Mark your calendar and top off the tank in your getaway car: This menu of statewide escapes serves up everything from zip lining to llama hiking to ghost busting, plus a hefty helping of hikes, scenic drives, festivals and more.
New this year: a handful of out-of-state outdoorsy meccas for every season.
With its gamut of galleries, gorgeous venues and gastronomic delights, the “City Different” delivers a triptych of artisan adventures.
When it comes to the arts, Santa Fe has a dual personality. With a population just shy of 68,000, it’s a small town with a big city feel, boasting more than 250 galleries and restaurants, along with several performing arts centers. Exhibits range from Native American rugs to futuristic steel dresses. Dining options span traditional New Mexican to innovative Italian seafood dishes, while everything from classical ballet to modern rock takes the stages. Ultimately, the city’s old world/new world duality is the special ingredient that makes the visual, culinary and performing arts of Santa Fe truly a three-course sensory feast.
The locavore revolution has spilled over into everybody’s favorite snowbound college town. Check out these great Flagstaff bites.
As the largest and most-visited town in northern Arizona, Flagstaff is a haven for wintertime ski bunnies and summertime sunbirds fleeing the blistering Sonoran heat. Though summer residency pads the city’s year-round population of around 65,000, “Flag” remains the type of place where strangers make small talk and restaurants set out doggie bowls for customers with four-legged friends in tow. It might be difficult to imagine this
From lessons in riding and leather-working to fine wine and Wi-Fi, Arizona dude ranches offer a stable of challenges and creature comforts.
Tomorrow, you may be walking funny. But are sore thighs such a steep price to pay for crisp air, rustic adventure and unspoiled Western terrain? At Arizona’s growing circle of Western-style cowboy resorts, otherwise known as “dude ranches,” visitors can saddle up and gallop across the grasslands of southern Arizona, over the White Mountains’ snow-sheeted forests, and through the hoodoo-studded hideaways of the Chiricahuas. Then ease your saddle-chapped rear into a restaurant chair for haute-ranch cuisine – or just kick back on the porch, drink in the frontier views and remember what silence sounds like.
Whether you’re a foodie, an alfresco fitness fan, a culture vulture or a science geek, there’s a Tucson getaway for you.
Locals aren’t kidding when they say Tucson feels like a small town; it’s the kind of place where familiar faces are as common as taco stands, and where the vibe is a cross-breed of San Diego chill and Austin offbeat-country charm. Despite its folksiness, Arizona’s second-largest city is crammed with recreational options for every personality type, from food fanatics and outdoorsy people to Bill Nye the Science Guy-types and arts aficionados who know more about kick lines than place kicks.
Knock out a hike and tip back a cold one in Arizona high country.
DOG RATING SYSTEM:
*** Best - An abundance of water, interesting stuff to explore, easy-on-the-pads terrain and other dogs to play with make these top-notch doggie destinations.
** Good - More challenging, longer and rougher, these hikes may put too much strain on older or inexperienced dogs.
* Fair - Only the most physically fit, booty-equipped dogs should attempt these “ruff” trails.
From Prohibition haunts to beach-side horseback-riding, plus a host of cultural and viticultural activities, this Bay Area duo serves up a bevy of traveling gems..
We nearly walk past it, which is its sly intent. It is an inconspicuous building of an indeterminate shade of gunmetal, on a shadowy street in the gritty Tenderloin. A man opens the door, and we serve him the password in giddy, giggling whispers, like schoolgirls unpocketing a gold nugget of gossip: “Dewdropper.” Nonplussed, he opens the door, and we decant into Bourbon and Branch.
2015 Summer Getaways
It’s a snap to have fun on a summertime trip. What’s not so easy: having fun and discovering a new, lifelong hobby. Or improving your health. Or rekindling your love affair with our great state. Dive into our annual roundup of superb summ...
Locals’ Las Vegas
Eat, drink and play like a native in the rehabilitated heart of Nevada’s most notorious city. When hacking through the human jungle that is the Las Vegas Strip, one encounters the expected nightlife wildlife: Gamblers, gam-flashing girls, and ...
Great Arizona Campsites and Cabins
From cowboy-chic cabins and high-altitude campsites to recreation-rich mountain retreats and old fire guard stations, we've mined the Copper State for gems of nature loving lodging. Lodging under the stars in Arizona's high country forests doesn't h...
Once a B&B black hole, the Verde Valley wine hotspot becomes a stay-and-play destination. After spending a few hours exploring its verdant river valley and chalky desert hills, visitors inevitably remark on the same odd quirk about Cornville: a ...
52 Weekend Adventures
One of the best things about living in Phoenix is the proximity to a plethora of climates and landscapes, from cool Alpine forests to warm, craggy lava tubes formed by ancient volcanoes. Whether you’re seeking wet and wild summer adventure on L...