Posted: 12/30/2020 11:38:34 AM EST
I have been working form home the last two weeks and am getting pretty restless, so I am looking for places to go this weekend. I don't mind driving a ways or to other states even so I am looking for suggestions on places to go and things to see, maybe somewhere off the beaten path or different?
I have already covered a lot of AZ and seen a lot of things. Places I have already been are:
Tucson - zoo and mission
Strawberry / Pine
Mormon Lake / Happy Jack
Phoenix - Aquarium / Museums Shopping
Head out east on the 60. Take a few hours, or the day, and walk through Boyce Thompson arboretum. When you get to Globe take the 70 south and follow the Gila River for a while. Detour to Morenci and take the mine tour or just look in the pit. If it wasn’t winter I’d say take the old 666 hwy, now called 191, up to Hannagan Meadows then loop back to Phx on the 260, but it’s cold up there and I don’t like cold.
Grand Canyon covered with snow, at night with a full moon. Just missed the full moon, but something to keep in mind for the future.
North rim of the Grand Canyon.
Lake Powell Antelope Canyon
San Francisco Peaks Loop (might not be fun in the snow) https://www.arizonahighways.com/explore/scenic-drives/san-francisco-peaks-loop
Mt. Graham and Riggs Lake - these might be closed for the winter.
KOFA National Wildlife Refuge and the palm trees
Verde River hot springs
Bearizona Wildlife Park
Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Pima Air & Space Museum
Titan Missile Museum
Chiricahua National Monument
Coronado National Memorial
Hike to Miller Peak
Hike to Carr Peak
Dragoon Mountains - Council Rocks, China Camp and China Peak, Soren Pass, Cochise Stronghold
I thought of a few more:
Lava Tubes near Flagstaff
The ice caves near Flagstaff. These may not still be open and they are dangerous as hell.
Kartchner Caverns State Park - make reservations
I think we are going to try to hit the Pima Air Museum, I didn't know there was a Blackbird was there.
The Air & Space Museum was incredible and the wife and I both really liked it. It was $16 a person to get in, we had plenty of distance and room to ourselves and we spent about 4 hours there.
[Last Edit: 1/3/2021 1:20:33 AM EST by wildearp]
[Last Edit: 1/6/2021 2:05:27 AM EST by BigMat]
Might be a drive or justify a hotel in Wilcox, Douglas, or Bisbee depending on where you're coming from
the Chiricahuas are a great place and a regular destination for us
Fort Bowie has a 1.5 mile walk/hike in that's well worth it and the National Monument itself is tremendously underrated and under traveled
I took a couple pictures last weekend, others are from previous trips
This gives an overview, the building to the lower left is the ranger station. Zooming in you'll get a good idea of the "new" fort. The old fort is off to the right.
MoH recipient. Geronimo's son is buried about 20' away.
This doesn't even begin to do it justice, it's surreal
just grabbed this screen shot from a short video, the hoodoos are awesome
[Last Edit: 1/6/2021 11:14:54 AM EST by Dace]
The Titan Missile Museum outside of Tucson is pretty cool.
Also Montezuma Castle is a fun visit.