the Cholla Course, designed by Scott Miller and a second 18, the Saguaro Course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.

Legacy Golf Resort 6808 S. 32nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85042 (602) 305-5500

Legacy Golf Club was voted the No. 1 public golf course in Phoenix and is the site of the Golf Channel Academy. The club also hosts weddings and banquets.

PING, one of the largest of the remaining American manufacturers of golf clubs, is based in Phoenix.

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

The Spa at Camelback Inn Mind, Body & Soul — 5402 E. Lincoln Dr. Prescott Arizona Day Spa

Old World ambiance melds with contemporary amenities, including a fitness center, professional massage therapy, pools, golf, biking and nearby hiking trails.

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.

5200 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018 (602) 977-6400

Scottsdale, AZ 85253 (800) 922-2635

Canyon Ranch

8600 E. Rockcliff Rd. Tucson, AZ 85750 (520) 749-9000

Since 1979, Canyon Ranch has set the gold standard among destination resorts and spas, empowering people to live healthier, longer, more joyful lives through fitness, nutrition, stress management and integrative wellness.


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3165 Crossings Dr. Prescott, AZ 86305 (928) 776-6474

Once through the doors, you will enter a retreat for both men and women to escape the rigors of daily stress and most importantly, to replenish your spirit. Mind, Body & Soul is a three-time winner of Best Day Spa in Arizona.

Well & Being Spa Famed song composer Irving Berlin penned many tunes, including “White Christmas,” while sitting poolside at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa.

7575 E. Princess Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 585-4848

From the exhilaration of Aerial Hammock Yoga to the tranquility of a customized aromatherapy massage, Well & Being offers an innovative fusion of spa and wellness.

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TOP 5 | ADVENTURES WINERIES Arizona Stronghold Vineyards

Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards

1023 N. Main St. Cottonwood, AZ 86326 (928) 639-2789

158 Main St. Jerome, AZ 86331 (928) 639-9463

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards was formed in 2007 by vintner Eric Glomski and musician Maynard James Keenan to put Arizona on the fine wine map. For $9 per person, Stronghold’s knowledgeable staff will guide you through a tasting of five wines. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the Arizona Stronghold portfolio of wines.

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


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 and the success they’ve seen is documented in the film “Blood Into Wine."

Alcantara Vineyards 3445 S. Grapevine Way Cottonwood, AZ 86326 (888) 569-0756

Alcantara Vineyards 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.

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Page Springs Cellars 1500 N. Page Springs Rd. Cornville, AZ 86325 (928) 639-3004

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.

Dos Cabezas Wineworks 3248 Hwy. 82 Sonoita, AZ 85637 (520) 455-5141

Dos Cabezas WineWorks is a family owned and operated winery that challenges the perception that Arizona does not produce exceptional wines. Dos Cabezas' wine has been enjoyed at the White House, earned critical acclaim and grabbed international attention.

Page Springs Cellars Visit our Tasting Room located just 15 minutes south of Sedona for a true taste of Arizona. Page Springs Cellars is a family owned winery tucked into the volcanic landscape overlooking pristine Oak Creek. For a truly special visit arrange for a picnic basket, vineyard massage or a vineyard and winery tour.

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Montezuma Castle National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Petrified Forest National Park

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

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.

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.

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.

2800 N. Montezuma Castle Hwy. Camp Verde, AZ 86322 (928) 567-3322

Monument Valley

Bldg. 36A E. Hwy. 264 at Rt. 12 Window Rock, AZ 86515 (928) 871-6647 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. 112

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1 Petrified Forest Rd. Petrified Forest, AZ 86028 (928) 524-6228

South Mountain

10919 S. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85042 (602) 262-7393 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.

10 Organ Pipe Dr. Ajo, AZ 85321 (520) 387-6849

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

Journey into the ancient past of Arizona and discover what life was like more than 700 years ago.

The most accessible ancient ruins in the Southwest Open Daily 9-4:30 Summer Hours: July 1 - September 31, Closed Monday & Tuesday Adults $5 â—? Seniors (65+) $4 â—? Children 12 and under FREE We are a pet friendly facility

1324 S. Jesse Hayes Rd. Globe, AZ 85501 928.425.0320 | Photography provided by: Lee Kinnard and Rick Hossman


Phoenix Art Museum

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.

The Southwest’s premier destination for world-class visual arts, features popular exhibitions and a collection of more than 18,000 works.

2301 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 252-8848

Musical Instrument Museum 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix, AZ 85050 (480) 478-6000

At the first global musical instrument museum, nearly 300 exhibits immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the world’s instruments.

1625 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 257-1222

Scottsdale Museum Of Contemporary Art 7374 E. 2nd St. Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 874-4666

SMoCA is an educational institution dedicated to presenting exhibitions on contemporary and modern art, architecture and design.

Shemer Art Center & Museum

5005 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018 (602) 262-4727

Formerly a private residence, this art center and museum sits on four well-manicured acres overlooking Camelback Mountain and is one of the few places to see large-scale sculpture outdoors. In addition, art classes for children and adults are offered.

The Pima Air and Space Museum is one of the world’s largest non-governmentfunded aviation museums in the world.

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Hamra Jewelers

Molina Fine Jeweler

15435 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85254 (480) 946-5110

Hamra features an exquisite selection of platinum, gold and gemstone designs in earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings from such renowned artists as Jack Kelege, Charles Krypell, Roberto Coin, Aaron Basha, Penny Preville, Jude Frances, Simon G., Tacori, Michael B., Scott Kay and David Yurman.

3134 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016 (602) 955-2055

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

London Gold 10441 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ (480) 367-1717 (Two other Metro Phoenix locations)

Regardless of your jewelry interests, customers find than they are always satisfied at London Gold, which prides itself on providing affordable luxury at prices always better than a sale. London Gold has direct access to the finest diamonds, so your choices are virtually unlimited. 116

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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.

Sami Fine Jewelers E.D. Marshall Jewelers 10261 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85253 (480) 922-1968

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.

16704 E. Ave of the Fountains, #100 Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 (480) 837-8168

Voted one of “America’s Top 5 Cool Jewelry Stores,” Sami has been designing jewelry for more than 40 years. Buyers around the country have sought out original Sami designs. This certified gemologist works with diamonds and exotic gemstones from around the world.

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D L O Outlets at Sedona

Arizona Mills

The only retail outlet mall in Northern Arizona is located in the popular Sedona Oak Creek Village shopping mall.

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.

6600 S. Hwy 179 Sedona, AZ 86351 (602) 687-6764

Tanger Outlets at Westgate

6800 N. 95th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85305 (623) 877-9500

Tanger Outlets offers something for everyone and is located near a variety of restaurants, University of Phoenix Stadium and Gila River Arena. 118

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5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir. Tempe, AZ 85282 (480) 791-7300

Outlets at Anthem 4250 W. Anthem Way Phoenix, AZ 85086 (623) 465-9500

More than 60 designer shops fill this open-air shopping district, offering the perfect road stop when heading in or out of the Valley.

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

Phoenix Premium Outlets 4976 Premium Outlets Way Chandler, AZ 85226 (480) 639-1766

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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