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Sierra Vista: Bicycling, birding and ethnic food play important tourism roles

By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski   Judy Hector saw an ad for a Sierra Vista public affairs manager and instantly fell in love—even before seeing the southern Arizona city. “I flew into Tucson and rented a car,” she says....
Arizona locales

Get out of the heat and chill out at these Arizona locales

By Niki D’Andrea and the Arizona Department of Tourism   Yeah, yeah, yeah – it’s hot in Phoenix in the summer. Unusually, uniquely, don’t-have-a-heat-stroke hot. But there are some cool places elsewhere in the Grand...
Japanese Friendship Garden

Bringing Japan to Phoenix

Japanese Friendship Garden Joe Gilmore   The Ro Ho En Japanese Friendship Garden is a phoenix in the city of the same name. “Ro” is for the heron, the bird symbol of Himeji City, while “Ho” stands for...
Dolphinaris

Dolphinaris Arizona

You don't need to head out to the ocean to meet or swim with playful dolphins. Situated next to Odysea Aquarium, Dolphinaris Arizona in Scottsdale offers close-up dolphin encounters in 5 lagoons that hold...
Vertuccio Farms

Vertuccio Farms

One of the Valley's major farm attractions, Vertuccio Farms offers year-round activities for fresh food aficionados, families and school groups. These include the expansive Fall Festival, family movie nights, the Easter Egg-sperience, Peaches N'...
Schenpf Farms

Schnepf Farms

Phoenix might reside in a desert, but it still plays host to a number of farms and other agricultural ventures, including the well-known Schnepf Farms. Situated in Queen Creek — owner Mark Schnepf was...
Arizona Mills, Tempe

Arizona Mills: LegoLand Discovery Center, Sea Life Aquarium and more

The Arizona Mills mall in Tempe isn't the largest mall in the Valley by a long shot, but it contains a whopping four family-fun activities. First up, you definitely want to pay a visit to...
Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park

The Phoenix Zoo remains the Valley's go-to spot to look at animals, but Phoenix boasts more than one such place, and Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park offers its own unique experience. As...
Butterfly Wonderland

Butterfly Wonderland

Butterflies in the desert might seem like a strange idea — although they do exist here naturally during certain seasons — but few people realize that the Valley of the Sun boasts the largest indoor...
Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden

It can take a little while, but eventually the beauty of the desert reveals itself, from its rare but brilliant flowers and unique plant to its interesting wildlife, colorful rocks and spectacular sunsets. If you...

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