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Drumroll, please…. Here is the third and final installment in the Arizona Republic’s series on the Top 50 Places in Arizona. Giving credit where credit is due – please find the original article at azcentral.com

No. 10: Route 66

WHY IT’S WORTHY
Route 66 has been described as the “world’s longest small town.” Millions of drivers who have followed the route since it was commissioned in 1926 have discovered the flavor of America as this two-lane road linked early highways, farm-to-market roads and city boulevards in states from the Midwest to the Pacific Ocean. Visiting a few towns along Route 66, which generally follows present-day Interstate 40 across northern Arizona, is an easy, practical alternative to traveling the entire length of “the mother road” from Chicago to Los Angeles. Here are things to do in three towns along the route.

THINGS TO DO

  • Holbrook was a small, sleepy village in 1927 when Route 66 came to town. Tourism flourished until gas shortages during World War II. After the war, tourism and the local economy picked up again. Not far from Holbrook is Petrified Forest National Park, which includes the Painted Desert. Visitors can see colorful vistas, huge petrified logs, petroglyphs and an Anasazi ruin.
    • Details: 1-(928)-524-6228 or www.nps.gov/pefo.
  • Near Seligman, about 60 miles west of Flagstaff, visit the Grand Canyon Caverns. Explore the natural limestone caverns 210 feet underground during a 45-minute tour.
    • Details: 1-(928)-422-3223 or www.gccaverns.com.
  • In Kingman, take a walking tour of downtown. A guidebook of 27 places to see is available at the Powerhouse Visitor Center and Mohave Museum of History and Arts. Or hike or mountain bike on nearby trails, including the Camp Beale Loop Trail.
    • Details: 1-866-427-7866 or www.kingmantourism.org.

WHERE TO EAT

  • Joe & Aggie’s Cafe: A small, family-owned Mexican-American restaurant.
    • Details: 120 W. Hopi Drive, Holbrook. 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. Closed Sundays. 1-(928)-524-6540.
  • Snow Cap Drive-In: A fun little burger joint with lots of charm.
    • Details: 301 E. Historic Route 66, Seligman. 1-(928)-422-3291. Call for hours.
  • Mr. D’z Route 66 Diner: An old gas station converted into a soda shop.
    • Details: 105 E. Andy Devine Ave., Kingman. 1-(928)-718-0066. Call for hours.

WHERE TO STAY

  • Wigwam Motel: TripAdvisor.com called this motel, built in the 1950s, one of the world’s 10 quirkiest. In September, Oprah Winfrey mentioned that during her summer cross-country trip, also known as “Oprah & Gayle’s Big Adventure,” the two friends (Oprah and Gayle King have been best friends for about 30 years, Oprah says) planned to stay at the Wigwam Motel. That is, until Winfrey learned that the motel’s 15 wigwams could not accommodate her entire camera crew, so they made other arrangements.
    • Details: 811 W. Hopi Drive, Holbrook. 1-(928)-524-3048 or www.galerie-kokopelli.com/ wigwam/.
  • Aztec Motel: Newly refurbished rooms and a gift shop featuring, you guessed it, Route 66 collectibles.
    • Details: 312 E. Historic Route 66, Seligman. 1-(928)-422-3055.
  • Quality Inn: Features a corridor dedicated to Route 66 pictures, signs and other memorabilia.
    • Details: 1400 E. Andy Devine Ave., Kingman. 1-(928)-753-4747 or www.choicehotels.com.

IF YOU GO
Holbrook is 190 miles from central Phoenix. Take Interstate 17 north to Flagstaff, then Interstate 40 east to Holbrook. Stop at the historic Navajo County Court- house, 100 E. Arizona St., which houses a museum, visitor center, the Chamber of Commerce and Navajo County Historical Society. 1-(928)-524-6558 or www.ci.holbrook.az.us.

Seligman is 220 miles from central Phoenix. Take I-17 north to Flagstaff, then I-40 west to Seligman. Don’t miss Angel & Vilma Delgadillo’s Route 66 Gift Shop and Visitor’s Center, 217 E. Historic Route 66. 1-(928)-422-3352 or www.route66giftshop.com/ seligman.html.

Kingman is 188 miles from central Phoenix. Take I-17 north to Carefree Highway (Arizona 74) and go west to U.S. 60. Go north on U.S. 60 to Wickenburg, then north on U.S. 93 to I-40. At I-40, go west to Kingman. The Powerhouse Visitor Center, 120 W. Route 66, houses the Route 66 Museum. 1-866-427-7866 or www.kingmantourism.org. -Sadie Jo Smokey

No. 9: Lake Powell

WHY IT’S WORTHY
The second-largest man-made lake in America (after Lake Mead), and one of the most beautiful in the world, Lake Powell is a boater’s paradise. Bordered by sandstone canyons, the lake is part of the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which covers hundreds of miles in Arizona and Utah.

THINGS TO DO

  • There’s boating, boating and boating. There’s also camping, hiking and mountain biking. There are four marinas, two of which rent watercraft. The boating can be low-key – rent a kayak for a few hours – or upscale – go for broke and rent a luxury houseboat. Lake Powell Resort offers several lodging/activity packages that include kayaking, water skiing, boating and cultural activities, starting at about $600 for two people. A 20-foot powerboat rents for about $400 a day. Kayaks cost $25 a day, as do skis and wakeboards.
    • Details: 1-800-255-5561 or foreverhouseboats.com.
  • When you tire of boating, take a photographic tour of the haunting Antelope Canyon, led by Navajo guides.
    • Details: www.antelopecanyon.com.

WHERE TO EAT

  • The Rainbow Room: This glass-walled restaurant offers a spectacular view along with such upscale fare as sweet potato pancakes and striped bass.
    • Details: At Lake Powell Resort, 100 Lakeshore Drive, Page. 1-(928)-645-1124. Breakfast and lunch, 6 a.m.-2 p.m., and dinner, 5-9:30 p.m., daily year-round.
  • Canyon King Dinner Cruise: A 2 1/2-hour cruise with a prime-rib dinner on the lake. Tickets cost $63 and the cruise runs daily June 1-Sept. 30.
    • Details: 1-800-528-6154.

WHERE TO STAY

  • Houseboat: For the ultimate water view, rent a houseboat. Rates range from about $1,500 for three days on a boat that sleeps six up to about $12,000 for a week on a luxury craft that sleeps 12.
    • Details: 1-800-528-6154 or www.lakepowell.com.
  • Canyon Colors Bed & Breakfast: This inn near downtown Page has a pool and a grill on the patio so guests can make their own dinner. Summer rates are about $95 for two per night, $125 for three, and include a full breakfast.
    • Details: 1-800-536-2530 or www.canyoncolors.com.

IF YOU GO
Lake Powell is about 280 miles northeast of central Phoenix, straddling the Arizona-Utah state line. Take Interstate 17 north to Interstate 40 east, then U.S. 89 north to Page. Summer is the most popular time to visit. Services are reduced in other seasons. A vehicle pass into Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, 1-(928)-608-6200 or www.nps.gov/glca, costs $15 and is good for seven days. Campsites cost $6-$10 per night. - Mary Beth Faller

No. 8: Tombstone & Bisbee

WHY THEY’RE WORTHY
Though they share a region (southeastern Arizona) and a legacy (mining), Tombstone and Bisbee are on opposite ends of the tourist spectrum. Tombstone’s rough-and-tumble past appeals to the outlaw in all of us. The shoot- out at OK Corral put the town on the map and continues to draw visitors, who can watch daily re-enactments of the gunfight. Tombstone also claims the world’s largest rosebush, worth a look once you’ve spent enough time along Toughnut Street and Boot Hill. Bisbee, a quirky art town perched along cliffs, embraces its independent spirit (a popular hotel is composed of 1950s travel trailers) and vertical nature (dozens of staircases are among the fastest, and most traveled, routes in town). Enjoy the galleries, then descend into a copper mine to see how Bisbee came to be.

THINGS TO DO IN TOMBSTONE

Just about everyone stops at the OK Corral (on Allen Street between Third and Fourth streets) to stand next to the mannequins of gunfight participants. Wait long enough and you’ll see someone draw an index finger and start shooting. Make sure you see the Bird Cage Theatre Museum (Sixth and Allen streets), which was a gambling hall, saloon and house of ill repute rolled into one building. Several bullet holes remain and, according to local legend, so do the spirits of a few former patrons.

THINGS TO DO IN BISBEE

  • Queen Mine Tour: Ride into the depths of the mine, where you’ll be given a hat, slicker and lantern. A mine car takes you 1,500 feet into the man-made tunnel, where it is always 47 degrees.
    • Details: 1-866-432-2071 or www.queenminetour.com.
  • Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum: Get a better feel for mining history at this museum in a historic building. Don’t miss the second-floor “Digging In” exhibit, created in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution.
    • Details: 1-(520)-432-7071 or bisbeemuseum.org.

WHERE TO EAT IN TOMBSTONE

  • The OK Cafe: Come on, how can you resist? This cozy place open for breakfast and lunch is far enough off the tourist path that it’s a great place to rub elbows with the locals.
    • Details: 220 E Allen St. 1-(520)-457-3980. 6 a.m.-2 p.m. daily.
  • Big Nose Kate’s Saloon: This reportedly haunted restaurant is a former hotel where some of the gunfight participants stayed before that fateful October day in 1881. Now, it’s a historic place to have a beer and a buffalo burger.
    • Details: 417 E. Allen St. 1-(520)-457-3107. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.

WHERE TO EAT IN BISBEE

  • Prickly Pear Cafe: A solid selection of soups, salads and wraps makes this a popular choice with visitors as well as locals. There’s also a darn fine Philly cheesesteak.
    • Details: 105 Main St. 1-(520)-432-7337. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays.
  • Cafe Roka: Take a seat inside this brick building built in 1907 and enjoy a four-course gourmet meal by owner and chef Rod Kass. Drop by Friday evenings for live jazz. Reservations are advisable.
    • Details: 35 Main St. 1-(520)-432-5153. 5-9 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. Hours are adjusted seasonally, so call ahead.

WHERE TO STAY IN TOMBSTONE

  • Katie’s Cozy Cabins: Stay within walking distance of the OK Corral and Bird Cage Theatre. Each air-conditioned cabin has a kitchen- ette, cable TV and porch.
    • Details: 16 W. Allen St. 1-(520)-457-3963 or www.cabinsintombstone.com.
  • San Jose House: You know who slept here? No, not Washington. Even better. The town’s most famous gunslingers, including the Earps and Clantons. The adobe boardinghouse was built in 1879.
    • Details: Fifth and Fremont streets. 1-(520)-457-2392 or www.go-arizona.com/the-tomb stone-san-jose-house/

WHERE TO STAY IN BISBEE

  • Copper Queen Hotel: The belle of the lodging ball remains the Copper Queen Hotel. The 48-room hotel was built in 1902 and is considered the state’s oldest continuously operating hotel.
    • Details: 11 Howell Ave. 1-(520)-432-2216 or copperqueen.com.
  • Shady Dell: Go retro at this kitschy place, a collection of nine 1950s trailers, a 60-year-old bus and a 47-foot yacht.
    • Details: 1 Old Douglas Road. 1-(520)-432-3567 or www.theshadydell.com.

IF YOU GO

  • Tombstone: From central Phoenix, take Interstate 10 east past Tucson to Arizona 80 at Benson (Exit 303). Go south on Arizona 80 to Tombstone. The town is about 185 miles from central Phoenix. Tombstone Chamber of Commerce, 1-888-457-3929 or www.tombstone.org.
  • Bisbee: From central Phoenix, take I-10 east past Tucson to Arizona 80 at Benson (Exit 303). Go south on Arizona 80 through Tombstone to Bisbee. It’s about 215 miles from central Phoenix. Bisbee Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, 1-(520)-432-5421 or www.bis beearizona.com. - Scott Craven

No. 7: Boyce Thompson Arboretum

WHY IT’S WORTHY

Arizona’s largest and oldest botanical garden features 323 acres of trails and gardens galore, including cactus, herbs, hummingbirds/butterflies, desert legumes and roses.

THINGS TO DO

Next Saturday offers a great reason to visit. The arboretum marks the 50th anniversary of Arizona State Parks with half-price admission. Guided tours will be given from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check the Web site for more special events. The Main Trail is about 1.5 miles and takes 90 minutes to hike, but one could spend a morning or afternoon exploring side trails. The High Trail is a half-mile climb that levels off and parallels Queen Creek, giving a bird’s-eye view of the riparian corridor and towering volcanic-rock formations. Pack a picnic; the arboretum sports a serene picnic spot with tables and charcoal grills. Leashed dogs are welcome.

WHERE TO EAT

  • Cafe Piedra Roja: Inexpensive, innovative Mexican cuisine with mounds of guacamole. Locals recommend the grilled chicken and mango salad.
    • Details: 507 W. Main St., Superior. 1-(520)-689-0194. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays.
  • Buckboard City Cafe: Ample breakfasts, Western and American fare. The “Southwesty,” a burger smothered with green chiles, is a lunch favorite.
    • Details: 1111 W. U.S. 60, Superior. 1-(520)-689-5800. 6 a.m.-2 p.m. daily except Tuesdays.
  • Los Hermanos Restaurant & Lounge: Valley residents drive here just to take home the tortillas, made on-site. Folks can drink beer and shoot pool, too.
    • Details: 835 W. U.S. 60, Superior. 1-(520)-689-5465 or loshermanosrestaurant.com. 5:30-9:30 p.m. daily.

WHERE TO STAY

  • Noftsger Hill Inn: Visitors planning to stay the night might consider the Noftsger Hill Inn in Globe, about 24 miles east of Superior. This 17,000-square-foot building served as Globe’s elementary school from the 1940s through the 1980s. Now, former classrooms have been turned into bedrooms packed with antiques.
    • Details: 425 North St., Globe. 1-(928)-425-2260 or noftsgerhillinn.com.

IF YOU GO

From central Phoenix, take U.S. 60 east about 55 miles. The arboretum is near mile marker 223, a few miles west of Superior. From September through April, hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. From May through August, hours are 6 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas. $7.50; $3 for ages 5-12; free for age 4 and younger. 1-(520)-689-2811 or ag.arizona.edu/BTA. - Sonja Haller

No. 6: Lowell Observatory

WHY IT’S WORTHY

Founded in 1894, Lowell Observatory is one of the oldest research institutions in the United States and a National Historic Landmark. There are two large telescopes, including the original 24-inch telescope, for public viewing. Lowell is building the 4.2-meter Discovery Channel Telescope, which will be operational in 2010.

THINGS TO DO

Public programs are offered day and night, and include a tour of the campus, including the site of the telescope used to discover Pluto. Evening programs usually include telescope viewing, depending on the weather. A new space theater, which will feature research from Lowell’s astronomers, is scheduled to open in early spring. Consider booking a private stargazing workshop, where you’ll learn about aspects of astronomy and what’s going on in the night sky. The cost is $70 for a daytime session and $150 for a nighttime session. Book at least three weeks in advance.

WHERE TO EAT

  • Cottage Place Restaurant: Enjoy upscale dining in a 1909 bungalow. Pistachio-crusted pork chop and rack of lamb for two are on the menu.
    • Details: 126 W. Cottage Ave., Flagstaff. 5-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. 1-(928)-774-8431 or www.cottageplace.com.
  • Macy’s European Coffeehouse, Bakery & Vegetarian Restaurant: Find brownies, pies and vegan fare at this casual downtown spot.
    • Details: 14 S. Beaver St., Flagstaff. 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. 1-(928)-774-2243 or macyscoffee.net.

WHERE TO STAY

  • The Inn at 410: This exquisite bed-and-breakfast has nine units, some with Jacuzzis or fireplaces. The owners have a wealth of information on what to do in Flagstaff.
    • Details: 410 N. Leroux St., Flagstaff. 1-800-774-2008 or Inn410.com.
  • Arizona Sled Dog Inn: This rustic bed-and-breakfast features a huge fireplace, a hot tub and a sauna. The name comes from the owners’ love of huskies.
    • Details: 10155 Mountainaire Road, Flagstaff. 1-800-754-0664 or www.sleddoginn.com.

IF YOU GO

Lowell Observatory is at 1400 W. Mars Hill Road, Flagstaff, about 130 miles north of central Phoenix. Take Interstate 17 north to Flagstaff, merge onto Milton Road, turn left on Santa Fe Avenue, then turn right on Mars Hill Road. Daytime hours from November through February are noon-5 p.m.; from March through October, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Evening hours from September through May begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; from June through August they begin at 8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays. $5; $4 for seniors and students; $2 for ages 5-17; free for age 4 and younger. 1-(928)-774-3358 or www.Lowell.edu. - Mary Beth Faller

No. 5: Saguaro National Park

WHY IT’S WORTHY

This park in Tucson comprises 91,000 acres set aside as a preserve for the giant saguaro cactus, whose blossoms are the Arizona state flower. The saguaro is native to the Sonoran Desert of southern Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. The Sonoran Desert is a cactus-friendly environment with two rainy seasons, which make this one of the most lush deserts in the world and bring biodiversity to the region.

THINGS TO DO

The park is divided into two districts: the Tucson Mountain District, on the west side of Tucson, and the Rincon Mountain District, on the east side. The drive between the districts takes about an hour. Inside the park are 150 miles of trails for hikers and equestrians. No horse vendors operate in the park, but riders with their own mounts are welcome. The Cactus Garden Trail, at the center of the park, travels a paved walkway through a collection of desert plants. The Desert Discovery Nature Trail follows a half mile along the gently sloping foot of the Tucson Mountains. In the Rincon Mountain District, the 8-mile Cactus Forest Loop Drive snakes through the heart of a saguaro forest and offers an up-close look at a variety of Sonoran Desert life. The paved one-way road begins at the visitor center. Development is kept to a minimum in the park. There are no food sales, so bring a lunch to enjoy at one of the picnic areas. Each has tables, grills and pit toilets. Visitors also can explore the nearby Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which is a zoo and botanical garden, just south of the Tucson Mountain District.

WHERE TO EAT

  • Saguaro Corners: This popular restaurant is near the entrance to the park’s eastern district.
    • Details: 3750 S. Old Spanish Trail. 1-(520)-886-5424.
  • Cafe Poca Cosa: This charming little downtown restaurant has upscale Mexico City cuisine (try the moles) and affordable prices.
    • Details: 110 E. Pennington St., 1-(520)-622-6400.
  • El Charro: This restaurant, in the historic El Presidio neighborhood, is considered the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Arizona.
    • Details: 311 N. Court Ave. 1-(520)-622-1922.

WHERE TO STAY

Tuck yourself into an 1878 Victorian home in historic downtown Tucson at the Royal Elizabeth Bed and Breakfast Inn, The adobe building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Details: 204 S. Scott Ave. 1-(520)-670-9022.

IF YOU GO

To visit the Tucson Mountain District from central Phoenix, take Interstate 10 east to Avra Valley Road (Exit 242) in Tucson. Go 5 miles west to Sandario Road and turn left. Drive 9 miles south to Kinney Road and turn left. The visitor center is 2 miles ahead on the left. To visit the Rincon Mountain District from central Phoenix, go east on I-10 past Tucson to Houghton Road (Exit 275). Go 9.5 miles north to Old Spanish Trail and turn right. Drive 3 miles southeast to the park entrance on the left. The park is open 7 a.m.-sunset daily. The visitor centers are open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except Christmas. Park admission of $10 per vehicle is good for seven days. 1-(520)-733-5153 (Rincon Mountain District), 1-(520)-733-5158 (Tucson Mountain District) or www.nps.gov/sagu. - Barbara Yost

No. 4: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

WHY IT’S WORTHY

Take desert creatures such as prairie dogs and Gila monsters and put them in a nearly natural outdoor setting. Add a dose of natural history and you have the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The museum features hundreds of creature species and more than 1,200 varieties of plants and is a great way to pass a few instructive and interesting hours.

THINGS TO DO

The museum has two miles of paths covering 21 acres of desert, so bring comfy shoes and plan to spend a couple of hours wandering through the interpretive displays of Sonoran Desert plants and creatures. Most of the museum is outside, so dress appropriately. At 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, visitors can take a behind-the-scenes tour with an animal keeper. The $15 tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and children younger than 12 are not allowed on the tour. Through April 15, check out the Raptor Free Flight, which showcases birds of prey, such as the barn owl and prairie falcon. Shows take place at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. daily.

WHERE TO EAT

The museum features the Ironwood Terrace, a self-serve grill, and the Ocotillo Cafe, which offers a more upscale option. There also are a coffee bar and snack shop, and picnic area if you prefer to bring your own lunch.

WHERE TO STAY

The expansive JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa is about a 20-minute drive from the museum. Amenities include a spa and three golf courses.

Details: 1-(520)-792-3500 or jwmarriottstarrpass.com.

IF YOU GO

The museum is at 2021 N. Kinney Road, Tucson. 1-(520)-883-2702 or desertmuseum.org. From central Phoenix, take Interstate 10 east about 100 miles to Speedway Boulevard (Exit 257) and head west. Turn right onto Kinney Road. The museum is about 2.5 miles ahead on the left. Open every day. From October through February, hours are 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. From March through September, hours are 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. From September through May, admission is $12; $4 for ages 6-12. From June through August, admission is $9; $2 for ages 6-12. Always free for age 5 and younger. – Emily Seftel

No. 3: Heard Museum

WHY IT’S WORTHY
Since 1929, the vibrancy of era-spanning Native American art and hands-on exhibits has wowed Arizonans and out-of-state visitors. For artist Joe Baker, curator of fine art for the Heard, the museum’s intellectual, social and physical space, “where artists can give themselves permission to experiment and visitors can be exposed to both traditional and contemporary Native American art forms,” is worth treasuring.

THINGS TO DO
The 21,000-square-foot signature exhibit “HOME: Native People of the Southwest,” featuring the finest works from the Heard’s permanent collection of about 39,000 pieces, is a must-see. And make time for “Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience,” which revisits U.S. history “in a very courageous and bold way,” Baker said. Also for your museum “must” list: the annual hoop dance contest Feb. 3-4, Indian fair and market March 3-4, and a stop in the gift shop and bookstore.

WHERE TO EAT
The on-site Arcadia Farms Cafe serves Southwest-influenced dishes such as posole and tamales, plus soups, salads, artisan-bread sandwiches and desserts. It’s open 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. daily.

WHERE TO STAY
Several hotels are nearby, among them the Clarendon Hotel + Suites, a boutique hotel with swimming pool, the Camus restaurant and 24-hour fitness-center and business-center access.
Details: 401 W. Clarendon Ave., Phoenix. (602) 252-7363 or www.theclarendon.net.

IF YOU GO
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. (602) 252-8848 or www.heard.org. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily except New Year’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. $10; $9 for age 65 and older; $5 for students with ID; $3 for ages 6-12; free for Native Americans and age 5 and younger. Other locations: Heard Museum North, El Pedregal Festival Marketplace, 34505 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, (480) 488-9817; and Heard Museum West, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, (623) 344-2200. - Connie Midey

No. 2: Sedona

WHY IT’S WORTHY
Sedona is one of Arizona’s must-see wonders. At the end of Oak Creek Canyon, another scenic destination, the town is known not only for rock formations such as Coffee Pot Rock, Cathedral Rock and Courthouse Butte, but also for its hiking and biking trails, art galleries and spiritual-energy vortexes.

THINGS TO DO
On Arizona 179 between the Village of Oak Creek and Sedona, stop at the Chapel of the Holy Cross for an indescribable view of Sedona’s red rocks. Sedona is a mecca for hikers, climbers and cyclists, as well as shoppers. Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village is on Arizona 179 where it crosses Oak Creek. This weekend is the Golden Age Spiritual Realization New Year’s Eve Festival. The International Sedona Film Festival (sedonafilmfestival.com) is Feb. 28-March 4.

WHERE TO EAT

  • René at Tlaquepaque: An upscale restaurant in picturesque Tlaquepaque. It’s considered one of the city’s most romantic eateries.
    • Details: 336 Arizona 179. 1-(928)-282-9225 or rene-sedona.com. Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. Dinner, 5:30-8 p.m. daily.
  • Cowboy Club Grille & Spirits:
    Here’s the place where you can order rattlesnake or buffalo.

    • Details: 241 N. Arizona 89A. 1-(928)-282-4200. Lunch, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Dinner, 5-10 p.m. daily.
  • Heartline Café: You can dine in the cozy main room or outside by an open fireplace on fresh, organic food. Takeout available.
    • Details: 1610 W. Arizona 89A. 1-928-282-0785 or heartlinecafe.com. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily.

WHERE TO STAY

  • L’Auberge de Sedona: This upscale, intimate resort is within walking distance of downtown Sedona and Oak Creek. You can sip wine on a patio beside the bubbling stream.
    • Details: 301 L’Auberge Lane. 1-800-905-5745 or lauberge.com.

IF YOU GO
About 120 miles from central Phoenix. Take Interstate 17 north to Arizona 179 (Exit 298) and go northwest to Sedona. Sedona Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-288-7336 or sedona.com. - Susan Felt

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  3. Polly Wisher says:

    Lake Powell may just jump even more on the top places to see in Arizona. The Castle rock cut is opening this June!! Boaters, water lovers and wakeboarding adventurers will be excited to see the dept. of reclamation forecasts at http://www.usbr.gov/uc/water/crsp/studies/crsp_gc.txt
    I’m getting that houseboat out on the lake and doing some powerboating this summer! Woohoo!!!!!

  4. jssmsw says:

    Great post. Thanks for the info. I would also add that there are some great cruises that go through Antelope Canyon. You can also do an overnight kayaking and camping trip as well. What a beautiful area!http://blog.reserve123.com/2008/10/tours-and-activities-in-lake-powell/

  5. Jessica Finical says:

    I’ve lived in Arizona for three years now, and sad to say that I haven’t been to the majority of these places. I am very grateful though that you have made this list. I am quite the travel bug and am excited to try some of these places out. You have missed some great secret spots though… Slide Rock in Sedona, amazingly good time and right now the weather is perfect for it!

  6. Jessica Finical says:

    I’ve lived in Arizona for three years now, and sad to say that I haven’t been to the majority of these places. I am very grateful though that you have made this list. I am quite the travel bug and am excited to try some of these places out. You have missed some great secret spots though… Slide Rock in Sedona, amazingly good time and right now the weather is perfect for it!

  7. christinatoo says:

    You’re right, Jessica. The Arizona Republic (the original author/publisher of that list) did miss out on Slide Rock, but it is a terrific spot. In fact, we’ve highlighted it in our post about Sedona for Kids. Check out that post if you get a chance!