MANY LAKES AROUND PHOENIX!
Favorite thing: I wrote this article on the many lakes around the Metro Phoenix and adjoining areas (for the Arizona Filipino Forum Magazine). I think it will help you plan on visiting the wonderful lakes near the city:
With temperatures soaring during the summer in Arizona, our “Jumping Family” enjoys jumping into the many nearby lakes for memorable one-day adventures or “staycations”.
Canyon Lake, located 16 miles outside of Apache Junction on state route 88, is one of our favorites. The drive going east from Phoenix takes approximately an hour, with amazing scenery, highlighted by the majestic Superstition Mountains. Of the three recreation sites by the water, we bring our young twins to the first one, the Acacia Picnic Site. Our “Jumping Twins”, as we call them, enjoy swimming in the shallow waters from 5-7 PM with the summer sun less intense and the water warm. Fishing for trout or bass, boating and jet skiing are also popular in the area. But for me, my favorite thing to do is simply setting up a foldable chair on the water and just taking in the view as our Jumping Twins play with the sand and look for little clams.
If you drive further east on Apache Trail, you will reach Apache Lake and finally the largest lake near Phoenix, the Roosevelt Lake. The latter was formed in 1911 with the construction of the Roosevelt Dam. All these 3 lakes were created along the Salt River which becomes a dry river bed as it flows through Phoenix.
These lakes also have a sister lake about 40 miles northeast of Phoenix and the Scottsdale area, the picturesque “Saguaro Lake”. Because our Jumping Family doesn’t have a boat, we take advantage of the rentals there to better appreciate the lake and its canyon walls. An hour or two of boating is a lot of fun and you don’t have to worry about boat repairs and towing!
Sometimes, we prefer to head up north and just two hours from Phoenix is Prescott’s Watson Lake. This lake is beautiful with unique smooth large boulders that offer fabulous photo opportunities. You just pay a $2.00 park fee and enjoy the picnic areas and hiking trails.
And if you want to drive up north 2-3 more hours from Prescott, you can enjoy Lake Powell, a jewel among the lakes. This reservoir of the Colorado River already straddles between the border of Arizona and Utah. The first time I saw this lake, it was a beautiful and shimmering crystal blue! I have fallen in love with it ever since and so would you.
But if you don’t want to drive that far, Lake Pleasant is a mere 45 minutes northwest of downtown Phoenix, the second largest lake near the city. There are many more lakes around for you to enjoy like Fountain Hills which has one of the world’s tallest fountains, Bartlett Lake for more spectacular views and so on. As you can see, there is no shortage of water escapades for those of us living or visiting the Phoenix area! See you at the lakes!
Superstition Wilderness - Wild Flower viewing
Favorite thing: If you are visiting Phoenix in April or May, all the desert flowers are blooming. One of the best places to view this is in the Superstition Wilderness. Not to far east of Phoenix, the trails are dotted with different wild flowers making for beautiful foreground with a harsh desert background.
Fondest memory: Hiking along the Peralta and Terrapin trails in the Superstition Wilderness, experiencing the sights and smells of the wildflowers was great.Related to:
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Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Favorite thing: The Sky Harbor International Airport has 3 terminals (2,3, and 4), and the best thing I like about it is the free wireless internet and several electrical outlets around that I can just use to “recharge’ my laptop and other stuff.
It also has other services which include a rest area for pet owners and their pets, and an audio-visual paging system. Thirteen car rental companies offer their services all under one roof at the rental car Center which was opened in 2006, designed to deliver streamlined customer service.
They also have Starbucks for you coffee afficionados!
Whenever landing into Phoenix, I am always amazed at how huge my city is and how well-aligned the streets are. Maricopa County is truly one of the biggest!
The Saguaro Cactus
Favorite thing: Saguaro Cactus thrive in desert areas and that certainly is most of Arizona. Someone told us that it takes a great deal of time for this species to reach maturity. In fact, by the time it grows an 'arm' it most likely is 100 years old or so.
We spotted saguaro in the areas of Phoenix, Flagstaff and Sedona. As you drive by, they seemingly salute you!Related to:
- Road Trip
Round Tailed Ground Squirrel
Favorite thing: While touring the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, we passed numerous burrows in the ground that seemed to be stationed around cactus and other desert plants. These were made by the round-tailed ground squirrel.
They like to live in dense sandy areas and can be found in the Southwest, California and Mexico. Active in the morning and late afternoon, they'll munch on green vegetation, seeds and sometimes insects.
This type of ground squirrel uses whistles as a type of alarm signal when predators are sighted. They mature at 10-11 months of age.Related to:
- Family Travel
If you want to get an hotel in Phoenix
Favorite thing: Well, I really think the best part of the city are ScottsDale (North east to south east) and Tempe (south east).
The third time I went there I was in the North part of Phoenix, and I can say it sucks because there is nothing there. I had to get the bus to Scottsdale or Tempe.
Check out the hotel The Inn a Pima which is 'cheap' and nice (in scottsdale section)
Fondest memory: Is you want to stay in Phoenix, be sure you get a car to travel a bit (Tucson, Page, Sedona, Grand Canyon ...)
Favorite thing: You won't find many natural "bodies" of water in and around Phoenix, but every BODY needs extra water while they're here.
Be like the locals and carry a 1/2 liter or larger bottle of water with you everywhere you go -- driving, to work, to school, hiking, golfing, EVERYWHERE -- and drink from it. Try to drink at least 1 liter more than you would at home, and even more than that if you're physically active. Please, do not become dehydrated. It will ruin your vacation. If you wait until you FEEL thirsty, you're already dehydrated. Also, if you partake in consuming alcohol, please drink 1 8 oz glass of water for every drink you have. Or you WILL have a killer headache -- which is caused by dehydration and has no "quick" cure.
Fondest memory: Drink your water. Your body and mind will thank you.Related to:
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Favorite thing: This place is great. My wife and I flew out last Novemeber and had a blast. The city is very clean. One of the easiest Cities to get around in all the streets are labeled and they continue as the same name into all the suburbs around. If you are going to make it to Phoenix the nyou have to make the little over an hour trip to Sedona (120 miles up I-17). They don't pay much attention to the speed limits out there. Sedona is a nice little tourist trap settled in the Red hills up there. We rode a Pink Jeep tours. My 3 year old thought it was great. A must see for anyone. JKR
Favorite thing: Just east of Phoenix are the Superstition Mountains. It is and interesting region to drive through and the home of the "Lost Dutchman Gold Mine". Apparenly a gold mine was developed in these mountains around 1840 . Its location was lost then rediscovered by a Dutchman ( really from Germany ), and then lost again . No one has found any mine since . I am not sure if there is any validity to this story but there are web sites dedicated to the legend of the "Lost Dutchman Gold Mine".
Favorite thing: Phoenix is a huge city, yes it is in the middle of the desert but no its not in the middle of no where. You may think of Phoenix as being in the middle of no where so why bother going there. In reality it is a massive city with lots of different supburbs (Chandler, Tempe, Scotsdale, Gilbert, mesa, Paradise Valley, glendale ACTUALLY THEY ARE CALLED CITIES!!!). You can do or buy justabout anything that you can do or buy elsewhere in the states.
Yes I believe it can get extremely hot here, I have only experienced january so far and its extremely plesant. During the day it is a very comfortable temperature probably mid 20's C or mid 70's F and at night all you have to do is put on a sligtly warm top and its very plesant. however in the summer it can get to 110 F.
Fondest memory: Although I probably wouldn't recommend Phoenix as a holiday resort I think it is a really good location to explore Arizona. perhaps use Phoenix as the airportt for getting in and out of the state. To Sedona the beautiful red rock country its only 119 miles, Flagstaff 145 miles, grand Canyon(228 miles), Hoover Dam (259 miles), Lake Havasu city (206 miles).
We intend travelling to Sedona (119 miles) then the Grand Canyon (further 100 miles), then Brize canyon in a week. there are many national parks in arizona. There is even a point in Arizona where you can stand in the corner and be next to 3 other states!!!
Go outside Phoenix and visit...
Favorite thing: Go outside Phoenix and visit that what was there first: the desert. Then the miracle of Phoenix and Scottsdale being booming towns is even bigger. The desert is mercyless, but mankind has overwon (though by taking water from other area's that now start suffering from drought!). The name Phoenix can be accidently choosen, yet is definately a 'bird' that arises from ashes (or hot burning sand).
Fondest memory: Night with full moon at Scottsdale. So tranquil and silent, but with crickets tsjirping all around. The picture is from a postcard (Camel Butt) and reminds me of it.
Well, of course! the Record...
Favorite thing: Well, of course! the Record Stores....what else would you expect from moi?!
Also, there's the night clubs where lots of rawk comes through.
Fondest memory: The Desert Trash Blast....Jeff Dahl puts on an annual rock show every year & my first one was great. Texas Terri & The Stiff Ones and The Eyeliners were the headline acts.
There are relatively some cool...
Favorite thing: There are relatively some cool stores in Phoenix....I find alot of cosmopolitan stuff here that I can't find in Tucson. Especially around the University in Tempe. Ash Avenue is thee place for shopping & dining, etc. You know how every city has it's fashionable area where the 20 somethings hang? well this is what it's like
sorry, only made it to the...
Favorite thing: sorry, only made it to the airport, didnt even get out, but saw a good idea of what Phoenix is like. VERY FLAT!!! indeed, probably gets really hot here
i stopped here on a flight with Southwest from LAX, via here, to Baltimore/Wash and then onto Long Island, long trip, but i love American scenery
It depends on the time of...
Favorite thing: It depends on the time of year! The summers are so hot there are things you may not want to do! Summer: Go have lunch at Bank One Ballpark! There is a TGIFridays inside go sit on the balcony and watch The Diamond Backs practice! Even if you don't like baseball its awesome! Spring: Go to the Botanical Gardens! Fall: Drive up to South Mt.! there is a road that takes you all the way to the top!(what a view!) Winter: Go Hiking, the weather is great and its the time to do it! Go to Fountain Hills and watch the giant fountain go off!
Fondest memory: My wife and I bought our first home in Phoenix! I got to play golf at The TPC of Scottsdale! (just like the pros)
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