Heard Museum - 2301 North Central
Avenue, Phoenix (602)252-8848- The
museum of Native American culture and art. On
Weekends they have festivals with food, drink, music
and dancing. Wonderful place - I've loved it since I
Arizona Science Center- 600 E
Washington Street, Phoenix (602) 716-2000- Fantastic
place for kids. The travelling exhibits are great
for adults. Have fun!
Xavier Del Bac - 1950 W San Xavier
Rd, Tucson - (520) 294-2624 Spanish Mission on the
old mission trail. The mission is slowly being
restored. There are usually vendors and dances on
the weekends. Take I-10 south from Tucson to Exit 92
- San Xavier Rd. Travel west on San Xavier to Little
Nogales Dr. Turn north on little Nogales Dr and west
again on San Xavier Rd to the mission.
Sonoran Desert Museum - 2021 N Kinney
Rd, Tucson (520)883-2702 - 12 Miles West of Tucson
on Speedway Blvd through Gates Pass. Signs will
direct. Absolutely the best desert museum around.
Tickets are $12. Amazing exhibits.
Peak National Observatory - 40 miles
west of Tucson on SR 86 - World's largest collection
of telescopes. Fun all year round, but I'd recommend
a sunny day. Rains and wind here are unbelievable
when they come. Guided and self guided tours,
Missile Museum - 25 miles south of
Tucson off I-19 at exit 69. A complete titan 2
missile silo you can tour. This is the real deal.
Part of the Pima
Air Museum near Davis-Monthan AFB.
Jerome - Also listed here
as a ghost town. I can't say enough good about this
place. The town and getting there are amazing. The
Museum incredible and it's less than 3 hours from
Phoenix. From Phoenix, take I-17 to State Route 69
at Cordes Junction. Follow 69 to Prescott. Stop in
Prescott - it used to be the territorial Capital.
There is a line of saloons along the town square
that's known as whisky row. The buildings are so old
that they have settled into a nice state of tilt.
There are pool tables where certain pockets are
inaccessible due to the extreme tilt! From Prescott,
take Alternate Route 89 to Jerome. This drive is
"The Trip" including Jerome:
Starting early from Phoenix, take I-17
North to the Bumblebee Exit (exit 248). Drive
through Bumblebee and Cleator, then turn around
and take FSR 259 back towards Mayer. In Mayer,
turn right on SR 69, back towards Cordes Junction.
Turn North on I-17 again and drive on past Camp
Verde to Montezuma's Castle. This is an cliff
dwelling in terrific shape. Well worth the stop.
Then, back down I-17 to SR 279 turn North toward
Cottonwood, then turn South on ALT US 89 and on to
Jerome. See the sights in Jerome and stay on Alt
89 all the way through Prescott, Peeple's Valley,
Yarnell and if you can plan it just right - be at
Yarnell at sunset. There is an utterly amazing
overlook where you can see Congress and
Wickenburg. 89 will meet US 60, turn left toward
Wickenburg and home.
In Jerome, I recommend:
Haunted Hamburger for a nice meal. Friendly
staff and they dealt with a raucous hoarde of
children with a smile. The building can get a little
crowded, show up early.
for wines. OJ's Copper Country Fudge just because.
Canyon - must see for anyone. About 5
hours from Phoenix. I-17 to Flagstaff. I-17 to SR
180. SR 180 to SR 64 and the Canyon.
Four Corners - Only place
where four states come together. Ok, so it's not
just an AZ thing :) I-17 to Flagstaff, US 89 to US
160, Local road to monument, signs will direct.
Crater and Wupatki
National Monument - Sunset crater is a
volcano that exploded in the year 1064. It affected
the Indians in the area. Wupatki is an incredible
set of ruins unlike any other in Arizona. Near
Sunset Crater and absolutely beautiful. Wupatki was
a meeting place for three tribes of Indians in the
area. 20 miles East of Flagstaff on US 89.
Peak - Site of Arizona's only Civil
War Battle. On I-10 south of Phoenix on the way to
- 2 Hours South of Tucson. Site of the West's most
famous gunfight. The shoot-out at the OK Corral.
Wyatt Earp's town. Lots of historical "stuff", more
than I can remember. Neat to see.
Tonto Creek - 15 Miles east
of Payson on SR 260. Take SR-87 North from Phoenix
(Mesa or Scottsdale actually) and follow it until
you come into Payson. Turn Right at McDonald's and
you'll be on SR 260. Follow it East until you pass
Kohl's Ranch on the right side. They make great hot
chocolate and I've heard the food is good. The first
turn to the left is Tonto Creek. I'd say go past the
bridge at least and maybe drive past the falls. The
creek is a beautiful picnic area. A few miles north
on the creek is the Tonto Fish Hatchery which is
open to the public. The site of Zane Grey's cabin is
nearby, but the cabin itself was destroyed by a
- Roughly half-way between Phoenix and Tucson off
I-10. Follow signs to Eloy Airport. Eloy is the
busiest skydiving facility in the world. They also
have an absolutely fantastic indoor vertical wind
tunnel. The tunnel allows you to buy time in
simulated free fall without jumping out of an
airplane. The staff is knowledgeable and very
helpful. I highly recommend buying at least four
minutes of flight time. 4900 N. Taylor Road, Eloy.
Lalibela - 849 W University Dr,
Tempe (480) 829-1939 - Simply fantastic Ethiopian
food. The cheerful staff make this one a treat.
Charro Cafe - 311 N Court Avenue,
Tucson (520) 622-1922 - The food here is
wonderful. Their trademark dish is Carne Seca -
meat dried in a special enclosure above the
restaurant. The place has recently been
"discovered" and the wait times for seats and food
have become longer. You might want to call ahead
or check out their other location at 6310 E
Broadway (520) 745-1922.
- La Parilla
Suiza - 3 Locations in Tucson.
Chinito Gordo - 2920 N Oracle, Tucson (520)
822-8776 - Wonderful food. Great mole.
Staff is courteous and efficient. Fun place.
and Rhonda's - Two locations around
town. Great breakfasts. The biscuits are
wonderful. One on East route 66 (928) 526-8138 and
the other at 21 S Milton
Bart's - 2760 E Butler Ave, Near
I-40 and Butler Avenue in Flagstaff
(928) 779-3142 - Excellent steak and ribs. The
servers are music students from NAU, and they sing
and play in between courses. A fun, family
- Asian Gourmet - This is a
fantastic Thai food restaurant. Their chef is an
Iron Chef competitor. The Hot and Sour Seafood
Soup is fantastic. Anything off the specialties
menu is wonderful. The sign is small, so keep an
eye out on the south side of the road. 2560 W 16th
St Yuma (928) 819-0888
Springs General Store and Cafe -
Black Canyon City - Near exit 242 on I-17. HCO 1
Box 2000, Rock Springs AZ, 85324. (623) 374-5794
Great food on the road and you can take a
wonderful pie with you.
US 89 - Take SR-60 (Grand
Avenue) out of Phoenix to Wickenburg and then past
Wickenburg, turn north on US 89. The hill at Yarnell
is enough to make this trip enjoyable, but beyond it
are some nice curvy roads and scenery. Be VERY
careful at the top of the hill, almost every time I
drive past there, I see some kid who has munched his
bike (and usually his sidearm) coming around the
curve at the top of the hill. Further on, you can
take 89 all the way to Jerome and into Sedona but
that's a long and usually slow ride.
SR 87 - This road is neat,
all the way to Payson. If you look above, you'll see
Tonto Creek, this is also a good "bike road". There
are usually lots of cars on this road on weekends,
US 60 - East of of Phoenix
towards Globe/Miami, is a neat road. I don't know if
I'd call the traffic volumes "bike friendly" but if
you're careful, it's fun. It doesn't have to be too
cold in Phoenix for this road to have ice on it.
SR-177 Superior to Hayden -
Neat road. GM tests cars out on this road for
handling. Lots of curves. NOT A NIGHT TRIP!
As you're heading South, you'll come to an
"Overlook" at the Asarco Ray Pit Complex - it's well
worth the stop. The pit is over a mile across,
almost 1/2 mile deep and 6 miles long!
If you're traveling along I-17 and come near Black
Canyon City, look out for the Rock
Springs exit. The restaurant there is out of
sight, and the bakery is amazing. So, if you're not
doing the iron butt thing, stop for a drink.