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Old 02-18-2018, 03:35 PM
 
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Let's say a 5 day weekend in early March.

If given a choice between the two, Where would you go and why?
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Old 02-18-2018, 03:57 PM
 
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Let's say a 5 day weekend in early March.

If given a choice between the two, Where would you go and why?
Well I lived in Phoenix for years and March is undoubtedly one of the best months to visit, it depends on what you like to do. Hiking Camelback, visiting the botanical gardens, Old Town Scottsdale, lots of places to eat and shop, Spring Training, and so on.

Having said that, The Keys! I love the ocean, the fun atmosphere of Key West, itís easy to see why Jimmy Buffet got inspired. You canít beat fresh ocean air and an interesting mix of people and cultures. The Keys are almost as good as a trip to the Islands.
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Old 02-18-2018, 07:17 PM
 
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In Phoenix they have this thing called spring training around that time. It causes air fare and rental car prices to go up.

I would find out it this is happening. Maybe a week or two either way and you can avoid.
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Old 02-18-2018, 08:12 PM
 
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It depends on my point of origin and how I'm getting to these destinations.

Also, keep in mind that they Keys are still recovering from Irma. Some hotels and resorts are still closed.
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Old 02-18-2018, 10:03 PM
 
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Well I lived in Phoenix for years and March is undoubtedly one of the best months to visit, it depends on what you like to do. Hiking Camelback, visiting the botanical gardens, Old Town Scottsdale, lots of places to eat and shop, Spring Training, and so on.

Having said that, The Keys! I love the ocean, the fun atmosphere of Key West, itís easy to see why Jimmy Buffet got inspired. You canít beat fresh ocean air and an interesting mix of people and cultures. The Keys are almost as good as a trip to the Islands.
I like a variety of things. Hiking, biking, eating, baseball, sightseeing, etc. Arizona has been on my list for awhile and I've been meaning to go see it but there's a cold front moving in and it looks like it is staying awhile. High temperatures are in the 60s and Florida is in the 80s for at least the next 10 days. Being more of a warm weather person, that was making me think that perhaps I should plan on going to Florida instead lol. I already ruled out Vegas as it is still in the 30s at night! I am trying to get away from that cold weather.

I never really had the desire to go to Florida until someone I knew suggested it and then I started doing the research. If I don't go on the next trip, I will have to put it on the list.
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Old 02-18-2018, 10:04 PM
 
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In Phoenix they have this thing called spring training around that time. It causes air fare and rental car prices to go up.

I would find out it this is happening. Maybe a week or two either way and you can avoid.

That's one of the reasons I want to go. But you are right, everything is more expensive.
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Old 02-18-2018, 10:20 PM
 
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It depends on my point of origin and how I'm getting to these destinations.

Also, keep in mind that they Keys are still recovering from Irma. Some hotels and resorts are still closed.
Good point
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Old 02-19-2018, 04:41 AM
 
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We were in key west back in november and found the town in excellent shape .
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Old 02-19-2018, 08:50 AM
 
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I like a variety of things. Hiking, biking, eating, baseball, sightseeing, etc. Arizona has been on my list for awhile and I've been meaning to go see it but there's a cold front moving in and it looks like it is staying awhile. High temperatures are in the 60s and Florida is in the 80s for at least the next 10 days. Being more of a warm weather person, that was making me think that perhaps I should plan on going to Florida instead lol. I already ruled out Vegas as it is still in the 30s at night! I am trying to get away from that cold weather.

I never really had the desire to go to Florida until someone I knew suggested it and then I started doing the research. If I don't go on the next trip, I will have to put it on the list.
The cooler temps might be a reason for you to put off seeing Phoenix and head to Florida instead. A friend on FB says itís been raining in Phoenix and it can get chilly this time of year. Donít go in May, it can get pretty uncomfortable.

Florida will probably rain too, but much of the state is warm and tropical. I prefer the southern part of Florida, and Key West is at the top! Let us know which one you decide on and maybe post some pictures?
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Old 02-19-2018, 09:51 AM
 
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If the beach figures at all in your thinking, Ft. Lauderdale has a nice one. Otherwise, am thinking either option would work.

Haven’t been to Phoenix but have researched it a little, and there’s plenty to do: historic houses as well as a good clutch of museums of several types. You could easily fill five days with it all. Plus you could make jaunts to places like Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, and similar spots.

Ft. Lauderdale has about 1-2 days worth of options including two good historic homes (Bonnet House, Strahan House), a nice little art museum, the Swimming Hall of Fame, and a few other odds and ends. Key West has a good three days worth of attractions. See my trip reports from a couple years ago:

https://www.fodors.com/community/uni...report-891758/

https://www.fodors.com/community/uni...ustine-891841/

https://www.fodors.com/community/uni...report-891222/
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