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    What is there to do in the Phoenix?

    Please don't suggest golf, Grand Canyon. Also, we have no kids. I looked at the weather and looks like avg. is in the 60's.

    Also, do they sell beer at the stadium?



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    Re: What is there to do in the Phoenix?

    Quote Originally Posted by 2forISU View Post
    Please don't suggest golf, Grand Canyon. Also, we have no kids. I looked at the weather and looks like avg. is in the 60's.

    Also, do they sell beer at the stadium?
    How about the "Block Party" on New Years Eve in downtown Tempe?

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    Re: What is there to do in the Phoenix?

    If you like hiking, the area has some great ones.



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    Re: What is there to do in the Phoenix?

    Are you serious? The Celtics play the Suns on the 30th, You have The Packers at the Cardinals on Sunday. The Coyotes play the Detroit Redwings on Saturday. New Years parties after the game. New Years Day football all day long. You have museums, theaters, Arizona Science Center and the list goes on and on....


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    Re: What is there to do in the Phoenix?

    Anyone know how far it is to the grand canyon?



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    Re: What is there to do in the Phoenix?

    You can purchase beer in the stadium at the game.



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    Re: What is there to do in the Phoenix?

    Quote Originally Posted by jtdoyle1 View Post
    Anyone know how far it is to the grand canyon?
    Says just over 4 hours:

    grand canyon az to tempe az - Google Maps



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    Re: What is there to do in the Phoenix?

    Sedona is a worthwhile trip.



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    Re: What is there to do in the Phoenix?

    Be very careful if you plan to go to the Grand Canyon this time of year. That area is prone to get a ton of snow, and the access roads in and out of the park are often closed during the winter.



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    Re: What is there to do in the Phoenix?

    *Take your kids to the Railroad Park on Scottsdale Road. They will love it.
    *Sedona is definitely a must.
    *Drive to Tombstone, and see where the Gunfight at the OK Corral took place.
    *Go to the Heard Museum - probably the best Native American museum in the country.
    *Check out the shops in Old Town Scottsdale. Don't miss Bischoff's.
    *Have a burger at the Rusty Spur Saloon.
    *Go to the Tee Pee Lounge on Indian School Road for great Mexican food - try the green chili.
    *Take in a Suns game.
    *Drive up to Cave Creek north of Scottsdale.
    *On New Year's Eve - either go to the Tempe Town Party, or the Scottsdale New Year's Eve Party.
    *Visit the Native American ruins by the airport.
    *Go to Frank Lloyd Wright's "Taliesen West" in North Scottsdale.
    *Gamble at one of the many Native American casinos.
    *Have pizza and great wine at Grazie's, corner of Goldwater and Main in Scottsdale.
    *Visit Ford & Haig Cigar shop on 5th Avenue
    *Stop by Fashion Square Mall for all of the upscale stores.
    *Be sure to visit the Fiesta Bowl Museum on the Scottsdale Waterfront. Also have a lot of great info on past Insight Bowl games, including the ISU/Pitt game.
    *Go to Mcdowell Mtn. Park north of Scottsale, and experience the desert.
    *Stop by the Poisoned Pen bookstore on Goldwater in Scottsdale
    *Enjoy! And be glad you're an ISU fan!!

    Let me know if you need any more suggestions.


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    Re: What is there to do in the Phoenix?

    I'll be doing a visit to ASU's ELPS program on the Tempe campus. This bowl game is awfully convenient, since I'm looking at their grad school so closely... Already called down there today- they're open and giving tours, and there should be a few advisors or professors there to talk to me. Score!


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    Re: What is there to do in the Phoenix?

    I really like that state. So many different things to do and places to go.

    I'm an outdoors guy, so that's what appeals to me most.

    Phoenix itself is just another big city with normal big city attractions.

    ASU does have some great bars and eating places.



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    Re: What is there to do in the Phoenix?

    Do you think I could go Kayaking somewhere as a one day trip?



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    Re: What is there to do in the Phoenix?

    Thanks for all the great info!!! we are flying Southwest and leaving Saturday currently. We may leave friday and spend the day in Vegas. Should we stay and experience what AZ has to offer or go hit up sin city???



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    Re: What is there to do in the Phoenix?

    Personally, if I were traveling for the destination I'd screw the standard big city shopping, museums, bars, etc - you can get that in chicago, or whatever big city is closest to your regional area. I'd go for more of finding attractions for the Southwest flavor.

    (This idea may be a bit biased based on childhood sentiments - however the place was bought by an indian casino and has thus changed to influence my adult sentiments!)
    Just south of town you can visit Rawhide. An 1880's Western Town, Steakhouse, Saloon and Shops right in the heart of Wild Horse Pass. - Home
    It's a small old west town. Nowadays it's owned by an indian tribe/casino - which has it's pluses and minuses - They sell booze . Get a margarita or beer in a boot while walking around. They have some skits/plays that are fun to see (think renaissance fair type skits but southwest theme). Here are some quick links of the shows you could catch:
    An 1880's Western Town, Steakhouse, Saloon and Shops right in the heart of Wild Horse Pass. - Sundown Cookouts, Western Cookouts, Western Cookout, Western Town, American Western Town, Arizona Western Town, Authentic Western Town, Western Frontier Tow
    An 1880's Western Town, Steakhouse, Saloon and Shops right in the heart of Wild Horse Pass. - Sundown Cookouts, Western Cookouts, Western Cookout, Western Town, American Western Town, Arizona Western Town, Authentic Western Town, Western Frontier Tow
    The rest is kind of kiddie ride type attractions. However the casino does a variety of attractions and events there, so it might be worth looking into more as they probably have something going on over the holiday week.
    If you just go for a couple hours in the afternoon as would be my main suggestion, consider swinging by their steakhouse and the actual Casino for the evening fun.

    Sedona is very pretty scenery, but is about 2 hrs outside of town. (Half the distance to the canyon - but probably don't have to worry about snow/etc getting there) If you must see rocks, etc, that may be a trip to take.
    If Sedona is within reach, I'd also look into Montezuma Castle Natl Monument on the same trip -- an indian cliff dwelling. It's sweet if you've never been to see cliff dwellings (it's the only one I've seen myself).

    There's quite a bit of air force activity in the southwest, so of course... one of the world's largest Air & Space museums is in Tucson (2 hrs outside of town) - Pima Air & Space. Pretty neat to see. Phoenix metro also has a couple air museums if you don't want to drive far but want to see the planes anyway. Specifically, I think it's this one I've been to: Arizona Wing of the CAF - DEVELOPMENT HOME PAGE
    There's a couple others in town too - check bing! or google, and if you like thrills and have a few (heh heh) bucks to spare - look into scheduling a demo flight on a wwii plane .

    Another idea for a southwest flavor is to find a Spanish mission to tour. I think there's one around Tucson (again, 2 hrs). Though I can't think if any are closer to Phoenix... I've toured some in New Mexico I think it was, so not too sure myself for Phoenix region.



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