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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.
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We've been pumping you full of images this week from our trip to Havasupai in the Grand Canyon, and the magic of the natural wonders has no doubt revved up the adrenaline for adventure travelers. But we realize there's a large segment of people who, despite being attracted to the beauty of nature, don't feel confident that they have the physical ability, outdoor skills, or the array of gear needed to pull off such a trip safely.
This is completely understandable considering it's an 11 mile hike just to get to Havasupai, and it certainly doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun. Like just about every outdoor excursion on the planet, you can jump on board with an organized outfitter to make the journey to Havasupai. On our trip, we accompanied AOA Adventures as they led a group on a five day, four night trek into the Canyon. Below, we dish on our experience.
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View of the scenery along the Havasu River about a mile above Havasu Falls
When revealing what you should know before going to Havasupai, we posted a few photos featuring a trail that leads hikers to where the Havasu River meets the mighty Colorado. In today's gallery, we take you down the trail with us.
The hike is about 10 miles one way, winding you through a variety of ecosystems and geological features. The starting point is Havasupai Falls, and if you missed that gallery, you can catch up on it here.
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Our crew crossing the Havasu River in the Grand Canyon
When you're out in the Arizona wilderness, the right gear can make all the difference. And it's not just about the heat. In an environment like the Grand Canyon, the mix of the elements is what threatens your comfort. Aside from the extremely obvious camping gear and necessities like a tent, sunscreen, water bladders, and a hat, there are other ways to equip yourself so your trip to Havasupai Falls actually feels like a vacation.
Here are a few suggestions based on the gear we used for our recent trip:
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Our photo gallery of Havasu Falls highlighted the stunning beauty that awaits adventure travelers who make the journey into the Grand Canyon, and from those you can see that milky turquoise water, stretching canyon walls, and jagged rock formations stole the show for us visually. But there were also many interesting and unexpected aspects of the area that surprised us, some that provided context that enhanced our trip and others that, simply put, surprised the hell out of us.