Ramada Inn Downtown

401 North First St., Phoenix, Arizona, 85004, United States
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Road Trip

by RainyB

I am flying into Phoenix in March and plan on driving to Sedona for a few days then on to the GC. I know there is a very basic way to get from Phoenix to Sedona and so on. I was wondering if anyone know a different and more scenic, historical, or just fun way to get there. I have no issue taking a longer route, I just want to see as much as I can. Or maybe someone can suggest some places to stop and check out on the standard route. Looking for the same stuff when leaving Sedona and heading to GC.

I really appreciate any help at all.

Peace & Love

RE: Road Trip

by zuriga

I remember once taking a side road that went past a few interesting spots like the town of Jerome. I'm sure it's easy to find that on a map and it will certainly make the trip more fun. The ride up from Phoenix has interesting scenery and Sedona is wonderful.

RE: Road Trip

by bocmaxima

Lots of back ways!! Probably the best for history and a good sense of Arizona-ness:
From Phoenix, take US 60 northwest to Wickenburg, veer north on US 93. After several miles, there is a turn-off for AZ 89 to the north. This will take you to Congress, which is pseudo ghost town (people still live there). Right after Congress, you ascend (quickly) into some gorgeous mountains (Weavers). You won't be able to do this if you're terrified of heights though: lots of sheer drop-offs and the road gets very narrow (opposing traffic is separated and you're on a one-lane road). Once you finish climbing, you'll pass Yarnell, which is a cute, little town, then through some more beautiful mountain country and into Prescott, which itself is a very nice little town. The highway will drop you right onto "Whiskey Row", which is worth a couple of hours of exploration and would be a good spot for lunch. From there, follow the signs through town to AZ 89A and you again ascend mountains toward Jerome, which is a cute old mining town that has become a bit of a tourist mecca and artist colony. Also worth a stop to walk around. Continue on 89A and you'll have the chance to pull off at Cottonwood (historic town, but not as interesting as what you've already seen) and continue on to Sedona. SEDONA IS GORGEOUS!
Another route ascending more into Arizona's high country:
Leave Phoenix on AZ 87 (take the 202 east and exit "Country Club" to get to it) toward Payson. Just after Payson, you ascend the Mogollon Rim and hit the small villages of Strawberry and Pine (my favorite little towns in the state), then turn west on AZ 260 toward Camp Verde. That stretch of road is really, really beautiful and you'll see lots of elk crossing signs. I've never been on that road at night and NOT seen elk, although it's less likely during the day. Not much in Camp Verde but the casino, and there is Montezuma Castle (cliff dwellings) just to the north on I-17. From there, you can continue west on AZ 260 (becomes AZ 279) to 89A, or there is a back road that I prefer: take I-17 north toward Montezuma Castle, exit at "Cornville Road" a couple of miles past AZ 260 and turn left (west). You'll roll over some beautiful hills past horse ranches and such. It's the same distance as staying on 279, but it's much more interesting and there's MUCH less traffic.
Other than that, there is a strange back way I use to get to Wickenburg from Phoenix (or actually, in order to avoid Phoenix), but it's difficult to reach.

Hope that helps.

Travel Tips for Phoenix

Just Be Yourself!

by KazigluBey

A large percentage of Phoenix (Arizona's State Capital) population is Hispanic and Native American Indian, nevertheless, Phoenix is an etremely multi-cultural city with citizens from every part of the world! If you are visiting from a foreign country, or another state in USA, and spend a little time in the city you will very possibily meet someone from your place of origin regardless of where you are from. Amongst my many immigrant friends are Poles, Russians, Serbs and Romanians just to name a few.

We Arizonans are also famous for our somewhat indifferant (some say rude) disposistions, so don't be put off or offended if you visit here, it is just our unique way of being friendly.

I am including a link to a website I think you will find very helpful if you are planning a trip to our clean and beautiful city.

Desert Ridge Marketplace - More than just shopping

by dshinkle

Just off the very tip of the 101 freeway on the north Phoenix / north Scottsdale border lies a very unique shopping center... Desert Ridge Marketplace boast all the stores that teens love like Hot Topic, a great mix of restaurants like Rock Bottom, and fun things like Jillians and a giant AMC movie theatre.

But, the place really shines on Friday and Saturday night. They have two stages with bands playing, a rock climbing wall, a set of fountains that children can run through, a giant fireplace with chairs and tables next to it (an accoustic musican is usually playing here), and all the stores (and ice cream shops, starbucks, etc.) stay open late. There is great lighting, giant flaming torches, and lots of beautiful people to watch.

For adults there is Scotch Bar (see my review on here), Jillians, and lots of nice bars and restaurants.

Every out of town visitor I've taken there has marveled at the place and had a great time. Nearby is Cave Creek, north Scottsdale, and the beautiful new JW Marriot Resort.

Located at the 101 Freeway and Tatum road in Phoenix.

Travelling by car

by HeidiR

Travelling by car is easy in Phoenix. Its quite hard to get lost. All the main roads run from North to South, and East to West, so as long as you know the general direction there are countless number of ways to find your way somewhere.

The main highways are I-10, 101 Price Highway (North, South), 202, 143, 17, 60.

Moving from the 60 to the 10 can feel like you are on a scale electrics track as you go up in the air!

Authentic German Meals

by BruceDunning about Black Forest Haus

It was fantastic and authentic German fare. The schnitzels range about $13-18, and other specialties are $12-20 price. I also got sausages next door as well as cheese and black bread for $4 a loaf for my daily lunches when hiking. They were all hand made and the bread was super The Bauren Schmaus was great, and plentiful for sure. The Germans do not get stingy on serving sizes. This was roast pork, smoked pork and beef roulade. Side dumplings and bread are for me. Price was $15

Great Garden in Phoenix!

by viny32

I think it's the best thing to do in Phoenix (except may be NBA Games ;) )
You can take a look of different pictures I did in the Travel Log.
The ticket is 10 Dollars (but yoiu cna find a one dollars reduction in any hotel). If you have to chance to go there during the butterfly exposition : GO SEE IT , it's really nice and only 2 Dollars extra.


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 Ramada Inn Downtown

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Address: 401 North First St., Phoenix, Arizona, 85004, United States