Arizona Things to Do

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    red Rock Crossing, Sedona
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Arizona Things to Do

  • Chapel of the Holy Cross

    Sedona Things to Do

    The Church of the Rock is the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona. Built on two pinnacled spur rocks approximately 250 feet high. It juts our of a thousand foot red rock wall representing the solid Rock of Peter in the Bible. The concept of building the chapel was Marguerite Bruswig's. The New York native with three names – Margueritte Bruswig...

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  • Downtown

    Tucson Things to Do

    On a typically hot late June day,I visited the Tucson Art Museum and appreciated its fine collection of Twentieth Century Art with American western themes.Painters well-represented at this relatively small art museum included Joseph Sharp,Oscar Berninghaus("Trail Through Snow"),Olaf Weighorst("Trails of Navajos"),Robert Henri,Nicholas...

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  • Desert Botanical Garden

    Phoenix Things to Do

    I had the opportunity to go back to Desert Botanical Garden again this year (2011), taking my son, Aaron, for the first time. It was a rewarding experience as always. Icing on the cake was we used the Phoenix Public Library's excellent "Culture Pass.'

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  • South Rim

    Grand Canyon Things to Do

    Most visitors to the park coming from las vegas come to the South Rim, arriving on Arizona Highway 64. The Highway enters the park through the South Entrance, near Tusayan, Arizona, and heads eastward, leaving the park through the East Entrance. Park headquarters are at Grand Canyon Village, a short distance from the South Entrance, being also the...

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  • Overlooks and Points

    Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

    Our group on this trip included my husband, my children and my children's friend Charlie. We took a jeep tour of the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas. Most of the pictures I have are of us posing in front of the Canyon or pretending to fall or climb up. There was a ledge below where we were that we were standing on, of course. Most of the photos were...

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  • Yuma Territorial Prison Visitor's Center

    Yuma Things to Do

    The Yuma Territorial Prison started when seven inmates were sent to the prison in July 1876. They were housed in cells they built thenselves. In the 33 years the prison operated 3069 prisoners, including 29 women, lived within the walls of the prison. The park is open from 8 AM to 5 PM daily except it closes at 2PM on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas...

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  • Montezuma's Castle

    Camp Verde Things to Do

    Nestled in the historical and old limestone recess high above the flood plain of Beaver Creek in the Verde Valley, stands one of the best preserved and most easily accessible cliff ruins in North America. The five story, twenty room Montezuma Castle cliff dwelling served as a "high-rise apartment building" many years before. Early explorers and...

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  • Jeep Tours

    Sedona Things to Do

    VERY easy to locate here in Sedona. The jeep does provide you refills to your own bottle of water. Trust me on a hot day you will need it. Our tour guide, Jeff, was VERY informative and entertaining. I was in the very back of the jeep and at some points I was standing straight up and down! For anyone that loves thrill rides this is a must do. I...

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  • San Xavier del Bac Mission

    Tucson Things to Do

    The Spanish Mission of San Xavier Del Bac was built in between 1783 and 1797. It is a National Historic Landmark, and has been in continuous use for over 200 years. It was built by Tohono O'odham laborers. The epitome of great southwestern architecture and a relic from a time when pioneers exploring the American interior came from the South instead...

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  • Scottsdale's Art District and Old Town

    Phoenix Things to Do

    The town has done a nice job of restoring the downtown to draw people to the large number of shops and places to eat in the old town sector. They have the area split up into sectors. A free trolley ride takes you to various places desired. I guess there may be 150+ shops and maybe 25+ eating places in the sector of old town, plus a museum in the...

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  • Air Tours

    Grand Canyon Things to Do

    Seen from the plane in our way from the Grand Canyon to Monument Valley, Rainbow Bridge seems a small accident in nature. Of course it isn’t and it was one of the strongest reasons why I was sorry the plane couldn’t land everywhere. It must be impressive, watching the arch from the ground, but I had no time for those long hours driving there.

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  • Sunset/Sunrise

    Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

    We stayed at the Grand Canyon for 2 entire days and we learned that the only way to enjoy the chameleon like splender of the canyon is to see its subtle changes over the course of one day. But of course we didn't want to stay at one point the entire day we had to look for an alternative. Therefore sunrise and sunset are some of the best times to...

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  • Slide Rock State Park

    Sedona Things to Do

    In the Arizona heat, a rambling, rapid-moving stream is a magical place indeed. Give in to your inner child and wallow in the natural rock slides at this place. There is a small fee to enter the park then you walk towards the stream. It takes about 10-15 minutes of walking to get to the stream which is at the bottom of a flight of stairs. They're...

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  • Pima Air and Space Museum

    Tucson Things to Do

    There were also aircraft from other countries on display. Here you see two British Aircraft and some Russian Migs that were exported to other countries. I do not know the nomencalture for the first aircraft can one of our British friends help me with that? Info from a fellow VTer (thanks!): The RAF plane you mention is an Royal Air Force Avro...

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  • Mountains

    Phoenix Things to Do

    July 26, 2009 ---- Wow, this place just beside the Phoenix Zoo is just amazing -- it is a big HOLE in the middle of the a little mountain, and you climb up easily, and be up there in just 5 minutes (maybe not for wheelchair-bound though)! Easy going up the the side of the hill where they have steps that go up exactly to the hole...and once there...

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  • Hikes

    Grand Canyon Things to Do

    If you want to hike down the Bright Angel Trail (located just West of the Bright Angel Lodge), the National Park Service just made it easier to locate the trailhead with a new stone sign. Please do yourself a favor and hike down into the Canyon, even if it is only a mile or less to enjoy a unique experience "below the rim".

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  • Rim, South

    Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

    Located along the Rim Trail just east of the main lodge areas and Grand Canyon Railway train station, this little store provides a number of books and maps that are useful for those wishing to tour the Grand Canyon area. The museum provides a number of historical items and a timeline of the development of the canyon. At one time, this building was...

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  • Vortexes & Spirituality

    Sedona Things to Do

    I just came back from doing a SpiritQuest Retreat in Sedona. I can't overstate how much I loved this beautiful place and the people I met there. I've traveled widely and have never been anywhere that can match scenery in Sedona. I really wanted to take a more spiritual vacation this year. Boy did I hit the jackpot! The owners of SpiritQuest put...

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  • Mt Lemmon

    Tucson Things to Do

    We were staying at a hotel on the east side of Tucson, and I just saw on the Tuscon To-do magazine the word Mt Lemmon, saying that it offered great views of the city. So, I added Mt Lemmon to my navigation system and saw this road on the map which seemed to go up a mountain...and sure it was :) Just a few minutes driving from our hotel and we were...

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  • Phoenix Zoo

    Phoenix Things to Do

    The Phoenix ZOO is smallish, but has a number of different 'Encounters' at specific times, such as the Giraffe Encounter and Petting Zoo, as well as a Safari Train, Monkey Village and Yakulla Caverns. Also there are a number of kiosk areas for snacks, drinks and lunch with toilet facilities, as well as souvenirs, hats, sunglasses, lotion and gifts...

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  • Mule Rides

    Grand Canyon Things to Do

    This is another personal reference tip ... I REALLY want to do the overnight Mule Ride down to Phantom ranch, but haven't had the chance YET. So this tip is to save the website info on South Rim rides, costs, needs, and booking directions. One interesting thing is that they offer porter/duffle service for hikers too! So you can walk down on your...

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  • Mule Rides

    Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

    For anyone not feeling like hiking into the canyon it is possible to book a mule ride. The ride will take you to Plateau Point on a day trip or all the way to the river on a two day trip. If interested book early as these rides are very popular.

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  • Red Rock State Park

    Sedona Things to Do

    The entrance fee for Red Rock State park is about 10$. There are many walking trails throughout the park, but as websites warned us that the biggest attraction, Red Rock Crossing, draws a crowd, we immediately went that way. In one word: WOW! What a beautiful scenery! We were lucky, the place was not crowded, and probably for a reason, while it...

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  • Colossal Cave Mountain Park

    Tucson Things to Do

    When chatting with some of the ranch employees one day, they told us about "Colossal Cave", which they raved about. We learned that it was a short 20 - 30 minute drive away and decided to go see it one afternoon. We learned that the cave is actually a part of "Colossal Cave Mountain Park" and encompasses many more things to do and see than just...

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  • Taliesin West: Frank Lloyd Wright

    Phoenix Things to Do

    Frank Lloyd Wright was a great architect, but the tour of Talieson West was somewhat ho-hum. If you like museums, architecture, and minimalist living then this tour is for you. If you like fast boats, alligators, or culinary tours then this is not for you. The wow factor comes into play with the great view of Phoenix and the valley of the sun. I'm...

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  • West East Rim

    Grand Canyon Things to Do

    First, I took a bus tour which left from Las Vegas en route to the Grand Canyon. On the way there we stopped at different points to take pictures. We stopped at the first scenic point where I took a picture of a beautiful back drop. Then the bus was off to Joshua Tree; Not Joshua National Park, but along the empty desert we stopped and it was full...

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  • Bright Angel Trail

    Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

    You will find dozens of tips already written on the Bright Angel Trail, just here on Virtualtourist. This doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the assorted hiking guides to the region you will find, which include Bright Angel Trail as a primary feature. The trailhead is slightly west of the El Tov

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  • Indian Ruins

    Sedona Things to Do

    We visited this site through the Pink Jeep Tours, which we enjoyed very much. The guide gave us blankets to keep warm while traveling to the ancient ruin. Words can hardly discribe the beauty this site holds. It was wonderful to be able to stand right up next to it and even touch it. Now your not allowed to climb around it, because it is crumbling...

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  • Old Tucson Studios

    Tucson Things to Do

    The famous Old Tucson Studios lies in the beautifully breathtaking Tucson Mountain Park and is both a movie studio and theme park. It was built by Columbia Studios in 1939 to aid in the filming of the movie "Arizona" and was officially opened to the public in 1960. Visiting the Old Tucson Studios is not the cheapest of attractions: at $17.00 per...

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  • Water Parks

    Phoenix Things to Do

    Although this lake is actually in Peoria (35 miles northwest of Downtown Phoenix), I am adding it to my Phoenix "Things to Do" because it is not that far. On the way to this lake, you will see lots and lots of saguaro cacti, and it is amazing to be free from the city in just 40 minutes or so from downtown Phoenix. The lake has 10,000 acres of...

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  • Colorado River

    Grand Canyon Things to Do

    The Colorado River runs through the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Once we landed at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, we walked a short way to the bank of the Colorado River where we boarded a small boat. Our 'captain' was called George and he gave us an informative and safe ride. For me it was about seeing the Grand Canyon from a different...

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  • Rim, North

    Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

    This was a rather grueling hike down the mountain-and then of course back up. It took close to 2 hours for a 6 miles round trip. I went to and past the Supai tunnel for a ways. Elevation is 1400 feet; that is what made it moderately difficult. There also was a lot of loose dirt and clay and ruts in the trail form the mules traversing down this...

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  • Oak Creek Canyon

    Sedona Things to Do

    We decided to head home the way we came, back North on Hwy 89A. We had passed through at night and had no idea of the beautiful lush scenery we missed on the way here. It is very curvy road so use caution with your speeds and have patience even if some idiot behind you is trying to pressure you to go faster, so we would pull over when it is safe to...

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  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    Tucson Things to Do

    Another important place I wanted to visit but was unable to was the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum. The Museum packs quite a punch with its many different features including a zoo, gardens, trails, a walk-in aviary, ampitheater, education center, museum, eateries, etc. Look for javalinas, coyotes, lizards, prairie dogs, bears, tropical birds,...

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  • Heard Museum

    Phoenix Things to Do

    In this museum you can learn how indian tribes lived many years ago here: in Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Nevvada, New Meico .... It deserves a visit and it takes around 2 hours. The Kachina room is very interesting: I have never seen so many Kachinas before ... And also the building is interesting

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  • Water Falls

    Grand Canyon Things to Do

    If you're in the Grand Canyon you have to do the Heli-Hike which drops you off INSIDE the canyon to hike to the waterfalls! They simply have to be seen to be believed! Was worth every penny and I would say is something everyone should see and experience before they die.

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  • Hikes

    Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

    I've never stood behind a waterfall before - not one this tall and majestic and isolated. We woke up at Phantom Ranch in the morning after hiking down the Grand Canyon the day before. And while we're not that old, we were feeling every ache and pain in our bodies! Everyone at camp was raving about a hike up to Ribbon Falls at breakfast that...

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  • Tlaquepaque

    Sedona Things to Do

    Tlaquepaque is a Mexican style shopping village full of art galleries, crafts shops, hand made stuff and a few restaurants. It's quite nice to stroll along the galleries. The streets are spic and span and there are colorful flowers all around. But be warned: everything is on the pricey side. One shop stayed in my memory: the gallery of Bearcloud,...

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  • Biosphere 2

    Tucson Things to Do

    30 minutes north of Tucson is the sight of Biosphere 2, originally an experiment in self sustainable living. This was done as an experiment of how humans might live in space. Today it is managed by the Univerity of Arizona who use it as mini controllable eco systems for a variety of experiments.

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  • Sedona Day Trip

    Phoenix Things to Do

    While Phoenix is fun to explore, if you're in Arizona you really need to jump in the car and drive out to some other spots the state has to offer- Camp Verde if you want to see Montezuma's Castle, Jerome to the old mining town and great views, Sedona for the red rocks and awesome hiking, Flagstaff for the fall colors or skiing, Tucson for Saguaro...

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  • North Rim

    Grand Canyon Things to Do

    Grand Canyon is in the northwest corner of Arizona, close to the borders of Utah and Nevada. The Colorado River, which flows through the canyon, drains water from seven states. Natural sounds are an important part of Grand Canyon National Park. Rustling winds in the canyons and the rush of waters are the heartbeat and breath of some of the most...

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  • Mather Point

    Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

    Mather Point is one of the popular destinations in the South Rim area of the Grand Canyon. It is extremely crowded, and you may have to wait a while to get to the location you want to get to in order to see over the Canyon Rim. However, once you do get to the edge of the Canyon, you will be standing on rock formations that really do put you right...

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  • Devil's Bridge

    Sedona Things to Do

    This was by far my favorite hike in the Sedona area. We went around 8 am and we had the entire trail to ourselves. It's located in a fairly secluded area and the scenery is beautiful. You'll see lots of wide open spaces with no houses, buildings or other signs of civilization. The trail starts out fairly wide and flat, but it becomes more narrow...

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  • Saguaro National Park

    Tucson Things to Do

    Saguaro National Park, which is divided into two districts, protects the saguaro cacti and other desert vegetation of the Sonoran Desert, as well as the wildlife living within it. The giant saguaro cactus, which you see in the photo, can live up to 150-200 years and reach 50 feet in height, weighing several tons. This cactus grows only in southern...

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  • Hall Of Flame Fire Museum

    Phoenix Things to Do

    July 26, 2009 ---- I saw a picture of this very old firetruck in a magazine and it says it was a picture taken from America's largest Fire Museum which is in Phoenix!!! So, I gathered up the twins and off we went, about a 30 minute drive from our home to the HALL OF FLAME (NHFF) Museum of Firefighting established in 1961...and yes, the place is...

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