Featuring a Whiskey Row pub crawl, river rafting, holiday concerts, a steam train and a haunted hotel, these five Centennial-related escapes beat the heck out of history class.
Bisbee’s Mining Boom
Think Bisbee is just a footnote in Arizona’s history books? Think again: “Without Bisbee we would not have achieved statehood in 1912. This is where the horsepower of the state was. Copper made this thing go,” says Bisbee history buff and Lavender Jeep Tour operator Tom Mosier. More than 8 billion pounds of copper was mined in this boomtown-turned-artist-colony.
Santa Fe and Taos are famous for their arts scenes, but the surrounding slopes make a scenic ski escape for bunny-slopers to black-diamond daredevils.
It starts with a soft chant somewhere up on the dark, snow-covered ski slope. “TOOORCH-light…. TOOORCH-light....”
Pink road flares glow against the Red River Ski Area’s black-diamond run. A long line of skiers and snowboarders – some adult instructors, some children barely tall enough to sip from a drinking fountain – start to weave their way down a short black-diamond that ends at the Red River lift house. They wave the flares like firework sparklers, and an expectant crowd is gathered at the rail of the lift house saloon.
The America’s Cup Experience Returns to San Diego
The America’s Cup World Series sailing regatta is coming to San Diego Bay, Nov. 12-20, 2011. After an almost 20-year absence, the America’s Cup has been revamped since its last stop in San Diego in 1995 with a new race format, new boats and new technology.
The AC World Series, a new global circuit of sailing regattas, features the sport’s best athletes competing on some of the most physically demanding boats in the world – the AC45 wing-sailed catamarans, capable of speeds of up to 35 mph.