March 1, 2013
Salsa Trail: The heat is on when you follow the Old West Highway to one of the state's most-seasoned regions. Explore Arizona's Salsa Trail, which follows the Old West Highway through Graham and Greenlee counties, and welcomes visitors for a taste of this unique corner of the state.
Just about the time Arizona became a state, a little over a century ago, "Aunt" Molly Butler opened a lodge in Greer, Ariz. In exchange for helping out with daily chores, hunters, fishermen and visitors could stay free. Eventually, "Aunt" Molly charged 25 cents for a room and meal. As Arizona celebrates its centennial, Molly Butler Lodge also celebrates 100 years as an Arizona classic.
While sitting on the patio of your casita at Tanque Verde Ranch, watching the day's final light cast long shadows over Tucson's Rincon Mountains, you might glimpse a deer ambling nearby or a bunny hopping away into the wash. The rugged mountains and alluring wilderness of the Sonoran desert are an intriguing contrast for visitors to the comfortable Tanque Verde Ranch, named a top Ten Family Vacation Destination by The Travel Channel.
Enchantment Resort, surrounded by the towering red rocks of Sedona's Boynton Canyon, may be only 90 minutes from Phoenix, but it feels as if it is a world away. The minute you leave the main road and drive through the opening to the canyon, you can almost feel the magic of the canyon envelope you. It is a place made for quiet strolls, romantic evenings under the stars, gourmet meals for two, enjoying luxury accommodations and relaxing in one of the world's best spas.
Seventy-five years ago, the luxurious RMS Queen Mary embarked on her maiden voyage across the Atlantic. After more than 30 years of dedicated service as a floating luxury palace, Queen Mary came to rest in Long Beach, Calif. You can plan a unique get-away to the coastal town of Long Beach and tour the Queen Mary for the day — or even book a stay on board and transport yourself back to that golden era of grandeur.
Being as it’s in the Sonoran desert and gets more than 300 days of sunshine a year, the area around Phoenix is aptly nicknamed the Valley of the Sun. Known for its casual lifestyle, the city yields everything from the Old West to the ultra modern, making it an ideal vacation pick for soaking up the best of the Southwest.