Spring Fling

It’s hard to guarantee much in life, but spring in Arizona is a pretty safe bet. A visit to the Grand Canyon state in the springtime is generally filled with warmth and plenty of sunshine. As an added bonus, you might just catch some Spring Training.

Baseball (pick up our Ultimate Fan Guide to Cactus League Baseball for all the lowdown on games) or stumble into the desert in bloom while on a morning hike. Here are some other worthwhile experiences to consider while you’re here…

The calm that descends upon those that ascend in a hot air balloon is not to be missed. Few can resist the tranquil beauty of a hot air balloon ride. A gourmet brunch after morning flights or appetizers and champagne after evening ascensions is included in the price with Hot Air Expeditions… and we’ve got a coupon to boot!

Outdoor enthusiasts will have no shortage of incredible passtimes. A gentle lake cruise on the Desert Belle or the Dolly Steamboat will bring fond memories for years to come, and is perfect for people of all ages. Another fair weather favorite is the Arizona Renaissance Festival in Gold Canyon through the end of March, which amazes the young and old with raucus revelry, charming chivalry and downright fun!. And who can pass up a real rodeo when visiting Arizona? The 66th Annual Scottsdale Parada Del Sol Rodeo delivers authentic cowboys and cowgirls competing in saddle bronc, barrel racing, bull riding and more.

Those overwhelmed by Arizona’s persistent sunshine should consider a trip to the world renowned Musical Instrument Museum. Not only will you love spending the day in air-conditioned comfort, but you’ll be thoroughly amazed by the global musical journey that ensues. Or step inside the iconic big top tent to catch a live performance of Cirque du Soleil.

Foodies should consult our event calendar pages for spring food festivals that range from
elegant cuisine to quirky faves. Our article on page 36 walks you through the culinary options (including resto-bars, a tea room, and authentic Italian to name a few) in the Town of Carefree (P.S. it’s as easy and whimsical as the name implies!).

And if you’re here with a special someone on a romantic getaway, check out our article on page 66 for the sweet secret spots in Arizona that inspire love. With scenery that makes your heart leap, Sedona is a perfect destination for anyone seeking a peaceful and exotic desert retreat. As the light changes, so do the incredible views of the famously colorful rock formations.

There’s truly something for everyone in Arizona: customized sightseeing, wine country, performing arts, museums, festivals, dark-sky stargazing and so much more! Enjoy your time here and be sure to visit again soon! AZ.

This year the Grand Canyon National Park is celebrating its 100th Anniversary. In honor of the Centennial milestone, the Grand Canyon Conservancy and the Grand Canyon National Park will host a variety of events throughout the year at the canyon and in cities around Arizona.

The actual date of the Grand Canyon becoming a National Park was February 26, 1919 — just three years after the inception of the National Park Service itself. Special events are scheduled throughout 2019 to commemorate this historic achievement.

For thousands of years, people have called the canyon their home. The ancestral Puebloan people left behind dwellings and other artifacts that signify their presence, and modern tribes still consider the Grand Canyon their homeland today. The important work that has taken place over the past century of preserving this natural wonder for generations to come is worthy of celebration.

In 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) as a work program for the poor during the Great Depression. The important work these companies of men completed included trail construction, erosion control, tree planting, park development and fire fighting measures; all while they too lived and worked in the canyon. The 9 years that the CCC operated were considered among the most productive and successful of the social programs during
that time period.

Throughout the centennial year, visitors can look forward to such upcoming special events as Exhibits (through September); Symphony performances (March); Storytelling (April); and FREE admission days (April 20th, and September 28th). AZ