Tag archives for Arizona

The dramatic geology and wide-open spaces of the American Southwest lend themselves to UFO activity—imaginary or real—making it one of the top spots for sightings. Roswell, New Mexico, may be the most notable name in extraterrestrial lore, but there are plenty of other hot spots in the region that deserve honorable mentions. Here are five.

You’ll hear Arizonans say, “It’s a dry heat” with pride, and I’m right there with them. I would take Arizona summers over a sticky 85° with 75 percent humidity any day.

Gemology for Beginners

As I headed south from Sedona to Phoenix, I was getting ready to immerse myself in the world of gems. Not gems as simple adornment — though that’s where I began — but as powerful conduits of healing energy.

Our Curious Traveler, Shannon Switzer, is taking a trip down the Road to Wellness to uncover off-the-beaten-path places and experiences that rejuvenate mind, body, and spirit. The adventure begins this Monday, April 8th. Follow Shannon’s journey on Twitter @CuriousTraveler and on Instagram @ShannonSwitzer.

Urban Insider Annie Fitzsimmons waxes nostalgic for the festive illuminaria traditions in the American Southwest.

Painting the Painted Desert

While the chance to experience the sacred elegance of Northern Arizona’s Painted Desert is well worth a detour from the nearby Grand Canyon, there’s another incentive to visit: street art.

With the majority of the world’s people now dazzled by the urban glare, an age-old pursuit has again come into the spotlight: stargazing.

As you can tell from, ahem, Crashing a Space Station, I can’t pass up an adventure. Even if that adventure involves a helicopter, which happens to make the Top 5 List of Things That Frighten Me. But who could say no to a chance to fly over what’s considered one of the world’s wonders? Not this guy.

When I pulled up to Arcosanti, architect Paolo Soleri’s experimental town in the middle of the Arizona desert, I saw a large group of people off to one side casting molds for the famous bells being sold here. They differed in age, sex, color – all of them smiling and most of them wearing Toms shoes. Here we go, I thought – another commune.

Photos: Where You Went

Our jet-setting friends on Facebook never fail to impress us with their far-flung escapades. Here’s a taste of the places you and your fellow gallivanters have visited lately. If you haven’t found National Geographic Traveler magazine on Facebook yet, please join us. Be sure to let us know where you’re off to each Friday, or just poke around for inspiration as you plan your next trip.

There’s an axiom our family tries to live by when traveling that makes perfectly good sense in theory, but is often hard to stick to: “Less is More.” The idea is to spend more time in one location rather than rushing around from place to place trying to see and do it all. When adhered…

If you haven’t yet finalized your family’s spring break plans, chances are you might not be going to that beach resort, theme park, or cruise ship you’ve been contemplating for months now. Unless you don’t mind paying the big bucks to book last-minute deals to popular family destinations like Florida, the Caribbean, or California, you…

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Arizona and New Mexico hotels with American Indian 
connections offer cultural experiences.

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Next vacation, head West! Offering 188 road trip suggestions from Mount Hood to Big Bend and everywhere in-between, this bucket list of breathtaking journeys also offers the destination’s distance from Los Angeles and a handy fuel- cost calculator. Why not head to Arizona for a walk on The Wave? [LA Times] Celebrate the summer season…

A few weeks ago, we ran the account of National Geographic Kids‘ staffer Margaret Krauss’s Rim to Rim hike through the Grand Canyon. Well now National Geographic Books Production Manager Lisa A. Walker has just completed the same hike, but she traveled with Four Season Guides, and she shared her experience with us. Inhale. Exhale.…

Tour Guide: Into Hopi Country

Rachel Dickinson visits a Hopi village with a local guide. Evelyn Fredericks is a small, energetic woman who walks like a New Yorker on her way to a meeting, only she was nowhere near New York. Fredericks was our tour leader through her Hopi village in northern Arizona, situated in the middle of the huge,…

In what can only be called an ill-conceived publicity stunt, Il Vinaio restaurant in Mesa, Arizona added a rather strange new item to the menu to celebrate the World Cup: a burger made with African lion meat. The unusual meat was bought by restaurant owner Cameron Selogie from a USDA-regulated free-range lion farm located in…

Enchanted Sedona

Margie Goldsmith heads to Arizona in search of a vortex. I have always been skeptical of New Age miracles, including the concept known as a vortex–a location said to be  exceptionally alive with an energy flow that amplifies people’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual awareness. So when I chose to spend a few days de-stressing…

Adventures in Scottsdale Arizona

Contributing writer Jim Conaway sends a dispatch from Scottsdale, Arizona where he spent this past weekend at the Travels Classics writers’ conference. Okay, so you don’t do spiked saddle oxfords and are dismayed at the sight of kelly-green links spouting water in the Sonoran desert. I won’t say get over it but I will urge…