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weekend getaway recommendations?

Postby lucas8930 on Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:23 pm

We moved to Phoenix this summer, but have yet to really explore any areas outside the Valley. Any recommendations for some worthwhile roadtrips? We are especially interested in jaunts that include tucked away treasures and that are off the beaten path. Co-workers have recommended Sedona and Rocky Point, but we were hoping for something a little less obvious and a bit more quirky/adventurous/or enriching....Thanks in advance and Happy New Year!
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Re: weekend getaway recommendations?

Postby PixelPixie on Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:20 pm

Bisbee
Arcosanti (stay in the Sky Suite)
Jerome
Oak Creek Canyon (not sedona)
Route 66 / Kingman
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Postby nichefindyours on Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:53 pm

Prescott
Happy Jack
Oak Creek Canyon esp. now after a fresh snow.
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Postby PhxJohn on Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:53 pm

All of these are great suggestions. Honestly AZ has some of the most diverse adventure potential out there.

The wifey and I went to Jerome last October for our anniversary. We couldn't get a full weekend away from work/clients/life so we just went up there for the day.

We stopped at the Out Of Africa wildlife park on the way there, and it was AWESOME.
When we arrived in Jerome we ate a late lunch, and just walked around town exploring a bit and picking up on some local history. We had arranged for a ghost tour of the city at night and it was also amazing! Super spooky and a fun history lesson about a really neat old creepy town. They have tons of wine places if you're into wine.

I highly suggest Jerome as a little day/weekend trip. It was super fun and really low key.
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Postby PixelPixie on Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:47 pm

Boyce Thompson Arboretum on the way to Globe, go for their fall and spring plant sales
Picacho Peak during wildflower season
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Postby KARLITO on Mon Feb 07, 2011 6:51 am

Have you been to Tucson yet?!
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Postby MrX on Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:17 am

Tonto Natural Bridge
Crown King
Estrella Sailport
Tent City
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Postby PixelPixie on Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:55 pm

The sailport is cool! You can just sit there and watch the sailplanes come and go, or go up yourself! The nice fellah there let our kid climb into the cockpit for a minute.

Also Natural Bridge is really pretty and has a short hike around the site that is nice.
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Postby nichefindyours on Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:23 pm

We drove up to Crown King once and it is a bear to get there. We had 4 wheel drive and still was fairly brutal. It is defintely pretty once we made it. It might be fun in a jeep or something. Better yet use rent a car instead of beating up your own vehicle.
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Postby MrX on Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:36 pm

the sailport is way cool. I took lessons there and got my solo certificate. Compared to flying conventional aircraft it is also a lot more affordable.
One of the most zen moments of my life was being up at about 7000 feet in a thermal with a hawk.

There are some fantastic campsites up the mountain from Crown King also.
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Re: weekend getaway recommendations?

Postby Na on Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:23 am

Go to Eloy and jump out of a plane! Not done it yet but, its on the list.

Also, plan to visit Bisbee and stay at The Shady Dell, a Midcentury Modernism 1950's trailor park. http://www.theshadydell.com
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Re: weekend getaway recommendations?

Postby matthew on Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:24 pm

MrX wrote:Tent City


where's that? how do you go there?
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Re: weekend getaway recommendations?

Postby MrX on Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:42 am

All roads in Maricopa County lead to Tent City. Just pop open a 40oz Schlitz, hit the road, and drive as fast as you can for as long as you can. Before you know it you will be there. It is a great way to experience the outdoors and make new friends. I have had some of the most zen moments of my life there at an altitude of zero feet. Plus, you don't even have to bring your own tent.


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33° 25′ 39.77″ N, 112° 7′ 25.59″ W
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