Encounter Luxury for Less this Summer.
Delight in the Artistic Spirit of Tucson
Though Tucson retains an air of its Wild West past, its relaxed pace and rejuvenating climate make it a popular summer destination for those looking to unwind, explore and just enjoy the moment. Surrounded by Sonoran Desert beauty, it’s no wonder Tucson’s destination spas, resort hotels and championship golf courses are so highly sought—and of course, the great summer rates make it even more attractive. Don’t leave without a unique gift from the city’s tree-lined Fourth Avenue shopping district, home to an eclectic mix of shops. And for you food lovers, sample Tucson’s growing culinary scene, which earned the city a designation as the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy.
North Central Arizona
Sample the Unexpected in Cottonwood
When you think Arizona, you probably don’t think wine—but after a visit to Cottonwood, it’ll be at the top of your list. With its sunny weather and rich, Verde Valley soil, Cottonwood just happens to have the perfect mix of elements to create delicious wine varietals. Stop by any of the area’s four award-winning wineries: Alcantara Vineyards, Page Springs Cellars, Javelina Leap Vineyards and Oak Creek Vineyards. Or to sample a sip, stop by the tasting rooms at Pillsbury, Burning Tree Cellars, Arizona Stronghold, Fire Mountain, Desert Diamond (for rum and vodka) and Chateau Tumbleweed.
Once you’re done wining, it’s time to do a little dining and shopping in Old Town Cottonwood, where charming eateries and unique shops are ready to welcome you as you stroll through town.
Relax in the Middle of It All in Greater Phoenix
There aren’t too many metropolitan where you can shop, dine, golf, hike and find interesting attractions, but the Phoenix Metro area has all that and a whole lot more. Relax poolside or enjoy an indulgent spa treatment at a luxurious resort. Shop the finest stores at Kierland Commons and Biltmore Fashion Park. Dine at local favorites and culinary hotspots. Visit one-of-a-kind attractions like the Musical Instrument Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home at Taliesin West, and the new Odysea Aquarium (scheduled to open in late August). Tee off at TPC Scottsdale. You’ll find plenty of things to do—and plenty of ways to do absolutely nothing. And with great summer pricing at the area’s hotels and resorts, your vacation can be as cool as you want.
Appreciate the Beauty That Abounds in Tubac
Artistry is everywhere in Tubac, a creative enclave originally established as a Spanish presidio in 1752. Situated at a pleasant 3,200-foot elevation, it’s a place that invites a day taking in scenic high dessert vistas and unhurried browsing among the dozens of shops, galleries and art studios. If you enjoy putts as well as pottery, hit the breathtaking course at Tubac Golf Resort & Spa in the Santa Cruz River Valley, which was featured in the film Tin Cup.
North Central Arizona
Haunt the Mountainside Streets of Jerome
A favorite among Arizonans and visitors alike, Jerome is quite literally built right into the side of Cleopatra Hill. Known as the largest ghost town in America, Jerome has it all, from art and music to wine and dining to ghosts tours—if you believe in that sort of thing. This town of hairpin turns and rolling green hills has never quite let go of its Wild West past, and its history is well worth exploring while you’re there. Be sure to stop by the Jerome State Historic Park, featuring the Douglas Mansion, the sprawling former residence of a mining magnate that’s now an amazing museum dedicated to the town’s rambunctious past as a booming mining settlement.
Get Wet and Wild in Lake Havasu
We refer to Lake Havasu as “Arizona’s West Coast,” and when you see it, you’ll know why. Lake Havasu is paradise for water lovers, with endless ways to enjoy the lake. Jet boat tours take you upriver to see cool rock formations, petroglyphs and perhaps even a bighorn sheep or two. You can rent a number of different kinds of boats, or stay for a few days on a houseboat. Whether you boat, kayak or paddleboard, you’ll be in perfect position to catch a stunning sunset or float under the London Bridge—yes, THAT London Bridge—which was brought to the city in the 1960s.
For landlubbers, you’ll find tons of hiking and biking trails, from a leisurely pedal around town to mountainous treks with spectacular views. And for the best view, well, there’s nothing quite like jumping out of a plane!
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