Arizona Things to Do

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Arizona Things to Do

  • Chapel of the Holy Cross

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Sedona Things to Do

    The Chapel of the Holy Cross was on my "Must See" list for our visit to Sedona, and it did not disappoint. There was quite a long line of cars to get to the parking lot, but once there we were guided to an available spot by a friendly volunteer. We were lucky - our spot was toward the top of the lot, so we didn't have as much to walk. There are...

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  • San Xavier del Bac Mission

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • South Rim

    Grand Canyon Things to Do

    In a rainy day, the guide spent almost all day announcing the wonders of the sunset in the Grand Canyon. I thought it was just "guider's conversation" but, at the right moment (American efficiency) the clouds opened a small frame and... well... even the rainbow adhered to the party. Do not miss, and good luck.

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  • Desert Botanical Garden

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Overlooks and Points

    Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

    This is the first overlook after the lesser-used East Entrance on Hwy 64 from Cameron, and my recommendation for your initial GASP! at the canyon. This entrance is best if coming from Page, Moab, Monument Valley or Mesa Verde, or up from Flagstaff on 89 if intending to visit Wupatki and Sunset Crater National Monuments along the way. It has a...

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  • Yuma Territorial Prison Visitor's Center

    Yuma Things to Do

    Long closed as a functional centre of incarceration, this is Yuma Territorial Prison (1875) , not a state prison - Arizona territory did not become a state until 1912, the last of the contiguous 48 before the admission of Alaska (49) and "Hawaii 5 - 0" Much no longer remains, including much of the walls, if you're thinking it looks rather open...

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  • Petrified Forest National Park

    Petrified Forest National Park Things to Do

    Great title, huh? Ok, so there's a bunch of old trees that look like rocks. Pretty neat, but there's so much more- the topography, the arid nature of the region, the desert life. Go for the petrified forest, but let the whole place sink in; it's an amazing experience. I'd love to be able to get off the trails and explore this area more.

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  • Montezuma's Castle

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Red Rock State Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Pima Air and Space Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Air Tours

    Grand Canyon Things to Do

    Before visiting the west, I read a lot. In most lectures, Lake Mead was a must see. From the air we can have the idea of the importance of Hoover dam, and the challenge that its construction must have been. But, from the air, the views of Lake Powell are more impressive. A real wonder! And it must be very interesting the boat trip to rainbow...

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  • Phoenix Zoo

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Sunset/Sunrise

    Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

    “Have mercy on Grand Canyon rangers. Don’t ever ask them, “Where’s the best place to see the sunset?” One, they are asked this a hundred times a week. Two, it drives a ranger crazy. It’s like asking the mother of quintuplets to choose her favorite. There is no best place to see the sunset. The canyon has two rims. Each rim is 227miles long. For...

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  • Painted Desert

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Petrified Forest National Park Things to Do

    In 1937, the Civilian Conservation Corps replaced an earlier lodge. This building was designed by Lyle E. Bennett and the Pertrified Service Branch of Plans and Designs. Operated as a Fred Harvey House from 1947 to when it closed its doors 1963. Thankfully declared a National Historic Landmark, it now services the public by opening its doors and...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Information

    Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

    It may be 5 or 6 million years old but this elderly dog has a few new tricks...besides eating up unwary tourists taking selfies, that is. If you have a cell phone - and can get service - you can dial into ranger mini-tours at 4 locations on the North Rim and 26 on the South. Stop at a sign like this one Dial 928-225-2907 Enter the stop...

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  • Blue Mesa

    Petrified Forest National Park Things to Do

    Drive the 3-mile loop road through the Blue Mesa Area, and hike the one-mile paved loop trail that will take you down to the Blue Mesa’s floor, where you can walk among the badlands. There are also petrified logs to be seen here, but it is the badland’s landscape, with their stripes of blue bentonite clay, that is the main experience to enjoy here....

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  • Slide Rock State Park

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Colorado River

    5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Bright Angel Trail

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Agate Bridge

    Petrified Forest National Park Things to Do

    Agate Bridge was my least favorite part of our trip. If you have lots of time, stop and see it, but if you have limited time, I would recommend that you skip this, even though it is a short stop. Agate Bridge is a 110-foot long petrified log that spans a gully. At one time there was sandstone around it, but through the years erosion has washed this...

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  • Jeep Tours

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Colossal Cave Mountain Park

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hikes

    Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

    NOTE: Please read “Know your limits” under my Warnings and Dangers reviews before attempting one of these! http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/23f639/ I’ve covered some nice treks above the chasm in my Rim Trail and Paths Less Traveled reviews but you can, properly prepared, venture into it as well. Other than a small bit of Br

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  • Newspaper Rock

    Petrified Forest National Park Things to Do

    Newspaper Rock contains more than 650 petroglyphs, the largest concentration of rock art in Petrified Forest National Park. These were etched into boulders by people who farmed the river valley 650 to 2,000 years ago. No one knows for sure what the meaning of these petroglyphs are. You will not be able to get very close to these petroglyphs, though...

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  • Indian Ruins

    Sedona Things to Do

    This is another archaeological and historical site. There are many Sinaguans ruins here including those petrographs, rock arts, etc.' You needed a Red Rock Pass to get here. If you are driving, make sure that you have high clearance... The park is open daily except on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. For more information call 825-282-4119. The...

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  • Sabino Canyon

    5 out of 5 stars

    Tucson Things to Do

    By now you know I love hiking! I have never been to the Canyon to have breakfast! Well, I still did not have breakfast in the Canyon with this particular hike, however, I can say with certainty that I have trekked down Sabino Canyon's Breakfast Canyon Wash! The breakfast Canyon trail is an almost 5 mile hike that we undertook till 8:30 pm. The...

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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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  • 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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  • Rim, South

    5 out of 5 stars

    Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

    Without any doubt this is one of the Great Natural Wonders of the World and it is so accessible. There are options to stay within the National Park and you can get around on the shuttle buses. I chose to stay in nearby Flagstaff which is about 90 minutes away by car using Highway 89. This route will take you into the canyon from the east. You can...

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  • The Teepees

    Petrified Forest National Park Things to Do

    The Tepees! The plaque reads: Petrified Forest is a laboratory where scientists study not only the fossil record, but the records of earlier discoveries by naturalists and paleontologists. Interest in the area’s fossils goes back to 1853, when a U.S. Army expedition discovered the Black Forest in what would become the park’s northern section....

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  • Oak Creek Canyon

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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

    5 out of 5 stars

    Tucson Things to Do

    This world-renowned zoo, natural history museum, and botanical garden began on September 1, 1952 and is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of the Sonoran Desert. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum operates entirely by admissions, memberships, contributions and grants. While entertaining and educating millions of visitors,...

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  • Desert View

    Grand Canyon Things to Do

    If you are entering The Grand Canyon from Cameron (or the East), take a few minutes to stop at the Desert View area. Not only will you get your first glimpse at the Canyon, you can enjoy the picturesque landscape to the East. I really like the mesa that sits directly East of the Desert View location. On a clear day you can also see the Echo cliffs...

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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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  • Watchtower

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

    “Usually the first question asked by the visitor to the Watchtower is - “Of what prehistoric building is this a copy? And is it exact in every detail?” It is NOT an exact reproduction of any known ruin; but, rather is based on fine examples of the prehistoric workman, and is built in the Indian spirit.” Mary Colter, "Manual for Drivers and Guides...

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  • Rainbow Forest Museum

    Petrified Forest National Park Things to Do

    Depending on which way you enter the park, the Rainbow Forest Museum is located near the south entrance from the park. This facility offers many wonderful exhibits and a 20 minute orientation movie. One of their exhibits is hands on. There is a small gift shop and restrooms. Best to use the restroom here because there other restrooms were closed...

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  • Tlaquepaque

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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