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Paradise Valley is a small, affluent town in around Phoenix. Twelve resorts populate Paradise Valley, thereby making it one of Arizona's premiere tourist destinations. Paradise Valley is also known for its expensive real estate which attracts famous celebrities like singer Stevie Nicks. Try driving through the valley at Christmas time, when the cacti are lit like Christmas trees, opening the door to another holiday dimension.

Being a hot desert land, there is no coast to flock to in Arizona. However for a surreal oasis, you can spend the day at Lake Powell. A reservoir on the Colorado River, Lake Powell straddles the border between Utah and Arizona. Lake Powell is the second largest man-made lake in the United States. This deep crystal blue lake is surrounded by canyons, some of which are 15 to 20 miles in length. The contrast of the sparkling, clear, blue water against the towering, sheer, red-rock canyon walls and sandy beaches lining the lake create a scene that looks like it comes from a Magritte painting.

The town Sedona is a welcome retreat from the scorching desert and the air-conditioned malls of Phoenix. Artists, entrepreneurs and New Age followers flock to Sedona to revel at red rock country, and to be healed by the town’s spiritual vortexes. Galleries showcasing colorful Native American art intensify the bold statement of Sedona even more. While in Sedona, be sure to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Chapel. A narrow slice wedged into one of the red rocks that populates the landscape, this spiritual destination is a profound visual statement that blends into the setting.

The Grand Canyon is an amazing natural wonder. Touching the corners of four states, this destination offers captivating panoramic views. The canyon is enormous, assuming an average width of 10 miles, a length of 277 miles, and a depth of 1 mile. Though most visitors choose to view the Canyon from the South Rim, the North Rim also offers an amazing perspective.

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  • Absolute Bikes

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  • Anza Trail

  • Arizona Snowbowl

    The ski mountain boasts the largest vertical ski drop in Arizona (2,300 feet). More
  • Arizona State Fair

    Originally founded as the Arizona Territorial Fair in November 1884, this three-week event now takes place in mid-October at the Arizona State Fair... More
  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    The property features a zoo, natural history museum, and botanical garden all in one venue. More
  • Bar Bianco

    While waiting for a table at the next-door Pizzeria Bianco, enjoy handmade cocktails and appetizers at this candlelit bar, located downtown on Heri... More
  • Bentley Projects

    Here lies the coolest spot in town when it comes to art and architecture. (It’s also the sister location to Bentley Gallery, which is part of Scott... More
  • Betsy Donley

    With more than two decades of experience, travel agent Betsy Donley uses firsthand knowledge to craft luxury African trips and fly fishing expediti... More
  • Biosphere 2

    Guided tours at the Biosphere 2 give families an insider view into the world’s largest glass-enclosed environmental lab—with wilderness zones rangi... More
  • Bluewater Jet Boat Tours

    Take a tour up the Colorado River to the Topock Gorge. More
  • Bog Springs-Kent Spring Loop

  • Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

    This is one of the prime spots in Arizona to witness the Desert in Bloom—a spectacular, acres-encompassing display of blossoming Indian paintbrush ... More
  • Bunky Boutique

    Across the street from the Phoenix Art Museum, Bunky Boutique shares a space with Giant Coffee in the white, cube-like Merz Project Building. The s... More
  • Camelback Mountain

    This red-hued beauty is an attractively rugged cliff perfect for hard-core hikers. Its Echo Canyon trail, which starts at 5700 North Echo Canyon Pa... More
  • Canyon de Chelly National Monument

    Arguably as mesmerizing as the Grand Canyon, Canyon de Chelly National Monument is one of Arizona’s most underrated treasures. More

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