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Photos: Thousands of Airplanes in the Arizona Desert, at Pima Air and Space Museum

February 19, 2015 at 8:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last year, we called the Museu Tam outside Sao Paulo, Brazil the "greatest aviation museum you've never heard of," but what what institution can lay claim to the sister title of the "greatest aviation museum you have heard of?" For that, we go not to the Smithsonian, but to the desert outside Tucson, Arizona, home to Pima Air & Space Museum.

Before you protest to say that you actually haven't heard of it, wait a sec.

Pima has become the final resting place of many a historic airliner, including a NASA "Super Guppy" and the DC-6 which served as Air Force One to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson. Pima's massive museum and even more ginormous outdoor exhibition area (over 80 acres!) is a jolly neighbor to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base's 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), which you'll most likely recognize as the haunting landscape of 2,600 acres full up with retired military aircraft.

The AMARG makes occasional cameos in movies, TV shows, and on curiosity websites, but spends most of its time as a mecca for #AvGeeks from around the world.

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Skip Powerball and Enter This Grand Canyon Lottery Instead

February 11, 2015 at 6:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Powerball jackpot is approaching $500 million, but there’s another lottery worth checking out this month. That’s the one over at the Grand Canyon, as it’s time for the annual entry period to score a chance for a non-commercial river trip.

Winners won’t be heading out on the Colorado River until 2016, but with only 472 permits available for 12 to 25 day river trips during next year, this could be a big win for an outdoor enthusiast. For those looking to put names and information in the hat for a chance to win note that applications are accepted between now and noon on February 24.

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How to Get Seriously Last-Minute Super Bowl Tickets

January 29, 2015 at 2:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

With the Super Bowl just a few days away you might think it's too late to get tickets, but it's not, at least not if you're independently wealthy.

The official NFL Ticket Exchange still has tickets available ranging from $12,018.00 in section 445, aka the nosebleed seats, to $21,304.00 for a ticket in the end zone.

But those tickets are extremely overpriced. Stubhub's current offerings are much cheaper, although still expensive. Stubhub has several tickets available in the 400 sections which start at $8,070.00. Better yet, they have lower end zone tickets starting at a mere $9,492.75.

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Super Bowl's Super Week Actually Kicks Off Tomorrow in Phoenix

January 23, 2015 at 11:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

No matter how you prefer your footballs—that’s the only comment, we had to—the NFL is on the move this weekend as they begin to take over the desert. The Super Bowl is set to do its thing in Phoenix (actually, neighboring Glendale) on February 1, but there’s also a lot for fans to do before the main event and kickoff.

All the goodies are part of the NFL Experience, and things will run over at the Phoenix Convention Center starting tomorrow and running through February 1. The league is promising an interactive theme park of football this and that. Think interactive games, displays, football clinics for the little ones, and autograph sessions from your favorite players. Head right here for the schedule and the hours of operation.

Within the NFL Experience you’ll also find the Bridgestone Fan Gallery, and here you’ll be able to check out all the media madness—from Radio Row to all the other broadcasts.

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An Unlikely Spot for Tickets to This Year's Super Bowl in Arizona: Costco

January 9, 2015 at 10:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

For football fanatics, this will be a nail-biter weekend as the NFL Divisional Playoffs do their thing on both Saturday and Sunday. This is the final weekend where there will be four games, as next week there will be only two—as teams play for a final shot to get to the Super Bowl on February 1.

If you're feeling good about your team making it to the big game in Arizona, then you may want to hit up Costco for tickets. Yes, Costco.

Aside from ten packs of socks and giant jars of mayonnaise, the bulk warehouse store has plenty of big event tickets. Just as in years past Costco is ready to get you to the game, but that only assumes that you have some deep pockets.

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Training Camp Travel: Watch the Arizona Cardinals Get Set in the Desert

August 14, 2014 at 9:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Are you ready for some football?! There’s still a few months before the first official kickoff, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t time for a sneak peek. Training camps are set to do their thing later this month, so if you’ve always wanted to check out the scrimmages and practices now’s the time to start planning:

The Arizona Cardinals were right on the doorstep of the NFL playoffs last year, but they failed to make the postseason for the fourth season in a row. That’s okay in our minds, because it’s a brand new year with brand new possibilities. The team has been hard at work for the last few weeks, and everyone from Larry Fitzgerald to Carson Palmer is ready for 2014.

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Airport Carpets are a Shockingly Popular Subject on Instagram

March 5, 2014 at 3:49 PM | by | Comments (0)

While Instagram photo series like #throwbackthursday and #windowseat are popular on a mainstream level, there are other, cooler hashtags advancing niche interests. An example of this is #kicksonaplane or, as we recently discovered from instagramming the Phoenix Airport photo above, #airportcarpet.

#AirportCarpet currently boasts 882 photos from Instagram users around the world. Take, for instance, the below snaps from Portland, OR (definitely the most popular airport carpet, by far), and Wellington, New Zealand.

In comparison, #casinocarpet only has 186 images, and #hotelcarpet has 478. Of course one could blame the popularity of airport carpets on the waiting room-like atmosphere of gate areas and the hours of boredom before a flight departure, but where's the fun in that?

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Rental Road Trip on the Cheap with One-way Deals in Arizona

February 13, 2014 at 9:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s been plenty of deals to drive rental cars out of certain states and into other states as well; however, we’re not sure that has been the case at the same time. Hertz is either confused, or they just are really excited about the state of Arizona. The rental car company is now offering up one-way deals for those looking to depart from or arrive to the Grand Canyon State.

Heading into the state is the better option, so we’ll start with that. Drive into Arizona deals can be had starting at $5 per day on economy cars, and if you’re looking for something a little better—they also promise a good deal on other car classes. You need to book your reservation sooner than later, and pickup the car prior to March 10. Just utilize RQ “ICFLT1” to score the deal, and be sure to grab your car at a participating location. This includes options rented in and around Southern California, Las Vegas, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, and the state of New Mexico.

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How to View the Grand Canyon During the Government Shutdown

October 8, 2013 at 12:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

While the Government Shutdown is majorly pissing off travelers by closing national monuments and restricting access to everything from National Parks to major museums, there are some tricks to see what you want to see regardless. Take for example the Grand Canyon. The official visitor access trails and viewpoints are closed, so many have been risking the "unofficial" routes in, even encroaching on private property.

We do not advocate this at all, so for right now the easiest way to view the Grand Canyon is from above, while on board a flight to or from southern California.

Last month we were able to trace much of the Colorado River's carving into the Canyon while traveling at 35,000' on American Airlines Flight 1 from JFK to LAX.

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Arizona's Attempt to Reopen the Grand Canyon Has Been Rejected By the Federal Government

October 7, 2013 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

The state of Arizona is already sick and tired of this government shutdown bologna, and it's not going to sit around and watch its biggest assets lay dormant. The state isn't sending men in black suits to Washington, DC or anything like that, but it is trying to open up some of its natural attractions—and is prepared to foot the bill that comes along with it.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has offered up some cash and funding to the feds—state money, not her own—to keep the Grand Canyon up and running during the pesky government disagreement. Sounds like a reason for permit holders to celebrate, but unfortunately the federal government couldn’t care less. Apparently the National Park Service has rejected the state’s offer to help open the Canyon for business. Some local businesses also offered to pitch in, however, once again no means no.

Two Senators from the state are now getting involved, so stay tuned if you’re headed to the Grand Canyon anytime soon. We’re kind of thinking that the outside funding requests will eventually get their way, and that big hole in the ground will once again be up and running. Until then, you'll have to find something else to do in Flagstaff.

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A Visit to Arizona's Barringer Crater, AKA the Best Preserved Meteor Site in the World

March 12, 2013 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Know what's cool? Space. Know what's even cooler? When things floating around in the vastness of space come pay a visit to earth. Ok, that's only cool when it happens thousands of years ago and doesn't hurt anyone. Luckily for us, that's exactly what happened near Winslow, Arizona 50,000+ years ago.

Formerly known as "Canyon Diablo Crater," this meteor crater, now known as the "Barringer Crater," is said to be the world's (that's right, world's) first proven and best preserved meteor crater. It's so well preserved that NASA used it in the '60s to train astronauts preparing for Apollo missions to Earth's moon. They did this because the crater very closely matches those found on the moon.

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: Road Tripping to the Grand Canyon

February 20, 2013 at 6:01 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted at: the Grand Canyon (and more!)

This week's Travel Cat is a special one. To celebrate "National Love Your Pet Day." Meet C.C. Tux, a cat who happily travels alongside his owner, Cora Sprinkle, and behaves on a leash. Of travels with Tux, Cora notes:

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