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Are you heading towards Sanderson Ford for a visit to Phoenix, Arizona? Don’t get caught in the tourist traps. Check out these Phoenix trips that are popular to locals. Be sure to travel in the area’s favorite truck, the Ford F-150, to blend in even better.

 

Roosevelt Row Arts District

 

A day in the Arts District is sure to get your creative blood flowing. Take your time walking down the street and through alleyways where you’ll find all sorts of colorful, photogenic murals. There are plenty of art galleries and boutiques where you can stop in and buy a piece of Phoenix art to take home with you, too.

 

South Mountain Park and Preserve

 

As one of the country’s largest municipal parks, South Mountain Park offers some gorgeous desert hiking. Bring plenty of snacks and water so that you can make it to the highest point, Dobbins Lookout, where you’ll see an unbelievable view of the city and beyond.

 

Arizona Canal

 

The Arizona Canal is located in the Arcadia neighborhood. It’s the perfect place for a walk and some people watching, but you’ll also find some natural wonders like a waterfall and a cave. The walk will surely work up an appetite, so end your evening with dinner at the O.H.S.O. Eatery & Nanobrewery.

Just ask us at Sanderson Ford if you want to hear about more amazing local trips!

Labor Day Weekend in Phoenix

Labor Day Weekend in Phoenix

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Labor Day weekend will be here before you know it, so it’s best to start making plans now. We here at Sanderson Ford have a few recommended events to help plan your Labor Day weekend in Phoenix.

Dolly Steamboat Narrated Cruise

Explore the desert on the water on the Dolly Steamboat Narrated Cruise. The 90-minute cruise offers a unique look at the canyon walls and desert wildlife. The cruises began in 1925 and the Dolly Steamboat has been ruling these waters since 1983. Narrators will cover everything from natural facts to legends from the Apache tribes.

Sonoran Desert Hummer Adventure Tours

The Hummer H1 is a capable vehicle (second to the Ford F-150 Raptor) that can take on terrain that would leave many vehicles disabled and stranded. The Sonoran Desert Hummer Adventure Tour offers an exciting look at the natural terrain surrounding Phoenix. Several tour options allow Labor Day weekend visitors to choose the one that most interests them. Learn more about the area’s history or hear Apache legends surrounding the Superstition Mountains.

Basic Shooting Experience

Learn more about guns and shooting, then take to the range and unload a few magazines yourself this Labor Day weekend. An NRA-Certified Range Safety Officer will take your through a crash course, then put a variety of guns in your hands. Ranging from the Glock 9MM to the AK-47, the Basic Shooting Experience is perfect for a thrilling Labor Day weekend.

 

 

 

Best Ways to Celebrate Christmas in Phoenix

While Phoenix doesn’t experience the typical winter weather much of the rest of the United States sees, it is still a hub of holiday spirit. There are many events to help you celebrate Christmas in Phoenix. Here are some of the best ways to do so.

Las Noches de las Luminarias. Every December, over 7,000 luminaries turn the Desert Botanical Gardens into a softly lit wonderland during Las Noches de las Luminarias. This event draws sell-out crowds. Throughout the evening, visitors are regaled with musical performance and have the the opportunity to enjoy gourmet food. This makes it one of the most unique holiday celebrations in the Phoenix area. Adult tickets for non-members are $30 and children from ages 3 to 12 are $12.50. Children under three get in free.

Holidays at the Heard. Combine the spirit of the holidays with local native cultures at Holidays at the Heard, which takes place at the Heard Museum. This event is held on December 10th, 16th, and 17th from 6:30pm to 9pm , allowing visitors to enjoy authentic American Indian culture, such as live music and dance. There are a number of exhibit galleries and hands-on craft activities for people of all ages to enjoy as well. Tickets cost $9 for adults, $6 for children from the ages of 3 to 12, and free for children two and under.

Arizona Fall Events: Enjoy the Autumn Months

Fall is the perfect time of year to get out and explore your state. The cooler temperatures make outdoor activities a little more endurable, and a range of exciting events provides opportunities for everyone. You won’t want to miss some of these Arizona fall events and activities.

According to AZ Central, one of the most popular events this fall will be the Arizona State Fair. This event takes place from October 7 to 30 at the Veterans Coliseum in central Phoenix. You can stop by for some genuine fair food, games, activities, and shows. You won’t want to leave the state fair—plus, there are plenty of opportunities to visit.

The ArtFest of Scottsdale is also a very popular event. This takes place on November 19 and 20 in downtown Scottsdale. You can see over 150 artists from across the country, as well as local artists. You will be able to shop among fine arts collections or you can simply browse. Everyone is welcome at this event. Plus, there is free parking.

Finally, near the end of the fall season is the ZooLights event at the Phoenix Zoo. This event occurs at the end of November through the winter. It starts at 5:30pm and goes to 10:30pm, and it includes stunning displays. You will have an opportunity to see millions of lights in actions, and some animals will also be out as well.

Arizona fall events

Best Summer Destinations for Kids in Glendale

The city of Glendale is a wonderful neighborhood to raise a family. There are plenty of places for kids to go during the summer to cool off from the heat, so take your family to one of these great summer destinations for kids in Glendale.

  • Playgrounds Fun Zone: This 3,500-square-foot forest-themed playground is a blast for children under eight years old as they climb and crawl around obstacles.
  • Jump Street: This indoor trampoline parks has areas reserved for bigger and smaller children so kids, teenagers, and adults can all get active.
  • Foothill Recreation & Aquatics Center: A pool outside and gym inside, your family will find all kinds of athletic activities here, no matter what season.
  • Arizona Doll & Toy Museum: For an educational outing, share a walk down memory lane with your kids by visiting this collection of vintage play items from yesteryear.
  • Tolmachoff Farms: Known for its fall festivals, this farm is fun year-round with train rides, animals to pet, and a fun house to play in.

summer destinations for kids

Arizona Natural Wonders to Visit

Arizona is by far one of the most beautiful states in the entire nation. Arizona owes much of its enchanting beauty to the natural surroundings that can be found throughout the state. From canyons to mountains, these Arizona natural wonders to visit are sure to take any visitor’s breath away!

The Grand Canyon

One of the largest canyons in the world, the Grand Canyon attracts visitors from all over the planet. Forged by the mighty Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is a testament to the natural power of the world we live in!

Monument Valley

Some of the most famous images of the American West can be found inside the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The rock formations found here are some of the most intricate in the entire world.

Petrified Forest National Park

The Petrified Forest National Park is home to not one, but two natural wonders of Arizona. First, it contains the Petrified Forest, a collection of fossilized wood and other remnants of the ancient world. However, it also is home to the Painted Desert, a section of the Arizona desert that is composed of elaborate and beautiful colors!

Arizona Natural Wonders

What to Do in Glendale, AZ This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re still floundering looking for a fun event for you and your significant other, have no fear! There are plenty of fun and romantic events right here in Glendale to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.

What to do in Glendale this Valentine’s Day…

  • Take a romantic couple’s trail ride through the desert with Cave Creek Trail Rides. On Valentine’s, you’ll get an hour- or 90-minute-long ride, ending with a rose presented to the woman. Talk about romance!
  • On the 12th, check out the Phantasmagorical Spectacular at Alwun House, a sexy cabaret that douses the senses with fantastical lights, art, and dance.

If you want a little learning alongside the loving this Valentine’s Day, check out the Language of Flowers Exhibit and Chocolate Tasting at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, featuring treats from Cerrata Candy Co. Stroll through the aromatic gardens and learn about the ancient meanings and symbolism of different flowers, plants, and arrangements. Don’t just give flowers this year, know flowers this year!

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