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SUMMERVacations 2014 guide






Summer Escapes and Budget Getaways Splish-splash into exciting destinations, great family values

contents Page 3: Rejuvenate and refresh at TUCSON Spas Page 4: STAYCATIONS in the Valley Page 6: Hiking and biking in NORTHERN ARIZONA Page 8: LAS VEGAS unveiled Page 10: Rocky Mountain beauty in COLORADO Page 12: Must-do SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA attractions Page 14: 5 more reasons to visit SAN DIEGO

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Time to plan your summer escape


t’s summer. The kids are out of school; you’ve got vacation time to burn; by gosh, it’s time to plan your summer escape. Welcome to the 2014 Summer Vacation Guide! Whether you plan to travel far or remain close to home, we have ideas for both active exploration and soothing relaxation. And we’ve found hidden gems in some of the most popular vacation spots. And explore exciting destinations at great values! This summer can provide memories that will last for years. Read on!

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tucson spas

Rejuvenate and refresh

Tucson’s many spa resorts offer world-class pampering By Teresa Esquivel


From traditional to the more exotic, there’s no shortage of world-class spas in the Old Pueblo.


here is plenty to see and do in southern Arizona, but sometimes it’s a good thing to do nothing. When your body and mind call it quits and demand some long overdue lolling around, there are several top-rated spas in Tucson that can help revive your senses and refresh your spirit. All you have to do is lie back, close your eyes and let the experts massage your worries away. Following are a few unique treatments that await you at Tucson area spas.

At the Spa at the Omni Tucson National Resort, the Red Boot signature body treatment begins with a scrub made from sugar, prickly pear

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Miraval Arizona


Celebrities and other A-listers escape to the secluded, serene surroundings of Miraval Arizona to rest-up, recharge and indulge in a variety of healthy, soul-soothing activities. Luckily, even regular folks get star treatment at this southern Arizona spa. The Ultimate Ayurvedic Treatment begins with an Abhyanga massage to help loosen toxins and increase circulation. Marma point therapy calms the body by cleansing and balancing the body’s energies. Next, a stream of heated oil is poured over your forehead. Called Shirodhara therapy, it will bring on further calm and help balance the nervous system. Learn more:


Canyon Ranch Resort & Spa is an award-winning luxury spa destination located on 150 acres in Tucson. One treatment offered here combines the cleansing and healing benefits of a traditional Native American sweat lodge with hands-on massage. Called Rejuvenating Waters, the treatment begins with a massage in a hydrotherapy tub. More massage follows in a steam-filled room. Whatever your body needs, the therapist will give, using hands and feet, stretching and hot and cold towels. Learn more: For more information about Tucson spas, see

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essence and desert jojoba. Following a quick rinse, you’re treated to a massage with shea butter cream before being covered in wildflowers and wrapped in a moist, heated cocoon. As you absorb the skinsoothing properties of the wildflowers, you’ll be treated to a refreshing, hydrating facial massage. When it’s all said and done, you’ll emerge relaxed, renewed and as silky soft as a newborn. Learn more:

Nestled in the Catalina Mountains of Tucson, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort’s Lakeside Spa uses local botanicals in its signature treatments. The Sedona Sacred Ritual, for example, begins with a skin-cleansing Cedarwood Citrus Desert Salt Body Polish. Then, after being covered in a layer of warm Sedona clay, a face, neck and scalp massage begins. Once you’re rinsed off and clean, you’ll be treated to a luxurious application of Citrus Cedarwood Citrus Jojoba Body Lotion. Learn more:



Choose a kid-friendly staycation this summer Valley resorts offer low rates, variety of amenities for the entire family

By Meghann Finn Sepulveda

Arizona Biltmore

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ou don’t have to travel far or spend a fortune this summer by taking advantage of the many family-friendly staycation options at Valley resorts. From water slides, dive-in movies, themed arts and crafts, and camps; to discounted kids meals, daily resort credit and


9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with recreational activities such as swimming, bike riding, tennis and nature walks. The kid’s playground is a perfect spot for little ones to interact with a variety of play equipment under a large shaded canopy. The resort also offers cooking classes for kids and free meals at the Adobe Restaurant on weekends.

games, activities and interactive learning experiences staffed by experienced counselors. At this Scottsdale resort, Gondola boat rides kids and teens will stay travel through the busy splashing in the 2.5 properties’ seven-acre acre water playground, or waterways and create fun cruising down the 30-foot- family memories. high speed water slide. The resort has 10 onsite POINTE HILTON pools, including a sand SQUAW PEAK RESORT beach. The summer flashback Camp Hyatt rates will have guests accommodates children of every decade gone 4 to 12 and includes


Point Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

Guests at this all-suite resort have access to the 7-acre Oasis Water Park, featuring a wave pool, water slides, river tubing and private cabanas. Situated at the South Mountain Preserve, all-suite accommodations, families looking for outdoor adventure can you may not want to explore the 60 mile escape the heat. trails ideal for hiking, horseback riding and ARIZONA BILTMORE Kids and adults will enjoy mountain biking. Choose from six unique the 92-foot water slide and casual dining options at this centrally-located that cater to families. Phoenix resort. arizonagrandresort. Children ages 4 to 12 can participate in the Kids com Korral Program, from

by enjoying themed activities, culinary treats and experiences. The resort’s four-acre River Ranch water park boasts a lazy river, 130-foot water slide, sport pool, and an 18-hole miniature golf putting course. At Coyote Camp, kids ages 4 to 12 will learn about Arizona’s western culture, and participate in educational activities such as panning for gold, arrowhead hunting and tepee building.


Experience an island getaway this summer at Aloha Summer Central. Kids can try surfing on the Kierland FlowRider wave simulator, or sign-up for surf camp, a five-day instruction on bodyboard and flowboard, in addition to games, crafts and flowboard yoga, designed for ages 8 to 12. Daily poolside activities engage the entire family and include hula skirt relay racing,

The Wigwam grass skirt hula hooping, and the island limbo. The Adventure Water Park includes a lazy river and water slide, and is adjacent to the OK Corral, where kids can play lawn chess, basketball and game tables.


Families can choose between three summer packages at this historic West Valley resort that include daily resort credit, discounts on cabana rentals and suite upgrades. Kids can dive into a movie at the main pool, ride two 25-foot water slides, meet their favorite Radio Disney stars, and create their own ice cream sundaes. Family Sunday specials at Wigwam Golf let kids play free with a parent after 3 p.m.

flagstaff hiking

Hiking and biking…to your liking? Chill out in Flagstaff this summer

By Linda Conaboy

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hen our Arizona weather starts its annual summer sizzle, temperatures in Flagstaff and environs typically clock in at the mid-80s, making this part of the state a popular destination, especially for hikers and bikers. Located at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff sits more than a mile above sea level — 7,000 feet to be exact. Its winter snow makes it an obvious choice for skiers and boarders, and its moderate summer temperatures are a Siren’s call to those seeking a wide range of uninterrupted outdoor pleasure. There are grand hikes up gloriously steep mountain trails, and there are gentle rambles, all easily accessed via the city’s extensive trail system. For example, Humphrey’s Peak, the highest natural point

Enjoy the clean air and cooler temperatures with a bike adventure in Flagstaff.

in Arizona, stands at an elevation of 12,636 feet. It is located in the Kachina Peaks Wilderness in the Coconino National Forest, about 11 miles north of Flagstaff. The summit can be reached by hiking the 4.8 mile Humphrey’s Trail that begins at the Arizona Snowbowl. If this climb sounds a bit ambitious, many more moderate trails await, including the Aspen Loop Trail, which begins at the Humphrey’s Trailhead and branches west. For those who hanker to set foot on the Arizona Trail, the 800 mile route extending from Mexico to Utah, the route from Marshall Lake to Fisher Point allows you to do just that. It appears that Flagstaff is a biker’s dream, too. Beginners might start with a guided tour on a rented bike, but the options for those anticipating an adventure on their own are wide open. Miles of trails cruising through diverse scenery can be accessed using the city’s Urban Trail System. In addition to the city’s offerings, trails like

Schultz Creek Trail, the Sunset Trail, Little Elden Trail and the Rio de Flag South Trail offer a wide variety of terrain. All you need do when planning your cool getaway is visit with any of the hiking and biking adventurists at a number of shops in Flagstaff. They are friendly, able and glad you have come for a visit.

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las vegas

Las Vegas unveiled

Sin City continues to reinvent itself By Brian Sodoma

The LINQ is one of Las Vegas’s most dynamic new entertainment opportunities.

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hen it comes to finding new ways to excite guests very few cities can rival Las Vegas. Even though Sin City doesn’t give much reprieve to the summer heat, the Entertainment Capital has some new things worth checking out for 2014.


Those looking for a new reason to visit the Strip can find it at The LINQ. The new $500 million entertainment complex, located near The Quad, formerly Imperial Palace, is home to the Strip’s newest dining and entertainment options.

For any Daquiri recipe you could possibly dream up, visit the LINQ’s Purple Zebra Daiquiri Bar; enjoy a concert while bowling at Brooklyn Bowl, or visit the latest incarnation of a Vegas classic, O’Sheas, a raucous traditional Irish pub with a casino, more than 60 beers and, well, beer pong. The LINQ’s centerpiece is “The High Roller,” the Strip’s first observation wheel. It tops out at 550 feet, making it the world’s tallest, more than 100 feet taller than the London Eye. Up to 40 people can fit into one viewing cabin, where guests can host small private parties, if booked in advance. Each ride is about 30 minutes; packages start at $24.95 per person. Learn more: caesars. com/thelinq.


Newly opened in May, The Cromwell is on the site of the former Bill’s Gambling Hall, next door to the Flamingo and across the street from Caesars Palace. The new and ultra-modern

boutique hotel also boasts a top-floor pool in the 65,000 square foot Drai’s Beach Club and Night Club. From celebrity-hosted parties to DJ’s and other events, pool clubs are the hot summer attractions both day and night on the Strip. Other popular pool clubs include: Tao Beach, Encore Beach Club and Marquee Dayclub.

For those into the nightclub scene, try Hakkasan at the MGM Grand. Opened late last year, you can enjoy a tranquil dining experience with world-class Cantonese dishes on the main floor restaurant, then dance the night away upstairs to DJ’s Calvin Harris, Michael Woods or Tiesto. Always adding new tenants, Fashion Show

The ever-changing Las Vegas Strip attracts visitors from all over the world.

There’s more fun and excitement off The Strip. Check out SlotZilla at Fremont Street, a 12-story slot machine!


Downtown, yes, we said it, downtown. The Fremont Street Experience is hot again. Take a zip-line as you watch the light show on the Fremont Street canopy, or just watch others do it. Take in the best in cocktail culture at the Fremont East district, a new dining, bar and entertainment section just east of the Fremont Street Experience. If you’re into learning about the old days, visit the Mob Museum, at 300 E. Stewart Ave. Or try the Neon Museum, 810 N. Las Vegas Blvd., to see up close old neon signage from some of the city’s iconic properties, and even some obscure ones too. While downtown, stay at The Downtown Grand.

Opened late last year on the site of the former Lady Luck Casino, “The Grand” offers a completely revamped industrial theme and hip room designs, and, yes, a roof-top pool too. While there, check out Stewart + Ogden diner bistro, named after early Las Vegas settlers Archibald Stewart and Peter Ogden. The ranchers had polar opposite views on meat preparation and food in general – one liked exotic spices and dared to combine unusual flavorings while the other held to simple, consistent, flavorful approaches. The restaurant concept embraces these differences and puts them on a menu for guests.

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For those who still want the Strip’s high-end touch but appreciate a break from the madness, take in the summer concert series at Red Rock Resort in Summerlin, or enjoy the best steaks and martinis in town at Hank’s inside the AAA four-diamond Green Valley Ranch Resort in Henderson. Both resorts The High Roller, overlooking the dancing waters of the LINQ boast award-winning entertainment district, is the world’s tallest observation wheel. spas, are family-friendly and only a few minutes from the Strip. opening of SLS Las Vegas, The M Resort, located Mall, CityCenter’s The a few minutes south Shops at Crystals and the on the North Strip site of of the Las Vegas Strip, Miracle Mile Shops at the the former Sahara. The new 1,600-room luxury also in Henderson, Planet Hollywood Resort hotel will be akin to its has become a popular always make for great 5-star Beverly Hills and getaway place with shopping getaways, too. South Beach properties. summer concerts, spa For those late summer Learn more: slshotels. packages and its popular arrivals, Labor Day Daydream Pool Club. weekend marks the com/lasvegas.



Rocky Mountain ‘drive’ time

Colorado offers some of the most beautiful scenic drives in the country By Teresa Esquivel Byway you’ll probably see mountain goats and bighorn sheep. And, as you continue to climb up the highest paved road in North America, you’ll find yourself above the treeline and likely above most clouds, too. The byway passes through Idaho Springs, where you can take a tour of the Argo Gold Mine and Mill or soak in the natural springs at Indian Hot Springs Resort, a respite you just might need after navigating the route’s many switchbacks — guardrails not included.


Mesa Lakes of the Grand Mesa is one of Colorado’s hidden treasures. Grand Mesa, one of the largest flat-top mountains in the world, showcases more than 300 lakes.

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olorado is a natural beauty. No argument here. From soaring peaks and cavernous canyons to shimmering lakes and flower-filled meadows, the state’s scenery is so stunning there are 25 official Scenic and Historic Byways that

guide visitors through some of the best sights in the West. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the byways program, so help celebrate by jumping behind the wheel and exploring the state. Watch the scenery roll by or take some time to hop out of

the car, stretch your legs and partake in the many attractions along the way. Following is a sampling of what you can find along Colorado’s Scenic and Historic Byways.


As you drive along the Mount Evans Scenic

The Grand Mesa Scenic Byway takes you to the top of the largest flattopped mountain in the world. Spanning some 500 square miles at an altitude of 6,000 feet, the mesa offers breathtaking vistas from often precariously perched viewing spots, like the not-to-be-missed Lands End Overlook. Dinosaur Diamond Scenic and Historic Byway is among 11 in the state also designated as America’s Byways

by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. This route ushers you through land once ruled by dinosaurs, and allows for stops at Dinosaur Journey Museum in Grand Junction and Dinosaur National Monument, which is sure to have a fossil of your favorite prehistoric giant.


The Lariat Loop Scenic Byway passes through Golden, a town better known for brew than beasts. The Golden Brewery is one of the largest in the MillerCoors network and, during the summer, the brewery is open for self-guided tours and tastings every day. Also nearby is Buffalo Bill’s gravesite and Golden Gate Canyon State Park. If you’re up for a longer road trip, West Elk Loop Scenic and History Byway takes an estimated 8 to 10 hours to travel. The lasso-shaped byway links three mining towns, runs alongside diverse wilderness areas and passes through several mountain towns. In Carbondale you’ll find galleries and boutiques,

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Enjoy a date night at the casino with a free $10 in slot play**, exclusive golf rates at We-Ko-Pa, 99¢ kids breakfasts***, DJs & dive-in movies on Saturdays, water attractions, kids activities and much more. We are also home to Eagle View RV Resort, featuring a pool and other luxurious amenities.

Hiking the higher elevations in Colorado offers incredible panoramic views. as well as Roaring Fork, a river full of rainbow trout. At Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, you can marvel at the steep, deep, narrow canyon carved over millions of years by the Gunnison River. A mustsee during the summer, the meadows surrounding Crested Butte burst into bloom, offering colorful proof of why the town is the designated Wildflower Capital of Colorado.

For more information about Colorado’s Scenic and Historic Byways, check out the Colorado Department of Transportation’s interactive map at travel/scenic-byways.




Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, located in Western Colorado, is as dramatic as it is beautiful.



southern california

6 must-do attractions in So Cal

Space adventures, high-end chocolate and aquatic fun in Southern California By Suzanne Wright swooping turn, and in and out of tunnels before crossing the finish line. Visitors can also frolic in one of southern California’s largest wave pools or sunbathe on a sandy beach and then retreat to a spacious private cabana. Learn more:


The Space Shuttle Endeavour saw 25 missions and traveled nearly 123 million miles before making a historic 12-mile journey through the streets of Los Angeles. One of the most advanced aeronautical systems in Aquatica San Diego, SeaWorld’s Waterpark, is loaded with twisting-turning watersides existence, Endeavour’s and attractions. temporary home is opens Memorial Day their state. We Zonies the California Science ccording to the weekend for its second accept the moniker with Center. On public Urban Dictionary season with a variety of good humor because the display only since a “Zonie” is an water experiences for state to our immediate 2013, the Endeavour Arizona resident that guests, from the serene left has a bumper crop of will ultimately be the “invades beach towns attractions that beckon us to the extreme. There are centerpiece of the in California during the dozens of slides and rides, Samuel Oschin Air and throughout the summer summer causing traffic but new this year is the months. Here are some Space Center slated to jams, and straight up high-speed racing water of our latest favorites. open in 2018. Meanwhile, annoying the population slide dubbed the Taumata would-be explorers can of the local town.” Of Racer. Riders will zoom MAKE A SPLASH experience its sleek course, Californians are down a 375-foot slide, Aquatica San Diego, grandeur, along with much less annoyed by around a 180-degree located near SeaWorld, a companion exhibit the dollars we spend in

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featuring images and artifacts that explain the shuttle program and its importance to California, where the orbiters were built. Learn more: California


Indulge your sweet tooth affordably and walk off the calories in LA’s swankiest neighborhood with the Beverly Hills Chocolate Walking Tour. During the two and a half hour tour, guests sample the best of Beverly Hills’ high-end chocolatiers including Vosges, Beverly Hills Brownies and Sprinkles. There are regular star sightings along the route; Britney Spears, Usher and Sylvester Stallone have recently been spotted. Coinciding with Beverly Hills’ 2014 centennial, the company just completed its 100th tour. Tours are suitable for adults and children 12 and older and are wheelchair accessible. Learn more: beverly

If you have a hankering for some craft hops and barley, Southern California is your ticket to suds!

An aerial view of the picturesque Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island.


pedestrian-friendly emphasis—car access is limited. The island’s main town, Avalon, cradles the bay and boasts plenty of activities including kayaking, biking, parasailing and rock climbing. You might even spy a herd of buffalo that still roam


Universal Studios Hollywood has recently opened a 3-D attraction

Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, an imaginative and interactive play zone based on the awardwinning, blockbuster animated film Despicable Me. The ride, which features voices from the movie’s original stars, along with sight gags, special effects and original 3D digital animation will delight kids of all ages. Super Silly Fun Land is a recreation of the film’s memorable seaside carnival. Learn more: Universal


Those who love to hang 10 can now enjoy the waves with their furry friends. At the Surf Academy in Coronado, both you and your pooch can learn to surf. Ready to get on board with your canine? Packages for twolegged and four-legged surf enthusiasts can be booked with top surf dog Ricochet, who rides the waves with special needs kids, people with disabilities and wounded warriors. Learn more:

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California’s only destination island, Catalina offers 42,000 acres of wildlands that attract nearly 1 million visitors annually. Chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr., was instrumental in the island’s development; today it prizes its

the island following their appearance in a 1920s film. Just an hour from the mainland, Catalina is easily accessible by fast catamarans with more than 30 departures daily from four SoCal ports. Visit for a day or stay; accommodations range from camping to luxe hotels. Learn more:


san diego

5 More Reasons to Visit San Diego

Think you know San Diego? Think again! By Stephanie Conner


ou know the allure of sunny San Diego. Ocean (and therefore, beach). Breezes. Outdoor recreation. First-rate attractions. And in the summertime, getting out of oven-like Phoenix is never a bad idea — especially when San Diego boasts 75-degree highs.

If you’ve done the zoo and seen Shamu more times than you can count, never fear. San Diego offers an endless array of options. Here are just five itinerary additions you’re sure to love.


If you haven’t visited the USS Midway Museum,

here’s what you’ve missed: more than 60 exhibits and a collection of 29 restored aircraft aboard the longestserving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. See where crewmembers slept, then visit the engine room, the jail, the post office and the bridge as well as two flight simulators. Set

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This nonprofit zoo and aquarium is located on the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge and provides a range of hands-on exhibits sure to inspire visitors

of all ages. Get up-close views of sea turtles, check out four species of sharks, and even touch the backs of rays. The adventures don’t end with the plant and animal exhibits: There are also 1½ miles of walking trails that meander from the exhibits to the shore. Learn more:

The USS Midway Museum offers visitors a unique glimpse of life aboard the floating city of one of America’s longest-serving aircraft carriers.

‘I caught a fish this big!’ Or so the story goes at the Washed Ashore exhibit at Living Coast Discovery Center.


Craft beer fans, rejoice. The region boasts more than 85 craft breweries, and the area is gaining in popularity and stature (thanks to some major awards) for its brews. Devise your own pub crawl — 30th Street in North Park is a common favorite. Catch a ride on a brewery tour with Brew Hop ( or Brewery Tours of San Diego (brewerytours Or if you have a designated driver, head out on to Hops Highway (Route 78 between Escondido and Oceanside), where more than 20 breweries await.


The Old Point Loma Lighthouse is a beautiful piece of history at Cabrillo National Monument (part of the National Park

Service). At 422 feet above sea level, the lighthouse watched over the San Diego Bay from 1855 to 1891, but fog and low clouds forced its closing. The Park Service has restored the lighthouse’s interior to its 1880s appearance. After learning about the lives of the lightkeepers, take in the rest of what Cabrillo has to offer, including films and exhibits at the visitor center, hiking, birding and gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean. Learn more:


San Diego Bike and Kayak Tours, Inc. offers biking, kayaking and snorkeling tours, including San Diego’s only urban kayak tour. Started in May of last year, the leisurely two-hour Coronado Kayak Tour departs from Coronado Ferry Landing and takes paddlers under the Coronado Bridge, highlighting San Diego’s architecture and maritime culture. Take in sights like Petco Park, the Embarcadero, the USS Midway and more. Learn more:

The Old Point Loma Lighthouse offers a fascinating look back at San Diego’s early history.

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Talking Stick Resort is the perfect playground for the all-adult getaway. And this summer, the Four-Diamond oasis that was voted “Best Adult Staycation” is yours for the taking from just $119 * a night. That includes a $50 pool credit ** with a 2-night stay, no daily resort fee and free WIFI. Book today. And get ready to Play in Style.

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Summer Vacation Guide 2014  

A guide to summer escapes and budget getaways for the entire family

Summer Vacation Guide 2014  

A guide to summer escapes and budget getaways for the entire family