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Scottsdale with Kids – 23 Fun Things to Do in the West’s Most Western Town

Scottsdale may be best known for its abundance of swanky spas, golf courses, and shopping malls. Thankfully, families will find a wealth of kid-friendly attractions here, too. As a family travel expert who spent half my childhood living in Scottsdale and then moved back to this Southwestern city with my brood several years ago, I […]

Children’s Museum of Phoenix – Tips to Maximize Fun and Learning

Kids of all ages have blast at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. Designed for young guests from birth through 10 years, this attraction offers all sorts of opportunities to PLAY. Climbing structures, interactive displays, building materials, a book loft and more add to the enjoyment of this museum. To make the most of your Phoenix […]

Things to Do in Jerome, Arizona ~ Exploring America’s Biggest Ghost Town with Kids

Residents in quirky Jerome, Arizona are proud to live in America’s largest ghost town. That’s an oxymoron, of course, because typically people don’t reside in a ghost town. A booming copper mining town at the turn of the 19th century, Jerome was once home to 15,000 inhabitants. After the mines closed in 1953, however, the […]

Grand Canyon with Kids ~ What You Need to Know Before You Go

Visiting the Grand Canyon with kids is more than staring at one of the world’s most incredible natural wonders. A Grand Canyon family vacation is all about adventure. It’s about the journey, whether by car or train (or both!). It’s about stopping along the way to enjoy the desert’s beauty and mystery. Here’s what you need to know […]

Prescott with Kids ~ Fun Things to Do in Arizona’s Territorial Capital

Prescott with kids is an adventure into Arizona’s past. Designated the capital by President Abraham Lincoln back when Arizona was still just a territory, the city embraces its Wild West history. If you’re picturing desert landscape with lots of prickly saguaro cactus, dusty tumbleweeds, and record-breaking heat, however, think again. Families from today’s capital Phoenix […]

Aravaipa Farms Inn ~ A Nature-Filled Romantic Getaway in Arizona

Tucked away beside a creek in the Arizona desert, Aravaipa Farms Inn gives couples a place to connect with nature and each other. This sweet bed & breakfast/farm stay is located on 46 acres of cultivated land. Depending on the season, guests may be invited to pick pears, apples, citrus, stone fruits or figs. This […]

Why to Stay at Four Seasons Scottsdale with Kids

I had always dreamed of staying at a Four Seasons. I have known forever about their incredible amenities for children, like goodie bags at check-in and kid-sized bathrobes. I’d read that this luxury brand provides the ultimate in customer service and attention to detail. But, I’d never gotten the chance to experience one of their […]

5 Phoenix Girlfriend Getaway Activities

In winter months, Canadians flock to Arizona like Real Housewives to Botox. Yet I, The Saucy Travel Mama and hater of Canadian winters, had never had the pleasure. I quickly remedied the situation early in the new year. I got my desert detox during a pilgrimage to this legendary region known for its restorative nature. As the […]

Hot and Cold in Arizona – Adjusting to Life in the Desert

“I am moving away from Arizona the minute I graduate and I am never, ever moving back,” I said, all red-faced and out of breath from my scorching three-mile bike ride from Arizona State University. My former college roommate recently reminded me that I told her this almost daily during my senior year of college. But here I […]

My Family Is Moving to Arizona!

My family is moving to Arizona in a few days. We had planned to go for months. And then we couldn’t go. Now, suddenly we are packing our bags. I’ve been suffering from migraine headaches and what I assume are near panic attacks due to all of the stress of preparing for the move and my […]

Exploring Nature with Kids in Tucson, Arizona

The Southwest region of America holds some of the country’s richest beauty, Utah’s majestic Arches National Park, New Mexico’s lush mountains, and Nevada’s smoking hot stretches of flat desert. Arizona likewise resides in the deep Southwest, its land defined by ranges of extraordinary mountains, cactus of bewildering variety, and powerful sun that sets the whole […]

Cowboys and Pumpkins: Halloween in Tombstone, Arizona

Holding within its boundaries a rich history of mining, gunfights, and overall spookiness—Tombstone, Arizona sits just east of the San Pedro River. The quintessential ghost town boasts all the saloons, wooden plank walkways and archaic shops that have populated Hollywood Westerns for eons, offering a vibe that tourists crave. Here’s what to expect during Halloween […]

Miraval. It’s Not About the Spa. It’s About You.

You’ve come to Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa for a reason beyond vacation. You want to find meaning, awareness, peace. You want to push yourself. You want connection with your true self, others, nature. You want what we all want—a better life. The mountains at this resort in Tucson, Arizona cut triangles into an expanse of baby blue sky […]