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When you visit Sedona, you'll most likely fly into Phoenix and drive north on Highway 17. The drive can easily be done in two hours as you watch the terrain and elevation change and the saguaro cacti give way to prickly pears. But if you're not in a rush, it is the ideal chance to check out a local favorite highway stop called the Rock Springs Cafe.
The roadhouse atmosphere and remoteness has been enticing people off the highway for decades. Interestingly, the reason people keep coming back is, of all things, its pies. The two don't seem like a perfect fit on paper, but there's a fine line between dessert and desert, so let's not question a good thing. The lineup features fruit, cream, and specialty pies - think Jack Daniels Pecan.
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The Verde Canyon Railroad reaches its turnaround point in Perkinsville
There are endless trails that will take you into the heart of Sedona's natural beauty, but there's only one set of tracks. The Verde Canyon Railroad's depot is located a half hour southwest of Sedona and takes a slow journey through limestone canyons, red rock buttes, and river-filled ravines, providing an alternative way to leisurely take in the unique scenery of central Arizona.
The trip softly narratives the historical ties back to the days of mining the canyons, and those interested in history can certainly dive in by chatting with the historians assigned to each car. For the general interest traveler, it will be the train's scenic journey through the canyon itself that does all the talking.
Four hours in length (two hours out, two hours back along the same path), it is a pleasant train to nowhere, with each ticket providing access to an interior cart with drink and food service as well as an open-aired viewing cart.
Sedona is best known for its beautiful red-rock landscape, but the town also has another underlying theme that makes up a segment of its culture. Amongst the New Age crowd, it carries a reputation as a place of concentrated energy, a hot bed for psychics and thinkers. This in-turn attracts tourists looking to find (or lose) themselves in the area’s energy.
When I told a fellow travel writer that I was going to Sedona, he insisted that I get a reading done. He was admittedly “into” that scene, believing in the advice of horoscopes, signs, and astrology, but he raved about the experience of a reading. I had never had a psychic reading before, but that had little to do with a lack of curiosity. I'd always wondered what the experience would be like, and I wanted to try it, if only to know what it was all about.
With so many stories out there of psychics digging deep into the soul of their subjects, and with Sedona being the psychic capital of the United States, I decided if there was ever a time to give it a shot, this was it.
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When you combine Sedona’s arid nature with its enticing outdoor opportunities, it’s pretty much a guarantee that visitors will find themselves thirsty at the end of the day. Lucky then that the town has a hell of a watering hole to fall into in the form of its local brewery, Oak Creek Brewery.
Oak Creek brewery has been around since 1995, and it celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with plenty of shiny hardware to hang around its neck. It still serves beer at its taproom at the brewery, but its solid lineup of beers and subsequent success prompted it to open a second location in 2001. Both serve the same beer, but there’s a major difference in the atmosphere, one you should certainly be aware of when visiting.
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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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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.
In case you missed it—the Super Bowl is kicking off this Sunday and airlines are announcing extra flights to get fans down to the desert to check out the game in Arizona.
Alaska Airlines often shares their fondness for the Seahawks, and they’re doing their part to get fans to the game. The carrier is adding two additional round-trip flights between Seattle and Phoenix, and as in the past those fans wearing the jersey of Russell Wilson—the Seahawks' quarterback—will score early boarding departing Seattle.
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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.
Another big weekend for football fans, as this Sunday your team might just be heading to the Super Bowl. Sure there are only four teams left, but even if one of them isn’t your favorite—you have to be pulling for one of them, no?
February 1 is the date for this year’s big game, and since you already have your tickets—now’s the time to start booking that airfare. We took a quick look this morning at what it’s going to cost you to fly to Phoenix. So if you’re confident of who will win you can finalize your itinerary before kickoff.
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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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Earlier this summer, we raved about our experience at the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo, impressed by how it aggregated so many of the world's musical styles in one place. A few weeks later, still inspired, we highlighted the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix for its collection of 15,000 instruments from 200 countries.
In October, these two experiences will clash head on, as the MIM will host its inaugural Global Music Festival here in the States. Set to take place the weekend of October 18th, the festival will include Celtic, Ethiopian, West African, Jazz, Appalachian string, folk, and Latin performances, each featuring the traditional music and instruments of the unique styles.
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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.