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Top 5 Italian Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Italian Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Italian Restaurants — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

La Fontanella Italian Restaurant

4231 E. Indian School Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Originally from Chicago, this chef-owned, multi-awarded, charming, Italian, romantic, villa-like restaurant entices many loyal customers back again and again. Features lace-curtained windows, art and antiques, crisp linened tables with fresh flowers and a friendly, efficient staff that serves ancestral favorites, rich with flavor and appeal.

Marcellino Ristorante

7114 E. Stetson Dr.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Chef Marcellino has opened restaurants in Calabria and Abruzzo, cooked on the island of Poros in Greece and owned trendy bistros in Rome. In New York, the chef received a highly coveted rating of ‘Excellence’ from the New York Times for his superior cuisine at Riva Grill.


15024 N. Scottsdale Rd., #160, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Taking its cue from an Italian trattoria, NoRTH offers a fresh new approach to Modern Italian cuisine. With sleek interiors, a sexy atmosphere, and a menu offering unique antipasti, gourmet pizzas, inventive pasta dishes and many wood roasted and grilled dishes, NoRTH is the perfect spot for any dining occasion.


10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy., Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Drink in the breathtaking view from the base of Pinnacle Peak and experience Sassi’s old-world architecture, inspired by the time-honored traditions and hospitality of Southern Italy.


3225 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix 85018
Voted best Italian Restaurant in the Valley since 1977, Tomaso’s celebrates simplicity and quality of authentic Italian food and wine with humor
and hospitality.

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Top 5 Seafood Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Seafood Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Seafood Restaurants — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

15323 N. Scottsdale Rd, # E1-160, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood was inspired by the great classic seafood restaurants of New Orleans, San Francisco and Boston. Eddie V’s offers the freshest seafood, right off the docks, in an atmosphere that is warm and inviting.

Mastro’s Ocean Club

15045 N. Kierland Blvd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Mastro’s Ocean Club combines world-class service and seafood-focused cuisine in an elegant and energetic atmosphere. The restaurant’s menu features an impressive array of fresh upscale seafood, including favorites such as the three-tiered iced Seafood Tower, bone-in filet, lobster mashed potatoes and a one-of-a-kind warm butter cake.

Stingray Sushi

Locations in Phoenix and Scottsdale
Stingray Sushi delivers a unique blend of contemporary style and energy with spirit of Latin influenced Japanese cuisine. Born from a soul of taste, sound and design, Stingray Sushi combines the artful creation of sushi, Japanese fare and savory libations to deliver a truly distinctive experience.

Ocean Prime

5455 E. High St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85054
Ocean Prime, a Cameron Mitchell Restaurant, serves prime beef, fresh seafood and fish accompanied by an award-winning wine list and handcrafted cocktails.

Salt Cellar Restaurant

550 N. Hayden Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85257
While the specialty is seafood — baked, broiled, sautéed, deep-fried, steamed and sliced — that will exceed all your expectations, it’s the funky atmosphere — the dining rooms, bar and kitchen are underground — that makes Salt Cellar a must-visit restaurant.

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Top 5 French Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: French Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 French Restaurants — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Amuse Bouche

17058 W. Bell Rd., #104,
Surprise, AZ 85379
Serves French fare, including filet mignon, quiche and croissants as well as hummus, frittatas, paninis and sandwiches. Favorites include the homemade meatloaf sandwich and beef tenderloin with carrot butter sauce over mashed potatoes.

Coup Des Tartes

4626 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016
Coup des Tartes is a charming bistro-style restaurant with eclectic decor and warmly lit dining rooms. With hardwood floors, coved ceilings and candlelit rooms, it has been hailed as one of the most intimate dining experiences in Phoenix.

L’Auberge Restaurant

301 L’Auberge Ln., Sedona, AZ 86336
A destination all its own, L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek was named “One of the Top Ten Restaurants in the Southwest” by Condé Nast Traveler. The restaurant also has the area’s most extensive wine program.

Sophie’s French Bistro

2320 E. Osborn Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016
Sophie’s Bistro is probably one of the most authentic French bistros in Phoenix, reminicent of a Parisian bistro with an inviting and intimate atmosphere and a traditional menu.

Zinc Bistro

15034 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85281
Zinc Bistro has been described as “A Taste of Paris in the Arizona desert that charms the Scottsdale dining scene.” Awarded by Phoenix New Times as the Best French Restaurant in Arizona and the Best French Restaurant in Phoenix by the Arizona Republic.

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Top 5 Steakhouses (Spring-Summer)

Top 5: Steakhouses (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Steakhouses — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

BLT Steak & Bar at JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

5402 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Chef Tourondel presents his adaptation of the American Steakhouse, elevating it with his signature style and all-around finesse. The result — the Modern American Steakhouse. BLT Steak integrates traditional elements of a cozy French Bistro with those of a stylish, urbane boite.


3101 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016
Donovan’s sets the standard of fine dining excellence. A classic steakhouse. A stylish, lively atmosphere. Cordially friendly. Donovan’s is a place where you can celebrate with friends, family and associates.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Five locations in Arizona
480-596-8265 (Scottsdale)
Fleming’s offers the best in steakhouse dining, with a sophisticated wine list featuring 100 wines by the glass.

Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse

6991 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Mastro’s City Hall is a Steakhouse is built for the new millennium. This hybrid steakhouse and sophisticated night spot combines every bit of the straight forward elegance and timeless style of Mastro’s Steakhouse with local cosmopolitan flair and uptown sex appeal.

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Two locations in Arizona
602-955-9577 (Phoenix)
Serving only the finest quality foods, featuring USDA prime-aged beef, fresh fish and seafood, hand-picked produce, delicious appetizers and elegant desserts. Rich mahogany, crisp linens and superior service combined with the superior product and the dedicated people create an experience you won’t soon forget.

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Top 5 Mexican Restaurants (Spring-Summer)

Top 5: Mexican Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Mexican Restaurants — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Aunt Chilada’s

7330 N. Dreamy Draw Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85020
Nestled in the shadow of Squaw Peak Mountain, Aunt Chilada’s is truly an historic landmark with a personality all its own. Constructed in the 1890’s from desert stone and railroad ties, the original building served as a supply depot and general store for the mercury miners passing through the Dreamy Draw.

Barrio Cafe

2814 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85006
Established in 2002 by partners Wendy Gruber and chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio was a dream come true for the duo — a little neighborhood eatery providing authentic southern Mexico cuisine and chef’s original creations in a unpretentious atmosphere.  Mission accomplished!  The Barrio Cafe has been hailed as one of the hottest and original restaurants to hit Phoenix.


Locations throughout the Phoenix area
Manuel’s mexican food restaurants were established in 1964 by Manuel and Alice Salazar to serve the finest food to their community. Manuel’s is still run by members of the Salazar family and the food is prepared from scratch daily.

La Hacienda

7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Richard Sandoval brings the vibrant flavors and ingredients of Mexico into the culinary spotlight, combining the bold taste of classic Mexican cuisine with timeless European cooking techniques.

Los Dos Molinos

8684 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85210
Dig in to hot Mexican fare such as stacked enchiladas, tacos, burros and flautas at this casual eatery. The prices at Los Dos Molinos are reasonable and the food — a specialty is the adovada ribs — is amazing.

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Top 5 Southern AZ Must-See Spots (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Southern AZ Must-See Spots (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Southern AZ Must-See Spots — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson, AZ 85743
A world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden — all in one place. Within the museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants.

Kartchner Caverns State Park

2980 S. Hwy. 90, Benson, AZ 85602
520-586-CAVE (2283)
Discovered in 1974, these caverns recently opened to the public and feature stunning stalactite and stalagmite formations. Guided cave tours, a discovery center, interactive displays, gift shops, 62 camping sites, hiking and walking trails.

Mission San Xavier Del Bac

1950 W. San Xavier Rd., Tucson, AZ 85746
Mission San Xavier del Bac is referred to as the “White Dove of the Desert.” This active Franciscan mission is located on the Tohono O’Odham Indian Reservation.

Queen Mine Tour

Hwy 80, Historic Old Bisbee exit, Bisbee, AZ 85603
Don a mining lantern, hat and slicker and ride the mine train deep into the mine and experience the life of the miners as they tell you how they toiled in the subterranean tunnels. Fun and educational for the whole family. Tours last about one hour and are offered five times a day, seven days a week.

Titan Missile Museum

1580 W. Duval Mine Rd., Sahuarita, AZ 85629
Once one of America’s most top secret places, this National Historic Landmark site and one-of-a-kind museum gives visitors a rare look at the technology used by the United States to deter nuclear war. Tour the underground missile site. See the 3-ton blast doors, the 8-foot thick silo walls, and an actual Titan II missile in the launch duct. Visit the launch control center, experience a simulated launch and more.

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Top 5 Southwestern Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Southwestern Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Southwestern Restaurants — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Cowboy Ciao

7133 E. Stetson Dr.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-WINE-111 (9463)
What began as Tex-Mex Italian 14 years ago has evolved into Modern American with global influences. Whether you’re not sure what you’re craving, or if you’re with a group on finicky foodies, the Cowboy Ciao menu offers something for everyone.

El Chorro Lodge

5550 E. Lincoln Dr.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
El Chorro Lodge, which sits on 14 desert acres in Paradise Valley, is more than a Valley tradition, it’s a sensory experience. Enjoy the captivating Sonoran landscape and relish in the chef’s nightly inspirations and award winning dishes.

Fuego Tacos

2501 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Fuego Tacos was awarded Best Taco by local food critic Howard Seftel. It’s also a gathering spot for the young and hip, as well as celebrities who visit Phoenix.

Tonto Bar & Grill

5736 E. Rancho Manana Blvd.,
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
This rustic restaurant takes pride in creating signature dishes from the finest, freshest ingredients, all-natural meats and sustainable seafood, and as many native Arizona products as possible. And you’ll love the ambiance: it looks like an Old West pueblo without the restaurant kitsch.

Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill

Five locations in Arizona
480-948-9010 (Phoenix)
Z’Tejas appeals to families, business lunch professionals and happy-hour crowds. It offers creative Southwest fare with Cajun, Mexican and Pacific influences. Popular dishes include voodoo tuna, shrimp tostada bites, catfish beignets, Santa Fe smoked-chicken enchiladas and ancho fudge pie.

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Top 5 American Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: American Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 American Restaurants — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Binkley’s Restaurant

6920 E. Cave Creek Rd.,
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
In a town of cowboy bars, chef Kevin Binkley creates a world-class menu featuring dishes like black-truffle whipped potatoes, monkfish with gnocchi, braised greens and i’itoi onions, and red-wine-poached filet mignon.


3213 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix AZ 85018
One of the Valley’s most happening places with bistro fare, using locally grown and organic produce where possible.


5700 E. McDonald Dr.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Award-winning cuisine and spectacular views make dining at Elements a Sanctuary highlight.

Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn

5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Lon’s offers comfort cuisine that utilizes age-old cooking methods of smoking, roasting and wood-grilling and the use of authentic Arizona flavors.

Quiessence Restaurant

6106 S. 32nd St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85042
Featuring one of the Valley’s only true “daily menus” Quiessence invites you to savor award-winning handcrafted contemporary American cuisine inspired by tradition and seasonality.

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Top 5 East Valley Accommodations (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: East Valley Accommodations (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 East Valley Accommodations — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Arizona Golf Resort Hotel & Conference Center

425 S. Power Rd., Mesa, AZ 85206
Convenient location with 186 resort rooms, on-site championship golf course and 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort & Conference Center

1 San Marcos Pl., Chandler, AZ 85225
The first golf resort in Arizona, it has been a landmark ever since its 1912 debut. The 295 guest rooms and hotel suites feature a private patio or balcony overlooking courtyards.

Best Western Plus InnSuites Hotel & Suites Hotels

Locations in Phoenix, Tempe, Tucson and Yuma
Stay where comfort meets value at InnSuites Hotels. InnSuites Hotel & Suites offers hotel deals and outstanding accommodations with award-winning value at all of InnSuites Hotel’s locations. InnSuites Hotels is certain to please both the busy executive and the leisure traveler with our amenities and free extras.

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85226
Arizona’s premier Native American-owned luxury resort boasts 500 culturally themed rooms, 36-holes of Troon Golf, the Aji spa, four pools, a 111-foot waterslide, Koli Equestrian Center and Rawhide, an 1880s Western town theme park.

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel

60 E. 5th St., Tempe, AZ 85281
Enjoy the hotel’s serenity via courtyard fountains and fireplaces. The Mission Grille serves up award-winning regional cuisine.

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Top 5 West Valley Accommodations (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: West Valley Accommodations (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 West Valley Accommodations — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Comfort Suites Glendale

9824 W. Camelback Rd.,
Glendale, AZ 85305
Located just minutes away from many popular landmarks and local points of interest, this hotel is a sport enthusiast’s dream-come-true.

Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa

9495 W. Coyotes Blvd.,
Glendale, AZ 85305
Hotel offers 320 elegant guest rooms. Attached conference center is complete with 100,000 square feet of flexible space. Guests will enjoy dining at Soleil and Ray’s. Caffeina’s proudly brews Starbucks Coffee. An outdoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and Spa Botanica offer relaxation without leaving the hotel. Located near Westgate City Center, guests are steps from dining, shopping, nightlife and entertainment.

Residence Inn by Marriott

7350 N. Zanjero Blvd.,
Glendale, AZ 85305
Residence Inn Glendale brings the latest in residential design to Glendale. Walking Distance to University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals. Catch a Coyotes Hockey game at Jobing.com Arena or stroll the shops at Westgate City Center, all just outside its front door.

Sheraton Crescent Hotel

2620 W. Dunlap Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85021
European elegance combines with casual, Southwestern ambiance in a lush, tropical setting. The 342 guest rooms and suites provide a haven during your stay — whether you’re on the links of a nearby golf course or simply lounging by the sparkling pool, featuring a 166-foot water slide.

The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa

300 Wigwam Blvd.,
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
The Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa is a treasured Southwest landmark rich with history. Featuring 331 casita-style rooms, including 72 suites nestled within 400 acres of lush green grass, tree-lined enclaves and vibrant floral landscaping. The Wigwam is celebrated as Arizona’s most authentic resort destination, blending the essence of the Old West with the latest in traditional amenities. Home to AAA four diamond-rated Red’s Steakhouse, a  signature Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and 54 holes of championship golf.

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Top 5 Southern Arizona Accommodations (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Southern Arizona Accommodations (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Southern Arizona Accommodations — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Canyon Ranch

8600 E. Rockcliff Rd., Tucson, AZ 85750
Dozens of fitness activities, spa cuisine, wellness consultations in preventive medicine, nutrition, stress management, spiritual awareness, and body and skin care treatments.

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85745
Rich with culture, history and beauty, this resort is complete with world-class spa facilities, nationally acclaimed golf courses, fine dining and award-winning restaurants, and perfectly designed convention and meeting spaces.

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

7000 N. Resort Dr., Tucson, AZ 85750
Features 398 guest rooms, four restaurants and lounges, eight tennis courts, two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses, fitness trails, swimming pools and a full-service spa.

Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

15000 N. Secret Springs Dr., Marana, AZ 85658
Nestled in the high Sonoran Desert against the Tortolita Mountains, The Ritz-Carlton features a destination spa, world-class hiking, Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf, indoor and outdoor dining including True American Cuisine at CORE Kitchen and Wine Bar, all within a striking canyon setting.

Westward Look Resort

245 E. Ina Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704
Set high in the foothills overlooking Tucson and warmed by an abundance of desert sunshine, Westward Look Resort is a rejuvenating resort environment inspired by the beauty of its pristine natural surroundings.

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Top 5 Dude Ranch Adventures (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Dude Ranch Adventures (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Dude Ranch Adventures — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Bumble Bee Ranch Adventures

34900 S. Old Black Canyon Hwy., Black Canyon City, AZ 86333
Horseback riding, cattle drives, nature hikes and Western dinners. Guided history-filled tours through Bumble Bee Creek, into the mountains and through the scenic Sonoran Desert. Guest accommodations are available.

Lazy K Bar Ranch

8401 N. Scenic Dr., Tucson, AZ 85743
520-299-RIDE (7433)
Originally a homestead for the Staggs Family in the 1920s, the Lazy K is now a dude ranch. Located on 160 acres in the Tucson Mountains, this casual ranch offers horseback riding, hiking, wagon rides, nightly cookouts and plenty of relaxation whether for your family or as a corporate retreat.

Rancho De La Osa

1 W. La Osa Ranch Rd., Sasabe, AZ 85633
This 300-year-old intimate property is one of the last great haciendas in America. Established as a guest ranch in 1924, Rancho De La Osa’s history has been lovingly preserved in the beautiful buildings that rest comfortably in the rolling grasslands of the high Sonoran Desert.

Rancho de Los Caballeros

1551 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg, AZ 85390
Come experience Rancho de los Caballeros, Arizona’s premier guest ranch, where you can sense the thrill of a desert trail ride or challenge yourself to a round of golf at Los Caballeros Golf Club.

Tanque Verde Ranch

14301 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85748
Tanque Verde Ranch, founded in 1868 and located on 640 beautiful acres east of Tucson, offers horseback riding, tennis, guided hiking, mountain biking, nature walks, weekly breakfast rides and outdoor BBQs. All included in the nightly rate.

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Top 5 Cabins, Bed & Breakfasts (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Cabins, Bed & Breakfasts (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Cabins, Bed & Breakfasts — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Adobe Hacienda Bed and Breakfast

10 Rojo Dr.,
Sedona, AZ 86351
Enjoy true Southwest flavor. Experience the charm of an authentic Santa Fe style B&B. Spectacular red rock views. Sedona’s only B&B on a golf course. Whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, gourmet breakfast in your room, dining room, or outdoor patio. Fountains, waterfall, outdoor Kiva fireplace. AAA 3-Diamond.

Briar Patch Inn

3190 N. State Route 89A,
Sedona, AZ 86336
Stay in one of the 19 cottages nestled in Oak Creek Canyon and enjoy a peaceful, natural setting. Located 3 miles from shopping, dining and great views of the Sedona sunset.

A Sunset Chateau

665 S. Sunset Dr.,
Sedona, AZ 86336
Panoramic red rock views are breathtaking to experience at this authentic Southwest hilltop inn on two picturesque acres. Artistic murals, lush gardens, Kiva fireside Jacuzzi and swimming pool, inviting hammocks, a patio, pond, bridge and waterfalls all highlight the secluded setting.

Hidden Meadow Ranch

620 County Rd. 1325,
Greer, AZ 85927
Includes 12 luxuriously furnished log cabins, dining room, lounge, library. Spring-fed trout pond for fly-fishing and canoeing.

Prescott Log Cabin Bed and Breakfast

3155 N. Hwy. 89,
Prescott, AZ 86301
Located within walking distance of Watson Lake and the Peavine Trail, the Prescott Log Cabin is ideal for the hiking or biking enthusiast, and the quaint atmosphere is sure to provide a picturesque romantic getaway for lovebirds of all ages. The inn offers accommodations for couples and families.

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Top 5 Weekend Destinations (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Weekend Destinations (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Weekend Destinations — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Canyon de Chelly

Visitor Center is 3 miles from Route 191 in Chinle
Chinle, AZ 86503
The cultural resources of Canyon de Chelly include distinctive architecture, artifacts, and rock imagery while exhibiting remarkable preservation integrity that provides outstanding opportunities for study and contemplation.

Grand Canyon Railway

233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams, AZ 86046
Book your Grand Canyon
vacation online and enjoy
historic train travel on one of four classes of service on a vintage train from Williams to Grand Canyon National Park.

Lake Powell

P.O. Box 1507,
Page, AZ 86040
More than 400 feet deep, 150 miles long with nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline. Spectacular rock canyons, sand beaches and activities such as boating, fishing, swimming, hiking or four-wheel driving.


P.O. Box 1866,
Tubac, AZ 85646
Tubac has a 250-year-old Spanish history. Tubac is the perfect shoppers’ paradise with more than 80 galleries and shops that feature hand-crafted items, sculpture, paintings, clothing and some of Southern Arizona’s
best import shops.


523 W. Second St.,
Winslow, AZ 86047
Take just a moment to stop and look around, and you’ll discover a whole new dimension to this unique Western city. Winslow is home to The Standin’ on the Corner Park, which has become a draw for music fans who remember the line “standin on the corner in Winslow Arizona,” from the No. 1 hit “Take It Easy,” by the Eagles.

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Top 5 Native American Experiences (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Native American Experiences (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Native American Experiences — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest

2301 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Experience the fast-paced precision and grace of hoop dancing as the top hoop dancers from the U.S. and Canada compete. Visitors can enjoy delicious fry bread and other American Indian foods. Saturday and Sunday, February 11-12, 2012.

Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Experience myriad cultures and the art of American Indians in 10 world-class exhibit galleries, plus enjoy sculpture courtyards, superb dining and shopping for your own uniquely Southwestern gifts and art.

Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market

4619 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Native American artisans representing more than 50 tribes display and sell arts and crafts.

Southwest Indian Art Fair

1013 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ
The Southwest Indian Fair features some of Arizona’s best Native American arts from 200 renowned artists. Demonstrations, food, music and dance performances will also be on hand. February 18-19, 2012.

Turkey Mountain Traders

7008 E. Main St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Turkey Mountain Traders specializes in the finest antique (pre-1940) American Indian art, antique American Indian jewelry, and antique American folk art. Its gallery is located on Main Street in Scottsdale and is open Monday and Wednesday-Saturday (and by chance or appointment on Tuesdays) from October through May.

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Top 10 Accommodations: Phoenix & Paradise Valley Hotels, Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 10 Accommodations: Phoenix & Paradise Valley Hotels, Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 10 Phoenix and Paradise Valley hotels and resorts — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

2400 E. Missouri Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
An Arizona landmark since its opening on Feb. 23, 1929, when it was crowned The Jewel of the Desert.

Hermosa Inn

5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
In-room fireplaces, secluded patios, hand-painted Mexican tile, HD TVs, high-speed Internet, swimming pool, Jacuzzis and Lon’s at the Hermosa.

Hyatt Regency Phoenix

122 N. 2nd St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
800-55-HYATT (49288)
This sophisticated hotel showcases 693 rooms and suites, award-winning dining and versatile meeting space. Features an indulgent outdoor pool and spa and nearby world-class golf and tennis facilities.

Montelucia Resort & Spa

4949 E. Lincoln Dr.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
The Montelucia Resort & Spa is a luxurious hotel in Paradise Valley that is inspired by the architecture and culture of Spain’s Andalusia region.The resort offers an escape from the city and provides access to recreation, nightlife and dining.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85054
Two 18-hole championship golf courses, Marriott’s original Revive Spa, 10 dining options, four acres of turquoise swimming pools and waterways, and Arizona’s largest ballroom.

Pointe Hilton Resorts-Tapatio Cliffs

11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020
Whether visiting for business or pleasure, you will enjoy luxury all-suite accommodations, complimentary access to our expansive water feature, unique dining experiences, championship golf, relaxing spa and salon services and an array of shopping options. Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort truly is an extraordinary escape from the ordinary.

Ritz-Carlton Phoenix

2401 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016
The 11-story, 281-room hotel features spectacular city views, fine dining and an exquisite outdoor patio and pool.

Royal Palms Resort & Spa

5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018
Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, the original 1929 mansion features 119 guest rooms, casitas and suites. Combining the graciousness and sophistication of a Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Situated on 53 acres, the resort offers its guests unparalleled privacy and peace. Guests enjoy the most modern of pleasures and conveniences. The spa features 12 indoor/outdoor treatment rooms, a meditation garden, Sanctum and Watsu pool.

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

340 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
As Arizona’s largest hotel, the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel sits 31-stories high, redefining the city skyline. The 1,000 room hotel offers panoramic city, skyline and mountain views, and puts you within walking distance of some of the city’s finest arts, dining and entertainment venues.

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Top 5 Best Places to take the Kids (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Best Places To Take The Kids (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Best Places to take the Kids — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Arizona Science Center

600 E. Washington St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Hands-on, eye-opening fun with more than 300 interactive exhibits, Dorrance planetarium, giant-screen theater, daily live demonstrations, traveling exhibitions and much more.

Children’s Museum Of Phoenix

215 N. 7th St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85034
With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children from infants to age 10, the focus is on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.

Sea Life Arizona

5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, #145, Tempe, AZ 85282
Located in Arizona Mills, Sea Life is an aquarium built for kids that transports visitors into an amazing ocean world that provides close encounters with a vast array of creatures.

Schnepf Farms

24810 S. Rittenhouse Rd., Queen Creek,  AZ 85242
It is in Schnepf’s mission statement to educate the public about Arizona agriculture. The most important aspect of the educational field trips is the fact that children are learning about where their food comes from and they are visiting a true family farm. Open October through May.

Verde Canyon Railroad

300 N. Broadway,
Clarkdale, AZ 86324
Acclaimed as Arizona’s longest-running nature show, this four-hour scenic ride takes you through a piece of “natural Arizona,” featuring spectacular views that are breathtaking and invigorating to the senses.

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Top 10 Accommodations: Scottsdale Hotels & Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 10 Accommodations: Scottsdale Hotels & Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 10 Scottsdale Hotels & Resorts — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa

34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr.,
Carefree, AZ 85377
Experience an undeniably unique sense of place astonishingly in tune with the environment. Untouched. Unspoiled. The Boulders provides a luxurious natural refuge immersed within two Jay Morrish championship golf courses. Enjoy a striking destination inspired by the extraordinary landscape, melding the offerings of thrilling outdoor recreation and renowned spa treatments, with the unsurpassed beauty of the Sonoran Desert.

Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa

5402 E. Lincoln Dr.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
The much-anticipated $50 million renovation of Camelback Inn, a JW Marriott Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona has been unveiled. An enchanting haven of AAA Five-diamond hospitality and Southwestern charm is yours to rediscover: the hacienda-style entry and lobby, spectacular new restaurants, grand courtyard and the all new 20,000 square foot Arizona Ballroom await. Experience Scottsdale’s most celebrated Spa Camelback Inn or challenge your game on 36-holes of championship Arizona golf.

Fairmont Scottsdale

7575 E. Princess Dr.,
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
Offering one of the best spas in North America, two award-winning restaurants, meeting facilities and two 18-hole championship golf courses — one of which is home to the Annual PGA Tour Waste Management Phoenix Open (formerly the FBR Open).

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr.,
Scottsdale, Arizona 85262
High in the Sonoran Desert, in the cooling foothills of Pinnacle Peak, relax in Southwestern-style casitas, dine with heartbeat-skipping views, bask in sun-drenched weather and astonishing scenery, and rise to the challenge of golf at Troon North.

Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main St.,
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
Originally built in 1956, the hotel re-opened in 2005, following extensive renovations. Features include a full-service spa boutique and a pool. Restaurants include the hotel’s signature restaurant, Cafe ZuZu.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch

7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, Arizona 85258
Discover your own perfect hotel stay with championship golf, Spa Avania, water playground or Camp Hyatt Kachina. Expansive meeting facilities are just minutes away from the area’s major attractions.

The Phoenician

6000 E. Camelback Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
This AAA 5 Diamond award-winning property offers luxurious casitas, suites and guest rooms; one of America’s best resort golf courses; The Centre for Well-Being spa; tennis complex; nine swimming pools and elegant dining venues.

Talking Stick Resort

9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Offering distinct comfort and the most contemporary appointments, all Talking Stick Resort guest rooms and hotel suites exude the flavor of Scottsdale and the Southwest with a modern flair.

W Scottsdale

7277 E. Camelback Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Sizzling hot and sparkling cool, W Scottsdale is infused with natural water elements flowing with meditative energy surrounded by exhilarating arts, sophisticated shopping, destination golf and a pulsating nightlife in our most livable city.

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

6902 E. Greenway Pkwy.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Come wander the groups of this desert oasis. Explore its hidden corners. Discover its intimate treasures. Enjoy desert-inspired treatments at Agave, The Arizona Spa, 27 holes of championship golf, waterpark, award-winning dining and nearby upscale shopping.

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Top 5 Must Sees in Central Arizona (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Must Sees In Central Arizona (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Must Sees in Central Arizona — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Chase Field

401 E. Jefferson St., 
Phoenix, AZ 85004
A multi-use facility which serves as a home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, concerts, breweries, team shops and restaurants.

Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., 
Phoenix, AZ 85008
The Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world’s finest collections of desert plants. This one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of beautiful outdoor exhibits. Stroll through the living museum and learn about different desert plants.

The Dolly Steamboat

PO Box 977, 
Apache Junction, AZ 85217
Nature cruises, twilight dinner 
cruises and astronomy cruises are 
available. Rated one of the “Best Things to Do in Arizona” by the Official Visitors Guide 
of Greater Phoenix.

Taliesin West

12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85259
One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest architectural masterpieces, Taliesin West served as one of his personal homes, studio and design school campus. The site still serves as 
living/working and educational facilities with guided public tours.

South Mountain Park

10919 S. Central Ave., 
Phoenix, AZ 85040
The nation’s largest desert 
municipal park, South Mountain Park features 51 miles of trails and lookouts at 2,300 feet and 2,600 feet.

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Top 5 Cultural Attractions (Spring-Summer)

Top 5: Cultural Attractions (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Cultural Attractions — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Biosphere 2

32540 S. Biosphere Rd., Oracle, AZ 85623
The $150 million facility opened in 1991 as a massive closed system that would last for 100 years to test nature, technology and human endurance. Opened to the public in 2002, visitors to Biosphere 2 can explore inside the 3.15-acre structure on a fully-guided tour.

Hoover Dam

Nevada-Arizona border
The Bureau of Reclamation started conducting tours through the Hoover Dam in 1937. Today, close to 1 million visitors a year take the tour and millions more drive across the dam. Hoover Dam is the highest concrete dam in the U.S.

London Bridge

314 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
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.

Mount Lemmon SkyCenter

933 N. Cherry Ave., Tucson, AZ 85721
Mount Lemmon SkyCenter is an exceptional science learning facility located at Steward Observatory’s “sky island” observing site. The SkyCenter builds upon the uniqueness of the 9,157 feet summit of Mt. Lemmon and on the extensive knowledge base at the University of Arizona to deliver educational adventures.

Navajo National Monument

End of State Highway 564 off of US Highway 160, Tonalea, AZ 86044
The monument preserves and protects three large ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings. At the largest cliff dwellings in Arizona, experience first-hand the museums, picnic areas, campgrounds and short trails.

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Top 5 Northern Arizona Day Trips (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Northern Arizona Day Trips (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Northern Arizona Day Trips — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:


P.O. Box K,
Jerome, AZ 86331
azjerome.com, jeromechamber.com
Once an old mining camp, Jerome is alive with writers, artists, artisans, musicians, historians and families. The city is known as the “Largest Ghost Town in America.”


201 S. Cortez,
Prescott, AZ 86303
Arizona’s territorial capital is the perfect place to escape summer heat.

Mogollon Rim

100 W. Main St.,
PO Box 1380,
Payson, AZ 85547
One of the state’s defining natural features, this giant, slanting escarpment of volcanic and sedimentary rock and pine has amazed and hypnotized travelers for hundreds of years.

Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village

336 State Route 179,
Sedona, AZ 86336
Tlaquepaque, the “Art and Soul of Sedona,” offers more than 40 specialty shops and exclusive galleries. Shopping becomes a joyful revelation of art treasuries and distinctive gifts.


303 N. Beeline Hwy.,
Payson, AZ 85541
Considered the Festival Capital of Arizona and situated in the world’s largest group of Ponderosa pines.

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Top 5 Southern Arizona Day Trips (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Southern Arizona Day Trips (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Southern Arizona Day Trips — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

2021 N. Kinney Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85743
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place. Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region so realistically you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, and more.

Sonoita Vineyards

290 Elgin-Canelo Rd.,
Elgin, AZ 85611
The oldest commercial vineyard and winery in Arizona, Sonoita Vineyards opened in 1983 and includes more than 25 acres of vines. The vineyard created a Cabernet Sauvignon that was served at a Presidential Inauguration Gala.


P.O. Box 813
Tombstone, AZ 85638
The name Tombstone creates images of gunfights and dusty streets, whiskey and Faro games, Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and a plethora of old Western movie scenes. Tombstone has been called “The Town Too Tough to Die.”


1326 W. Highway 92, Suite #9,
Bisbee, AZ 85603
Bisbee was founded in 1880 and has since evolved into an artist colony and retirement community emphasizing monthly events and tourism. Travelers from all over the world come to Bisbee to savor its unique charm … a blend of creativity, friendliness, style, romance and adventure wrapped in the splendor of the Old West.


P.O. Box 1866,
Tubac, AZ 85646
Located in the Santa Cruz River Valley, Tubac has a 250-year-old Spanish history. Tubac is the perfect shoppers’ paradise with more than 80 galleries and shops that feature hand-crafted items, sculpture,
paintings, clothing and some of Southern Arizona’s best import shops. Tubac is also the gateway to birding, hiking,  and mountain biking.

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Top 5 Arizona Auto Fun (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Behind The Wheel, Arizona Auto Fun (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Behind The Wheel, Arizona Auto Fun — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Firebird International Raceway

20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Gate 2,
Chandler, AZ 85226
Firebird International Raceway kicks off its season with the NHRA Arizona Nationals. Don’t miss any of the excitement from the NHRA Arizona Nationals, Monster Trucks, Lucas Oil off-road racing or Lucas Oil drag-boat racing.

International Raceway

7602 S. Avondale Blvd.,
Avondale, AZ 85323
The infamous one-mile oval hosts the stars of NASCAR and its family of fans in February and November for two full weekends of NASCAR action. Features a community of on-site campers known as ZOOMTOWN U.S.A. Phoenix International Raceway becomes one of the 10-largest cities in Arizona, 
complete with a Bashas’ supermarket, RV services, plus a full weekend of entertainment and unmatched NASCAR action.

F1 Race Factory

17 S. 48th St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85034
602-302-RACE (7223)
F1 offers you everything from high-speed European kart racing to rock climbing, billiards and a wide 
selection of arcade games. After a race, stop by the Trackside Bar & Grill for lunch or dinner, seven days a week for great tasting food and beers.

Bondurant School Of High Performance Driving

20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Gate 3,
Chandler, AZ 85076
800-842-RACE (7223)
Features a 15-turn, 1.6-mile road course designed for high-performance race driving and advanced driving instruction. An 8-acre asphalt pad is used for driver training.

Tucson Raceway Park

11955 S. Harrison Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85747
Tucson Raceway is a 3/8-mile oval that provides weekly NASCAR racing featuring all five Bud Five Star Divisions: NASCAR Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Grand American Modifieds, Mighty Compacts and Factory Stocks.

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Top 5 Arizona Art & Food Festivals (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 5: Art & Food Festivals (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 5 Art & Food Festivals — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Scottsdale Arts Festival

7380 E. Second St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
480-499-TKTS (8587)
The award-winning Scottsdale Arts Festival – scheduled for March 9-11, 2012 – features 200 jury-selected artists from throughout the U.S., top-notch live music and entertainment, delicious fare from the Valley’s gourmet specialty food trucks, fun activities for kids and families and much more.

Tempe Festival of the Arts

310 S. Mill Ave., #A-201,
Tempe, AZ 85281
The twice-annual Tempe Festival of the Arts consistently ranks among the Top 200 art festivals in the nation by Sunshine Artist and has received the Pinnacle Award from the International Festival and Events Association. The Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts is March 30-April 1, 2012. The Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts is November 30-December 2, 2012.

Fountain Festival of the Arts & Crafts

Avenue of the Fountains,
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
The Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts is held in the second full weekend in November and features some 500 artists and artisans and gourmet food provisioners. More than 200,000 visitors attend to this event to do their holiday shopping, purchase art and enjoy good food and entertainment.

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Scottsdale Civic Plaza,
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
From April 17-22, 2012, you can look forward to numerous talented chefs, a larger variety of foods to savor and even more captivating entertainment. The Scottsdale Culinary Festival has something to satisfy every palate.

Arizona Renaissance Festival

12601 E. Hwy 60,
Apache Junction, AZ 85118
The Arizona Renaissance Festival is a medieval amusement park attraction with a 12-stage theater, 30-acre circus, arts and crafts fair, and jousting tournament all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure. Saturdays and Sundays, February 11 – April 1, 2012.

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