Arizona is a wonderful place for a visit, especially if you're a golfer (140 courses in Phoenix metropolitan
area) or an outdoors person. From the Grand Canyon to Tombstone, from Flagstaff skiing in winter to
Canyon Ranch in Tucson at any time of year, there's something for everyone. A partial list of major natural
wonders would include the Petrified Forest National Park, Painted Desert, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal
park, Canyon de Chelly, Lake Mead, Saguaro National Monument and the Navajo Reservation on the
Hopi Mesas. Wow! - is an understatement.
For architecture lovers, Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West on the edge of Scottsdale is a fabulous
pilgrimage. Under construction north of Phoenix is Paolo Solieri's Arcosanti and at Cosanti, on Doubletree
Road, you can see and purchase his famous bells. The Heard Museum is one of the finest in the country,
dealing with Native American arts, crafts and culture. Don't miss it!
The gourmet thrives in Arizona as well, with some of the finest dining in America available in Phoenix and
Tucson. At the top of our list is Janos in Tucson, the equal of a Michelin two star in France, and Mary Elaine's in Scottsdale, consistently at the top, including, if you're lucky as we were, a lightning storm
viewed through the glass, distant over the mountains. What an accompaniment to the magic made in the
kitchen. Phoenix is also the home of Fairytale Brownies, winner of competitions and a special treat
for the family.
Resort hotels, all with spa facilties, are abundant, outstanding and come in a range of price categories.
They often offer special packages, so be sure to inquire. There are comfortable inexpensive motels as well,
where you settle for a swimming pool and morning coffee. Camelback Inn, now a Marriot property, is
quite reasonable, beautifully located and possesses fine views and superb facilities, including a great spa.
If you're from the Northeast, Midwest or Northwest, the best time of year is from November through
March. Temperature is quite pleasant. Unless you love the heat (and it isn't as dry as they like to claim),
avoid the summer, even into September and early October. We hit a spell of temperature in the 90's the
first week in October. Getting there is not difficult, and if you pay attention to the fare wars or use some
form of consolidator, not expensive. We've flown Delta and America West, but other carriers are available
as well. You can fly into Phoenix and home from Tucson or vice versa, and if you have the time, fly to
Arizona, take a short, inexpensive hop to Las Vegas or L.A. and from there, back to your, hopefully happy
We hope this reminder of a fabulous destination whets your various appetites. Our Arizona contributing
editor, Sharon Solomon, nutrition and fitness expert, will be providing us with frequent updates from that
If you're going to be exercising in Arizona, mild, moderate or extreme, keep well hydrated.If the humidity is
low, you won't be aware of sweating, but you'll lose fluid. Treat yourself like a garden. Keep well watered.
If you're driving across the desert highway, and there are miles and miles of it, be sure to carry abundant
drinking water for you and your family. Auto breakdown in Arizona heat can be dangerous to your health
and your children. If back-roads are included in your itinerary, carry water for the car as well.
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