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Grand Canyon - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011

Make Arizona Your Destination To Get Away From It All

There’s No Place Like Home

Arizona has something for everyone, which is probably why most of us choose to live here: sunshine, great scenery, Western history and multiple cultures.

Our state is also a favorite destination for travelers seeking a reprieve from cold weather in the Midwest and East. It has golf and spring training baseball and some of the best resorts in the U.S. But when was the last time you made Arizona a destination for you or your family? Hopefully this will remind you of treasures in your own backyard as Arizona’s Centennial celebration draws near.

Lake Havasu City

London Bridge, Lake Havasu - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011Try counting the number of bricks it took to reconstruct the London Bridge, which spans the Colorado River. Our London Bridge is based on the 1831 London Bridge that crossed the River Thames until it was dismantled in 1967.

The Grand Canyon

Take a trail ride on a burro to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. Go out on a ledge — OK, it’s horseshoe-shaped — at the Grand Canyon Skywalk. If that makes you nervous and you prefer solid footing, take a ride on the Grand Canyon Railway.

Tombstone/Bisbee

If you have the desire to see ghosts, some are bound to be strolling down the streets of Tombstone, “The Town too Tough to Die.” They even conduct nightly ghost tours. If you’re curious about the once-flourishing mining industry in Bisbee, you can go on the Queen Mine Tour.

Prescott

Prescott Rodeo, Photo: Arizona Tourism & Travel - AZ Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011Have a cold one at an old-time saloon on Whiskey Row. If you enjoy watching rodeos, 4th of July weekend brings alive the oldest rodeo in the world during Frontier Days.

Route 66

Follow the “Mother Road” from Holbrook to Oatman or vice versa. Stop off at Meteor Crater or stand on a corner in Winslow. The Petrified Forest National Park is a sight to see as well.

Tucson

See and be seen at the semi-annual Fourth Avenue Street Fair. Then there’s Mount Lemmon, a winter (skiing) and summer (cabins in Summerhaven) playground. You can also take a tour of the missions in and around the Old Pueblo. In addition, check out a part of American 20th-century history with a visit to the Titan Missile Museum. It’s the only publicly accessible Titan II missile site in the U.S. The coolest part of the museum is experiencing a simulated launch.

Flagstaff/Sedona

Sedona Fiesta del Tlaquepaque, Photo: Arizona Tourism & Travel - AZ Business Magazine Apr/Mar 2011Ski during the winter or take the Snowbowl Skyride during the summer. Jazz it up in October in Sedona at Jazz on the Rocks. You can also go for an artsy shopping trip at Tlaquepaque, or slip, slide away at Slide Rock State Park.

Sonoita/Patagonia

In the mood for wine? You don’t have to travel to Napa Valley or the vineyards of Italy and France. Just jump off I-10 south of Tucson and hit the vineyards of Elgin, Patagonia and Sonoita.


Arizona Business Magazine Mar/Apr 2011

The Grand Canyon National Park makes a great day trip.

Northern Arizona Day Trips

Want to get away, but don’t have the time to plan a vacation? Then a short, fun day trip is the perfect option. Check out this list of northern Arizona attractions to plan a great day trip.

  • Aravaipa Canyon
    BLM Safford Field Office: 711 14th Ave., Safford
    928-348-4400
    Home to unique plant and fish communities, mountain lions and bighorn sheep, the canyon is protected by the Nature Conservancy and is a federal wilderness area. Historic sites left from thousands of years ago still exist, so visitors should respect any archaelogical sites and artifacts.

  • Canyon de Chelly
    Chinle
    928-674-5500
    Cultural resources of Canyon de Chelly include architecture, artifacts and rock imagery.

  • Grand Canyon National Park and Monument
    Grand Canyon
    928-638-7888
    One of the Seven Wonders of the World and one of the most popular attractions in the nation.

  • Grand Canyon Railway
    233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams
    800-THE-TRAIN (843-8724)
    Following tracks constructed 100 years ago, the Railway offers four classes of daily train service between Williams and the Grand Canyon. Covering 65 miles of high desert plains, small arroyos and portions of the world’s largest Ponderosa pine forest.

  • Hon-Dah Resort & Casino
    777 Hwy. 260, Pinetop
    800-929-8744
    Play indoors while in the White Mountains area at Hon-Dah Resort-Casino. This casino has 600 of the newest slot machines, Blackjack, poker, dining and accommodations are offered. The Indian Pine Restaurant, located in the casino, offers a full-service menu with a variety of tasty selections. From wood-fired pizzas to gourmet dinner entrees, there is something for everyone.

  • Lake Havasu
    314 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City
    800-2- HAVASU (242-8278)
    Home to the world-famous London Bridge, Lake Havasu offers more than 400 miles of stunning coastline that is perfect for watersports, fishing, skiing, houseboating, camping, golfing and hiking.

  • London Bridge
    314 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City
    800-2-HAVASU (242-8278)
    In 1962, the 130-year-old London Bridge was discovered to be sinking into the Thames. In 1968, the bridge was put up for auction and Robert P. McCulloch was the winning bidder. He spent $7 million to move the bridge to Lake Havasu City, which took three years.

  • Montezuma Castle
    Camp Verde
    928-567-3322
    A multistoried, 20-room ancient Indian cliff dwelling built more than six centuries ago.

  • Out of Africa
    3505 Camp Verde Bridgeport Hwy., Camp Verdea
    928-567-2840
    Call us wild! Call us crazy! Just don’t call us a zoo. At Out of Africa, you get a different view of wildlife. Here, exotic animals roam in spacious habitats, so you can see their natural behavior up-close. And, with exciting shows like Tiger Splash and the Predator Feed, Out of Africa is like nothing you’ve ever seen. Open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Painted Desert/Petrified Forest
    One Park Rd., Petrified Forest
    928-524-6228
    A 160 million-year-old prehistoric flood plain. The largest and most colorful find of petrified wood in the world.

  • Payson
    303 N. Beeline Hwy., Payson
    928-474-5242
    Considered the Festival Capital of Arizona and situated in the world’s largest group of Ponderosa pines.

  • Red Rock State Park
    4050 Red Rock Loop Rd., Sedona
    928-282-6907
    Arizona’s famous Oak Creek meanders through this scenic park, creating a diverse riparian habitat abounding with plants and wildlife.

  • Sedona
    331 Forest Rd., Sedona
    800-288-7336
    Surrounded by magnificent Red Rock formations, Sedona offers the best in accommodations, dining and shopping. Visitors come here for outdoor activities/adventures and top-notch galleries and arts.

  • Slide Rock State Park
    6871 N. Hwy. 89A, Sedona
    928-282-3034
    The park is named after the famous Slide Rock, a stretch of slippery creek bottom adjacent to the homestead. Open every day.

  • Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
    Wupatki Loop Rd., Flagstaff
    928-526-0502
    A once-active volcano, the crater is located 12 miles north of Flagstaff on Sunset Crater off Wupatki Loop Road.

  • Tonto National Monument
    Roosevelt
    928-467-2241
    Shallow caves overlooking the Tonto Basin in southeastern Arizona shelter masonry dwellings nearly 700 years old, which were home to the prehistoric Salado people.

  • Verde Canyon Railroad
    300 N. Broadway Clarkdale
    800-320-0718
    Offering one of the most beautiful views of Arizona you’ll ever see. Take a picnic or splurge for first-class cars with appetizers and drinks. However you go, this four-hour train ride takes you through a piece of “natural Arizona” that will take your breath away.
Looking over rocks towards a replica lighthouse at sunrise

The Lighthouses Of Arizona

When people think of Arizona, they typically think of the majestic Grand Canyon, the endless stands of saguaros, and the stately lighthouses.

Lighthouses? In Arizona?

In fact, a total of 19 lighthouses grace the shoreline of Lake Havasu, with at least six more in the works in the middle of a landlocked desert.

“We started this as navigational lights,” explains Bob Keller, the president and co-founder of the Lake Havasu Lighthouse Club, “Coincidentally, they look like lighthouses.”

The initial idea to build lighthouses originated from a misconception. As a historical re-enactor, Keller often portrayed Robert P. McColloch, who established Lake Havasu City in 1964 and brought the world-renowned London Bridge to his new city in 1971. While researching McColloch’s storied past, Keller discovered an old city brochure featuring a curious image of a lighthouse standing at the Lake Havasu Marina entrance.

Knowing no lighthouse currently stood at the Lake Havasu Marina entrance, Keller pondered reconstructing the one featured on the brochure cover in order to celebrate and preserve the city’s history. To ensure accurate reconstruction, Keller sought guidance from McColloch’s son, Richie, since the elder McColloch passed away in early 1977.

Keller learned the lighthouse in the brochure never existed. Brochure designers drew the lighthouse into the scene for the publication. Discouraged, but not defeated, Keller built the Lake Havasu Marina Lighthouse replica anyway in 2000, thinking the lighthouse would “be good for the city.”

While building the Lake Havasu Marina Lighthouse, Keller, also an avid boater, realized the entire lake lacked enough navigational lights to keep boaters safe. So, why not build navigational lights along the shores of Lake Havasu that look like actual North American lighthouses?

Thanks to the Lake Havasu Lighthouse Club, a nonprofit organization relying exclusively upon volunteer efforts, famous lighthouses like Cape Hatteras, East Quoddy, Vermilion, Split Rock, and Alpena now shine in the Arizona desert.

Lake Havasu currently claims the title of “the city with most lighthouses in America,” and thanks to the Lake Havasu Lighthouse Club, Arizona someday could surpass Michigan as the state with the most lighthouses. Club members have cited at least 35 additional locations along Lake Havasu where a new navigational light could help safely guide boaters along the lake’s deceptively dangerous shores. Keller hopes a navigational light resides at every mile along the lake for 85 miles from Davis Dam to Parker Dam.

Men building a lighthouse

Sandy Hook Lighthouse from the distance

Split Rock Lighthouse - Looking up at a lighthouse from ground level

Sputnik - red metal lighthouse

Sandy Hook Lighthouse - Men painting a lighthouse replica

Dedication Plaque Man attaching plaque to lighthouse

Hanging Trim - Man hanging trim on lighthouse replica

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse - Sunrise behind a replica lighthouse

East Quoddy Lighthouse - Looking across rocks towards a replica lighthouse during sunrise