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Arizona Gardens – This southwestern U.S. state is best known for the Grand Canyon, the mile-deep chasm carved by the Colorado River. Flagstaff, a ponderosa pine–covered mountain town, is a major gateway to the Grand Canyon.
Desert Botanical Garden: Discover the tranquil vibrancy of 50,000 desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes at Desert Botanical Garden. An Arizona icon celebrating 80 years in the Valley, the Garden has grown into a compelling attraction and desert conservation pioneer, offering worldly plants, vibrant trails, world-class exhibitions, festive events, fascinating classes and so much more. This is an amazing garden! You are constantly surrounded by plants and there’s always something to look at, as you’re walking around. Expect to see tons of cacti! You may also see a jackrabbit and a few hummingbirds! The lookout over the city is also amazing, it’s beautiful looking at the mountains in the distance. The walking paths are easy and accessible to wheelchairs and there are benches to sit on if you need a break. They have a butterfly garden around the same time that the cactus will be blooming in May and June that is worth seeing! And the gift shop is full of gorgeous jewelry, plants, books, clothing, and pottery. The staff is welcoming, friendly, and informed. A definite must visit in Phoenix!
Queen Creek Botanical Gardens: These Botanical Gardens will inspire and educate you about elegant edible plants, showing the future of sustainable, hyper-local food production in landscaping. The 10-acre Gardens feature one of three known fully operational industrial-age water mills west of the Mississippi, shops, and themed demonstration gardens, including English, Italian, French, Japanese and more. Fruits, vegetables, and plants are available for purchase. The vision of the people behind the first ever completely edible and medicinal botanical gardens is amazing so we highly recommend anyone and everyone to pay attention, take what they’re doing into your own communities, and into the world. These gardens are found in the incredible town of Queen Creek.
Tucson Botanical Gardens: These Gardens are made up of a 5.5-acre collection of sixteen residentially scaled urban gardens. Paths connect these gardens, which include a Zen Garden, a Prehistoric Garden, a Barrio Garden, a Butterfly Garden, a Xeriscape Garden, and a Children’s Garden. They are well designed and interestingly curated, this garden does a lot with not much space. Smaller than the average botanic gardens, but full of lots of fun around every corner. The butterfly garden is a highlight, as are the areas with the Asian gardens and the chicken coop. There’s also a good cafe in the middle that has a nice spot to sit and relax in the sun when you visit Tucson.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum: You will experience the lush beauty of the Arizona Upland Sonoran Desert at the state’s oldest and largest botanical garden. With spectacular views of Picketpost Mountain, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is in scenic Queen Creek Canyon, just 30 minutes from Mesa. Featuring plant collections from the world’s deserts, historic buildings, and hidden gardens along miles of trails, the Arboretum is on the National Register of Historic Places. A haven for wildlife, the Arboretum has been called “the most enchanting” Important Birding Area in Arizona. A beautiful place to walk and see so many different species of plants. Also is dog friendly and has lots of benches to rest along the way. It is a great place to explore at different times of the year and see the plants blooming. Lots of birds and by the way…they have yoga classes in which you can participate while in Superior.
Arizona Botanical Gardens: Wonderful gardens and selection of cactus as well as other native plants. Beautiful pots, birdbaths etc. Very helpful staff too. This is a great place to start your own botanical garden as it is where you can get great advice and purchase your own plants and containers. Visit Clarksdale to get started.
TravelKatz is looking forward to helping you see some amazing botanical gardens in Arizona. Just give us a call at 352-277-7300 or “chat” at www.travelkatz.com .
Arizona State Parks:
Arizona State Parks – Arizona, a southwestern U.S. state, is best known for the Grand Canyon, the mile-deep chasm carved by the Colorado River and Flagstaff, a ponderosa pine–covered mountain town.
Catalina State Park: This state park sits at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains. The park is a haven for desert plants and wildlife and nearly 5,000 saguaros. The 5,500 acres of foothills, canyons and streams invites camping, picnicking and bird watching — more than 150 species of birds call the park home. The park provides miles of birding, hiking, and biking trails which wind through the park and into the Coronado National Forest at elevations near 3,000 feet. This desert park also offers equestrian trails, and an equestrian center provides a staging area for trail riders with plenty of trailer parking. Bring along your curiosity and your sense of adventure as you take in the beautiful mountain backdrop, desert wildflowers, cacti and wildlife. This State Park is a great location to go RVing. The park is very clean, the rest rooms are well maintained, the sites are easily accessed, there is plenty of amenities nearby. This is a great park which is close to other points of interest. The park is located within minutes of the Tucson metropolitan area.
Kartchner Caverns State Park: In November 1974, two friends were exploring the limestone hills at the eastern base of the Whetstone Mountains. They were looking “for a cave no one had ever found” and found it. The two kept the cave a secret until February 1978 when they told the property owners, James and Lois Kartchner, about their awesome discovery. Since unprotected caves can be seriously damaged by unregulated use, they knew the cave had to be protected. Some members of the Kartchner family decided to approach State Parks to see if the agency was interested in acquiring this outstanding resource. That was the beginning of something very special. The state of Arizona has done a remarkable job of presenting these caverns. The tour of the Big Room is extremely informative and well done and features many unique cave formations. All the paths and ramps are ADA compliant and in such good condition. It is an easy 1.5 hour walk with expert commentary. The Visitors’ Center, Museum, and Gift Shop are all top notch. Kartchner Caverns as a must see! Camp and visit this park which is near Benson.
Fort Verde State Historic Park: Winner of the 2015 Arizona Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award, Fort Verde is one of the best-preserved examples of an Indian Wars period fort in Arizona. This original Military Headquarters is now a museum which contains artifacts, photos, videos, and interpretive exhibits focused on the history and lives of those who lived and served at Fort Verde: soldiers, Indian Scouts, settlers, doctors, and Native Americans. Three of the original homes along Officer’s Row are still remaining and furnished with period artifacts. Located in Camp Verde.
Red Rock State Park: This park is a 286-acre nature preserve and environmental education center with stunning scenery. Trails throughout the park wind through manzanita and juniper to reach the rich banks of Oak Creek. Green meadows are framed by native vegetation and hills of red rock. The creek meanders through the park, creating a diverse habitat abounding with plants and wildlife. This riparian habitat provides the setting and the opportunity for the park to offer a focus on environmental education. Red Rock offers a variety of special programs for school groups and private groups. There are also a number of daily and weekly park events. The park offers a visitors’ center, classroom, theater, park store, ramada and hiking trails. Travel to Sedona to visit this park.
And we are looking forward to helping you and you family have an adventure in Arizona. Just “chat” on our website – www.travelkatz.com or call us at 352-277-7300.
Arizona Museums The state is best known for the Grand Canyon, the mile-deep chasm carved by the Colorado River and one amazing Natural Museum world-wide. Flagstaff is a ponderosa pine–covered mountain town and the major gateway to the Grand Canyon. Other natural sites include Saguaro National Park established to protect the cactus-filled Sonoran Desert landscape.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: This renowned combination zoo, natural history museum, botanical garden and art gallery reflects the diverse flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert, featuring wildlife such as coyotes, bears and mountain lions in their natural settings and two aviaries; one for hummingbirds and the other for varied desert birds. The Museum combines 16 botanical gardens, wildlife exhibits, an art gallery, an aquarium, and more, making it a top value for an attraction. The staff is friendly and helpful. A very nice volunteer at the entrance recommends the Raptor show and the animal show at the Oasis Theater – they are wonderful! Maps and signage are great, and the grounds are gorgeous. You’ll find this Museum in Tucson.
Musical Instrument Museum: Enjoyable to see different musicians featured in the Artists Gallery, you can see memorabilia like John Lennon’s “Imagine” piano, Elvis’ last guitar, even exhibits on current acts like Taylor Swift. A fabulous museum for music where the whole world is the focus, the music is authentic, some of the instruments can be played by visitors and the events in the outdoor area are fun and informative. Visit this Musical Museum in Phoenix.
Arizona Copper Art Museum: The 1928 school which houses the museum, has been restored and filled with an amazing assortment of copper in art, architecture, military items, cooking, religious items, and history. On display are 525 brass (copper + zinc) artillery shell casings that World War I soldiers scavenged then transformed into one-of-a-kind works of art. There are startlingly intricate molds inspiring lavish desserts, and various religious works. Come see the Copper art in Clarkdale.
Mount Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory: This observatory offers small groups (up to 20) and individuals the opportunity to enjoy personal viewing – through the eyepiece of the Schulman 32-inch telescope! Celestial bodies way beyond our solar system, several planets: dramatic stars near and far, remnants of exploded stars, and the Nebula clouds of stars and galaxies still forming are all expertly guided by an enthusiastic astronomer eager to share information. This Observatory is located in Mount Lemmon.
Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum: Bisbee is a highly rewarding and enjoyable day trip and the mining museum is the perfect introduction to the history of this historic town south of Tucson. The job they have done on this historical site is one of the best. It is very professionally done with very knowledgeable and friendly volunteers. They boast a nice gift shop, too. This museum comes highly recommended while you’re visiting Bisbee, Arizona.
Arizona Museum of Natural History: Established in 1977 in a building that once housed the Mesa City Hall, this museum has grown to 74,000 square feet containing about 60,000 objects of natural history, art, Arizona History and anthropology. It’s one of the best state museums; very well laid out on 3 levels, with interactive exhibits of many kinds. It is extremely informative and very well presented. This museum is in Mesa, Arizona
Go from the depths of the Grand Canyon to the heights of the Mount Lemmon Observatory as TravelKatz creates a wonderful vacation to the historic Southwest for you and your family and friends. Give us a call at 352-277-7300; we will make Arizona come to life for you!
If you love it, chances are Arizona has a festival or fair for it. Nearly every day you can find fairs and festivals celebrating cultures, food, arts and crafts, animals, trees (yes, trees!), holidays and historical events. See performances. Learn a new skill. Sample delicious (and perhaps exotic) foods. Sip on craft beers, creative cocktails and local wine. Depending on the occasion, you might even see fire dancers.
Carnival of Illusion: Dive into a magical world of mystery at the illusion, an intimate old-world show with an international travel theme and Vaudeville-inspired charm. You’ll laugh, smile and be amazed by the interactive illusions and intrigues. Mesa, AZ. Long a valley favorite, Carnival of Illusion is a must see for locals and visitors alike! Due to the popularity and intimacy of the four boutique theaters, all shows sell out. Purchase tickets in advance so let us know when you want to go and TravelKatz will get you there. Feb 14-16, 2019; Mar 2, 2019; Mar 16, 2019
Wet Electric Music Festival: Wet Electric Music Festival back in 2019 and celebrating 10 years as the largest pool party in the country. On April 27th Wet Electric takes over Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe, Arizona where you’ll experience the thrills of a waterpark along with the sights and sounds of an electronic music festival. Wet Electric features world renowned artists and DJ’s, the largest wave pool in the country, waterslides, luxury cabanas, bars and much more. This truly unique experience combines music, waterslides and an unbelievable vibe. Sat, April 27, 2019.
The 2019 Lost Dutchman Days: This continues to be “the fun place to be for all ages.” This 55th annual event has 3 days of Professional Rodeo action, a Carnival that features 30+ rides, and carnival attractions. The parade on Saturday morning is always a favorite and attracts thousands of spectators. Don’t forget the rodeo dance held at the Elks Lodge 2349 on Saturday, February 23rd from 7-11pm. Thrown into all this action, entertainment for our spectators continues with one stage of free quality entertainment which provides continuous music daily for your pleasure. What would any event be without plenty of food and vendor booths to browse and drool over, we will have plenty, with over 100 setting up to keep you busy. Event Center admission is only $2.00 and parking is free. The Committee partners up with various youth-serving organizations and sponsors to provide this opportunity to entertain the entire family. There is something here for everyone that visits Apache Junction on Lost Dutchman Days weekend. Profits from this event are donated back to these youth organizations and other youth-serving programs of the Apache Junction Community, ensuring the opportunity to reach the ultimate goal of “Putting Smiles on Kid’s Faces”.
Havasu’s Inaugural Irish Music Festival: This awesome, 1st ever event will take place at Windsor 4 State Park by the water’s edge over 4 days and will incorporate a vast array of Irish themes. Irish bands from Boston, Vegas, Oregon, California, Canada, Ireland, and Scotland. Top that with Dublin Band and 3-time Guinness World Record breakers, The Black Donnelly’s Dublin and for the Rockers, direct from Las Vegas, the incredible Tom Petty Cover Band, Petty and The HeartShakers. Backing the music will be Pipers and the World Champion Irish River Dancers with kids dance performances in the afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday. Every hour of every day is nonstop entertainment. Lake Havasu City, AZ 10 am – 10 pm.
Great American BBQ & Beer Fest Celebrating a decade of delicious family fun in Downtown Chandler, this Fest returns on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from noon – 10 p.m. This year, the event will feature country music on dual stages across the main lawn for uninterrupted, continuous live performances throughout the day. A family friendly expanded VIP zone, petting zoo, carnival and more interactive experiences. With BBQ pit masters, beer, spirits and novelty food items, the 10th anniversary event will offer a full day of finger licking good food and amazing drinks to wash it all down.
34th Annual Tucson Folk Festival: One of the country’s largest free festivals, with more than 120 musical acts, national music headlines and musicians from all over the country as well as many of Tucson’s favorites. Providing some of the best traditional, contemporary and ethnic folk and acoustic music to entertain the whole family.
Please give TravelKatz a call at 352-277-7300 if one or more of these festivals strike your fancy and we will put together a great vacation for you and yours.
PLACE OF INTEREST
Wupatki National Monument: The largest ruin is at the Wupatki visitor center and the visitor center is the place to start to learn about this national monument and the rest of the area so you will have some orientation to what you are seeing. This is not necessary if you have done other visits to similar ruins or are familiar with the history. The visitor center does have some nice exhibits, so you should make a stop there in any case. The landscape around the ruins is also lovely as is the drive through the area. Walking is generally very easy, and the distances are short. There are three separate ruins, about a half hour to forty-five-minute walk (if you stop to read all the information). Each ruin is fascinating! Each of these pueblos locations have a very unique feeling that transports you back to a much simpler time. Building are made from red sandstone blocks and the walls are still mostly intact. The landscape appears to be totally uninhabitable, so it is hard to believe that the ancient people were able to grow corn and squash. It also has a geological blowhole which could have provided an additional water source. Even more amazing was the distance of the trade routes. Items from both the pacific and gulf coast have been unearthed here. Plus, the Hopis believe that the people who lived here remain as spiritual guardians and many tribes visit the spot as a place of learning.
Lowell Observatory: Visit it twice – once at night and once during the day If you can. At night, of course, quite crowded. But was able to look through the big telescope at both the Moon and the Orion Nebula. They have several telescopes set up outside. The talk about the Solar System was VERY good. During the day, you get to do the Pluto “tour”. The observatory has an amazing history – they even mapped the moon from here for the Apollo missions. There are 3 programs to enjoy and see stars from all the telescopes. The staff is so enthusiastic and eager to explain what is happening at the Observatory as well as what is happening in the heavens. Their welcome really make your visit special. Only three planets have been discovered in the last 1000 years. This observatory is where one of them was found in 1930. The Lowell Observatory is one of the most important observatories in history and is still relevant today. The observatory has a notable public education program. Don’t miss it. Just awesome!
Coconino National Forest: The red rocks, awesome ponderosas and the fishing and wildlife encounters are soul fulfilling (yes, soul). Horseback riding and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and camping are just some of the activities to enjoy. From rolling hills, to mountains, fields, it’s the perfect place to take your breath away! Hiking and biking are a must as well, if you want to get off the road. Pines and a lot of vegetation and spectacular views that we don’t normally see. You will learn a lot from the rangers inside the information center. The photo opportunities offered by the beautiful surroundings, snacks and hydration choices there and a wonderful little gift and souvenir shop inside the center where you can purchase items that will be treasured memories of your stop and the forest.
Grand Canyon Complete Tour from Flagstaff: You will see Sunset crater, walk on lava rocks, walk amongst Pueblo ruins, and experience six views of the Grand Canyon! If you believe the Bible and what it says about Noah and the flood, we can put you on a tour that will make the Bible come alive before your very eyes.
Just give TravelKatz a call at 352-277-7300 and we will get you to Flagstaff and set you up for an amazing trip to this eye-opening area.
Arizona State Capital: Phoenix
Built atop the Pueblo Grande ruins, Phoenix was named to evoke a sense of a great new city rising from the ashes of an old one. Inhabited between 700 A.D. and 1400 A.D. by an indigenous civilization now known as the Ho Ho Kam (“the people who have gone”), the Pueblo Grande ruins included the remnants of a sophisticated irrigation system stretching 135 miles. By the time the land around Phoenix was claimed by American settlers in the 19th century, the Ho Ho Kam were long gone, possibly expelled from their ancestral home by a particularly long drought.
The name “Phoenix” was suggested by “Lord” Darrel Duppa, an alcoholic Englishman known for his Shakespeare recitations, and for habitually squandering the $3000 check he received every three months from his wealthy family. The well-read Duppa proposed the romantic image of the the Phoenix of Egyptian mythology, likening the American settlement to the great bird rising to life after being swallowed by flames. Before dubbing it Phoenix, the early settlers had called the town Pumpkinville.
With over 1.5 million people, Phoenix is the sixth most populous city nationwide, the most populous state capital in the United States, and the only state capital with a population of more than one million. The Phoenix metropolitan area, known as the Valley of the Sun includes the cities of Scottsdale, Glendale, Tempe, and Mesa. The area has experience an explosive growth over the last decade.
Sunny days and comfortable temperatures are the rule November through April, making this time the most enjoyable and popular time of year to visit. Vacation resorts and spas are plentiful throughout the valley and the most popular outdoor activities are golfing, hiking, hot air balloons and scenic day trips in to the nearby desert or to one of the nearby mountain towns.
When the Mexican–American War ended in 1848, Mexico ceded its northern zone to the United States and residents of that region became U.S. citizens. Settled in 1867 as an agricultural community, Phoenix incorporated as a city in 1881. Located in the northeastern reaches of Arizona, Phoenix has a subtropical desert climate. Despite this, its canal system led to a thriving farming community, many of the original crops remaining important parts of the Phoenix economy for decades. On February 14, 1912, Phoenix became a state capital, as Arizona was admitted to the Union as the 48th state under President William Howard Taft..
While some of the native vegetation can be found within Phoenix city limits, most are found in the suburbs and the undeveloped desert areas surrounding the city. There is a variety of mammals and reptiles that take up residence in the Valley of the Sun.
The city has numerous performing arts venues, most of which are located in and around downtown Phoenix or Scottsdale. The Phoenix Symphony Hall is home to the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Opera and Ballet Arizona. Another venue is the Phoenix Opera. Musical concerts are usually held in the sports arenas, such as the Wells Fargo Arena – home of the football Cardinals and the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Museums: Dozens of museums exist throughout the valley. They include the Phoenix Art Museum; designed by Alden B. Dow, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, the museum was constructed in a single year, opening in November 1959; containing more than 17,000 works of contemporary and modern art from around the world. Other museums are the Arizona Capitol Museum, Arizona Military Museum, Hall of Flame Firefighting Museum, the Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, and the Arizona Science Center. Interactive exhibits can be found in nearby Peoria’s Challenger Space Center, where individuals learn about space, renewable energies, and meet astronauts. The Heard Museum has over 130,000 square feet of gallery, classroom and performance space; exhibits include 260 pieces of contemporary jewelry, the Barry Goldwater Collection, and an exhibit on the 19th-century boarding school experiences of Native Americans.
In 2010 the Musical Instrument Museum opened their doors, featuring the biggest musical instrument collection in the world. The Musical Instrument museum is a top-rated attraction in Phoenix is the world’s only global musical instrument museum, the museum offers a fun, one-of-a-kind experience to be enjoyed by guests of all ages. With more than 6,500 musical instruments and objects on display in delightful, eye-catching exhibits, and showcases music from every country in the world. The museum’s self-guided tour features state-of-the-art audio and video equipment, enabling guests to hear, see, and feel the creative spirit of people as the audio and video equipment, enabling guests to hear, see, and feel the creative spirit of people as they make music across the globe.
Desert Botanical Garden: A beautifully curated garden. Well worth the price of admission. A great place to learn about the diverse native desert flora.
Camelback Mountain: Hike the mountain as a last-minute idea to go on an adventure, you’ll be glad you did! Use hiking shoes, but the trek is manageable in comfortable footwear. Bring water, and you have the best free adventure in Arizona, and the view from the top is awesome!
Flying into Phoenix is easy and as you have already heard, there is much to see and do. Standard hotels are available as well as the traditionally quaint bed & breakfasts. Plenty of food to go around. And transportation around the city is provided by rental car, bus, the metro or cab. Just give us a call and we will make sure your time in Phoenix is very special. Watch Television listings for a PGA Golf Tournament.
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