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150 Ways to Enjoy the Sonoran Desert Lifestyle

Desert Voyagers Guided Rafting Tours 480-998-7238 Experience the beauty of Arizona’s desert rivers. Your choice of high and dry or wet and wonderful. Morning and afternoon tours available. Fighter Combat International Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, 5865 S. Sossaman Rd., Mesa 480-279-1881 or 866-FLY-HARD The dream of being a fighter pilot becomes a reality. Unforgettable experience because you actually fly the plane. Firebird International Raceway 20,000 S. Maricopa Rd. | Chandler | 602-268-0200 Group outings, hospitality and family gatherings, NHRA Winston drag racing, IHBA drag-boat racing, car-club events, more. Fort McDowell Adventures 14803 N. Hiawatha Hood Rd. | Fountain Hills | 480-816-6465 Unforgettable trail ride through the ever-flowing Verde River. City slicker cattle drive, scenic jeep tour and the finest western party venues in Arizona.

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Fountain Hills Thanksgiving Day Parade There’s no better way to kick off the holidays and get into the spirit than the Fountain Hills Thanksgiving Day Parade. Held at 9 am Thanksgiving morning, it is a wonderful tradition that dates back to 1983 and grows stronger every year. Put your turkey in the oven, dress warm and come down to watch bands, floats, horse drawn entries, antique and classic cars and clowns galore. There are marching and dancing groups, motorcycle drill teams and the don’t be surprised if you see the Jolly Old Elf, himself. It is the only ­Thanksgiving Day Parade in Arizona, and starts at the corners of Saguaro and El Lago Boulevards, lasting about 1.5 hours in length.

Goldfield Ghost Town 4650 N. Mammoth Mine Rd. | Goldfield | 480-983-0333 Get a taste of Arizona’s colorful mining history. Walk down Main Street and explore the shops and buildings, tour the mine, pan for gold, take a narrow-gauge train ride, witness an old west gun fight. Golfland/SunSplash 155 W. Hampton Ave. | Mesa | 480-834-8319 Two action-packed family entertainment centers with three 18-hole miniature golf courses, Fastcar Raceway, video arcade, wave pool, Lazy River, Master Blaster Water Coaster. SunSplash is seasonal. Great American Balloon Company 3130 W. Carefree Hwy. | Phoenix | 877-933-6359 Ballooning is a true adventure with the wind determining your course. Flights offered twice daily. | 47

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