Once known as the wickedest town in the west, Jerome Arizona was born a copper mining camp, growing from a settlement of tents into a roaring mining community. The Mine Museum explores Jerome’s history as a booming copper-mining town. Jerome State Historic Park is home to Douglas Mansion, built in 1916 by a mining magnate.
After its founding in 1876, Jerome was at one time the fourth largest city in Arizona with the population peaking at around 15,000 in the 1920’s. The Great Depression slowed the mining operation and the claim eventually went to Phelps Dodge, who still holds the claim to this day. World War II greatly increased the demand for copper, but after the war demand decreased dramatically. With Jerome’s economy completely dependent upon the demand for copper, Phelps Dodge Mine closed in 1953. The remaining population of around 50 to 100 people promoted the town as a historic ghost town.
In 1967 Jerome was designated a National Historic District by the federal government.
Jerome is a tourist but more specifically, an artist hub, with a population of around 450 people. Jerome resides above what was once the largest copper mine in Arizona which was producing an astonishing 3 million pounds of copper per month.
Today the mines may be silent, but Jerome has found new life as the largest ghost town in America. Once a thriving mining camp full of miners, bootleggers, gamblers, and prostitutes, now a bustling tourist destination full of artists, musicians, and gift shops.
The spirits of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and the Clanton Brothers live on in the authentic old west town of Tombstone, home of Boothill Graveyard, the Birdcage Theatre, and the O.K. Corral.
Fan of old Wild West films? Then there’s no doubt you’re already familiar with Tombstone and the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
Come walk the wooden boardwalks along the dusty main drag in the real mining town of Tombstone instead of walking in the footsteps of Kurt Russell on some fake Hollywood set. We are looking at you California.
After getting its start as a silver mining claim in the late 1870s, the settlement grew along with its Tough Nut Mine, becoming a bustling boomtown of the Wild West. From opera and theater to dance halls and brothels, Tombstone offered much-needed entertainment to the miners after a long shift in the black underground. In 1886, the mines flooded and hit rock bottom, and the miners moved on to the next town of hope.
But this “Town Too Tough to Die” didn’t earn its nickname name for nothing.
Now a tourist hotspot, you can still hang up your cowboy hat and dust off your chaps in the numerous saloons, restaurants, and shops that line Allen Street – each building with its own story to tell. Begin your tour at the old Tombstone Courthouse, now a museum, and be a part of the action with live reenactments of the shootouts that made the town famous held on every corner – the most notable at the iconic O.K. Corral
With more than 300 days of sunshine a year — and a unique mix of waters, rugged mountains, and tons of fun — it’s hard to stay inside.
Everywhere you look, adventure seekers are hiking, biking, boating, fishing, golfing, offroading, shopping, dining and enjoying seasonal events.
Lake Havasu City by the numbers:
An outdoor adventure destination like no other.
Gnarly Mountain Biking — Clean air, clear skies, and plenty of open places make Lake Havasu City a mountain biking favorite. With mountainous terrains and numerous trails, the adventure seeker will be challenged. On the other hand, rolling-desert paths are great for those looking for a simple, recreational ride — Stunning views will accompany either type.
A Boater’s Dreamland — Known as Arizona’s “West Coast” and home of the famous London Bridge, Lake Havasu is one of America’s best boating lakes. Warm, clear waters, & 60 miles of lake and river waterways, make Lake Havasu the ultimate landing spot for fishermen, water recreationists, beach goers and swimmers alike. Unlike other lakes, Havasu remains at a near constant water elevation, providing boaters with ideal and safe conditions year-round.
A “Top-Rated Fishing Destination in the U.S.” — Lake Havasu is home to an abundance of largemouth bass, striped bass, bluegill, channel catfish, crappies, and flathead catfish. It consistently ranks as a top bass fishing lake in the western United States. Shore, kayak,or boat anglers of all ages and abilities are invited to search Havasu waters for the next big catch. State records include a 6.4-ounce smallmouth bass, a 42-pound carp, and a 5-pound redear sunfish!
Watersports Haven — No doubt about it, Lake Havasu is a top destination for watersports. Come enjoy adventures aboard a kayak, waterski, wakeboard, wakesurf board, paddleboard and more. Scuba divers can explore numerous underwater dive sites with many fascinating attractions. There are plenty of watersports rentals, so come Play Like You Mean It® for the best outdoor adventures in Arizona.
Lakeside Golfing — Nothing can beat golfing in Lake Havasu City, where you’re surrounded by sun-painted rock formations and the shimmering waters of Lake Havasu and the Colorado River.
Endless Off-Roading —Lake Havasu City is one of the-most popular off-roading destinations in Arizona, with more than 20 different networks of off-road trails for the ultimate Arizona outdoor adventures. Explore sand dunes, canyons, and open desert — including the epic 750-mile Arizona Peace Trail.
Beach Bums Welcome — Lake Havasu and the nearby stretches of the Colorado River are known as Arizona’s “West Coast”, with the best beaches in the state. There’s a multitude of hidden, boat-in coves and beaches — along with lots of public beaches within walking distance to hotels. Many beaches have amenities such as barbecue grills, portable restrooms, and shaded picnic tables for all-day beach fun in the sun.
Wellbeing — The Lake Havasu City area is home to the newest-discovered vortexes in Arizona. Explore these easily-accessible meditation sites to see if they help you experience a new sense of wellbeing.
Year-round Events — Catch the thrills from the sidelines at the Annual IJSBA World Finals, Relics & Rods Run to the Sun, and Festival of Lights. Or get into the action at the Annual Chillin’-n-Swillin’ Beer Festival and Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair. Lake Havasu City hosts exciting, year-round events that embrace the sun, warm weather, and scenic landscape of Arizona’s premier outdoor adventure destination.
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Phoenix Travel Tips
The city of limitless possibilities
Mesa. The largest suburb in the United States of America. (We just blew your mind right!?)
Probably not going to get you to visit just with that designation though, right? Well, read on to find out exactly why you should put Mesa on your list of gotta visit places on your next trip to Arizona.
Wind Cave Trail: At only 1.6 miles, this hike is accessible to toddlers as well as too old to have been a toddler in the last 80 years. Don’t miss the fantastic wild flowers scattered throughout the hike.
Salt River Tubing: Yup, nothing as attractive as water in the desert. Floating the Salt River has become a bit of a floating party with a variety of events scheduled each year that range from Mardi Gras Magic to Pirates on the Salt River.
Rockin’ R Ranch: Bring the old west back to life in this 1880s replica of an old west town. Everything you need to travel back in time to the days of the gun toating sheriffs and real live outlaws. With live music, an opportunity to pan for gold, and even a reenactment of an old west gunfight. Oh yeah, did I mention an all-you-can eat BBQ?
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Sedona Arizona | A Visitors Guide to Sedona
Truly like no other place on earth
The majestic crimson rock formations and iconic red rocks of Sedona, will take your breath away.
This area is known for the energy it radiates. Simply put – there is no other place on earth like Sedona Arizona.
Get some of the red earth on your hiking boots on any of the countless hiking trails ranging from leisurely jaunts to long, challenging backpacking treks. Be inspired by the impressive artwork housed in Sedona’s art galleries. Try something new such as walking through a labyrinth, getting your aura photographed, or indulging in a massage that will get every kink and pain out of your body.
It is no wonder that Sedona Arizona is considered “The Most Beautiful Place on Earth.”
Now is the time to experience everything firsthand, from hiking, and fine dining, to art galleries, and personal enrichment, Sedona has so much to fill each day of your stay.
Sedona Arizona may not have something for everyone, but it definitley tries. Well known for its surrounding red-rock landscape, Sedona also plays host to a vibrent arts community and a fair share of luxurious spas. But, be careful planning a trip to Sedona, you may fall in love with this place and never leave.
A Visitors Guide to Sedona Arizona
– Hiking trails
– Pink jeep tours
– Mountain biking
– Oak Creek Canyon
– The Vortexes
– Red Rock Scenic Byway
– Chapel of the Holy Cross
– Red Rock State Park
– Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village
– Sedona Spas
– Palatki and Honanki Heritage Site
– Slide Rock State Park
– Amitabha Stupa & Peace Park
– Devil’s Bridge Trail
– Star gazing
– Boynton Canyon Trail
– Cathedral Rock Trail
– Montezuma Castle National Monument
– Sedona Heritage Museum
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Located in the high country mountains of northern Arizona, Flagstaff’s four seasons are enviable by many.
Summer temperatures average in the low 80s with blue skies and crisp mountain air, while winter adventures await in Arizona’s officially designated winter wonderland with an average of 108″ of snowfall downtown.
Quaking aspen and foliage offer hues of reds and purples in the fall, while spring offers the breathtaking beauty of blooms in the world’s largest contiguous emerald green ponderosa pine forest.
When you think of Arizona, images of the desert, red rock, and cacti probably come to mind. What you may not know is that Flagstaff is quite the opposite. Surrounded by ski hills, volcanoes, and pine trees, you wouldn’t know that Arizona’s desert regions are only a short drive away.
About 6,900 feet in elevation, Flagstaff’s cool climate is a welcome change of pace if you’re looking to get out of the desert and its sweltering heat. Snow-covered during much of the winter, the Flagstaff area is replete with fun activities (even skiing!) unavailable in most of Arizona.
A great place to explore the outdoors at any time of the year, Flagstaff has a lot to offer. Whether it be hiking, biking, skiing, exploring Native American sites or perusing local museums, Flagstaff is a prized gem among Arizona’s regions.
Plan to use Flagstaff as your home base to explore some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Flagstaff city is only 80 miles from the Grand Canyon and close to seven National Parks and Monuments.
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What’s in the middle of the desert? Cactus, cowboys, and cut ya to the core scalding heat? That’s what yer thinkin’, but you would be sorely mistaken, pardner. The abundance of life and luxury in Phoenix will put that bleak desert paradigm into a whole new perspective. Phoenix Arizona boasts over 1.6 million people and those residents are anything but bored. Whether you are into sports, animals, the arts, the outdoors, or the luxuries found in a world-class spa, Phoenix Arizona has something for you.
Oh yeah, and the weather. Not many places can boast almost 300 days of sunshine every year. That’s right, it’s gonna be a bright, bright, bright, bright sunshiny day!
While in town, make sure to check out these unique art attractions: – Musical Instrument Museum – Phoenix Art Museum – Heard Museum – Taliesin West – Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park
The desert has some hidden wonders you’ve got to explore. These outdoor attractions should definitely find a spot in your itinerary: – Camelback Mountain – Papago Park – Desert Botanical Garden – Phoenix Zoo – South Mountain Park and Preserve – World-class golf courses
Spas for days Sports – Home to the Phoenix Suns (basketball), Phoenix Coyotes (hockey), Arizona Cardinals (football) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (baseball)
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