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A primer on Phoenix and the surrounding area, including where to eat and what to see
As the nation's sixth largest city, Phoenix offers scenic diversity and unbeatable weather. Located in the heart of the Sonoran desert, Phoenix is known as the "Valley of the Sun" because it is nestled among dramatic mountain ranges from the north, south, east and west. With year-round sunshine and mild temperatures, Phoenix is a premier vacation destination averaging 300 sunny days a year and a temperature of 72°.
The Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center, home of this year's 2001 IEEE MTT-S Symposium, is in the heart of downtown Phoenix. From the convention center, you can walk to a variety of restaurants, shops, museums and theaters, including the Bank One Ballpark, America West Arena, Arizona Science Center, Orpheum Theater, Phoenix Museum of History, the Heard Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum and the Arizona Center.
The Phoenix area offers plenty for the sports fan, boasting professional teams in the four major sports -- Major League Baseball (Arizona Diamondbacks), NBA basketball (Phoenix Suns), NFL football (Arizona Cardinals) and NHL hockey (Phoenix Coyotes). While in town, be sure and catch a baseball game at Bank One Ballpark (BOB). You will not want to miss the opportunity to see the Arizona Diamondbacks play in this retractable-roof stadium. The Diamondbacks will be hosting the San Francisco Giants May 21 to 23 at the BOB. Let's not forget golf! With so many sunshine-filled days, Phoenix is the perfect place to enjoy a round of golf. The greater Phoenix area features some of the finest golfing in the nation and is home to more than 190 golf courses.
Just a short drive from downtown Phoenix is two of its surrounding cities, Scottsdale and Tempe. As "the West's most western town," Scottsdale remains Arizona's premier resort destination with world-class hotels, restaurants, galleries, boutiques and shops, including Scottsdale Fashion Square and the famous Fifth Avenue shopping area in Old Town Scottsdale. Tempe is home to Arizona State University (Sun Devils), Tempe Town Lake and the Arizona Mills Factory Outlet Mall. The city evolves around Mill Avenue, a historic street that is now a main thoroughfare lined with shops and restaurants.
For those seeking outdoor activities, the Papago Park recreation area located between Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe offers plenty of hiking trails, the famous peek-through rock landmark Hole-in-the-Rock, the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden.
Whether your interests are in professional sports, golf, scenic hiking trails or simply dining and shopping, Phoenix has it all! If you are thinking of extending your visit to include some vacation time, northern Arizona is a must see -- from the Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, to Sedona, a majestic arts community settled among the beautiful red rocks of Arizona.
We are very excited to be hosting this year's show in "The Grand Canyon State." A sampling of the many great restaurants, shopping and entertainment destinations for your visit have been provided on the following pages. We look forward to seeing you in May. Remember, it's a dry heat!
Surrounding Areas and Neighborhoods
As the third largest city in Arizona, Mesa has exploded in size since its beginnings as a Mormon settlement founded in 1878. Mesa is home to many Fortune 500 manufacturers -- including those in the electronics, automotive testing and aerospace industries. Mesa's economic strength also lies in its shopping centers. Two regional malls bring in sales from across the valley. Culturally, Mesa is home to six museums, three libraries and 11 theaters. The Arizona Museum for Youth teaches children through many hands-on exhibits, and Mesa Southwest Museum provides lessons in the history and culture of the region.
Nestled between Phoenix and Scottsdale with Camelback Mountain rising above the town, Paradise Valley is sprinkled with upscale resorts, beautiful desert plants and very few businesses. The town enjoys wonderful desert landscapes as well as magnificent views of Camelback Mountain and Mummy Mountain. Echo Canyon Recreational Area offers many scenic and challenging hikes, while the Paradise Valley Scenic Drive is ideal for the less adventurous visitor.
The sixth largest city in the country, Phoenix is the capital of Arizona and the Maricopa County Seat. Downtown Phoenix centers between Seventh Street and 19th Avenue on five streets named for US presidents -- Van Buren, Monroe, Adams, Washington and Jefferson. Here one will find the State Capitol, Heritage Square, Arizona Science Center, Orpheum Theater, the Civic Center, Phoenix Museum of History, the Heard Museum, the Phoenix Art Museum and the Arizona Center as well as America West Arena and Bank One Ballpark. These venues have brought an explosion of interest in opening businesses, particularly restaurants, coffeehouses and nightclubs that can take advantage of the nighttime foot traffic in the area.
First occupied from 800 to 1400 AD by the Hohokam Indians, this city has matured from "the West's most Western town" to a world-class city. Scottsdale is the state's largest resort destination and its quality lifestyle includes well-planned living, working and shopping areas. The city is also home to many top hotels, restaurants, shops and boutiques, as well as Scottsdale Fashion Square and the famous Fifth Avenue. Scottsdale is also recognized for its architectural and landscape design excellence, and its emphasis on the preservation of its mountain and desert areas.
The state's fifth-largest city, Tempe is in the center of the East Valley and is home to America West Airlines, the Fiesta Bowl and Arizona State University, which boasts the largest enrollment of any university in the Southwestern states. The city blends the dynamics of a high tech business center, the fun and excitement of a resort, the warmth and comfort of a residential neighborhood with the small town atmosphere of a college community. Old Town Tempe is the city's principal business district, with many of its shops, boutiques and restaurants housed in restored structures built around the turn of the century. Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe also offers a variety of shops, boutiques, restaurants and bars.
A concert venue, a museum, a sports bar and a great restaurant all in one. Cooper'stown features Phoenix's best barbeque along with live music every Friday and Saturday night with local and national acts taking the Brickyard Fender Stage on our patio. Accommodations for large groups -- from 10 to 500 people -- with a complete banquet and catering department. 101 E. Jackson St., Phoenix (602) 253-7337.
Another Pointe in Tyme
At Another Pointe in Tyme you will discover a distinctive culinary adventure. Savor imaginative creations featuring American fare. This unforgettable classic chops and steakhouse is located only minutes from downtown Phoenix. 7777 S. Pointe Pkwy., Phoenix (602) 431-6472.
Aunt Chilada's authentic Mexican Eatery serves up the best south-of-the-border food found north of the border. Enjoy our award winning salsa and the best margaritas in town! There's always a fiesta at Aunt Chilada's, located right off I-10 at Baseline Rd. 2021 W. Baseline Rd., Tempe, AZ (602) 431-6470.
Barmouche serves "real food" like fresh seafood, classic snacks and traditional favorites in a setting of dark woods and intimate lighting. Barmouche was named "Best Newcomer" by Gourmet, Best Midnight Snack by the New Times, Best Bar for Pleasure by Phoenix Magazine and Favorite Place to Dine in the Midnight Hour by CityAZ. We're open from 4 pm to midnight every night. Southwest corner of 32nd St. & Camelback, Phoenix (602) 956-6900. www.barmouche.com.
Enjoy the ambiance of a French bistro with excellent food and fine dining in either the main dining room or charming outdoor patio. Treat yourself to the high quality of offerings at Bistro 24 by starting with a top shelf Martini and a classic bowl of French onion soup before your entrée. But don't forget to leave room for dessert so you won't miss out on the crème brulee with brandied cherries or the rhubarb tart with pistatchio ice cream. A fine aged cognac or hot cappuccino will bring a glorious finish to your wonderful dining experience at Bistro 24. Located at the Ritz-Carlton, 2401 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix (602) 468-0700.
Caffe Boa is the perfect combination of charming European ambiance with fresh made pastas and reasonable prices. This hip bistro is constantly transforming its creative and exciting menu to keep its loyal guests intrigued and attract new out-of-town guests. Enjoy the serene patio with its multi-colored Bougainvillea draped overhead, the hearty portions at reasonable prices, and the impeccable service and style of fine dinning. 5063 E. Elliot Rd., Phoenix (480) 893-3331.
Capers Restaurant & Bar
Located at the Orange Tree Golf Resort, Capers Restaurant is the perfect spot for star gazing amidst fine cuisine, candle light and good company. Enjoy the southwestern twist Chef Jason Oakley gives to New American cuisine. Dance the night away after dinner with the George Hamilton Band at Caper's Bar and retire to an elegant suite at the Orange Tree Golf Resort to complete a perfect evening. 10601 N. 56th St., Phoenix (480) 443-2119.
Christopher's Fermier Brasserie
The cuisine at Christopher's Fermier Brasserie (Farmer's Tavern) is dedicated to local and regional farmers. We specialize in the best fresh product America has to offer. Most of the dishes are prepared in our wood burning oven. The cuisine is French inspired, keeping simplicity in mind. Special care during preparation enhances the ingredients, allowing them to show off their natural flavors. The menu boasts many new ideas and creations in the style of Chef Christopher Gross. Open seven days a week serving lunch and dinner. Biltmore Fashion Park, 2584 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix (602) 522-2344. www.fermier.com.
DeFrancesco's Authentic Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria
DeFrancesco's Authentic Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria. Intimate and cozy. Join locals savoring traditional Italian cuisine. Chef cooks center-stage: Il mediterraneo/pollo panini, antipasta, la Caprize, Puntanesca Pasta, Tiramisu. Open for lunch Tuesday through Friday, 11 am to 2 pm; dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 5 pm. 4117 N. 16th Street, North of Indian School, Phoenix (602) 252-9112.
Friday's Front Row Sports Grill
Friday's Front Row Sports Grill, located in the Bank One Ballpark overlooking left field, offers a unique atmosphere with great food, sports entertainment and a spectacular view -- a must see attraction for all ages. The Front Row is open 364 days a year from 11 am to midnight. Private luxury suites are available for all occasions and can be reserved by calling (602) 462-3504. 401 E. Jefferson, Phoenix (602) 462-3503.
Goldie's Sports Cafe
Scottsdale's Premier Sports Bar. Woodfired pizzas, scratch pastas and the best wings in town. Four 10-foot big screens, billiards, a game room, shuffleboard and darts. All big games shown (college and pro). 10135 E. Via-Linda, Scottsdale (480) 451-6269. www.goldiessportscafe.com.
Harris', an elegant southwestern, fine dining steakhouse. Offering an extensive selection of tender juicy steaks and prime rib. Certified Angus beef, dry aged on premises for 21 days and presented from the mesquite grill. Menu features classic cuisine, including lamb chops, pan roasted chicken, fresh seafood, live Maine lobster and hard-to-find selections; steak tartare and sweetbreads. Extensive banquet facilities; covered patio offers al fresco dining. Lunch Monday through Friday 11:30 am to 2:00 pm, cocktails from 5 pm, dinner Monday through Saturday 5:30 pm to 10 pm. 3101 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix (602) 508-8888. www.HarrisRestaurantPhx.com.
La Dolce Vita Ristorante
La Dolce Vita offers affordable elegance on the west side. Family owned and operated, this restaurant has something for everyone -- casual or business lunches, family dinners or that romantic setting for an enchanting evening out. Our elegant ambiance, fabulous food and great service will ensure you live the "Sweet Life." 15820 N. 35th Ave., Phoenix (602) 298-2233.
The Melting Pot Restaurant invites you in with its warm and tranquil atmosphere. The booths are intimate and private. Rich wood and dim lighting accompanied by smooth jazz in the background sets the mood. The food is incredible, but the Melting Pot is really a unique dining experience. Most of the meal is prepared tableside, by an experienced, knowledgeable service staff. They guide you through the menu course by course. Make sure to save room for dessert, for the Melting Pot's selection of eight chocolate fondue creations all served with a platter of fruits, cakes and cheesecake will haunt you for days. Go to the Melting Pot and dip into something different. Reservations are highly recommended. 8320 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale (480) 607-1799. www.meltingpotaz.com.
Miracle Mile Delicatessen
Miracle Mile Deli has been serving the Valley delicious "award winning" sandwiches since 1949. Mouthwatering favorites include scrumptious hot pastrami, luscious corned beef and savory brisket. Also featuring homemade daily specials, beer, wine and kids meals, too. Camelback Colonnade, 20th St. & Camelback, Phoenix (602) 776-0992.
Morton's of Chicago
Morton's of Chicago is the place for true beef connoisseurs. Morton's serves only the finest quality foods, featuring USDA prime aged, Midwest grain-fed beef, shipped directly from Chicago, along with fresh fish and seafood, hand picked produce and a selection of delicious appetizers and elegant desserts. Conveniently located 10 minutes northeast from the Phoenix Civic Plaza. 2501 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix (602) 955-9577.
Come savor the unique style of authentic Arizona cuisine. A truly Arizona experience. Chef Norman Fierros' Nueva Mexicana Cuisine offers a truly Arizona experience in a comfortable neighborhood style. The New York Times, 1999 Zagat Survey, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and many more agree that Norman's Arizona is a must try. Open for lunch Tuesday through Friday at 11 am and for dinner Tuesday through Sunday at 5 pm. Closed Mondays. 4410 N. 40th St., Phoenix (602) 956-2288. www.normansarizona.com.
Phantom Horse Grill
Taste the best of Arizona for breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Phantom Horse Grill. Enjoy your meal in our southwestern-style dining room or outside on the terraces with a spectacular view of the Valley. 7777 S. Pointe Pkwy., Phoenix (602) 431-6476.
Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse & Microbrewery
Pinnacle Peak Patio, in North Scottsdale, has been serving up hearty portions of wild west fun and cowboy cooking since 1957. Enjoy an award-winning steak and live country western music while dining under the stars. City Slickers... beware! Our no necktie policy is strictly enforced by scissor-wielding waitresses. 10426 E. Jomax Rd., Scottsdale (480) 585-1599. www.pppatio.com.
RA Sushi Bar and Restaurant
RA is one of the first rock and roll sushi spots in town and a favorite among the locals. With a wide array of fresh sushi and many cooked items, you can't go wrong at RA. The Scottsdale location has teppanyaki cooking tables. 3815 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale (480) 990-9256.
Imagine a dining wonderland that educates and entertains you. Enjoy traditional American food with a tropical flair influenced by the cuisines of Mexico, Asia and the Caribbean. Sit among the sights and sounds of lightning, thunderstorms, entertaining animatronic gorillas, trumpeting elephants and whimsical butterflies in the most realistic indoor rain forest ever created. 5000 S. Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe (713) 407-1164.
With seating for 65 inside its bright whimsical dining room and 30 more on the enclosed patio, this popular seafood establishment presents dishes in a sophisticated, forthright manner. Voted "Best Seafood" by The Arizona Republic and Phoenix Magazine in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Restaurant Oceana is open daily for dinner only, 5:30 pm to 10 pm. Reservations are suggested. 8900 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale (480) 515-2277. www.restaurantoceana.com.
RoxSand Restaurant & Bar
If you're looking for a restaurant with a wide variety of entree selections, RoxSand features several kinds: fusion, cross cultural, New American and Southwestern cuisine. The dishes are creative and original with offerings such as encrusted Alaskan king salmon or pan seared salmon drizzled with roasted shallot butter. The wine list and desserts are just as diverse as the main menu and equally delectable. Take a culinary journey to RoxSand and see what you've been missing. 2594 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix (602) 381-0444.
T-Bone Steakhouse, located on the side of South Mountain, serves up award-winning, mesquite grilled steaks and chicken plus an incredible view of the Valley lights. Voted Phoenix's "Best Cowboy Steak" nine times in a row. Just minutes from downtown Phoenix. 10037 S. 19th Ave., Phoenix (602) 276-0945.
The ample space of T. Cook's Restaurant exemplifies Spanish architecture. High vaulted ceilings with beams, tile floors and panoramic views add to the splendid ambiance of this grand Spanish colonial style hacienda. The menu is delicious and varied, including roasted duck to fresh seafood such as seared scallops. T. Cook's impressive wine list focuses on California and France. The style, quality and service of T. Cook's will make for a truly pleasurable evening. 5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix (602) 808-0766.
Named "Best Restaurant" by Food & Wine magazine in 2000, Tarbell's offers an ever-evolving seasonal menu highlighted with fresh seafood and organic, locally grown produce. Five-time winner of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Tarbell's is a neighborhood restaurant for the nation, with dinner seven nights a week in a casually elegant atmosphere. Reservations are recommended. 3213 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix (602) 955-8100. www.tarbells.com.
Wright's has a reputation for expertly prepared New American cuisine and boasts one of the most extensive wine lists in the Southwest. Wright's is also known for its soufflés and decadent chocolate desserts. Relaxed atmosphere. Serving dinner daily, brunch each Sunday and lunch Monday through Saturday (during season). Reservations recommended. Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 24th St. & Missouri, Phoenix (602) 954-2507.
ACME Roadhouse is a classically designed restaurant/bar with a multitude of entertainment options. Open from 11 am to 1 am, ACME offers live music, house mix dancing, comedy shows, billiards and much more. Decorated with deep mahogany inlays, black marble bar and nostalgic photos, ACME allows its patrons to feel right at home when they are ready to unwind. 855 S. Rural Rd. Tempe (408) 517-1818.
America's Original Sports Bar
Located on the upper level of the Arizona Center and decked with pool tables, darts, foozball and 8 large-screen TVs to satisfy all sport enthusiasts alike. The bar is stocked with 40 varieties of bottled beer, as well as liquor and snacks such as mini pizzas and sandwiches. Come visit Lil' Ditties sing-along piano bar and put in a request. One block north of the Civic Plaza. 455 N. 3rd St., Phoenix (602) 252-2502.
Arizona Center is an open-air oasis of food, shopping, relaxing gardens and rejuvenating fun. Enjoy upscale dining at A League of Our Own, Lombardi's or Sam's Cafe; casual dining at Hooters, Pizzeria Uno, Mi Amigo's and Player's. Plus night clubs -- Moondoggies, Decades, American Original Sports Bar and Lil' Ditties. Or choose to relax and enjoy a cup of Java from Starbucks at Arizona Center. 400 E. Van Buren St. #550, Phoenix (602) 271-4000.
Located in the Arizona Center, Fat Tuesdays brings a mix of casual dining and drinking with exciting nightlife. We specialize in a variety of unique frozen daiquiris to whet your whistle. The 190 octane is the most popular and carries the most kick; it's an orange flavored attitude adjuster. If something lighter is desired, try the basics: a strawberry daiquiri or piña colada will make you feel like you're right on the beach with a cool breeze in your face. Our menu offers traditional fare: burgers, sandwiches and soups, but we do have specialty items straight out of the bayou. If you are feeling brave, try a bowl of the fiery chicken and sausage gumbo. Live DJ and dancing on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. 455 N. 3rd St., Phoenix (602) 256-2444.
Have a Nice Day Cafe
Located in the heart of downtown Tempe in Hayden Square, this club's decor and music reflect the '70s, '80s and '90s. Dance the night away with disco, boogie and retro. Have a Nice Day Cafe was nominated for best new dance club and new bar for its large dance floor and drink specials. Thursday nights are Ladies '80s Nights with no cover charge. 410 S. Mill Ave., Tempe (480) 921-3181.
Jackson's on Third
Jackson's on Third located in between America West Arena and the BOB is the place to meet for lunch, happy hour, dinner and before/after your favorite sporting event. We are on the Southwest corner of Third Street and Jackson in Phoenix, the only stop you'll need to make while visiting downtown. 245 E. Jackson St., Phoenix (602) 254-5303.
Leinenkugels Ballyard Brewery
Leinenkugels is known for two of America's favorite pastimes: beer and baseball. The Ballyard Brewery is located in an ideal spot for sports lovers -- right across from Bank One Ballpark, in the plaza. Decorated with an array of sports memorabilia, including artwork by Brett Benger of local sports figures and several TVs for watching the games. Leinenkugels offers award-winning, handcrafted microbrews and a full menu of appetizers, burgers, steaks and much more! 201 S. 4th St., Phoenix (602) 462-3800.
Marjele's Sports Grill
Located across from the Civic Plaza, we feature delicious hamburgers, unique sandwiches and oversized salads. Our back room is the perfect place to hold a private party or meeting while you're in town. Friday nights feature the original hip-hop night in downtown Phoenix from 8 pm to 1 am. And there is no better place to watch your favorite sporting event than on our 17-foot big screen TV! 24 N. 2nd St., Phoenix (602) 253-0118.
The Martini Ranch offers great cocktails, live music and more. The scene there is a combination of a sophisticated dance lounge and a Southwestern bar. Come enjoy the pool room or the new band stage, where the live music is mostly local and sometimes regional or national. The schedule includes music from the '70s, '80s and '90s, and some blues bands. Keeping in step with its name, the Martini Ranch offers 30 house-blended martinis which are considered the house specialty among the other assorted tasty drinks at the bar. 7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale (480) 970-0500.
Paola's Wine Bar
Located in Christopher's Fermier Brasserie, Paola's Wine Bar showcases a wine-by-the-glass program. One hundred wines by the glass are rotated (30 each month) to highlight great wines from around the world. Paola's Wine Bar menu offers a cheese program as well as specialty platters, including seafood, charcuterie and oysters. Soup, salad, burgers, pizza and desserts are also available. A large selection of cigars and private humidors are on hand for the cigar enthusiast. Biltmore Fashion Park, 2584 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix (602) 522-2344.
Pattie's First Ave. Lounge
A sensational hot hangout in the Scottsdale area. Come enjoy your favorite music, dancing and singing (karaoke)! Order in or bring your own food and enjoy patio perfect Scottsdale weather, the friendly tradition of the Southwest and the hottest music in the city...the perfect combo! 7220 E. 1st Ave., Scottsdale (480) 990-0103.
Players Bar & Grill
Players provides a great casual sit down dining experience, complete with over 35 televisions broadcasting various sporting events at all times. American style cuisine served seven days a week with indoor and outdoor seating available. Located in the Arizona Center. 455 N. Third St. #301, Phoenix (602) 252-6222.
The Velvet Room
The Velvet Room is Arizona's premier upscale dining and entertainment establishment. It is a contemporary interpretation of the formal supper clubs of a bygone era. Experience the stunning art deco inspired design and the innovative American cuisine of Executive Chef Patrick Casey. Live performances, dancing and dining until midnight enable you to experience an entire night's entertainment under one roof. The Velvet Room also offers private dining, a cigar room, an outdoor patio and an exclusive member's only lounge. 7111 E. 5th Ave., Scottsdale (480) 941-6000.
Arizona Wing Hangar Museum
The Arizona Wing is inviting you to come and see the authentically restored World War II B-17 bomber, "Sentimental Journey." The Arizona Wing, a worldwide, all volunteer non-profit organization, is dedicated to the preservation in flying condition of the great warplanes that dominated the skies of WWII. Located at the corner of McKellips and Greenfield Roads adjoining Mesa's Falcon Field, the Arizona Wing has been entrusted with the restoration care and display of "Sentimental Journey," considered to be the most authentically restored flying B-17 in the world today. 2017 N. Greenfield St., Mesa (480) 924-1940.
Fleischer Museum features one of the most important private collections -- "American Impressionism, California School 18901930s." While the focus of the Fleischer collection is on American Impressionism, the museum's perspective has broadened with the acquisition of Russian and Soviet Impressionism from the Cold War era (19301980s). Open daily, 10 am to 4 pm, excluding holidays, free of charge, tours by appointment. 17207 N. Perimeter Dr., Scottsdale (480) 585-3108.
Millions of visitors have stepped through the graceful arches of the internationally acclaimed Heard Museum to discover the rich native heritage of the Southwest. Whether you come for an hour or stay the day, there's an exciting world waiting for you at the Heard Museum. Exhibits include "Remembering our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience" and "We Are! Arizona's First People." Open daily 9:30 am to 5 pm. 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix (602) 252-8848.
Old Tucson Studios
Built as a movie set in 1939, Old Tucson Studios offers classic western entertainment. During a visit, guests travel back in time to experience Hollywood's version of the Wild West with live shows featuring singing and dancing, thrilling stunt shows and Old Tucson Studios' legendary gunfights. "Where Legends Come Alive." Open daily 10 am to 6 pm.$14.95 (adults) and $9.45 (ages 411). 201 S. Kinney Rd., Tucson (520) 883-0100. www.oldtucson.com.
Out of Africa Wildlife Park
At Out of Africa Wildlife Park, we swim and play with tigers, lions, wolves, bears and giant anacondas. Feed a white tiger, carry "Colossous," a giant python. All programs are educational and fun, never rehearsed. If you like animals, you'll love Out of Africa. Just 25 minutes from Sky Harbor Airport. Open Tues. through Sun. 9:30 am to 5 pm. Two miles north of Shea Blvd. off Beeline Hwy (87). Turn right on Ft. McDowell Rd. 9736 N. Ft. McDowell Rd., Scottsdale (480) 837-7779.
Phoenix Art Museum
The largest visual arts museum in the Southwest hosts international exhibitions and features over 16,000 works in its collection of American, Asian, Contemporary, European, Latin American and West American art, and fashion design. Enjoy terrific shopping in The Museum Store, great food in the café, tours and more. Closed Mondays. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix (602) 257-1222. www.phxart.org.
Pima Air & Space Museum
Relive the glory and excitement of the most incredible aviation stories ever told at one of the largest aerospace museums in the world. Explore over 100 years of soaring through the skies with more than 250 aircraft on display, including President Kennedy's Air Force One, the supersonic SR-71 Blackbird and a replica of the first airplane ever built -- The Wright Flyer! At the Pima Air & Space Museum enjoy our narrated tram tour and our motorcoach tour of the Davis-Monthan AirForce Base Boneyard (AMARC), and experience the ride of a lifetime in our supersonic "Afterburn" flight simulator. Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm, last admittance at 4 pm. 6000 E. Valencia Rd., Tucson (520) 574-0462. www.pimaair.org.
Titan Missile Museum
Descend more than 30 feet underground into the ultimate peacekeeper and explore Titan II ICBM Site 571-7 for a chilling taste of the Cold War. For over twenty years, this nuclear Titan II was on 24-hour launch alert, ready for an order that was fortunately never given. Experience the thrill of an important piece of 20th century military history. Prepare for a wild experience as you simulate an actual countdown procedure in preparation for launching the Titan II and marvel at the construction designed to survive a nuclear war. Embark upon a journey through time as you explore the only publicly accessible missile complex in the world. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm, last admittance at 4 pm. Exit 69 from I-19 south and head west on Duval Mine Rd., (520) 625-7736.
Tombstone, a national historic site, home of the OK Corral, the Tombstone Epitaph newspaper of the old west, historama, bird cage, old 1880 courthouse and much more. See Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, Virgil and Morgan Earp fight the McLaurys and Clantons in daily reenactments -- daily at 2 pm. Tour Fly's Museum with its historic photos of early Tombstone and the Apache Geronimo. Visit Doc Holliday's room. Museums open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Many restaurants open daily until 9 pm. From Tucson, take I-10 east to Benson then Hwy. 80 south to Tombstone (520) 457-3456. www.ok-corral.com. *
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