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The sixth largest state and the oldest continuously inhabited land in the United States, Arizona provides a sparkling mix of nature and culture.

 

Rolling through 2000 scenic miles you will gain a glimpse into the thousand years of human history.

Creating a memorable trip

-Scenic Routes

-Natural Wonders

-Native American Heritage

-Spanish Influence

- Historical Sites and Museums

-Architecture

-Shopping

-Entertainment

WHAT TO EXPECT

VARIOUS ATTRACTIONS

No matter what time of the year you visit and no matter how long you stay, Arizona will turn your vacation into an experience. Rent a motorcycle or participate in our tours and you will come away with something you’ll talk about for a long time.

Despite its storied past, Arizona is far more than a scenic outdoor museum. First-class amenities, from hotels and restaurants to golf courses and concert halls, complement your encounter with the beauty of the Southwest.

MEMORIES THAT LAST A LIFETIME

Scenic Routes

 

It’s simply not possible to list them all. There are more than two thousand miles of scenic roads in Arizona. The varieties of roads twist and turn from desert plans below sea level to forest-covered mountains, peaking above 10,000 feet. You can ride Arizona for weeks and weeks without getting bored. Don’t waste your time trying to figure out when and where to go. Join us at AZride.com and we will make sure that you make the right turns at the right time and stop at the right spots to see, eat, shop, stay, learn and have fun. This is what motorcycle touring is all about, this is The Arizona Motorcycle Experience.

 

 

Natural Wonders

 

North

 

•Lake Mead/Hoover Dam

 

•Vermilion Cliffs

 

•Lake Powell/Glen Canyon Dam

 

•Slot Canyons

 

•Kaibab Plateau/Grand Canyon

 

•Grand Canyon/South Rim

 

•Grand Canyon Caverns

 

•Dinosaurs Tracks

 

•Elephant Feet

 

•Monument Valley

 

•Four Corners

 

•Canyon de Chelly

 

•Window Rock

 

•Painted Desert

 

•Petrified Forest

 

•White Mountains

 

•Mount Graham

 

•Salt River Canyon

 

Central

 

•San Francisco Peaks

 

•Sunset Crater

 

•Meteor Crater

 

•Mogollon Rim

 

•Oak Creek Canyon

 

•Red Rock Country, Sedona

 

•Roosevelt Dam

 

•Tonto Natural Bridge

 

•The World’s Tallest Fountain

 

•Sonoran Desert

 

•Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

 

•Colossal Cave

 

•Kartchner Caverns

 

•Chiricahua Mountains

 

•World’s Largest Rosebush

 

West

 

•Black Canyon/Willow Beach

 

•Lake Mohave

 

•Lake Havasu

 

•Parker Dam

 

 

Native American Heritage

 

Arizona is home to twenty-one federally recognized tribes. Together, the tribes contribute to the rich cultural diversity of Arizona. The state is home to over 250,000 Native Americans (Census 2000). Reservations and tribal communities comprise over a quarter of Arizona’s lands. The reservations are considered separate nations. State law takes precedence on the main roads through the reservations, but tribal law applies once you go off of them.

 

More information can be found at the University of Arizona

 

Some places to visit:

 

Wupatki National Monument

 

Navajo National Monument

 

Tuzigoot National Monument

 

Walnut Canyon National Monument

 

White House Ruin

 

Second Mesa

 

Montezuma Castle National Monument

 

Tonto National Monument

 

Casa Grande National Monument

 

Besh-Ba-Gowah Archeological Park

 

Amerind Foundation Museum www.amerind.org

 

Cochise Stronghold

 

 

 

Spanish Influence

 

San Xavier del Bac Mission / www.sanxaviermission.org

 

Tubac Presidio www.azparks.gov/Parks/parkhtml/tubac.html

 

Tumacacori NH Park

 

Presidio of Santa Cruz de Terrenate

 

 

 

Frontier Living

 

Ghost Towns

 

There are more than 300 ghost towns in Arizona. Some are accessible, some are not. Some are lively, some are pretty dead. Some are recognizable, some are indicated by stone markers. Do you want to know more about them? Visit: www.ghosttowns.com Do you want to see them during your next trip? Join an AZride.com tour!

 

Pipe Spring National Monument

 

Hubbell Trading Post

 

Vulture Mine

 

Prescott

 

Jerome

 

Fort Verde

 

Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park

 

Bisbee

 

Tombstone

 

Fort Bowie National Historic Site

 

 

 

Historic Rail Roads

 

Grand Canyon Rail Road

 

Verde River Canyon

 

Yuma Valley Railroad

 

 

 

Twentieth Century

 

Route 66

 

Jack Rabbit Trading Post

 

Geronimo Trading Post

 

Wigwam Motel

 

“Navajo Code Talkers” Exhibit

 

London Bridge

 

Quartzsite

 

Science

 

Lowell Observatory – www.lowell.edu

 

The Desert Botanical Garden

 

Flandrau Science Center – www.flandrau.org

 

Biosphere 2 – www.bio2.com

 

Kitt Peak Observatory

 

Pima Air & Space Museum – www.pimaair.org

 

Titan Missile Museum – www.pimaair.org/TitanMM/titanhome.shtml

 

Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory – http://cfa-www.harvard.edu/flwo/index.html

 

Hall of Flame Fire Museum – www.hallofflame.org

 

Confederate Air Force Museum

 

Architecture

 

Arcosanti Urban Laboratory

 

Frank Lloyd Wright Heritage

 

Taliesin West

 

Arizona Biltmore Hotel

 

Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium

 

Sunnyslope Rock Garden

 

Giant Rattlesnake Bridge

 

Bedrock City

 

Center of the World (Felicity)

 

Culture

 

Eliphante Ltd. Cornville – Sculptural, painted, and architectural living art installation on 3 acres of land.

 

Museum of Northern Arizona – www.musnaz.org

 

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – www.desertmuseum.org

 

The Sharlot Hall Museum – www.sharlot.org

 

Mesa Symphony Orchestra – www.mesasymphony.org

 

Scottsdale Center for Arts – www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org

 

Pioneer Living History Village – www.pioneer-arizona.com

 

Ted DeGrazia’s Gallery in the Sun – http://degrazia.org

 

Arizona Opera – www.azopera.com

 

Center for Creative Photography – www.creativephotography.org

 

Tucson Museum of Art – www.tucsonarts.com

 

Tucson Symphony Orchestra – www.tucsonsymphony.org

 

Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum – www.bisbeemuseum.org

 

Phoenix Art Museum – www.phxart.org

 

The Phoenix Symphony – www.phoenixsymphony.org

 

Heard Museum – www.heard.org

 

Ballet of Arizona – www.balletaz.org

 

Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra – www.svsymphony.org

 

Shopping

 

Antique, Art, Native American

 

•Cameron Trading Post

 

•Teec Nos Pos

 

•Second Mesa

 

•Scottsdale

 

•Glandale

 

•Carefree

 

•Sedona

 

•Oatman

 

•Jerome

 

•Tucson Old Town Artisans

 

•Patagonia

 

•Tubac

 

•Nogales

 

•Bisbee

 

Shopping Centers

 

•Biltmore Fashion Park – Phoenix www.shopbiltmore.com

 

A Nirvana for the passionate shopper is located within a romantic open-air park setting of brick walkways, luscious landscaping and hacienda fountains. Featuring more than seventy fine shops, many of them unique to Phoenix.

 

•Historic Downtown Glendale www.visitglendale.com

 

With more than eighty specialty shops and restaurants the Old Town district is a collector’s paradise.

 

•Downtown Tempe www.downtowntempe.com

 

An afternoon shopping in downtown Tempe isn’t just a shopping experience, it’s a cultural adventure.

 

•La Encatada, Tucson http://laencantadashoppingcenter.westcor.com

 

Enchanted shopping and dining experience. Courtyards featuring hacienda architecture are lined with unique and upscale shops.

 

•Foothills Mall, Tucson www.shopfoothillsmall.com

 

Tucson ‘s best value shopping and entertainment destination. No city sales tax.

 

•London Bridge Factory Outlet – Lake Havasu

 

•Page Factory Stores

 

•Oak Creek Factory Stores, Sedona

 

•Factory Stores of America, Casa Grande

 

Entertainment

 

“Standin’ on the Corner”

 

Rahwide

 

The Bouvier-Teeter House Victorian Tea Room

 

The Mighty Wurlitzer at the Organ Stop Pizza

 

The Arizona Renaissance Festival in February and March

 

Old Tucson Studios

 

O.K. Corall

 

Casinos

 

•Apache Gold Casino Resort

 

www.apachegoldcasinoresort.com

 

•Bucky’s Casino

 

www.buckyscasino.com

 

•Casino Arizona at McKellips and at Talking Stick

 

www.casinoaz.com

 

•Casino Del Sol

 

www.casinodelsol.com/about/index.shtml

 

•Casino of the Sun

 

www.casinosun.com

 

•Cliff Castle Casino

 

www.cliffcastlecasino.net

 

•Cocopah Casino

 

www.cocopahresort.com

 

•Desert Diamonds Casinos

 

www.desertdiamondcasino.com

 

•Fort McDowell Casino

 

www.fortmcdowellcasino.com

 

•Gila River Casinos

 

www.wingilariver.com

 

•Harrah´s Ak-Chin Casino

 

www.harrahs.com/our_casinos/akc

 

•Hon-Dah Casino-Resort

 

www.hon-dah.com

 

•Mazatzal Casino

 

www.777play.com

 

•Paradise Casino

 

www.paradise-casinos.com

 

•Blue Water Casino and Resort

 

www.bluewaterfun.com

 

Events

 

January

 

•Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction, www.barrett-jackson.com

 

Five days of Fun, Sun, Cars and Excitement! Never Will So Many Glamorous Cars Be Seen By So Many Glamorous People

 

•Arizona Fine Art Expo, Scottsdale www.thunderbirdartists.com/expo

 

Art showcase, exhibition and fair in one place.

 

•The World’s Largest Outdoor Flea market, Quartzsite

 

2,000 vendors of rocks, gems, minerals, fossils and everything else imaginable create one of the world’s largest open air flea markets. Featuring eight major gem and mineral shows and vendors of raw and handcrafted merchandise peddle their wares.

 

February

 

•Fountain Hills Great Fair and Hot Air Balloon Rally www.fountainhillschamber.com

 

This festival attracts close to 160,000 visitors.

 

•Arizona Renaissance Festival / www.royalfaires.com

 

Features a thirty-acre village with the king and his court, castles and cottages, kitchens, pubs, and artisans hawking their wares.

 

•Annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show www.scottsdaleshow.com

 

The week long show is the largest of its kind in the world, drawing over 2,000 of the world’s finest Arabian horses each year.

 

•Tucson Rodeo www.tucsonrodeo.com

 

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Celebration of the Cowboys) is a nine-day event centered on the Tucson Rodeo, one of the top twenty professional rodeos in North America.

 

•The World’s Largest Outdoor Flea market, Quartzsite

 

2,000 vendors of rocks, gems, minerals, fossils, and everything else imaginable create one of the world’s largest open-air flea markets. Featuring eight major gem and mineral shows and vendors of raw and handcrafted merchandise.

 

March

 

•Spring Training:

   -Arizona Diamondbacks

   -Chicago Cubs

   -Chicago White Sox

   -Cincinnati Reds

   -Cleveland Indians

   -Colorado Rockies

   -Kansas City Royals

   -Los Angeles Angels

   -Los Angeles Dodgers

   -Milwaukee Brewers

   -Oakland Athletics

   -San Diego Padres

   -San Francisco Giants

   -Seattle Mariners

   -Texas Rangers

 

•Arizona Renaissance Festival / www.royalfaires.com

 

Features a thirty-acre village with the king and his court, castles and cottages, kitchens, pubs, and artisans hawking their wares.

 

•Arizona Fine Art Expo, Scottsdale www.thunderbirdartists.com/expo

 

Art showcase, exhibition and fair in one place.

 

April

 

•Sonoran Festival of Fine Art, Carefree www.sonoranartsleague.org

 

More than one hundred national and locally acclaimed artists display their creations.

 

•Arizona Bike Week – azbikeweek.com

 

A great Harley gathering, this is the largest charity motorcycle event.

 

•Glendale Jazz and Blues Festival

 

A free festival featuring Arizona’s best jazz and blues performers. Arts and crafts and great ethnic food too.

 

•NASCAR 150, 200, 500 Series, Phoenix – www.phoenixraceway.com

 

•Culinary Festival, Scottsdale – www.scottsdaleculinaryfestival.org

 

Demonstrations, Great AZ picnic, Le Tour Culinaire, Southwest Festival of Beers, Wine Country Brunch, Best of the Fest, tasting and epicurean events.

 

•Copper State 1000 Road Rally – www.mensartscouncil.com

 

One of the premiere vintage car road rallies in North America and the leading rally in the Southwest.

 

May

 

•Route 66 Fun Run – www.azrt66.com/funrun.htm

 

The three-day event is open to all street legal vehicles – buses, bikes, RVs, roadsters, station wagons or Shelbys – Anything with wheels that runs!

 

•All Town Yard Sale, Chloride – www.chloridearizona.com

 

Citizens of Chloride and the surrounding community hold an all-town yard sale. Vintage tractors on display, gunfights at high noon.

 

•Wyatt Earp Days, Tombstone – www.wyattearpdays.com

 

An event in honor of one of the West’s most famous lawmen, Wyatt Earp. Activities include gunfights, chili cook-off, hangings, and a 1880s fashion show.

 

•Annual Old Route 66 Community Yard Sale, Holbrook

 

Start at the Historic Navajo Courthouse and Museum with a map of the city and “community bucks” coupons that will guide you to “treasures”.

 

June

 

•The Festival in Strawberry http://www.strawberryfestivalaz.com

 

Enjoy the Art and Jam Music Festival. Taste berry treats from traditional strawberry pie to exciting strawberry salsa.

 

August

 

•World’s Oldest Continuous Rodeo, Payson

 

The world famous event that celebrates its 123st consecutive year in 2007.

 

September

 

•¡Fiesta Glendale!

 

Celebrate Hispanic heritage in the historic downtown. Murphy Park will be abuzz with music, dance, traditional food and all-around good times.

 

•Annual Labor Day Rodeo, Sonoita – www.sonoitafairgrounds.com

 

October

 

•Tempe October Fest – www.tempeoktoberfest.com

 

Bavarian beer garden, non-stop polka, bratwurst and strudel

 

•All-Town Yard Sale, Chloride – www.chloridearizona.com

 

Citizens of Chloride and the surrounding community hold an all-town yard sale. Vintage tractors on display, gunfights at high noon.

 

November

 

•Fountain Festival of Arts and Crafts – www.fountainhillschamber.com

 

The three-day event features nearly 500 artists and artisans from around the country.

 

•Annual Tombstone Western Music Festival www.tombstonewesternmusicfestival.com

 

Hear how the West was sung! Two star-packed evening shows and three outdoor stages.

 

•NASCAR 150, 200, 500 Series – www.phoenixraceway.com

 

•Festival of Lights, Lake Havasu

 

The London Bridge Resort and the English Village will light up the village with over one million twinkling lights for their Festival of Lights from November 26 through January 18.

 

December

 

•Fiesta Bowl Scottsdale Senior Open (id. 759305205)

 

•Tumacacori Fiesta

 

Tohono O’odham, Pima, Yaqui and Apache as well as Mexican and Anglo-American traditional dancers, musical groups and crafts demonstrators can be found at this two-day event.

 

•Annual Boat Parade of Lights, Lake Havasu

 

The crown of the ongoing Festival of Lights. One of the largest, most spectacular light displays in the Southwest United States.

Beautiful scenery Two big cacti next to a sign Three people in front of a train Church statues Antique pictures An entryway in the shape of a steer skull Two rock formations in the desert A gorge filled with water Tall buildings in the city Rock formations in the desert

The current weather in Arizona

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* Thanks to the very low humidity in Arizona, the temperature that you’d feel uncomfortable in other locations is just fine here. But always remember, due to the very low humidity, you must drink a lot more(water!) than you would do in other places

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