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

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 gawk 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    “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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Information

    Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

    The National Park has facilities on the North Rim and South Rim; 10 miles opposite each other as the crow flies. They are 220 miles/354 kms (about 5 hours) apart by car, and both have the same astonishing scenery but which one you might choose may depend on other parks or cities on your itinerary and/or how you intend to get there. Here are some...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Rim, South

    5 out of 5 stars

    Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

    "He fell wholly in love with this Timeless Wonder - this Grand Canyon - calling it “The Place for all time, “ and his wife knew it was true. Here he pursued his quest to live fully, and be forever learning, to grow in spirit.” Gravestone of M.W. Gustafson This quiet, shady corner has a lot of stories to tell but not a lot of visitors. Here rest...

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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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  • Old Tucson Studios

    4 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Heard Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Hall Of Flame Fire Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Devil's Bridge

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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  • Cave Creek

    Phoenix Things to Do

    If you love shopping and beautiful scenary take a drive up to Carefree and Cave Creek. Both towns are located North of Scottsdale, tons of unique shopping opportunites. Cave Creek has a very old western feel and some cool shops from local artists. And some yummy "old west" style restaurants.

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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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  • Mule Rides

    Grand Canyon National Park Things to Do

    There are only three ways to get a look at the bottom of the canyon at the National Park: A. Raft or kayak trip B. Organized mule trips or private stock animal C. Your own two feet Mules are the more popular option for non-hikers, and are not without controversy among certain factions but I’ll avoid stepping in that (yep, there's a pun here that...

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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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  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • 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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