Arizona Vacation Ideas

Arizona Vacation Ideas #1: - For family fun in Phoenix check out The Enchanted Island Amusement Park located in the heart of picturesque Encanto Park.

The Encanto Carousel is the oldest continuously-operating carousel in Arizona and has charmed riders for over 50 years. Enchanted Island is a charming and magical place. It nine fun rides plus some attractions which are all popular with the preteen and younger kids.

#2: Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa - Take a vacation in Phoenix, Arizona and you can stay at one of the oldest resort hotels in the U.S. The Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa is also the only existing hotel that can claim Frank Loyd Wright as one of its designers.

Jewel of the Desert
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa , Jewel of the Desert
It was built in 1929 and today it sits in the heart of Phoenix providing the city with a destination spot known around the world as the "Jewel of the Desert".

This is 39 acres of lush gardens, pools, tennis courts and spas all at the foot of the beautiful Phoenix Mountain Preserve.

#3: Black Canyon National Park is the country's newest national park, gaining that status on October 21, 1999. It is centered on the 48 mile long, 2 million year old canyon that provides visitors with spectacular views of near vertical, half mile high walls. There are hiking trails along the two rims and backpack hiking down into the canyon along with trout fishing and rock climbing.

#4: The Great Western Tube Float , in Parker AZ, is a 5-mile long inner tube race on the Colorado River. Whether you participate or remain a spectator, this yearly event is loads of fun. You can compete as singles, groups or teams. Parker has over 30 major special events each year.

Arizona Vacation Ideas #5: Prescott AZ Frontier Days - Every July, the town of Prescott holds its Prescott AZ Frontier Days where you can find the World's Oldest Rodeo. Since 1888 bulls, broncos and clowns have been entertaining while world-class cowboys have been competing for the coveted Championship Buckle.

Besides bull riding you can enjoy many events from Saddle Bronc Riding and Wild Horse Racing to Steer Wrestling and Barrel Racing. There's also team events like Team Roping and, of course the cowboy clowns.

#6: Verde Canyon Railroad, in Clarkdale, Arizona is a narrated, four-hour, round trip railroad, historical, and nature tour. Ideal for everyone, especially train buffs. Ride in comfort through the red-rocked unspoiled wilderness of Verde Canyon, past prehistoric cliff dwellings, over a covered railroad trestle, and through a 680 foot man-made tunnel.

#7: Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, contains 146 square miles of petrified wood and quartz rock. This is a great place for day hikes but since there are no developed trails it is all done cross country. Guided tours are available as well as special activities such as the Junior Ranger program.
Lake Havasu Boating
Lake Havasu Boating
#8: See the London Bridge, called the "world's largest antique", in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. The bridge, which was slowly sinking into London's Thames River, was disassembled and each block of granite carefully marked with a number.

The bridge was reassembled at Lake Havasu, and Bridgewater Channel was dredged underneath it to create an island. Dedicated in October 1971, the bridge has become one of Arizona's most-visited attractions. An annual celebration, London Bridge Days, commemorates the dedication with a parade, concerts and a full-fledged Renaissance Festival.

Lake Havasu City, Arizona is a paradise of unique vacation ideas including beaches, boating, casinos, fishing, golf, hiking, off-roading, shopping and sight-seeing tours.

Queen Mine Tour
Queen Mine Tour – Bizbee AZ
Arizona Vacation Ideas #9: Bisbee, Arizona is the place to go where you can take a tour of one of the richest copper mines in history. You put on a miner's helmet with headlamp and a miner's slicker and head on down into the subterranean tunnels and mine shafts for a Queen Mine Tour.

Above ground, Bisbee is an interesting and historical spot. The Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum is a Smithsonian museum that celebrates the miners and the town that is The Queen of the Copper Camps.

The town of Bisbee is a fun place with craft shops, western wares, a one-of-a-kind Old Bisbee Ghost Tour, a Repertory Theater, the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory, bird tours and the Southern Institute for Culture & Art.

Arizona Vacation Ideas #10: The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, in Tucson, is a wide-open wildlife park. This world-renowned zoo focuses on creatures indigenous to the Southwestern lands and presents them in their native habitat. You will see everything from black bears and mountain lions to Gila monsters and tarantulas, as well as over 10,000 species of fish.

There are 2 miles of trails through their botanical gardens and displays of Sonora plant life like native wildflowers, woods of pine and oak, grasslands and red rock canyon landscaping. The Cactus Garden has over 140 species of desert plants. This Arizona vacation spot is so much more than just a museum.

Arizona Vacation Ideas #11: At the Arizona Cowboy College you can spend a week fulfilling that childhood dream of being a cowboy. The Cowboy College is a working cattle ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona. On your cowboy vacation adventure you will spend the first two days learning the skills that every cowboy needs to know like riding, roping and equine safety.

You will learn how to handle your horse. Then the next four days will be spent out working alongside real cowboys. You will be eating, working and camping out on the open range. If this sounds like your idea of fun then head out to the Arizona Cowboy College.

Arizona Vacation Ideas #12: Coconino National Forest, in Arizona, is a great place to go four-wheeling on your next vacation. Right across the street from Coconino National Forest is Quadmanor where you can rent a 3 bedroom cabin for your vacation stay.

They've got 4 wheel ATVs available and there are plenty of scenic trails and forestry roads to go riding on. Quadmanor has everything the family will need including cable television, DVD and VCR and high speed internet along with a computer. The quads or a Yamaha Rhino are also included. This is a great spot for an outdoor family adventure vacation.

Arizona Vacation Ideas #13: The Coronado Trail Scenic Byway is a great place for a scenic road trip. About 450 years ago the explorer Coronado took this same route searching for the fabled for the "Seven Cities of Cibola". Today this 120 mile scenic drive is an excellent way to view all the beautiful Arizona landscapes. There are lots of places to stop along the way. The path runs next to Apache Sitgreaves National Forest where you can camp and fish.

About mid-point is the the Blue Vista Overlook and Mogollon Rim. These are two popular spots provide excellent views overlooking the Arizona desert. In the fall, the small community of Nutrioso is a great spot to view the wonderful array of colors as the forest trees shed their leaves for the season. The Coronado Trail Scenic Byway will give you plenty of opportunity to for nature photography.

Arizona Vacation Ideas #14: White Stallion Ranch - Tucson, Arizona is the home of the White Stallion Ranch. Here, in the beautiful Tucson Mountains, the family can experience the rugged outdoors while enjoying the comforts of a resort style vacation.

At the White Stallion Ranch you can participate in real working ranch activities. Horseback riding is the mainstay and there is a wide variety of riding available for all skill levels. Even slow rides for kids as young as five.

Other fun stuff include guided hikes, campfire sing-alongs, evening Wild West show, team cattle penning, hayrides, cookouts, barbecues and the traditional Saturday rodeo. The White Stallion Ranch focuses on families and has a petting zoo, game room and a sports court and plenty of activities geared towards the children.

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