Phoenix Valley Guide - 21 Things to Do
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101 Cool Things to Do

Editor’s note: Phoenix Valley Guide’s “101 Cool Things to Do” are listed in no particular order. All information given here was accurate at press time. You may want to phone for confirmation prior to visiting these attractions.

1. PAGE SPRINGS CELLARS

Page Springs Cellars is a family-owned winery tucked into the volcanic landscape overlooking pristine Oak Creek, just 15 minutes south of Sedona. The Mediterranean climate and diverse soils of our vineyards are perfect for growing grapes. We craft a wide variety of wines, ranging from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Page Springs Cellars is a true wine destination offering amazing food (much of which is grown on our farm or sourced locally), as well as behind-the-scenes winery and vineyard tours, yoga classes, and massages. Plus, our beautiful vineyard is available for special events. Once the Page Springs Cellars experience has charmed you, don’t forget to ask about the celebrated Wine Club and cellar events! Open 365 days a year. Check out pagespringscellars.com, or call 928-639-3004 for more information.

2. LIVE FAST

Experience the ultimate entertainment rush at Octane Raceway in Scottsdale. Our karts fly down the track at 45 mph. After the race, try our new Velocity VR attraction. We also have a full-service bar and grill, prize-winning games, and mini bowling. Call 602-302-7223 or visit octaneraceway.com.

3. COLORADO RIVER RAFTING

Colorado River Discovery offers a variety of half-day and full-day river tours as well as package trips that are perfect for the entire family (kids ages 4 and up).

As you float on one of the most dramatic stretches of river in the Western United States, your experienced guide will tell the story of the area’s soaring sandstone cliffs, crystal blue-green waters, abundant wildlife, exploration by Major John Wesley Powell and others, and the river’s modern role in water and power delivery systems of the Southwest. For more information, call 888-522-6644 or visit their website at raftthecanyon.com.

4. ARIZONA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Visit our newest exhibition, Dino Zone! Have fun playing indoors while learning everything you always wanted to know about dinosaurs. Plus, Dino Mountain has a 3-story, indoor waterfall with dinosaurs that roar and so much more. Marvel at “Cretaceous Seas,” an exhibit about the ocean more than 66 million years ago. Pan for gold in the History Courtyard, visit a real territorial jail, learn about Arizona’s geological wonders, and much more! Visit azmnh.org for more information. Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Tues.-Fri.; 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat.; 1–5 p.m., Sun. Admission: $12, adults; $7, children ages 3–12; $10, seniors 65+; $8, students 13+ with ID; free, children 2 and under.

5. ROOSTER COGBURN OSTRICH RANCH

“The Darndest Place You’ll Ever Visit!” Voted one of the best roadside attractions in America. Hand-feed the ostrich, lorikeets, and miniature donkeys, see the new bunny and stingray exhibits, and more. On weekends and holidays, take a Monster Truck Tour and learn about the desert and ostrich, plus have 4-wheelin’ and ostrich fishin’ fun. Affordable fun for all ages! On I-10 and exit 219 at Picacho Peak. roostercogburn.com or call 520-466-3658.

6. COWBOYS AND ARTISTS

Roam “out Wickenburg way” to discover the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, a world-famous collection of Western art and artifacts featuring interactive exhibits on Arizona’s colorful history. Summer fun with free admission for kids! Visit us at westernmuseum.org.

7. OUT OF AFRICA WILDLIFE PARK

Experience a completely different view of wildlife! Witness breathtaking creatures and their natural behavior up-close. Safari tours, exciting shows, hands-on interaction, and our exhilarating zip line tour over predators create an awe-inspiring adventure guaranteed to have you grinning from ear to ear. 928-567-2840, outofafricapark.com.

8. SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN MUSEUM/LOST DUTCHMAN MUSEUM

Experience the fact, fiction, and folklore of the Superstition Wilderness Area with our variety of exhibits, and visit the tourist center, gift shop, or bookstore for information on the Lost Dutchman Mine. 4087 N. Apache Trail. 480-983-4888, superstitionmountainmuseum.org.

9. GARDEN FLASHLIGHT TOURS

Whether it’s date night or family night, come explore Desert Botanical Garden in a whole new way. Flashlight Tours are sensory adventures to see, hear and feel how desert nights shimmer. Guests beam their own flashlights along the self-paced trails to capture the plants and animals that come to life in the desert after dark. Nocturnal Desert Botanical Garden explorers can experience a different adventure every night through activities that promote play, education and adventure. Thurs. and Sat., May 27–Sept. 2, 7–9:30 p.m. Included with membership or paid garden admission.

10. FEEL THE RUSH

Arizona’s fastest Zipline EcoTour is nestled in the Santa Catalina Mountains, just north of Tucson, at Arizona Zipline Adventures. Bring your family, friends, or corporate group out for a truly unique desert experience. Activities include a Zipline EcoTour, teambuilding activities, gold panning, hiking trails, and camping. Enjoy uniquely crafted food from Peppersauce Kitchen and the onsite garden while taking in views of the Galiuro Mountains. Cooler temperatures, outdoor activities, and historic guest ranches make Oracle the ideal summer destination. Book an online reservation at ziparizona.com or give us a call at 520-308-9350.

11. GUIDANCE AIR

The ultimate off-road adventure! Guidance Air is Sedona’s premier helicopter tour operator, offering a red rocks experience you won’t find anywhere else. Sedona has a rich, ancient history well beyond the bustling downtown area: spires, mesas, and deep secluded canyons form the rugged landscape surrounding the city. Explore this beautiful setting from the air—without even leaving a footprint—on an extended helicopter tour. Every seat is a window seat in the Robinson® helicopters. Guidance Air’s aircraft are fully air-conditioned, equipped with Bose® noise-cancelling headsets, and expertly maintained by their award-winning shop. Book today over the phone or online. And for some added excitement, ask for “doors-off!” Call 928-351-1000, or go to guidanceair.com.

12. MACALPINE’S DINER & SODA FOUNTAIN

Looking for fun, food, and shopping? This historic Phoenix landmark is a must! Enjoy lunch and dinner entrées including mouthwatering burgers, sandwiches, and blue-plate specials. Don’t miss the award-winning Reuben or Clubhouse. Save room for dessert—MacAlpine’s pies, made from Amish recipes, are outstanding. Or choose one of 99 soda flavors, old-fashioned malts, or decadent ice cream creations. You’ll have a blast shopping in the retro and antique store, which is filled with an eclectic mix of treasures including furniture, jewelry, and vintage clothing. We know you’ll love MacAlpine’s as much as we do! Just north of downtown Phoenix, 2303 N. 7th St., 602-262-5545.

13. LARGEST FIRE MUSEUM

Explore 6 air-conditioned galleries and 35,000 square feet of firefighting exhibits at The Hall of Flame. See more than 70 beautifully restored fire apparatus, ranging from an English engine built in 1725 to fully operational engines and ladder trucks from the 1950s and 60s. The National Firefighting Hall of Heroes honors nearly 9,000 fallen firefighters. Another gallery tells the story of wildland firefighting. Hands-on exhibits engage the kids, including a fire-safety house and a 1952 American La France engine, available for boarding. At 6101 E. Van Buren St., across from the Phoenix Zoo and next door to Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Sat., noon–4 p.m. Sun.; $7 adults, $6 seniors older than 62, $5 students ages 6–17, $2 for children 3–5, free under age 3. Free parking. 602-275-3473, hallofflame.org.

14. MODERN GROVE VIEWS RESTAURANT

Modern Grove Views and Docktails offers hand-crafted food with spectacular views of dolphins and mountains. Docktails’ innovative Cal-izona menu is enjoyed poolside in its “beach day in the desert” environment. Located at OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, 480-291-6577.

15. GO WITH THE FLOW

The hottest way to keep cool in the Sunniest City on Earth is with a comfy cruise down the Colorado River. Don’t have the gear? Call Yuma River Tubing at 928-750-0247, then go to visityuma.com and plan your getaway!

16. COME PLAY TODAY!

Named one of the top 3 children’s museums in the nation by Early Childhood Education Zone, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is a wondrous place of imagination, inspiration, creativity, and just plain fun! Designed for children ages birth to 10, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix engages the minds, muscles, and imaginations of children, and the grown-ups who care about them. Not your typical museum—here, we want you to touch everything! Climb the 3-story Climber, shop in the child-sized market, make a meal in Texture Cafe, explore the Noodle Forest, create a work of art, build the best fort ever, and go block crazy in BlockMania! These are just a few of the more than 300 play experiences that await you at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. In addition, we offer a diverse range of classes and programs—from music and yoga, to math and science. It may be hot outside, but it’s always cool in here.  Free on-site parking. Easy access to and from I-10 and I-17. 215 N. 7th St., 602-253-0501, childrensmuseumofphoenix.org.

17. DESERT BELLE PADDLEBOAT

Tired of the summer heat? Come experience the desert by boat! Originally launched in 1964, the Desert Belle has been cruising the waters of Saguaro Lake for more than 50 years. Relax in air-conditioned comfort on one of our 90-minute narrated, public cruises and see exotic Arizona wildlife, towering canyon walls, and dramatic desert vistas. The perfect attraction on which to bring out-of-town guests. Private cruises are also available for an unforgettable wedding, birthday, anniversary, or office party. Whatever you choose, the Desert Belle is a unique way to enjoy all the beauty that Arizona has to offer. Use code “StayCool” to take $3 off each adult ticket. Reserve your spot today at desertbelle.com, or call 480-984-2425.

18. #1 WESTERN MUSEUM

Scottsdale’s Museum of the West brings Western history and heritage to life with regularly changing exhibits of artworks, Old West artifacts, and historic Native American objects on loan from some of the world’s foremost collectors and institutions. This TripAdvisor top-rated attraction and Smithsonian Affiliate was named the nation’s best Western museum in 2016 and 2017 by True West Magazine’s editors.

Opening in June 2017: a major exhibition of rare Western film posters, an exhibit of striking and historically significant artistic portrayals of the Grand Canyon, and a collection of John Coleman bronze sculptures depicting early Native American people. The museum is located in downtown Scottsdale at 3830 N. Marshall Way—just steps away from Old Town, art galleries, restaurants, and shopping. More info: 480-686-9539; scottsdalemuseumwest.org.

19. MEGA CANDY STORE

Family-owned and operated, Sweeties Candy is one of Arizona’s favorite destinations! This 13,000-square-foot mega candy warehouse stocks more than 4,000 candies from more than 175 manufacturers from around the world, making Sweeties the largest candy store in the state! Sweeties Candy will take you down memory lane with an endless selection of sweet treats, from national brands, regional brands, and local favorites to the hard-to-find nostalgic candies of yesterday and new crazes of today! Be sure to quench your thirst in the new soda department, stocking more than 350 glass bottle, cane sugar sodas! Sweeties Candy is open Mon.–Sat., 9 a.m.–7 p.m. and is located just minutes east of I-10 and only 20 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Call 480-899-4245 or visit us at sweetiescandyaz.com.

20. MUST SEE PHOENIX

Did you know that WWII pilots trained at airports throughout the Phoenix area? Or, that Hohokam American Indians built canals to support the 40,000 people who lived in Phoenix in 1250, and that those canals are still used today? Arizona’s largest history museum, the Arizona Heritage Center, features exhibits related to WWII military aircraft, copper mining, the first solar home, an 1800s general store, water management in the desert, children’s activities, and much more. Request a Natural History Gallery activity for 9- to 12-year-olds, which will inspire them through an encounter with moon rocks, fulgurites, and meteorites! Learn about Arizona’s Five C’s and which businesses, industries, and individuals have made history in the politics, culture, and economy of the state. Call 480-929-0292, or visit us online at arizonahistoricalsociety.org.

21. ACROSS ARIZONA TOURS

Join our exciting guided tours to the following scenic Arizona destinations: the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Navajo Nation, Montezuma Castle, Jerome, the Apache Trail, Phoenix and Scottsdale city tours, and many more. Great for individuals, as well as small and large groups that want to experience the beauty and adventure that Arizona offers. Across Arizona Tours picks up at most hotels and resorts in Greater Phoenix, with tours departing daily.

We offer our popular one-day van tours, as well as corporate tours, multi-day tours, and custom tours. A highly trained and certified guide who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Arizona leads each one. If you are ready to explore Arizona in comfort, call 888-533-1813 or book online at acrossarizonatours.com.

22. iFLY INDOOR SKYDIVING

iFLY Phoenix is delivering the dream of flight to ages 3–103. Beat the heat this summer and cool off in a newly opened, modern wind tunnel! There is no parachute and no jumping required—just lean in to float on a smooth cushion of air. Indoor skydiving simulates the experience of human flight in a safe, comfortable, and fun environment, making it a fantastic family-fun outing this summer. iFLY also specializes in corporate events and birthday parties for groups of any size, with exciting flight enhancements, catering options, and unique event spaces to take your next summer bash to new heights. Prepare to be blown away—literally—and come fly at iFLY Phoenix. Located at The Pavilions at Talking Stick, near the Loop 101 and Talking Stick Way. Visit iflyworld.com, or call 480-712-4359 for booking information.

23. SEDONA OFFROAD ADVENTURES

Sedona’s only Hummer and Jeep tour company! Trek old wagon roads deep into red rock canyons and enjoy spectacular red rock views. Our Hummers can accommodate up to 12 passengers and offer unsurpassed views in exclusive stadium-facing, forward seating. Whether you’re seeking rugged adventure, or family fun from mild to wild, we have the right tour for you. We are privately owned, love Sedona, and can’t wait to show off our hometown’s world-class splendor. Awarded Best Sightseeing Tours of Sedona 3 consecutive years—2015, 2016, and 2017—by the Business Hall of Fame. For tour reservations and info, call 928-282-6656 or visit sedonajeeptours.com.

24. HEARD MUSEUM

Experience “Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera” this summer at the Heard Museum. Now through Aug. 20, enjoy a rare display of original masterpieces by Mexico’s most famous artists in this exhibit; its only stop in the US. Visit heard.org for tickets and details.

25. POLAR PLAY ICE BAR & LOUNGE

This indoor ice world features fun interactive frozen experiences and a view into the world of polar wildlife. Enjoy tasty treats and icy drinks at 23 degrees! Located at OdySea in the Desert: 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, 877-558-3541.

26. LUCK HAPPENS HERE!

Searching for a getaway that pays? Lucky for you, Fort McDowell Casino is located only 18 miles northeast of Scottsdale. It’s the spot for gaming fun, amazing golf, great food, as well as a relaxing hotel and spa. Once you hop on Route 87, the road to riches leads here.

If you’re a gamer, you’ll love exploring the 150,000-square foot gaming floor. Whether you want to play slot machines, bingo, blackjack, or poker, Fort McDowell is home to the most exciting Vegas-style gaming in the Southwest. There are 900 gaming machines, ranging from penny slots to high-limit stakes. Plus, the 1,200-seat Bingo Hall is open daily, giving you plenty of chances to win up to $50,000 in cash!

Treat yourself to luxury accommodations at the We-Ko-Pa Resort, a beautiful Four-diamond hotel that features an outdoor pool and upscale spa services. Don’t forget the renowned We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, named the number one public course in Arizona by Golfweek magazine.

If you’re searching for the perfect weekend, look no further than Fort McDowell Casino! Plan your visit today by calling 800-843-3678, or by visiting fortmcdowellcasino.com.

27. OLD FIREHOUSE PLAZA

We are located just steps away from historic Whiskey Row in downtown Prescott. When you visit, you won’t want to miss this fine collection of charming shops, salons, and specialty restaurants housed within a beautifully restored historic firehouse.

Try a lobster roll, lobster street tacos, or the lobster mac ’n’ cheese from Prescott Lobster & Seafood Co. This casual eatery serves up fantastic lunch and dinner specialties in a quaint, lobster shack-themed setting.

Pet-friendly courtyard seating and locally owned and operated businesses truly make this a must see Prescott destination. Located at 220 W. Goodwin St. Visit oldfirehouseplaza.com. For questions, e-mail sparky@oldfirehouseplaza.com.

28. HON-DAH RESORT CASINO

Escape to the cool White Mountains and stay in Hon-Dah’s Triple Diamond hotel, surrounded by the great outdoors. Amenities include: oversized rooms and more than 800 of some of the newest and best slot machines located in the adjacent casino. There is live entertainment 6 days a week in the Timbers Showroom, including a comedy show every Monday night. The Indian Pine Restaurant receives high ratings and serves dinner from the menu as well as daily buffets such as Friday Seafood Buffet, Saturday Prime Rib Buffet, and Sunday Brunch. So, beat the heat and visit the coolest spot in Arizona this summer. Catch the 7th Annual White Mountain Bike Rally on June 24 and 25, and the Guess Who in concert June 25. Register online at hon-dah.com. For more information, call 800 WAY-UP-HI (929-8744). 777 Hwy. 260, 3 miles south of Pinetop.

29. DOLLY STEAMBOAT

Rated one of the “Best Things To Do In Arizona,” the Junior Grand Canyon tour is a premier attraction for locals and tourists alike. Minutes from Mesa, Scottsdale, and Phoenix. Daily air-conditioned nature cruises and twilight dinner cruises. Apache Junction. 480-827-9144, dollysteamboat.com.

30. WHY NOT SHARE-IZONA?

Sibley’s West in Downtown Chandler offers unique gift items—from pottery to candles, prickly pear jelly to hot sauces, Dirt Shirts to cactus plants—from more than 200 Arizona artists and businesses. Call 480-899-4480, or visit us at sibleyswest.com.

31. EXPERIENCE WILLIAMS

Williams is the gateway to the Grand Canyon! Enjoy Route 66, outdoor recreation, and more. Visit experiencewilliams.com or call 928-635-1418.

32. YOUR FLAGSTAFF STORY

Flagstaff: The Soul Awakens is an unexpected, first-person tale of discovery. Your journey goes from a historic downtown, to the discovery site of the planet Pluto, along 50 miles of stunning urban trails, up to the top of the San Francisco Peaks, on an exploration of the nearby majestic Grand Canyon, and back to the city center via historic Route 66 for one-of-a-kind dining and tasting at 7 local microbreweries.

Start your adventure by stopping by the Flagstaff Visitor Center, in the historic train station, where cast members provide personalized travel information, free guides, and maps, as well as insider tips on how best to experience all that Flagstaff has to offer. For info: 800-718-8123, flagstaffarizona.org or flagstaff365.com.

33. ARIZONA SNOWBOWL SCENIC CHAIRLIFT

Get out of the heat and enjoy cool views of the Grand Canyon. While here, enjoy ranger talks at 11,500 feet, next to the tallest peak in Arizona! Great food and fun at a higher altitude. arizonasnowbowl.com.

34. TIME FOR TEA

Situated in beautiful Carefree, the English Rose Tea Room is the perfect escape on a hot summer’s day. From a formal afternoon tea to a delicious lunch, or simply a scone with a cup of tea—there is something for every discerning tea lover’s palate.

Open all summer, everyday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call for reservations: 480-488-4812. carefreetea.com.

35. METEOR CRATER

Experience the best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth! Features include observation decks, Discovery Center with interactive displays, guided rim tours, gift and rock shop, Subway Restaurant, and more. Open year-round. Located 35 miles east of Flagstaff on I-40. 800-289-5898, meteorcrater.com.

36. AS WATER FLOWS

The Salt River Project History Center gives visitors a look at the history of water development in Greater Phoenix dating from its earliest canal builders, the Hohokam. The center offers free admission and is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon.–Fri. It’s located at 1521 N. Project Dr., Tempe. Phone 602-236-5900 for more information.

37. GALLERY HOP

First Fridays offers a great chance to tour all the downtown Phoenix galleries once a month. Phone Artlink at 602-256-7539.

38. ALL ABOARD!

Ride the rails at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Every half hour, visitors can circle the park. Phone 480-312-2312.

39. VISIT LOWELL OBSERVATORY

At Lowell Observatory, history and science come together! Founded in 1894, the observatory is the home of Pluto and has been a fixture in astronomical research for more than a century. Today, guided tours of the historic campus give visitors a chance to peer through the Clark refracting telescope to view the cosmos, and walk the famous path Clyde Tombaugh took the night he discovered the ninth planet. Interactive exhibits for people of all ages make Lowell a family-friendly venue that allows all to explore the history of the universe. Daily safe viewing of the sun and nightly stargazing are offered during favorable weather. Find us on Facebook, or visit lowell.edu for more information. 1400 W. Mars Hill Rd., Flagstaff; 928-774-3358.

40. BEAT THE HEAT

Prescott is your recreation destination to beat the heat this summer! Just 90 miles north of Phoenix, Prescott offers historic charm in a hometown atmosphere. Known for the World’s Oldest Rodeo, Prescott now hosts the annual Whiskey Off-Road Mountain Bike endurance race. You’ll find many things to do including hiking, fishing, kayaking, golfing, and much more! Historic Downtown is the spot to be for music festivals, art shows, and shopping on Whiskey Row. Bucky’s & Yavapai Casinos offer a great variety of entertainment with slot machines, blackjack, and poker along with great food and daily promotions. Yavapai Casino is home to Northern Arizona’s largest nonsmoking slot room. Visit buckyscasino.com or call 800-756-8744 for more information.

41. SYLVIA PLOTKIN JUDAICA MUSEUM

In Scottsdale, on the grounds of Congregation Beth Israel at 56th St. and Shea Blvd., the Judaica museum features temporary exhibits, as well as permanent displays and a biblical garden. Visitors of any religion are welcome to stop by and learn about different aspects of Judaism. Phone 480-951-0323.

42. PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE!

Host your next family reunion, corporate retreat, team-building workshop, or group outing at Sunrise Park Resort! Let us make your event one to remember with catering options, activities for all ages, and personalized events. Contact Group Sales at 928-735-7123.

43. ASIAN INFLUENCE

The COFCO Chinese Cultural Center features restaurants, a Chinese garden, and retail shops. At 668 N. 44th St. #300. Phone 602-220-9456.

44. BUILDING BRIDGES

See the work of famed Italian architect Paolo Soleri at Soleri Bridge and Plaza—the only one of the designer’s bridges to be built.

45. WALNUT CANYON NATIONAL MONUMENT

This small but lovely canyon, located 8 miles east of Flagstaff, harbors the remains of some 300 prehistoric Sinagua Indian cliff dwellings. Many of these dwellings are tucked under a stone ledge that sits halfway between the rim and the canyon floor 185 feet below. Phone 928-526-3367.

46. WESTERN WEAR

Leather-goods stores abound, offering belts, purses, cowboy hats, and boots. Calfskin, cowhide, rattlesnake skin—you name it, it’s here.

47. SAMPLE CERVEZAS

Beer from south of the border has a range of flavor and body. Try Bohemia, Negra Modelo, Tecate, Pacífico, and Corona. Lime optional.

48. VALLEY VIEWS

Take a leisurely hilltop drive to experience mesmerizing views of Greater Phoenix. One of our favorites is Lincoln Dr. from 16th St. to 44th St. Prefer to stretch your legs instead? Try the lookout points at South Mountain, Piestewa Peak, Papago Buttes, Pinnacle Peak, and Camelback Mountain.

49. CHILL AT THE MILL

The Queen Creek Olive Mill is open every day this summer to tour, shop, eat, and repeat! Taste your way through our gourmet marketplace, enjoy food specials at our Eatery, and cool down with frozen drinks at Superstition Coffee. Visit queencreekolivemill.com, or call 480-888-9290.

50. CITY OF PAGE

Wild. Raft the Colorado River, jet ski or innertube on Lake Powell. Take an air tour or join us for a rodeo. Blue. Kayak, paddleboard, boat, or fish on Lake Powell. Take a boat tour. Wander. The canyons, take a photography tour, and walk, hike, or run the Rim Trail. Visit  Horseshoe Bend overlook and meander through the Powell Museum. Rent a houseboat, camp, or check out one of our hotels or B&Bs. Don’t forget to get a taste of Navajo culture and sign up for Into the Grand’s nearly nightly musical, dancing, and dining event. We look forward to seeing you “up around the bend!” Call us at 928-645-9496, check us out at visitpagelakepowell.com, or follow us on Facebook at pagelakepowelltourism.

51. COMPASS ARIZONA GRILL

Atop the Hyatt Regency Phoenix is the only revolving restaurant in Arizona, offering a dining experience with a 360-degree view of Greater Phoenix. Experience and enjoy a night out, sipping and dining in the lounge and restaurant. Executive Chef Richard Preston creates seasonal menus that include dishes with local flavors, which are complemented by an extensive cocktail and wine selection. This downtown Phoenix establishment is the location to start the night on the town, or the perfect spot to show out-of-towners our stunning Southwest city. Compass opens daily at 5:30 p.m. and offers a reverse happy hour in its lounge, Sunday to Thursday from 9 to 11 p.m. Located at 122 N. 2nd St. in Phoenix. phoenix.regency.hyatt.com.

52. ROSSON HOUSE MUSEUM

Tour a fully restored 1895 house museum; displaying historic clothing through October. Located at Heritage Square and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Hours: Wed.–Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sun., 12–4 p.m. Call 602-262-5070, or visit heritagesquarephx.org.

53. BACK TO BESH

The home of the Salado people from about ad 1240 to 1400, Besh Ba Gowah is thought to have been a farming and trading center. Now it’s a great place to learn about the Salado people. Visit the park’s museum, botanical garden, and trails. Located 1 1/4 miles from Globe on Jesse Hayes Rd. Phone 928-425-0320.

54. MEXICAN FOOD

Carne asada, empanada—just the names tempt your palate. Check out our Dining Guide for a selection of local Mexican restaurants.

55. DESERT SCUBA

Many scuba divers take lessons at local pools before hitting the open water. Equipment rentals are also offered at local shops.

56. CAREFREE DESERT GARDENS

Rare cacti and unique garden specimens can be found in this cool jewel in the desert, just minutes north of Phoenix. Come see the 30-ton sand sculpture of a desert tortoise by the world-renowned artist Ray Villafane, which is sure to captivate all ages (on display through Labor Day). Kids can have fun playing in the new Kiwanis Splash Park, featuring a scorpion-like water feature amidst the beautiful Sonoran landscape, just feet away from the iconic Carefree Sundial. Free admission; open 365 days a year. Town of Carefree Desert Gardens: 101 Easy St., Carefree, 480-488-3686, visitcarefree.com.

57. EXPLORE THE SKY

Greater Phoenix is famous for its beautiful sunsets, but that’s only the beginning of the sky show. Three local parks play host to nighttime lessons under (and about) the stars. One part astronomy lesson and one part telescope stargazing, with on-hand constellation experts to make the concepts as clear as the night sky. Check out White Tank Mountain Regional Park (623-935-2505), Cave Creek Regional Park (623-465-0431), and San Tan Mountain Regional Park (480-655-5554). For stargazing dates, visit maricopacountyparks.net.

58. ARIZONA’S COOLEST DESTINATION

Explore the best of the White Mountains at Sunrise Park Resort! Hiking, scenic lift rides, downhill mountain biking, archery, zip line tours, and more family fun await thrill seekers of all ages! Plan your vacation now and call 855-735-7669, or visit sunriseskipark.com.

59. THE LIVING PAST

Stroll among original and reconstructed historic buildings at Pioneer Living History Museum, a re-created pioneer town. Watch artisans as they ply their trades. Don’t miss the educational tours, historic exhibits, and stage shows. Phone 623-465-1052.

60. PEACOCK PARK

Stroll with peacocks at Sahuaro Ranch Park, and see why the 17-acre historic park is called the “Showplace of the Valley.” Phone 623-930-2820.

61. WATER COLOSSUS

See one of the world’s highest fountains, rising more than 560 feet into the sky, in Fountain Hills. Phone 480-816-5185.

62. GRANDEUR RESTORED

The Spanish Baroque Revival architecture makes Orpheum Theatre—a local and touring-show venue built in 1929—one of the most luxurious theaters in the West. At 203 W. Adams St. For show information, phone 800-430-8903. For information about free tours, phone 602-534-5600.

63. CAFÉ LIFESTYLE

Whether you’re craving an iced mocha, cappuccino, or a place to read, you can find it all at Greater Phoenix’s many coffeehouses.

64. HISTORIC NEIGHBORHOODS

Tour historic ’hoods with a free map from the Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods Coalition at phxhnc.com.

65. SPECIALTY MUSEUMS

Check out a few of Greater Phoenix’s more unique museums, perfect for adults and children alike. At The Phoenix Police Museum (602-534-7278), kids can try on police shirts and see a 1919 Model T police car. The Arizona Doll & Toy Museum (623-939-6186) features antique dolls, as well as more modern playthings.

66. LET’S DO BRUNCH

What sounds better than noshing the day away in an elegant dining room with sharply clad waiters topping off your Champagne flute? Fortunately, the city’s finer resorts and hotels serve that Sunday repast with flair. Check our Dining Guide for options.

67. INDIAN RUINS

To learn about the Hohokam people—who lived in this area before Europeans came to America—tour Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, a museum that shows the superlative construction skills of the Hohokam people. The museum also offers demonstrations and other special events.

68. THE PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM

The Pima Air & Space Museum opened its doors 40 years ago and has grown to be one of the largest aviation museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum in the United States. The museum maintains a collection of more than 350 aircraft and spacecraft from around the globe—including many that are rare or one-of-a-kind—as well as more than 125,000 artifacts. The museum has 6 large hangars totaling more than 177,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space, and offers exclusive tours of the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), also known as the “Bone Yard.”

The museum is open daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last admission at 3 p.m. Call 520-574-0462 or visit pimaair.org.

69. BORDER JAUNTS

Shop for clothing and handmade items in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Explore at thenogaleschamber.org.

70. QUACK SNACK

Feed the ducks at numerous city parks with cool lakes. Locals love Eldorado Park in Scottsdale and Kiwanis Park in Tempe.

71. CRAZY FOR CRÊPES

French delicacies in the desert? You bet! For those perfectly French pancakes, head to Chez Vous creperie in Scottsdale (480-443-2575), where you can pick from a seemingly endless list of crêpes. Or visit Jobot Coffee in downtown Phoenix (602-501-9076), which serves both sweet and savory versions of the treat.

72. EXPERIENCE HISTORY FIRSTHAND

Handcrafted @ Heritage Square features antique machines that you can use to make new things! Drop in hours: Thurs.–Fri., 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m., and workshops as scheduled. Stevens Bungalow, in Historic Heritage Square, 602 E. Adams, 602-292-8240, heritagesquarephx.org.

73. PAOLO’S ARC

For a taste of Arcosanti—bell-making and all—wander the courtyards and garden paths at the Cosanti Foundation in Paradise Valley. Located at 6433 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd. Visit arcosanti.org.

74. BOOK BROWSE

Bibliophiles rejoice! Local independent bookstores, such as The Poisoned Pen and Changing Hands, offer the perfect respite for readers.

75. TURN A PAGE

Phoenix’s Burton Barr Central Library has one of the largest reading rooms in North America and nearly one million books.

76. EMERALD ISLE ESCAPE

A stop at the Irish Cultural Center is sure to have your Irish eyes smiling. The center offers exhibits, events, concerts, and, of course, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire. The center is located at 1106 N. Central Ave. in Phoenix. Phone 602-258-0109 or visit azirish.org.

77. ART WALKS

The Scottsdale Gallery Association sponsors a weekly ArtWalk (scottsdalegalleries.com), Thurs. 7–9 p.m., with self-guided tours, live entertainment, and artist appearances. First Fridays (artlinkphoenix.com) lets you tour downtown Phoenix galleries once a month, 6–9:30 p.m., with free trolley transportation between locations. The Downtown Chandler Community Partnership presents the Downtown Chandler Art Walk (downtownchandler.org/artwalk) the 3rd Fri. of every month, 6–10 p.m. The East Valley Art Guild and Downtown Mesa Merchants present 2nd Fridays (2ndfridaynightout.com) on Main Street in downtown Mesa the 2nd Fri. of every month, 6–10 p.m.

78. IT’S COOL UNDERGROUND

Explore the depths of Bisbee’s famous Queen Mine. Don mining hats, slickers, and lanterns worn by miners. Ride the mine train deep into the mine. Marvel at remaining copper minerals. Experience the life of miners as they toiled in the subterranean tunnels. Open daily. Tour times: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. Tours leave from the Queen Mine Tour building located within walking distance of Historic Bisbee. The mine is cool so please dress accordingly. Tours last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Reservations suggested. Call 866-432-2071 or visit queenminetour.com. Stop by the Queen Mine Store for gem and mineral specimens, jewelry, and other unique items. Visit discoverbisbee.com for official visitor information. Ninety miles south of Tucson, Bisbee offers Old World charm and new-world charisma.

79. DISC GOLF

Soak up the sun and the scenic desert beauty while playing some disc golf. The Phoenix area is a hub of disc golf activity, with local courses available to test your skills. Try Conocido Park (602-262-6575) or Fountain Hills Park (480-816-5100). Call ahead for hours of operation and to find out if you need to make a reservation.

80. OATMAN SIDEWALK EGG FRY

High noon on July 4th marks this competition. Contestants have 15 minutes to fry an egg using solar heat.

81. CAPITOL IDEA

The Arizona Capitol Museum contains a collection of Arizona political memorabilia. Phone 602-926-3620.

82. MONTEZUMA CASTLE

Legend says that early settlers in the Verde Valley were so impressed by this 5-story cliff dwelling that they thought it was built by Montezuma, the famous Aztec ruler of Mexico. The real story? It was actually built by Sinagua Indians between ad 1100 and 1450. Located off I-17, about 90 minutes north of Phoenix. Phone 928-567-3322.

83. IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE

Visit downtown Phoenix’s Civic Space Park to see Her Secret is Patience, a floating sculpture suspended 38 feet above the park.

84. COOL CAVERNS

The tour of Kartchner Caverns State Park takes you through huge underground rooms with massive columns and colorful, intricate formations, including the world’s longest soda straw stalactite in the Throne Room. Located 50 miles southeast of Tucson. Phone 520-586-2283 for reservations.

85. BIRDWATCHING

Arizona boasts hummingbirds and other exotica seldom seen in colder climates. For info, call 480-829-8209.

86. SEE STREET ART

Murals find life on the exteriors of buildings such as Barrio Café in Phoenix, and throughout Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix.

87. SASSY CHASSIS

Cruise through rows of vintage and specialty autos every Sat. when car buffs gather to show off their prized beauties. The vehicles line up 4–8 p.m. at Pavilions at Talking Stick (Pima and Indian Bend Rds.). You can park anywhere in the shopping complex and then peruse the cars on foot, all for free. Phone 480-443-0080.

88. OLD WEST HIGHWAY

Act like Wyatt Earp on the Old West Highway, which rolls through Goldfield Ghost Town and Tortilla Flat.

89. GENEALOGICAL GEM

Explore the Mesa FamilySearch Library, a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints genealogical library.

90. TEMPE TOWN LAKE

Downtown Tempe’s big, watery draw sets visitors afloat on party cruisers, canoes, kayaks, pedalboats, and rowboats. And a promenade of in-line skaters, runners, bikers, and strollers occupies the banks.

91. OLÉ!

Tres leches cakes. Pineapple-filled empanadas. Chocolate pan dulce. When it comes to authentic Mexican pastries, Greater Phoenix boasts dozens of distinctive Mexican bakeries. A few to try: Sample cinnamon churros at Cristal’s Bakery (623-931-1057) in Glendale. You’ll love the mango empanadas at La Purisima Bakery (623-842-1400) in Glendale. And don’t miss the gingerbread piggies at Azteca Bakeries (602-353-9949) in Phoenix. Another sweet treat to try? Raspados. Slushie-like shaved ice doused in flavored syrup that’s sometimes sweet, sometimes spicy, and always refreshing.

92. ST. MARY’S BASILICA

St. Mary’s Basilica is not only the oldest Catholic church in Phoenix, it is also an excellent example of Mission Revival and Romanesque architecture. It’s even listed as a National Historic Landmark. Downtown at 3rd and Monroe Sts. Phone 602-354-2100.

93. MARIACHI MANIA

You’ll find mariachi groups—comprising 6–8 violins, 2 trumpets, a guitar, a bass guitar called a guitarrón, and a guitar-like instrument called a vihuela—at Mexican restaurants and festivals throughout metro Phoenix. In 2011, UNESCO named mariachi as an Intangible Cultural Heritage, ensuring that it would pass on through generations.

94. WHOA, PARTNER

Step back in time at Tortilla Flat, the only surviving stagecoach stop along the historic Apache Trail (AZ Hwy. 88).

95. COOL SCIENCE

Visit the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff for fascinating exhibits on biology, geology, anthropology, and more.

96. MOUNTAIN BIKING

For a different spin on taking a hike, visit Estrella Mountain Regional Park or the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. For the ultimate biking experience, go to South Mountain Park—offering a challenging 14.3-mile trail. Phone Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, 602-262-6862.

97. CLASSIC-HOME TOURS

Take a tour of Greater Phoenix’s Queen Anne-style Victorian homes. Tempe’s Niels Petersen House Museum (480-350-5151) was built in 1892, and The Rosson House Museum (602-262-5070), in downtown Phoenix, was built in 1895. Or, explore Manistee Ranch (623-931-8848) in Glendale.

98. NATURE PRESERVES

The Nature Conservancy oversees several preserves. Visit the Hassayampa River Preserve near Wickenburg.

99. JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN

Enjoy this oasis-like result of collaboration between Phoenix and her sister city, Himeji, Japan.

100. JEROME

Literally built on the side of a mountain, Jerome was a boomtown in 1899 when copper was discovered. With the passage of time, however, the cliffside city gradually turned into a ghost town. And then in the 1960s, artists and assorted bohemians began renovating the old Victorian cottages and boardinghouses. Now, the town is a favorite haunt for shoppers, art enthusiasts, and tourists, with more than a little something for history buffs, too. Visitors can take in the exhibits and artifacts at the Jerome Historical Society’s Mine Museum (928-634-5477) or sample the tasty fare at Mile High Grill & Inn (928-634-5094).

101. FLAGSTAFF’S SPECTACLE OF FESTIVALS

Flagstaff is a hub of activity where the eclectic mix of festivals, food, adventures, and captivating views create an ideal summertime spectacle. Visit the online event calendar to choose the special event of your liking and plan a trip that takes in the sites, soothes the senses, and embodies high altitude.

Foodies will enjoy Flagstaff’s ever-growing roster of gastropubs, craft breweries, and innovative eateries. The city’s burgeoning restaurant scene boasts a forest-to-table focus, with locations such as Coppa Café, Tinderbox Kitchen, and Root Public House including locally foraged ingredients in seasonal dishes.

Start your adventure at the Flagstaff Visitor Center, where staff provide personalized travel information, free guides, maps, and brochures as well as insider tips on how to experience Flagstaff. For info: 800-718-8123, flagstaffarizona.org or flagstaff365.com.

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