No use denying it: PHOENIX magazine is in the bag for San Diego. You could set your seasonal clock to our annual San Diego-themed headlines: “San Diego: A Paradise for Tourists,” “Swimsuits & San Diego,” “Your San Diego Planner,” and so on. There’s a rational explanation for our San Diego fetish: You love it, too. When it comes to a well-deserved respite from the Arizona summer heat, nothing beats breezy, beachy, relatively-nearby San Diego. Many ’zoners are acquainted with the city’s high-volume public beaches, like the frat-party playgrounds of Pacific Beach and Ocean Beach, which is why we’ve decided to cover the smaller, more remote, lesser-known fun-and-sun spots in this issue – San Diego’s boutique beaches, if you will. And we might even uncover a few sun-soaked gems that our back issues missed.
Arizona’s Wild West mystique, Route 66 nostalgia, and the Grand Canyon’s grandeur have lured travelers from far and wide.
But Arizona does still have its secrets. From a Prohibition speakeasy in a Prescott basement to a rattlesnake craft store near Tombstone, surprises abound. Here’s a trifecta of trips.
From the local color of Molokai to the luaus of Maui, these heritage-heavy destinations offer a nice one-two Hawaiian punch.
There was a time when tourists flocking to the Aloha State were satisfied with what could be called the Hawaii Five-S: sun, sand, surf, seafood and spas (plus a little golf).
Celebrate the completion of the state-long Arizona National Scenic Trail with these highlight hikes.Finally, outdoor lovers have a boots-on-the-ground way to experience our state’s mesmerizing diversity, border-to-border. Just in time for Arizona’s Centennial, the state-traversing Arizona Trail has debuted on the national scene, joining the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails as one of America’s premier treks. It’s also one of the few that welcomes mountain-biking and horseback riding, making it a truly multi-sport mega-trail.
From historic hollows and Hummer half-pipes to dapper dude ranches and to-die-for drives, we’re serving up a bountiful birthday helping of 52 weekend adventures to help you christen Arizona’s second century of statehood. Plus: New this year, per reader requests, is a quick take ’em or leave ’em kid friendliness guide.
Delicious bites pair with majestic sights in Northern Arizona’s Red Rock Country.
From rugged tours of the surrounding Coconino National Forest to relaxing stays at the resorts and campgrounds along the shimmering waters of Oak Creek, Sedona’s abundant tourist pursuits are defined by the town’s otherworldly, postcard-perfect landscape. The beauty of the place is a given. A matter of public record.
The excellence of its cuisine, not so much. While boasting many marvelous places to eat, Sedona is not traditionally known as a “food town,” perhaps owing to its heavyweight scenery. After all, those majestic red rocks have a way of making you stop and stare, even if it’s right in the middle of lunch.
Featuring a Whiskey Row pub crawl, river rafting, holiday concerts, a steam train and a haunted hotel, these five Centennial-related escapes beat the heck out of history class.
Bisbee’s Mining Boom
Think Bisbee is just a footnote in Arizona’s history books? Think again: “Without Bisbee we would not have achieved statehood in 1912. This is where the horsepower of the state was. Copper made this thing go,” says Bisbee history buff and Lavender Jeep Tour operator Tom Mosier. More than 8 billion pounds of copper was mined in this boomtown-turned-artist-colony.
Santa Fe and Taos are famous for their arts scenes, but the surrounding slopes make a scenic ski escape for bunny-slopers to black-diamond daredevils.
It starts with a soft chant somewhere up on the dark, snow-covered ski slope. “TOOORCH-light…. TOOORCH-light....”
Pink road flares glow against the Red River Ski Area’s black-diamond run. A long line of skiers and snowboarders – some adult instructors, some children barely tall enough to sip from a drinking fountain – start to weave their way down a short black-diamond that ends at the Red River lift house. They wave the flares like firework sparklers, and an expectant crowd is gathered at the rail of the lift house saloon.
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52 Weekend Adventures - 2016
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