I got itchy to travel this winter, but I'm not sure where to go? What about a place where you can find plenty of hiking, golfing, skiing, shopping and monuments to explore? And all within a few hours drive from each other? Of course this place is Arizona, a state that offers travelers an endless range of things to do in the winter.
Fable Mountains: One of the best places for winter hiking in Arizona is the Fable Mountains, just east of the Apache Junction, east of Phoenix. They are famous for lost mines in Dutchman Mine. Legend has it that the mine, discovered by Jacob Waltz (Dutchman), still contains a large amount of gold. That is, if anyone can find it. You can be among the many who tried to find the mine (some of them died trying), or you can be among the many who go to the mountains of superstition in search of hiking. Be sure to visit Lost Dutchman State Park, where you will find a variety of hiking trails, as well as hiking in the morning with Ranger driving during the winter and spring months.
Arizona is a great place to play golf during the winter. Some noteworthy golf courses include:
Grahawk Golf Club: Located in Scottsdale, the Grahawk Golf Club consists of two golf courses, Talon and Raptor, which have received numerous awards over the years, including the "Top 100 Games You Can Play in the United States" by Golf Magazine.
Troon North Golf Club: Two golf courses that make up Troon North Golf Club: Monument and Pinnacle. Troon North Golf Club is also located in Scottsdale, and has received numerous awards, including the 21st nation's award and the # 1 Arizona golf magazine.
Is there skiing in Arizona? Why of course. Arizona not only enjoys the sun in winter, but it also has two locations in the state where you can go skiing.
Sunrise Park Resort: Located in Greer, in the eastern part of the state, Sunrise Park Resort is a 4-hour drive from Phoenix and Tucson. Owned and managed by the White Mountain Apache Tribe, Sunrise Park Hotel has 8 lifts and 65 skier trails of all capacity levels. There is also a separate ski area, a children's area, cross-country trails and a pipe hill.
Arizona Snow Pool: Arizona Snow Pool is located on the peaks of San Francisco, above Flagstaff and a few hours from Phoenix. Offering 32 tracks and 4 lifts, Arizona Snowbowl is one of the oldest continuously operated ski areas in the United States. If your snowboarding style is more, it also offers a terrain garden with bars and boxes.
Explore the ruins of Native Americans
You can plan a full vacation in Arizona from rubble to ruins, but if you're visiting Phoenix and you only have one day, be sure to drive for an hour and a half north on I-17 to Montezuma Castle, a five-storey cliff dwelling from the second century Ten was used to house the people of Senagua. It is an easy stroll on a 3-mile loop path, with a magnificent view of the castle. If you have time, take 11 miles north and visit Montezuma Well, where you can see a natural sink hole and small dwellings built into the steep walls surrounding the hole. The pelvic opening may seem like a big yawn, but it's really an interesting place to visit.
If you're going to Arizona for shopping, you might want to head to Scottsdale, home to luxury resorts, high-end shopping malls, art galleries and Fifth Avenue shops. The Scottsdale Arts District in downtown Scottsdale boasts one of the largest collection of art galleries in the country and features a variety of works of art, including contemporary, Western and Native American art.
Arizona can also claim some of the best antique malls in the country, including Brass Armadillo at 12419 N. 28th Drive in Phoenix, where you can spend hours walking through rows of antiques and collectibles. In Glendale, a small town just west of Phoenix, there are many antique shops in the city center, dubbed "the capital of the ancient state of Arizona" by local newspaper readers. Serious Antiquers will want to devote a full day to discovering treasures in downtown Glendale.
Of course, the above is just a bunch of things to do in Arizona in the winter. If you can't do everything in one winter break, there's always spring!