Scottsdale Vacation Getaway

September 23, 2010

When everyone else is bundling up and heading to a chilly mountain resort, consider the warm weather and numerous recreational pursuits that a Scottsdale, Arizona getaway vacation has to offer. Whether you want to hit the links at a world-class golf course or trek through the majestic terrain of the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale has everything you need for an invigorating winter retreat.
Highly regarded for its abundance of top-notch golf courses, Scottsdale is the ideal vacation destination for anyone who wants to escape the winter cold and spend their trip strolling a few challenging and picturesque courses. Those who head to Troon North will find two exceptional courses at their disposal, the Monument course and the Pinnacle course, where the desert features come into play and allow for a scenic, memorable afternoon. While the Monument course is generally considered the better of the two, they offer such unique playing experiences that a round on each is certainly worth the time and effort.
Anyone who boasts a polished game and prefers to tackle demanding courses that require accuracy and power off the tee will certainly appreciate a stroll around the Tournament Players Club, or TPC. With strategically placed hazards and bunkers and an overall challenging design, those who are not quite up to par for this professional level course may simply revel in the beauty of the saguaro cacti and the towering Pinnacle Peak to the north.
With the Sonoran Desert everywhere you look, a journey into the foothills of McDowell Mountain is always an appealing adventure. Soak in the most biologically diverse desert in the country as you learn about the complex ecosystem on a hiking, horseback, or jeep tour. You will make your way past thousands of plant and animal species, including the saguaro cactus, colorful reptiles, curious javelinas, and intriguing insects, all while enjoying a pleasant family outing that is perfect for children and adults alike.
Those who have a passion for the outdoors and an interest in the desert can also head to one of the area’s must-see attractions, the Desert Botanical Garden. Offering an expansive collection of arid-land plants in a stunning outdoor setting, visitors will find more than 50,000 plants winding their way along the informative and engaging trails. Enjoy specialized tours and various lectures to learn more about conservation, desert wildflowers, and the plants and people of the Sonoran Desert during your educational afternoon.
While Scottsdale certainly has a lot to offer in the way of outdoor amusements, visitors can also make a day trip to the beautiful Grand Canyon or the picturesque town of Sedona. Located in Flagstaff and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon is one attraction that always lives up to its reputation and leaves first time visitors speechless. Sedona is also a great spot for wondrous sights with its stunning red rocks that are simply begging to be explored via foot or horseback.
No matter what your sense of adventure, Scottsdale has everything you need for a memorable winter getaway in the Sonoran Desert. Whether you want to spend your vacation on a pristine golf course or travel throughout the region in search of outdoor excursions that will leave you breathless, Scottsdale rentals make it easy to enjoy everything you love about this area. Begin your search for the perfect Scottsdale vacation rental today and stay just steps away from a fulfilling and entertaining adventure.

Day Trips from Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff, 9th: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler

May 19, 2010

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Take an off-road jeep tour through Sedona’s Red Rocks, dine in an authentic 19th-century saloon in historic Tombstone, and hike alongside 900-year-old rivers of lava at Sunset Crater National Monument. With each day trip only a short distance away from Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaf, this book offers many ideas for backyard fun…. More >>

Day Trips from Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff, 9th: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler

Day Trips from Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff, 10th: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler

March 1, 2010

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Have you only a day to spare, or do you simply want a quick change of scenery? For local travelers looking for a new adventure in their own backyards, the Day Trips guides offer hundreds of great ideas, all within a two-hour drive.  Day Trips from Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff is packed with exciting things for locals and vacationers to do, see, and discover not far from these three major Arizona cities.  With complete trip-planning information and over th… More >>

Day Trips from Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff, 10th: Getaway Ideas for the Local Traveler

Flagstaff – the Perfect Getaway From Phoenix

February 18, 2010

If you live in Phoenix Arizona, you probably love the desert climate. Year around sun and it never gets too cold. However, the 3 or 4 months of summer can be downright suffocating, with many days over 110 degrees. So, what can you possibly do to escape the heat?Go North Young Man!Or so the modified saying goes. Yes, in less than 2 hours you can drive up I-17 north to Flagstaff, and be in a totally different climate and lifestyle. The first thing you will notice is the temperature. It is usually about 30 degrees cooler than Phoenix. What a relief. You don’t even need air conditioning in Flagstaff. That should tell you something. The next thing you will notice is the clean air filled with the crisp clean smell of pine trees. Most people don’t really complain about the Phoenix air, but once you compare the difference it will be hard to go back.Things to do in FlagstaffFlagstaff is a charming little town with lots to do. The Historic Downtown area has many great shops and restaurants evening entertainment. There are some great coffee houses that you can kick back and read a book, or strike up a conversation with someone else passing through the town.Hiking, Biking and Golf. Flagstaff is an outdoor enthusiasts dream. With trails for hiking and biking too numerous to list, and many great mountain golf courses cut out of the pine forests, there will never be a lack of things to keep you active. For the adventurous, there is always climbing the summit of Mt. Humphrey’s, which is Arizona’s highest peak, or even making the drive to the Grand Canyon, just a few hours away.Northern Arizona University is right next to downtown, so there are always plenty of activities for visitors as well as the local student population. One of the major summer activities involves the Arizona Cardinals NFL team, as they hold their annual training camp on the campus of NAU during August.Arizona Snow Bowl is the local Ski resort, and offers some of the best skiing in the state of Arizona. That is right, just 2 hours north of Phoenix and you can be on the slopes in the winter time.Places to StayYes, there are plenty of hotels in Flagstaff. If you are going to go that route, at least stay at one like the historic Monte Vista in downtown Flagstaff. However, if you want to take in the charm and lifestyle of Flagstaff, look into a Vacation Rental Cabin. These offer much more to your experience than a cookie cutter hotel room.One last tip. When driving home, take the longer route through Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona. It is one of the most beautiful drives you will ever take.