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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.