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¶lim¶52 Weekend Adventures -2012

From historic hollows and Hummer half-pipes to dapper dude ranches and to-die-for drives, we’re serving up a bountiful birthday helping of 52 weekend adventures to help you christen Arizona’s second century of statehood. Plus: New this year, per reader requests, is a quick take ’em or leave ’em kid friendliness guide.

 

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¶lim¶Burger Wars

The Valley is in the midst of a burger boom, grilling the gamut from fast-food favorites to haute hamburgers.

But who’s busting out the best? We graded nine of the city’s favorite meat retreats – rating everything from beef to bun and sides to service – to discover the winner.

Blu Burger
Decked in a striking palette of royal blue and black, with dramatic wrought-iron design flourishes and a picture-window-framed desert view, the Scottsdale location of this local mini-chain is one cool burger joint.

 

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¶lim¶Mad Men in Midtown

Home to the Valley’s first high-rise residences and the late, great Phoenix Playboy Club, midtown was the most swinging neighborhood in Phoenix back in the sleek ’60s. Today, new generations are discovering the joys of our most urban enclave.

 

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¶lim¶Dead Heat

Traditionally nonpartisan and suspense-free, the Phoenix mayoral election goes down to the wire on November 8 with the city’s first runoff vote in six decades. Bye-bye, civil transfer of power. Hello, slashed tires and partisan bickering. 

 

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¶lim¶Fabulous Fall Drives

Cooler weather means it’s high time to discover Arizona’s most beautiful byways. These 11 scenic drives around the state offer views of soaring cliffs, lakes and rivers, and brilliant fall colors, as well as ample opportunities for hiking, boating or simply taking it all in. Ahhhh... we can feel the autumn air already.

 

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¶lim¶Valley Doomsday Preppers

From 2012 doomsday survivalists to closet ‘preppers,’ more and more of our neighbors are secretly stockpiling food, water and weapons to guard against an approaching enemy: us, the unprepared.

 

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¶lim¶Hells Angels Shootout

After a fierce shootout last year in Chino Valley between members of the Hells Angels and rival bikers the Vagos, it seems a turf battle is brewing. Could Phoenix be a future battleground?


It was a peaceful Saturday morning like any other for Terrance and Judy Schafman – that is, until the outlaw biker gun battle erupted across the street.

 

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