Celebrate Arizona’s 100th birthday with these Centennial-appropriate activities.
Re-create Arizona’s 1912 statehood celebration parade with a stroll along Centennial Way, the mile-long stretch of Washington Street (from Seventh to 19th Avenues) that’s become the metaphorical ribbon on Arizona’s birthday cake, with displays honoring the state’s 15 counties and 22 American Indian tribes. Finish on the steps of the Arizona Capitol Museum (1700 W. Washington St., www.lib.az.us/museum) and imagine George W.P. Hunt, a handlebar-mustachioed walrus of a man, arriving for his first day of work as Arizona’s inaugural governor. centennialwayaz.com, 602-532-6100
Stumped in your holiday gift-buying efforts? Try one of these non-traditional, locally-made stocking stuffers.
Support local artists and knock out your gift list in one fell swoop at this Cen-Pho goods shop. From furniture to soaps, the choices are near-limitless, and new items are available from more than 75 artists each week. 5070 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-264-1414, practical-art.com
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.