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Arizonians: What Should I See?

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by bluey, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    I'm planning an early March trip to the Scottsdale area and I was wondering what are the must sees in that neck of the woods.

    Is the Grand Canyon close enough for a daytrip from Scottsdale? It looks like a 2-3 hour drive each way.

    Anyway, I've never been to your beautiful state and I'd like to get as much of a looksee as I can. Any suggestions would be appreciated!!!
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2009

  2. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    Make the drive, it's worth it. I had to giggle though, in the Southwest a 2 - 3 hour trip is nothing, I forget in the North you can cross states in 2 - 3 hours! Here it's a trip for picnic!
  3. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    Interesting perspective, Writer...I guess that is very true.

    I though I was about going to die driving through Nebraska on the way to Boulder, CO seven years ago.

    The time it took me to get through that state, I could have seen most of the Northeastern US seaboard. [​IMG]
  4. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    Any other must sees in the area?
  5. azelgin

    azelgin Songster

    Jan 18, 2008
    S.E. AZ
    I try to stay away from the Phoenix are. Not a big ciyt fan. If, you get down in the S.E. Corner of the state, I can steer you towards some interesting areas.
  6. Bil

    Bil Songster

    May 8, 2008
    Cottage Grove, OR
    March in Arizona? Spring Training game!

  7. gckiddhouse

    gckiddhouse Songster

    Dec 9, 2008
    Desert Hills, AZ
    Well, now, let's see. There may be some amazing wildflowers by then as we have had a mild winter and some are already blooming. So, if you hike, then there are great trails just north of Scottsdale up in Cave Creek/Carefree area. And those towns are fun to hang out in and the restaurants are great, too.

    The canyon is quite a trip from Scottsdale. 3 hours at least. The way to do it would be to contact the Grand Canyon Railroad and do that!!! Great little train ride out of Williams (my personal favorite spot in AZ) it takes you up to the canyon and then you spend the night up there and then it takes you back. Then on the way home you could stop in Flagstaff, and maybe take a detour through Sedona.

    You could do a day trip to the canyon, but it would be a long day! It is the Grand Canyon, though. Definitely worth seeing.

    Sedona is an incredibly beautiful place. I would recommend a day trip there.

    What do you like to do? Are you an outdoor person? Hiking, biking, jeep tours, spelunking, etc.. are close by.

    If you like to shop, then old town Scottsdale, Sedona, Cave Creek.

    We have world renowned golf courses if you play golf.

    If you go South, there is an amazing hike at Picacho Peak were you can also buy fresh pecans, pistashios, walnuts and fruit. If wildflowers are blooming, then Picacho will be amazing!!! Tons of wild poppies bloom there every spring.

    Tucson has the Sonoran Desert Museum, Old Tucson, Tubac, and other wild west adventures. The desert is beautiful to the south of Phoenix.

    East of town, there is an arboretum that is pretty beautiful that time of year. Also one in Phx.

    There are lots of Spring training games both in Phx and Tucson.

    It is also Rodeo season. Did you know that in Tucson, the kids get 2 days off of school in February every year for Rodeo Days?

    There's lots to see and do. What are your interests and I can tell you more.

  8. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    Quote:Yeah, although i'm a Mets fan, I was eyeing up a Cub-Dodger game that'll be played 10 miles away from my hotel! Good call!
  9. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    gc...good info. Thanks!

    At this point, I almost have to do a daytrip to the grand canyon. Maybe squeeze in a spring training game and at least one round of golf.

    I would like to do one more outdoorsy thing.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2009
  10. gckiddhouse

    gckiddhouse Songster

    Dec 9, 2008
    Desert Hills, AZ
    If the wildflowers are in bloom (and it may still be too early for that), you must do a hike or jeep tour!! You will never forget it.

    The valley of the sun is a desolate place, but when it shines, it really shines!!!

    Also, if you fish, we have some of the most beautiful lakes!!!

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