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Old 07-21-2011, 09:41 PM
 
Location: ABQ
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After much consideration I have decided to fly into Phoenix in the first week of August for a nearly week long vacation. I realize that this isn't the most ideal month to be in Phoenix but I just couldn't wait any longer! I guess my main question is ideas of things to do around the Phoenix area. I'll be staying in Mesa and the only thing nailed down plan wise for sure is a D-Backs game. I'll have 5 full days in Arizona and considered going to the Grand Canyon.....but am unsure of how much time that should be given. ANy ideas are helpful.

Thanks all!
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Old 07-22-2011, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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I'd leave the GC for another trip. It's a good 4 hour drive in each direction and one night just won't do it justice. Instead, consider a drive on the Apache Trail (especially since you're already in Mesa), possibly a trip to Saguro or Canyon Lake (really quite lovely and remarkable to see cactus growing 3 feet away from a lake.). A drive to Sedona is very realistic and highly recommended. Take a jeep tour.

If you're into shopping (high end), Fashion Square in Scottsdale is hard to beat. museums? The Heard Museum is world class, and the Science museum is very well done. The Phoenix botanical garden and The Phoenix Zoo are excellent, but the heat of August will certainly make them less desirable than if you were visiting during other seasons. Walk thru the Biltmore Hotel. If you're interested in Frank Lloyd Wright, tour Talliesin (if you're not interested in FLW, skip it - you'll still get a bit of his influence at the Biltmore, and that's free.

One unusual suggestion that has never failed to please our out of town visitors. Take a trip to Pro's Ranch Market. Huge Hispanic grocery store with 5 locations, each with an entire aisle of pre-made food for take out or eat there at one of the benches. Get lunch. Get an aqua fresca or horchata. You can practice your Spanish and feel like you've truly visited Mexico for a few hours. (I think the 16th and Roosevelt location is the most fun - and would be very convenient when you go see the D'Backs. But eat in the store, not in the the attached sit down restaurant, Tradiciones. There's also a location in Mesa at Stapley and Southern.)

There are many places to hike, but the heat is hard to handle. If you must, do it very early in the morning. Carry lots of water and sunscreen ALL the time. Enjoy your visit.
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:07 AM
 
Location: ABQ
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Thank You for the response and ideas! It does seem like pushing the Grand Canyon into the time frame I'll be there would be kind of tough. I do think that I will take some time to drive the Apache Trail. The Biltmore also seems like quite a place! Thanks again!
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Southeast Valley
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In August, it's a good timie to be around water. You might check out a water park, Big Surf is one of them. Or, tubing down the Salt River is really fun, and beautiful scenery.

There are numerous casinos, if you like gambling. You might even catch a good show.

Every Thursday night in Old Town Scottsdale, they have an art walk. There is also a free trolley that will take you around the area. You'll find some great restaurants and clubs.
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Red Rock, Arizona
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Or, tubing down the Salt River is really fun, and beautiful scenery.
Tubing is a great way to spend a day in August. I'd suggest going early in the morning, they open at 9:00.

Here's some reviews, both positive and negative.

Salt River Tubing and Recreation - Mesa, AZ

Apache Trail is a beautiful drive and you can spend some time at the lakes.

Apache Trail Arizona Map | Attraction Guide AZ Tours (http://apachetrail.net/ - broken link)

Taking a trip to Sedona/Oak Creek Canyon is a great way to spend a day or two. Skip the Grand Canyon, too far.

http://www.visitsedona.com/

Taliesen West is an interesting trip if you're interested in architecture or Frank Lloyd Wright.

Tours (http://www.franklloydwright.org/fllwf_web_091104/Tours.html - broken link)

The Heard Museum is a great place to spend a hot afternoon.

Heard Museum: World Famous for a Reason

There's a lot of fun things to do. Definitely go to a baseball game.
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I've driven the Apache Trail twice since last October. Be aware that much of it is narrow dirt road along cliff edges after you pass Tortilla Flat. A few weeks ago, the road was rough, but the scenery was great. Not for those who might not like heights though. My October drive was smoother and easier than it was this July. Speed limits are 10-15 MPH on many of the dirt areas from Apache Lake to Roosevelt Dam.
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Tubing IS a great idea that I didn't think of!!!!! but avoid weekends. Remember to use lots of waterproof sunscreen and wear shoes that can stay in the water (not flip flops, which will flop away down the river.)
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Old 07-24-2011, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Tempe
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Tubing IS a great idea that I didn't think of!!!!! but avoid weekends. Remember to use lots of waterproof sunscreen and wear shoes that can stay in the water (not flip flops, which will flop away down the river.)
Tubing is fun be careful with the kids it can turn into girls gone wild really quick
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Old 07-24-2011, 12:49 PM
 
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Drive up South Mountain to Dobbins Point: South Mountain Dobbins Lookout - Google Maps
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Old 07-24-2011, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Southeast Valley
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Drive up South Mountain to Dobbins Point: South Mountain Dobbins Lookout - Google Maps
And, stop at Los Dos Molinos for some Mexican food.....or, there is one in Mesa, too.
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