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Walking in a Winter Wonderland: 10 places to see snow in Arizona

Images of Saguaro cacti, sagebrush, and beautiful mountains often come to mind first when thinking of Arizona. And, of course, who doesn’t associate the desert with insane summer heat?! We have all seen the skeleton “But it’s a dry heat” joke. However, temps are actually quite enjoyable throughout the winter season (averaging 60-70 degrees with […]

15 Most Picturesque Trails in Arizona

It’s really hard to narrow down the list of most scenic trails in Arizona. Really, the entire state is gorgeous and loaded to the brim with amazing mountain and cacti scenery. Both the weather and geography vary dramatically across the state, and thus, the hikes also vary in scenic beauty. This leads to an incredible […]

Brew with a view: 10 Coffeeshops with Amazing Scenery

While most hotels today are equipped with a Keurig machine, it’s nice to get out and about and explore small businesses while traveling in a new area. Nothing starts off a vacation better than a great cup of local coffee. Today, you can find fantastic independent shops pretty much anywhere you travel. No need to […]

20+ Incredible Waterfalls to Add to your Bucket List

Waterfalls truly are a sight to behold, and fortunately, they can be found in all 50 states. While some areas like the Pacific Northwest and the Southeast are home to an incredible array of magnificent waterfalls, these gems of nature can be found just about anywhere. Whether tall or small, seeing a beautiful waterfall can […]

20 Hikes with Fabulous Mountain Scenery

Hiking is one of the best cardio activities, one of the rare few which is enjoyable at the same time as being calorie busting. Getting out on the trail is a great way to work up a sweat while also taking in the sights and sounds of nature. Planning a vacation near a great park […]

8 Easy Bike Paths with Incredible Mountain Scenery

It’s easy today to find a great bike path pretty much anywhere you travel. Former rail trails are often converted into recreational paths. Today, there are hundreds of these rail trails, with at least one in nearly every state. Additionally, beach front paths, preserves, and parks provide further more opportunity for enjoying biking in a […]

15 Bike Paths with Relaxing Water Views

Biking has become my favorite weekend pastime. It’s a great way to get out of the house, enjoy a leisurely workout, and take in some fresh air, all while having a great time. Unlike more vigorous workouts like running & tennis, biking can be considered a more laid-back alternative, especially if you pick a flatter […]

Tips for Hiking in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert

After years of hiking in the harsh desert climate of Arizona, I have come up with some helpful advice for dealing with the uncomfortable conditions. Of course, hiking during the cooler winter months is ideal. However, if you do find yourself visiting during any other time of the year, you will want to follow some […]

The Best Roadtrips from Phoenix

One of the prime benefits of living in Phoenix is the quick access to top notch vacation destinations. From national parks, to world class beaches, to the best skiing in the Southwest, you basically have access to a little bit of everything. Each weekend brings forth a new opportunity to explore some of the top […]

15 Amazing Fall Color Hikes

Fall is the best time of year for much of the country. Crisp cool weather and sunny skies, bright golden foliage, and pumpkin spice everything. The leaves transition into a colorful medley of hues, transforming the green forest into a picture-perfect fall painting. Hiking is the best way to soak in the glorious colors of […]