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Jan 29th, 2013, 07:38 AM
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Day on My Own in Phoenix Area

Visiting my wife's friend in Phoenix for a few days and may have a day on my own during girl's day.

Any ideas of outdoor sights of interest in the area?
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Jan 29th, 2013, 07:43 AM
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Desert Botanical Garden is nice
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Jan 29th, 2013, 09:14 AM
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Thanks. I'll look at that.

I'm not sure why but I keep picturing something like Valley of Fire or a wildlife Sanctuary.
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Jan 29th, 2013, 09:37 AM
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Second vote for the Botanical Garden...Also the Heard Museum and South Mountain Park.

In Scottlsdale, Taliesin West (Frank Lloyd Wright).
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Feb 27th, 2013, 10:45 AM
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You could make a day or even two days a drive to Tucson. Arizona Sonoran Museum(really more like a zoo). I haven't been there but it is high on my list. Sabino Canyon is supposed to have good hiking. We are planning on going next year(2014)towards the last of March.
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Feb 27th, 2013, 11:18 AM
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South Mountain Park is great. I love the Hidden Valley loop there.

If you really want to make a full day of it, drive the scenic Apache Trail. http://byways.org/explore/byways/2058

You'll pass by Lost Dutchman State Park, Tonto National Monument and Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park (among other things). All are worth a stop.
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Feb 27th, 2013, 12:07 PM
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Tagging along...

We're also going to have a free day (until about 6 p.m.) in the Phoenix area. Is the Apache Trail doable in a regular rental car or does it require a 4WD? Is it scary?
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Feb 27th, 2013, 12:29 PM
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We did the Apache Trail- I was happy to not be doing the driving but I did see all kinds of vehicles on the road- not just 4WD. The drive to Tortilla Flat is windy but not difficult so maybe just go that far? There is a restaurant there so stop for lunch ( restaurant is unique with $1 bills stapled all over the walls) or drive to Canyon Lake and take the boat cruise of the lake- there is also a restaurant at the marina with lake views. You reach Canyon Lake before Tortilla Flat.

We went past Roosevelt Dam to some cliff dwellings which were interesting

I second Heard Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright House, Lost Dutchman for some easy hiking.
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Feb 27th, 2013, 12:32 PM
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4WD is not at all necessary. I've heard various warnings and don't really understand why - to me it's just a gravel/dirt road with some hills/curves. There is one steep section that seems to freak out people but it wasn't a big deal to me, certainly not something you need 4WD for. I've taken a rental car (compact) twice.
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