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6 Days in Arizona
In many ways, Arizona's beauty is embodied by its most famous natural landmark, the Grand Canyon; but there is so much more to the Grand Canyon State than its namesake. Arizona is vast and ancient, with a history defined by American Indians, larger-than-life adventurers, and diverse landscapes. Plan the perfect vacation in Arizona in this 6-Day Itinerary
Day 1 Highlights
Held in a big grassy field at Welcome Home Ranch, at the base of the San Tan Mountains, everyone will surely have a baaawesome time! Don;t bring a mat or towel. Mat rentals are available for $5. No refunds or make-ups on classes.
Fellow Osteria & Pizzeria
Featuring a full-service menu of authentically-sourced, seriously-farm-fresh pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and salads for lunch and dinner, Fellow brings an authentic Italian osteria menu and vibe to the heart of south Scottsdale.
Desert Botanical Garden
Discover the tranquil vibrancy of 50,000 desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes at Desert Botanical Garden. Visitors can stroll through five thematic trails to explore the fascinating beauty of Sonoran Desert plant life, from towering cacti and alluring succulents to brilliant wildflowers and lush trees. Delve deeper to learn more about desert landscaping, nature art, cooking and wellness and more through the Garden’s various lectures and workshops.
Nestled on 125 acres within beautiful Papago, Park the Zoo is a wondrous place of curiosity, imagination and discovery. Featuring over 3,000 animals, including Bornean orangutans, Asian elephants, Sumatran tigers, Komodo dragons, Masai giraffes and many more — it is like no other place in the Valley!
Day 2 Highlights
Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight
Fulfill your bucket list with a one-of-a-kind experience. Experience the gorgeous scenery of Deer Valley and the Sonoran Desert vistas from up above. Bring your family and friends, and don’t forget your camera. You’ll want to share your pictures with everyone.
Yayoi Kusama Firefly Infinity Mirror Room
Have you ever wanted to run into a field of fireflies and twirl around like you're in an enchanted forest? Well, there's this magical mirror room at the Phoenix Art Museum where you can do just that. This room will make you feel like you're in a dark forest illuminated by thousands of fireflies.
Desert Splash Adventures
Your adventure flight gives unparalleled access to all of the spectacular views and dramatic rock formations that the Sonoran Desert and Tonto Basin have to offer - and all charters include our signature water landing! So pack your camera, round up your colleagues, clients, family and friends, and take this incredible journey!
It’s hard to put your finger on just one of its many attractions. But if you’re looking for a quick get-away from the city, the easy choice is Tom’s Thumb trail. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a family on a weekend adventure, it offers a must-see look at the wonders of the Arizona desert. A wide variety of people use the Tom’s Thumb Trailhead as their gateway to adventure. At the top, they’re rewarded with panoramic city views that deliver well-deserved bragging rights for months afterward.
Penske Racing Museum
Showcases an amazing collection of cars, trophies and racing memorabilia chronicling the career of one of the most successful dynasties in all of sports. Penske Racing has over 50 years of racing experience and over 500 major race wins highlighted by 18 Indianapolis 500-mile race victories.
Ride and Shoot Combo Tour
The Ride & Shoot Combo Tour is the true Arizona experience. Explore the beautiful trails of the Sonoran Desert by ATV or UTV and become an expert on a variety of firearms, with specialized instruction from your NRA-Certified Instructor. This is a combo like none else!
Compass Arizona Grill
Savor the flavors and atmosphere at Compass Arizona and dine at their iconic revolving rooftop restaurant. Treat yourself to regionally and Southern-inspired cuisine, complemented by breathtaking 360° views of the Valley of the Sun.
Day 4 Highlights
McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
Like no other place in the Valley, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve offers visitors exceptional hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock-climbing and trail running experiences on 225 miles of trails and the award-winning Bajada Nature Trail for interactive experiences on a 1/2 mile barrier-free interpretive trail.
Explore the rainforest right here in Arizona at Butterfly Wonderland! Featuring the largest butterfly conservatory in the country with thousands of fluttering butterflies, Butterfly Wonderland transports guests of all ages to the rainforest by immersing them in the world of butterflies and other rainforest animals. Live exhibits connect people to nature through a sensory experience that educates, entertains, and provides a refuge from the outside world.
This multi-level, state-of-the-art facility holds more than 2 million gallons of water and is the largest aquarium in Arizona. OdySea Aquarium offers an educational, interactive and entertaining experience for guests of all ages by combining theme-park style amusement with highly engaging presentations of aquatic life.
Fez Restaurant and Bar
FEZ Restaurant & Bar serves American fare with Moroccan Flare. With a contemporary, mid century-modern decor, award-winning cuisine and the strongest & biggest martinis downtown, FEZ is the perfect place to grab lunch, dinner, late night or weekend brunch. Beautiful large patio on Portland Park and the friendliest staff to serve you.
Come gaze across curved canyon walls. Among the remarkable geological formations of the canyon itself, the former homes of ancient inhabitants are easily evident. Along the trails you can imagine life within Walnut Canyon, while visiting actual pueblos and walking in the steps of those who came before.
Coconino National Forest
It is a paradise where deserts climb mountains to become forests, offering incredible recreation opportunities, a variety of landscapes and volumes of natural and cultural history. This mountain is sacred to the native peoples that live in the area, and its soaring profile set against a blue Arizona sky serves as a source of awe to contemporary residents and visitors. Views from the summit of the San Francisco Peaks stretch to the Grand Canyon's North Rim over eighty miles away.
Picture Canyon allows visitors to step back in time to discover remnants of Plains Indian cultures in rock art and early 20th century homestead remains.
Day 6 Highlights
Lava River Cruise
Who would think that admist the beautiful Ponderosa Pine forest in Northern Arizona we would have our very own collection of volcanic wonders? One of these wonders includes the Lava River Cave in Flagstaff, which were formed by molten rock that erupted from a volcanic vent near Hart Prairie. As the lava flowed from the vent, the outside hardened into a tube-like formation. This newly created tunnel filled with molten lava creating a fiery faucet. Once the flow was done, the cave cooled and remains a 3/4 mile-long tunnel for all of those brave enough to explore it. This 700,000-year-old formation remains a cool 35°-42° even in the summer.
Wupatki National Monument
Curious about ancient civilizations? You’ve come to the right place. Wupatki National Monument offers a glimpse into the past, where the ancestors of today’s Hopi, Zuni, and other Puebloan people built the Citadel and Wupatki pueblos in a cultural crossroads of sorts.
Cinder Lake Crater Field
NASA used this site to fake the moon landing before actually sending people to the moon. Chosen for its porous volcanic gravel, the former volcano provided a more than suitable analogue for moon rock.
Grover the Geologic Rover
This roving super-hero was built by Astrogeology engineers in 1970, from the blueprints of the ones being sent to the Moon. The only difference between this one and the LRV still on the Moon is that Grover had to be sturdy enough to work in Earth’s gravity. Astrogeology scientists used Grover to provide training and lunar exploration planning to prospective Apollo astronaut crews on Earth.