Arizona

Tips and Articles in Arizona

Are you the sort of traveler who always arrives at the airport three hours early and then stews because you can't board the plane until a half-hour before departure?Or maybe you're the type who never bothers with reservations because, hey, space w...
This summer, Grand Bay Hotels & Resorts, a new Dallas-based luxury hotel chain incorporating Grand Bay Hotels and Carefree Resorts, announced a policy of no tipping. During the next few months, all the company's properties will add a daily surchar...
One hundred years ago, America's first zoos were built in Philadelphia and New York, with extra-thick bars to assure the public that wild lions, elephants, and camels would not escape and attack. Today it's the wilderness that seems unde...
What would childhood be without dreams of banana splits—the ultimate reward for surviving the school year, passing the final exam, winning (or losing) the softball championship?Whole weeks can be consumed deciding on the exact combination of fl...
Arizona is no place for people who think small. This is big, wide-open country. In a drive around Sedona's red rock region you'll pass looming mesas, soaring spires, deep canyons, and a record of time that stretches back millions of years. Toss...
For many, the words gay resort equal circuit party (or, worse, clothing-optional pool). But at Tucson's Coyote Moon Health Resort & Spa (7501 N. Wade Rd.; 877/784-7430; www.coyotemoonresort.com; seven-day packages from $3,105, all-inclusive), the ...
Patagonia is mythical, one of those places that live as much in the imagination as in reality, which makes a trip there feel momentous: in an age when your neighbor has penetrated the monasteries of Bhutan and your boss has paid court to the mount...
In a 1940 American Magazine article entitled "Camps of Crime," FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover waged something of a war against motels, which he labeled "a new home of crime in America, a new home of disease, bribery, corruption, crookedness, rape, w...
We have just arrived in San Francisco for the weekend, and the desk clerk at the game-themed Serrano Hotel invites us to roll the dice for an upgrade. We're allowed three tries; on my last I hit double fives. Yes! My friend Tracy and I check into ...
Bed and breakfast. An elementary formula, right?It's amazing how wide a detour this concept has taken since farmwives started renting out the spare room to travelers. Of the 25,000-odd establishments around the country today, many deserve an A for...
We eat many of our 30 billion—plus burgers a year as Slyders, Hockeyburgers, or Liplockers at places like Bob's Big Boy or In-N-Out Burger—or hot off the backyard grill. If you're looking for something more grand, here's where to find high-end bli...
A bubbly 44-year-old given to patches of intense earnestness, McKay said that eight hours of pampering and nourishing my "honor and respect" would send self-esteem coursing through my veins; having given myself "permission to be fabulous," I would...
Everyone in Phoenix is either trying to relax, or in the middle of relaxing, or reflecting on some recent attempt to relax. You hear the word constantly: in lobbies, in spas, waiting in line for coffee. Oh, it was so...relaxing. Oh, I hear that's ...
One evening last spring, on a long drive from Santa Barbara through the rugged western reaches of the great Southwestern desert to my home in Taos, I stopped at La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona. It's an unusual oasis of romance on a decayed str...
Everyone wants to live a long, healthy life—preferably with fewer wrinkles and sagging bits. During the past few years, I’ve certainly tried to slow down the clock by traveling to high-end holistic retreats in Arizona, Hawaii, and California to ex...