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    Judith Tunell Trail

    by blueskyjohn Updated Apr 22, 2014

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    The Judith Tunell Trail is located in South Mountain Park, just behind the South Mountain Environmental Education Center. It is a very easy trail that is paved and totals no more than 1 mile in length with two loops that go back to the education center. It is an interpretive trail with sign explaining flora and fauna native to the area. Very educational and if there is one thing to do to learn a little about the desert, consider walking this path.

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    Segway Tour of Tempe Town Lake

    by AVSENT Written Mar 1, 2014

    This was a great tour. Tempe town lake is not that interesting but, on a segway it becomes very fascinating. It wasn't hard to get used to the segway so, I highly recommend this tour. i saw things I didn't realized existed; mainly because I never walked around the lake- I just saw it from different vantage points. So, many great views and a good way to spend 90 mins.
    The first part of the tour teaches you how to operate the segway and then off you go to finish the the rest of the 2 hour tour.
    This tour is best taken in cooler weather as you are outdoor the whole time, so bring some water.

    Look No Hands Tempe Town Lake Hangin' Out Whoops!
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    Visit The State Capitol

    by Basaic Written Dec 11, 2013

    Arizona became the 48th state of the United States on 14 Frebruary 1912 (the last of the contiguous states). The first capitol was Fort Whipple, followed by Prescott, then Tucson and finally Phoenix. Phoenix was established in 1861 near the confluence of the Gila and Salt Rivers. Phoenix has a population of about 1.5 million making it the 6th most populace city in the United States. It is also one of the largest in land area. The Phoenix Metropolitan Area (also known as the Valley of the Sun) has a population of over 4 million. Shown here is the Arizona Capitol Building. It was started in 1898 and completed about 1900 to show that the Arizona Territory was ready to become a state. This Classical Revival building was built using materials native to the state and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. There are some nice displays outside the building like a memorial to those who earned the Medal of Honor and a replica Liberty Bell.

    The old part of the building now houses a museum.

    State Capitol Building State Capitol Building Statue on Top of Dome Replica Liberty Bell Medal of Honor Recipients
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    Go Horseback Riding to enjoy the southwest!

    by jumpingnorman Written Apr 3, 2013

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    There's several companies that offer horseback riding in the Metro Phoenix area, but I chose one which had a good presence on the internet, good reviews and quick to answer on the phone bacaue I reserved the day before we went on April 2, 2013.

    I found http://www.arizona-horses.com/ which is actually Pondersa Stables which is based on South Mountain and has been in operation since 1970's. As said in other reviews, the guy Danny who answered my phone call was very easy to talk with, specially to a beginner like me who wanted to bring twin 9 year olds on the trail, haha. They do have pony rides for younger kids, but I opted for the one hour trail ride which would be their easiest trail but still give a good view of the mountains and desert.

    They also have two or three hour rides, and they will have a guide that will suit your activity level. They have you sign a "waiver" for injuries (which is standard with this kind of activity) and also it is a way for them to assess which level you are i your horseback riding skills.

    We chose the 5 PM slot, but as in other review, the actual trail actually starts a little later because they have to organize all the people who will be riding at the time. The cowboy guides are "guides" and will not be like smiling tourist guides, but real cowboys who really look at how you are on the horses and how the horses are behaving. So, don't expect them to be talking much to you unless you are in a small group. Our group had about 15 people and we were told to be 3 ft away from each other - the kids are at the start of the line and the parents follow after them. So, it was odd that we were too far away from our kids but I still got some pictures of them from the distance.

    They also offer dinner steak or breakfast riding tours, but we did not do those yet. The one hour trail was exhilirating and it was fun hanging out at the stable office before we start our trail because you can pet the horses who seem to be used to all the many people they meet each day. Just be careful about standing outside the stable office area, behind the horses..horses might kick and cowboys are keen on making sure you stay in the designated waiting areas.

    Overall, a fun experience and a great way to experience the southwest. I made a video of our trip and hope you enjoy this:

    HORSEBACK RIDING WITH THE JUMPING FAMILY IN ARIZONA

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    Arizona Mills Mall

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 2, 2011

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    Visitors to the greater Phoenix, Arizona area may wonder what the residents could possible do there when the thermometer reads 105 degrees in the shade. The locals head to the Arizona Mills Mall for some fun indoor-style, that's what! In fact that's what we did too, heading to the movie theater inside the Mills Mall. There we saw "Chronicles of Narnia". Good fantasy movie with funny-cute British accent.

    Arizona Mills Mall Arizona Mills Mall source:www.have-fun-in-the-southwest.com/Arizona Arizona Mills Mall Arizona Mills Mall
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    The Living Museum of California Indian Culture

    by Odinnthor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Quewstion was asked if there was anything to see on the road from Phoenix to Los Angeles. There is the Joshua Tree Nat'l Park, and in addition, there is always Palm Springs. They have the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, on Canyon road. But a better one is "The Living Mueum of California Indian Culture" in Cabazon, between Banning and Palm Springs. This is great museum of the local tribes, and is presented as "living history". My daughter was fascinated by it, when she visited around the age of 12. Worth a visit. The aside from the regular museum, there are "scenes" from early tribal life set up in a fascinating display, that conveys the life and lifestyle of the early California desert tribes. It is well worth a visit.

    A Yurok Brush Dancer (Museum photo)
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    Paolo Soleri's COSANTI

    by VeronicaG Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    While in Phoenix we toured Paolo Soleri's studio to witness the bronze casting process and see his imaginative architecture at Cosanti. He is noted for his experimental concrete earth structures and bronze and ceramic windbells.

    Soleri's far reaching endeavor is the creation of a desert city called Arcosanti. All of the proceeds from the sale of his products go to the furthering of this futuristic city located 65 miles beyond Scottsdale off I-17 at Exit 262. We didn't have the time to see Arcosanti, but there were signs posted to the sight.

    Paolo Soleri was born in Turin, Italy in 1919 and studied there for his architectural degree. He came to Arizona in 1956, eventually establishing the Cosanti Foundation and creating his world-famous windbells.

    A guide walked us through the casting process, toured with us through the unusual structures and explained Paolo's crafts. At the end of the talk, we found ourselves in a gift shop surrounded by Soleri's "bells". After trying out several, we purchased one for our windchime collection on the back patio.

    Cosanti is open daily Mon.-sat. 9am-5pm; Sun. 11 am-5pm and closed during major holidays. Groups are welcome by reservation.

    The Art of Windbells Colorful Glass Roof Paolo Soleri The Bronzing Process Entering Paolo's territory
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    South Mountain Park

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 29, 2010

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    This a a large park that stretches for about 5 miles along the south edge of the city of Phoenix. It has some shopping along 7th Ave coming toward the mountains, and along Baseline Rd; both the main arteries to get to the range. The mountains are not that impressive, but are used by many for recreation in the park. Out ride their was to go to Mystery Castle; a great tour site at the end of 7th Ave

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    Mesa-More than Bedrooms

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 27, 2010

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    There are some tourist type sites in Mesa, besides many shops and malls along the highways and side streets. Besides that, the downtown offers shopping and art center for the contemporary. The Commemorative Air Museum of 37 vintage and restored planes of WWII and WWI is a must do. There also is the Brinton Botanical garden of cactus, and the downtown shops and contemporary art district and theater for events and musicals. The LDS Temple on Main about 5 blocks out of old town is a nice place to visit, also, and especially during the Christmas season when it is lit up with thousands of lights.

    Commemorative Air Museum Mains St old town shopping Brinton Botanical garden Contemporary art district LDS Temple on Main St
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    Tempe-A Nice community of shops and university

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 27, 2010

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    This Mill Ave shops are plentiful and there also are many eating establishments over a 5 block stretch on Mill District. WE got there during the annual arts festival; a great time shopping for goods. It would be a nice way to spend a day and enjoy the Mill Ave area.

    Mill Ave lined with tent stalls of arts goods Tempe Butte at north of town Tempe Beach Park Tempe Town Lake Brochure showing the shops on Mill Ave
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    Sea Life Aquarium

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 27, 2010

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    WE did not go here, but maybe you would like to try it. It sounds like a nice place to see 5,000 creatures in large tanks of water, with 30 displays. It may be compact compared to the Atlanta aquarium we visited, but you may find out otherwise.

    Located in Arizona Mills in Tempe, off I-10 to BAseline Rd, and exit off Hey 60 to Priest Rd.
    Price is $18 for adult, but discounts are available

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    Chase Field

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 27, 2010

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    Located right in the downtown area, it draws the obvious crowd to sporting events, in addition to concerts and public activities Arizona Diamondbacks play here. The stadium was completed in 1998, and a size of 1.3 million SF, with a retractable roof, air conditioning, and movable partitions for events. It also has a pool in the stands that can be rented for 34 of your friends for $5,000 to see the game in the water.

    Angle view of the complex Long range of the canopy top Standing out ion the landscape
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    Mystery Castle

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 27, 2010

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    The so called castle surely has one of the more bizarre histories. The father of a 5 year year Mary Lou left Seattle in 1920's and settled in Phoenix due to a supposed tuberculosis health issue. Apparently that got healed, or never was there, but in the interim years, Boyce Gulley built this castle home for his daughter as a promise made to her as a youth. Over 20 years he found scraps of material and used his engineering background to construct this 5 story house. It has 18 rooms, 5 fireplaces and the size is 8,000 SF. Views onto Phoenix city is wonderful. The hodge podge of items and thought to build the rooms and walls are the magnificence of this strange place.
    Mary Lou moved here in 1945 at the age of 22 years, shortly after her father died, and lived in the castle for 45 years until her death in December shortly we were there. She was a recluse, but conducted tours for people, that supported here needs.
    You need to see this to appreciate the one of a kind structure and learn the history interactively by seeing the weird and strange "stuff".
    The reasonable price of $5 for the tour is well worth it, and it takes about 1 1/2 hours with guides to show the sites inside. Generaly open Tuesday-Sunday 10-5

    Panorama view of the Front view from the ravine Walkway along connector to annex Oddities inside-throughout A stuffed old woman
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    Arizona Science Center

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 27, 2010

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    The center is mostly for children and serves as an interactive center for them to learn about science basics. They have 300 hands on activities in 40,000 SF area galleries. There also is an IMAX theater holding 285 visitors. The center overall is about 120,000SF, but a lot not available for use. There also has been construction since 2006m, and it looks closed for the most part.
    WE did not go in because I am not one to participate in interactive, and the cost is a smacking $12, plus $8 for IMAX. That is steep for what I envisioned as about one hour tour.

    View of center form 7th Street Modern contemporary style-concrete
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    Doll Museum-Heritage Square

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 27, 2010

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    Located in the middle of Heritage Square in downtown by 7th & Washington Streets, this is a hidden gem to see dolls, and minature artwork of dollhouses. The majority of the dolls are from the early 1900 period up to 1950's. A fair number of the dolls are loaned collections of people desiring to show their treasures. It is indeed an interesting place to visit 3 rooms packed with dolls, and the layout setting very nice.
    They are open Wednesday-Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 12-4. Admission is $3 for adults. There is a gift shop and some dolls are also for sale.

    Display of collectin of dolls Minature doll house and furnishings Home where museum is located
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