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May 5th, 2009, 06:59 AM
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Budget Tips for Arizona?

Hi Fodorites,

I've noticed how smart you are about being thrifty and I'd love to get your input on some Arizona-specific savings tips.

One way to save is with a National Parks Pass if you're planning on visiting a lot of parks—it's $80 for the year. If you're over 62, a lifetime Senior Pass is an amazing deal at only $10. Both are good for the passholder and up to three adults.

What are your favorite ways to save in the Grand Canyon state?
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May 5th, 2009, 07:03 AM
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Go to Tucson in July and August. Do all your activities first thing in morning, chill by pool rest of the day. Sunset drinks and watch the sun go down.
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May 5th, 2009, 09:12 AM
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Thanks, DebitNM - Summer rates in Tucson are great, and chilling by the pool on a hot day sounds so relaxing.

For golfing, I know that green fees can be lower for a twilight rate and this is another way to beat the heat.

Anyone else have other Arizona savings tips? Valley of the Sun spa discount tricks? Rt. 66 road trips on a budget?
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May 5th, 2009, 09:21 AM
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Here's a website for discount tee times in Tucson: http://www.golfnow.com/tucson. If you can deal with summer daytime heat you'll even more.
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May 5th, 2009, 10:20 AM
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We go to 5* resorts in July and August and pay under $100 a night for rooms that normally goes for $700-900.
We booked the Biltmore Resort for $80.00 for a gorgeous room in July.
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May 5th, 2009, 10:38 AM
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I should have also added our favorite Phoenix resort, Royal Palms; they have some great summer specials.

http://www.royalpalmshotel.com/

Pictures here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/DebitNM/RoyalPalms


Take a drive to Mt. Lemmon when in Tucson for a cool retreat from the heat [30 degrees cooler, great for picnic]

http://emol.org/tour/

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May 5th, 2009, 10:46 AM
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In planning for our next trip to Arizona, I visited Visitor Bureaus online. Link http://www.visittucson.org/visitor/a...ions/passport/ features the Tucson Attractions Passport. It's a $15 purchase but provides a long varied list of 2 for 1 offers or discounts in southern Arizona to attractions we actually want to visit so would be worth it for us.

Scottsdale Visitor's Bureau offers free online discounts/coupons at http://www.scottsdalecvb.com/coupons/

Sedona C of C has a $10 Sedona SuperPass, details at http://visitsedona.com/index.php?action=article&id=262
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May 6th, 2009, 07:06 AM
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lennyba and jojo46 - Thanks for the great links.

ksucat - Those summer deals are great!
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