THINGS TO SEE:  Within One Hour

Deer Valley Rock Art Center

1500 Indian Petroglyphs on a Mountain

Pueblo Grande Ruins

Oldest Home in the United States

Heard Museum

Indian Art and Largest Collection of Kachinas in the World

Arizona Science Center

Interactive Display of Science at Work – Special Exhibits

Papago Park

Holey Mountains of Scottsdale – Hole in the Rock

Goldfield Ghost Town

Real Mining Ghost Town Turned into Tourist Trap


Fake Ghost Town Turned into Tourist Trap

Mystery Castle

One Man’s Bizarre Legacy of Architecture

Rousson House

Victorian Age Home in Downtown Phoenix

Doll Museum

For the Little Girl in All of Us + Barbie!

Phoenix Zoo

Premiere Zoo – Cheetah Chase!

Wild Africa Zoo

Getting Personal with the Animals – Tiger Splash!

Wildlife Petting Zoo*

Don’t Get Bit!

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

See the Desert in All Its Phases

Chapman Air Museum*

Mesa – Decommissioned Planes to Tour

THINGS TO DO:  Within One Hour

Castles & Coasters

Roller Coaster, Video Games, Go-Karts & Mini-Golf

Cracker Jax

Driving Range, Batting Cages, Video Games & Paddle Boats

Cricket Pavilion

Outdoor Amphitheatre – Top Flight Entertainers

Water World

Huge Slides & Wave Pool

Casino Arizona*

Blackjack, Poker, One-Arm Bandits

Celebrity Theater

No Seat Further than 75 Feet from Stage

Red River Music Hall

Top Flight Jazz & Country Artists

Look Out Mountain

Hike to the Top in 30 Minutes – Find Hummingbirds

Seven Springs

Rough Four Wheel Drive Trip, Indian Ruins and Camping

Big Surf

Giant Wave Pool & Slides

Four Peaks Mountain Range

Four-Wheel Drive and Then Hike to Top

Lake Pleasant Museum

The Archeological History of Lake Pleasant

Cave Creek Desert Preserve

Spectacular Wildflower Trail During Season

Victory Lane

Softball, Batting Cages, Sand Volleyball & Hoops

Downtown Tempe

Eclectic Mix of Dining, Shopping and Hottest Bars

Cleator – Crown King

30 Mile Four-Wheel Drive Trip to Ghost Towns – Funky Bars

Don Donnelly Stables

Horseback Riding in the High & Dangerous Desert

Scottsdale Drive-In

Old Fashioned Theater – Also One in Glendale

Arizona Mills

One of the Country’s Great Outlet Malls

IMAX Theater

5 Story Screen and Eye-Popping movies

Old Town Scottsdale

Historic District – Shopping, Dining and Partying

Game Works

Video Games

Fort McDowell Casino

Same as Above – All-You-Can-Eat Crab

Hyatt Gainey Ranch

Upscale Resort Bar with Entertainment – Gondola Ride*

McCormick Rail Park

Railroad Museum and Scale Replica Train Ride

Dolly Steamboat

2-Hour Tour on Paddle Wheel Boat in Canyon Lake

SPORTS:  Within One Hour

ASU Football

PAC-10 Division I Football – Sun Devil Stadium

ASU Baseball*

Top 25 – Baseball America Team – Barry Bonds Alma Mater

ASU Basketball

PAC-10 – They Play Arizona University!

Arizona Cardinals

Professional Football – Brand New Stadium!

Arizona Diamondbacks

Chase Field Ball Park – See the Pool!

Phoenix Suns Basketball

AWA – Professional Basketball and the Gorilla

Phoenix Coyotes Hockey

AWA – Professional Hockey Owned by Gretzky

Phoenix Mercury*

Women’s National Basketball

Arizona Rattlers

Indoor Arena Football  - Two Time World Champions

Spring Training Baseball

March – Giants, A’s, Cubs, Mariners, Padres, Brewers

Phoenix International Raceway*

NASCAR  - Top Fuel Racing

Turf Paradise Horse Racing

Pari-Mutuel Betting – Great Desert Setting

Phoenix Greyhound Racing

Dog Racing at Its Finest – No Basenjis Though



WATERWAYS:  Within One Hour

Lake Pleasant

Carefree Highway – Boating, Jet-Skis, Paddle Wheel Cruise

Canyon Lake

Apache Trail – Grand Canyon with Water – Paddle Wheel

Apache Lake

Apache Trail – Swimming and Boating

Bartlett Lake*

McDowell Mountains – Swimming and Boating

Tempe Town Lake

Fake Lake, Mostly a Mistake – Calm Waters

Salt River

Tube Down a River with Your Cooler – Great Fun!

BARS & RESTAURANTS:  Within One Hour

Rockin’ Rodeo

Large Country/Top 40 Bar – Z Pool Tables & Ping Pong

Toolie’s Bar

Country Bands, Pretty Girls & Mechanical Bull

Harold’s Bar

Large Steelers Bar, Biker Bar & Great Breakfasts

Club Rio

Large Dance Bar – Jake Plummer Arrested Here!

Famous Sam’s

Bar & Restaurant Filled with TV’s  - NTN Trivia Game

Jackson’s on Third

Near Ballpark, Seven Bars, TV’s in Floor, Crowded


Alice Cooper’s Museum of Rock and Sports Bar – Bands

Padre Murphy’s

Bet on Dog Races, Sports Memorabilia & Always Busy

Santisi Brothers

Walls of TV’s, NTN Trivia & Pretty Girls


Live Bands – Small & Chowder Heads

The Monastery

Outdoor Bar – Cook Your Own Food & Volleyball

Pinnacle Peak Patio

Outdoor Bar - Steer Slaughters

George & Dragon

English Bar with Real English Food – Darts


Eclectic Dining Experience Amongst Artists

Long Wong’s

Best Chicken Wings & New AZ Bands – Dive


Next to Ballpark, Good Atmosphere – Expensive

Il Primo’s

Best Pizza & Wings With-In Walking Distance – Beer Too!

Two Cities - Pennsylvania

Steelers & Eagles Bar  - Cheese Steak & Primanti’s

Gordon Biersch’s Tap House

Good Upscale Micro Brewery With Decent Food



THINGS TO SEE:  Within Two Hours – NORTH

Montezuma Castle

Spectacular Anasazi Ruins in the Side of a Cliff

Sedona, Arizona

Artist Colony with Big Red Rocks – A Must See


Designer Architecture Pipe Dream

Mogollon Rim

Cool Pines, Camping and Four-Wheeling

Cottonwood, Arizona

Great Place for Antiquing

Jerome, Arizona

Classic Ghost Town, Shopping & Haunted Grand Hotel

Schnebly Hill Road

Four-Wheel Drive with Spectacular Vistas – Sedona



THINGS TO SEE:  Within Two Hours – SOUTH

Casa Grande Ruins

Large Anasazi Ruins & Ball Court

Tumacacori Ruins*

Indian Ruins Spectacle

San Xavier Del Bac

White Dove of the Desert – Beautiful Mission of 1700’s

Old Tucson Studios

Where the Westerns are Filmed!

Ostrich Farm

Steak of the New Millennium – Buy Ostrich Products

Saguaro National Forest

Sonoran Desert’s Pride – Literally 1000’s of Them

Slide Rock – Sedona*

Slide Down Moss Rocks on Your Rear


Learn to Live in a Dome – Colossal Scientific Failure

Picacho Peak*

Mountain Shaped Like a Cowboy Hat – Dangerous Hiking

Pima Air Museum*

Rockets, Planes and Huge Museum

Arizona Desert Museum

Desert Animals in a Controlled Setting – Hummingbird Aviary

Mt. Lemmon

Tucson’s Mt. Kilimanjaro – Great Hiking to Seven Falls



THINGS TO SEE & DO:  Within Arizona – NORTH & WEST

Lake Havasu City

Real London Bridge in AZ’s Hottest City – Spring Break

Snow Bowl*

Arizona Skiing

Sunrise Ski Center*

Arizona’s Premiere Skiing Area

Lowell Observatory

Percival Lowell Discovered Pluto Here and Mar’s Canals

Flagstaff, Arizona

Quaint Lumberjack Town – Huge Book Festival

Grand Canyon

Most Visited National Park in America

Lake Powell

Monolith’s in the Water – Houseboat Heaven

Canyon de Chelly

Most Photographed Anasazi Ruin

Monument Valley

Movie Backdrop of Impressive Monolithic Rock

Antelope Canyons (U&L)

Wavy Sandstone Walls – 11 Died Here in Flash Flood

Meteor Crater*

Best Preserved Meteor Strike in America

Hoover Dam

Largest Art Deco Project in the World – 100+ Die Building

Sunset National Monument

Volcano that Erupted 900 A.D. – Ash Blast for Miles

Williams, Arizona

Quaint Route 66 Byway – Grand Canyon Railway Boarding

Prescott, Arizona

Mile High City  - Original Capitol – Whiskey Row



THINGS TO SEE & DO:  Within Arizona – SOUTH & EAST

Chiricahua Mountains

10 Story Stones, 3 Feet Wide!  Hoodoos

Tombstone, Arizona

Historic Home of OK Corral – Big Nose Kate’s

Bisbee – Douglas*

Historic Cowboy Towns with Great B&B’s

Hoover Dam

Largest Art Deco Project in the World – 100+ Die Building

Yuma Sand Dunes (Glomis)

Classic Sahara Dunes – DUNE was Filmed Here

Sunset National Monument

Volcano that Erupted 900 A.D. – Ash Blast for Miles

Kartchener Caverns

Recently Discovered Living Caverns – Reservations  Rqrd!

Colossal Cave

Dry Cave Where Outlaws Hid out – Just Past Tucson on I-10

THINGS TO SEE & DO:  Within Driving Distance – Outside of Arizona

Rocky Point, Mexico – 6.5 Hrs.


Nogales, Mexico – 4 Hrs.


Las Vegas, NV – 5.5 Hrs


Sante Fe, NM – 5.5 Hrs.


Taos, NM – 7.5 Hrs.


Roswell, NM – 10 Hrs.


Carlsbad Caverns, NM – 11 Hrs.


White Sands, NM – 7 Hrs.


Albuquerque, NM – 7 Hrs.


Hollywood, CA – 5.5 Hrs.


Santa Barbara, CA – 7 Hrs.


San Diego, CA – 5 Hrs.


Los Angeles, CA – 5 Hrs.


Bryce Canyon, UT – 6 Hrs.


Arches National Park, UT – 7 Hrs.


Copyright © 2006 Daniel Rush