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2014 - Mgarfin's 2014 trip to Arizona-Delta glitch
2014 - VacationLover's Sedona and the Grand Canyon TR
2015 - PBaruch's Dreams of Flight - Hummingbirds and Arizona
2016 - Pbaruch's Motorhome Adventures in Utah and Arizona
2016 - drewsky9's Arizona Trip Report
2016 - MahRabuMasecha's Vegas Zion Page Grand Canyon Sedona TR
2016 - ShlockDoc's Midwest Roadtrip - Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming
2017 - Davidmal's Phoenix & Scottsdale for 5 Hours
2018 - Ikelunious99's Arizona Trip Report

Utah has it's own master thread and wiki at https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=15858.0

Activities


Phoenix

Arizona Cardinals (NFL Football)
Arizona Coyotes (NHL Hockey)
Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB Baseball)
Phoenix Suns (NBA Basketball)

Camelback Mountain
Desert Botanical Garden
Encanto Park
Goldfield Ghost Town
Japanese Friendship Garden
Lost Dutchman State Park
Nordstrom Last Chance - one of the few in the world.
Octance Raceway- Extremely fast Go-Karting
Scottsdale Old Town

Arizona Science Center (Indoor)
Museum of Musical Instruments (Indoor)
Queen Creek Olive Mill (Olive farm and mill, with Olive 101 'factory' tour)
Arizona Boardwalk (entertainment complex, with aquarium, butterfly conservatory, etc. www.azboardwalk.com)
Childrenís Museum of Phoenix (for kids under age 10, they claim to be top 3 Children's Museum in the country).

Sedona, AZ
Stunning red rock formations and scenery viewable throughout the small city with unique views along the many hiking trails (including Devil's bridge, West Fork Trail, and Sugar Loaf Loop)
Off road jeep tours (e.g. Pink Jeep Tours)
eclectic outdoor shopping
Slide rock state park: Natural water slide in creek (just north of Sedona)


Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim)
There are two trails from the south rim that go down into the canyon (and all the way to the canyon floor, which is a strenuous multi-day hike). You can experience a taste of it, by turning around at any point.
  • South Kaibab Trail - One of the top rated trails for the GC (trail descends into the canyon, uphill climb on return)
  • Bright Angel Trail - Also one of the top rated trails for GC (trail descends into the canyon, uphill climb on return)
There are also trails along the south rim (called Rim Trails) that don't descend into the canyon, and are relatively flat. These offer views of the canyon and are dotted with various scenic viewpoints. Some areas of the rim trail are paved others are not. These may be more suitable those with young children or those fear of hiking near the edge of the canyon cliffs. The National park shuttle buses also transport passengers to various points within the park, along the south rim.
A PDF map of grand canyon national park south rim is at https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/news/upload/sr-pocket-map.pdf
Grand Canyon National Park Lodges

Nearby attractions outside the National Park include:
  • Skywalk
  • Bearizona Wildlife Park - Williams, AZ

Page AZ
Lake Powell (popular lake for boating, with kayak, motor boat, pontoon boat, houseboat rentals, Jetski, boat tours, and swimming). Lake and surrounding canyon walls are uniquely scenic together (it's actually a huge artificial reservoir surrounded by canyon walls, resulting from the construction of the Glen Canyon Dam
Carl Hayden Visitor Center at the Glen Canyon Dam (Free museum about the Glen Canyon Dam)
Horseshoe bend (popular scenic overlook of a 180 degree bend in the Colorado river)
Antelope Canyon (beautiful slot canyons with stunning photography opportunity, controlled by Native Americans with entrance fees and guided tour, advance reservations are needed. Fees were recently increased to $60-$100/pp)

Tucson

Saguaro National Park

Kosher Restaurants

See the following for up to date info:
--http://www.kosherphoenix.org/index.php/kosher-food-in-phoenix/restaurants/
--https://www.ahavastorah.org/restaurants.html 


Phoenix

Cafe Chenar
LaBella Pizzeria and Restaurant
Manhattan Pizza & Subs
Samarkand Restaurant Glatt Kosher

Scottsdale

Fresh Mint
Kitchen 18
Milk+ Honey Espresso Bar & Eatery

Groceries


Imperial Market & Deli

Shuls


Ohr Hatorah Congregation- Located in Phoenix Map
Chabad Jewish Center of North Phoenix Map
Ahavas Torah:The Scottsdale Torah Center Map


Chabad of Flagstaff AZ (Kosher meals available), Minyanim in the summer (1 hour south of the Grand Canyon National Park)


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Re: Arizona Master Thread
« Reply #1260 on: March 02, 2023, 09:27:55 AM »
Snowing in Tucson and North Scottsdale. Wild.
Drive from Tucson to Scottsdale tonight was just brutal.
Glad youíre ok! I saw a video on Twitter of snow in Cave Creek. Iím headed there this morning. They really donít have enough snowplows or even road salt here for anything like this. A friend of mine last night said she had to pull over.

ETA twitter video
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Re: Arizona Master Thread
« Reply #1261 on: March 02, 2023, 11:30:30 AM »
Snowing in Tucson and North Scottsdale. Wild.
Drive from Tucson to Scottsdale tonight was just brutal.
Did you stop by Pinal Airpark (MZJ)

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Re: Arizona Master Thread
« Reply #1262 on: March 02, 2023, 12:21:26 PM »
Snowing in Tucson and North Scottsdale. Wild.
Drive from Tucson to Scottsdale tonight was just brutal.

Yeah i went from Kitchen 18 to downtown phx last night, couldnt see the road with the heavy rain, its similar to LA in terms of the flooding

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Re: Arizona Master Thread
« Reply #1263 on: March 15, 2023, 01:01:22 AM »
I'm planning a last-minute trip to PHX for 2 nights next week. Any recommendations for cheaper or lower points hotels that are still nice? Skimming through here, I mostly see The Phoenician and Hyatt Regency which are a bit out of budget.

Also, has anyone been to the Musical Instrument Museum? Is it worth squeezing into such a short trip (along with outdoor activities)? What activity can't be missed?

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Re: Arizona Master Thread
« Reply #1264 on: March 15, 2023, 01:50:55 AM »
Also, has anyone been to the Musical Instrument Museum? Is it worth squeezing into such a short trip (along with outdoor activities)? What activity can't be missed?

I asked some friends and they said itís good for older kids and adults but not younger kids and toddlers.

Honestly, though, the next few weeks are going to be the best weather of the year here. Itís just gorgeous right now. Warm but not too hot during the day, cool but not cold at night. I wouldnít really plan too many indoor activities.

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« Reply #1265 on: March 15, 2023, 03:25:25 AM »


Honestly, though, the next few weeks are going to be the best weather of the year here. Itís just gorgeous right now. Warm but not too hot during the day, cool but not cold at night. I wouldnít really plan too many indoor activities.

Thank you! So what would you say is the priority from this list?
-Sedona Pink Jeep (or another recommended jeep tour)
-Lake Pleasant
-Canyon Lake
-Lost Dog Wash
-Fountain Hills

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Re: Arizona Master Thread
« Reply #1266 on: March 15, 2023, 03:36:22 AM »
Thank you! So what would you say is the priority from this list?
-Sedona Pink Jeep (or another recommended jeep tour)
-Lake Pleasant
-Canyon Lake
-Lost Dog Wash
-Fountain Hills
Really depends on how far you want to drive. Sedona is about two hours from Phoenix/Scottsdale. Everybody I know who does the jeep tour absolutely loves it. Another consideration is that they are expecting some rain there next week. Itís funny that it could be gorgeous in Scottsdale and raining in Sedona, but thatís what itís like here. So you might want to call the Jeep company to make sure they are open before you get in the car for the drive.

Lake Pleasant and Canyon Lake are also a little bit of a drive but beautiful.

If you want to stay more local, then Lost Dog Wash and Fountain Hills are a nice option. Neither is really a whole day activity - more like a morning or afternoon. 

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Re: Arizona Master Thread
« Reply #1267 on: March 15, 2023, 09:21:15 AM »
I'm planning a last-minute trip to PHX for 2 nights next week. Any recommendations for cheaper or lower points hotels that are still nice? Skimming through here, I mostly see The Phoenician and Hyatt Regency which are a bit out of budget.
Hyatt Mission tempe palms isn't fancy and could use a renovation, but they take anniversary certs and even bought us Globalist C"Y breakfast from Imperial Market!
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Re: Arizona Master Thread
« Reply #1268 on: March 15, 2023, 01:55:52 PM »
Hyatt Mission tempe palms isn't fancy and could use a renovation, but they take anniversary certs and even bought us Globalist C"Y breakfast from Imperial Market!
It doesn't look like it's bookable with points, though.

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« Reply #1269 on: March 15, 2023, 02:02:35 PM »
It doesn't look like it's bookable with points, though.
Maybe for your dates, but it certainly is.
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