Destination Guide


Tucked away in the pristine Arizona desert, Phoenix is a flourishing oasis that caters to both adventurous thrill-seekers and those in search of peaceful relaxation. Complemented by a timeless natural beauty, this temperate destination is a spectacular playground featuring world-class golf, unique excursions, luxurious spas, and a wealth of dining and entertainment options. From the cool waves of Big Surf to the hottest clothing at Chandler Fashion Center, the spirit of the Southwest is ready to welcome your entire family. Escape to the Phoenix area now for a bright and sunny retreat with La Quinta!

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Mesa Southwest Museum - Mesa

Walk among a herd of mammoths, get the inside story on whales, or learn how Navajo crafts opened the doors of trade and contributed to early American culture at the Mesa Southwest Museum. From prehistoric to modern, the museum features several permanent and traveling exhibits.
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Superstition Mountain Museum - Apache Junction

Get to know the mystical Superstition Mountain range through the many artifacts and exhibits on display at the Superstition Mountain Museum. You'll learn more about local folklore and legends of the rugged 160,000 acre region at this extraordinary museum.
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Arizona Railway Museum - Chandler

All aboard! Discover the tradition of the Arizona railroad system at the Arizona Railway Museum through an extensive collection of artifacts and equipment from the Southwest and worldwide.
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Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force - Mesa

Get a new perspective on classic warbirds of the past from your seat on "Sentimental Journey", a B-17G that acts as the centerpiece of this unique flying museum. The Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force museum also features an F4 Phantom, B-25 Bomber, MIG 21, and several other aircraft.
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Desert Botanical Gardens - Phoenix

Explore the natural allure of more than 130 plant species from around the globe amidst the dramatic backdrop of Papago Park. Since 1938, the Desert Botanical Gardens have been home to a fine collection of desert plants and other beautiful exhibits.
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Challenger Space Learning Center - Peoria

Explore space as a shuttle crewmember at the Challenger Space Learning Center in Peoria. This hands-on educational experience includes a simulated rendezvous with a comet in a remarkable environment anchored in the latest technology.
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Ponderosa Stables - Phoenix

Saddle up and hit the trail for a unique perspective on the Sonoran Desert. Choose from the peaceful Breakfast Ride, amusing Cookout Ride, or tranquil Sunset Dinner Ride at the Ponderosa Stables.
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Zephyr Balloon Aerozona Adventure - Scottsdale

Catch a glimpse of Arizona's natural beauty from high above the North Valley in an air balloon. Contact Zephyr Balloon Aerozona Adenture to schedule your lift off, but be sure and do it one to three weeks in advance.
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Foothills Golf Course - Phoenix

Nestled in the contours of the South Mountain, Foothills Golf Course offers an alluring combination of open fairways and challenging greens. Golfers of any skill level will find this beautiful course appealing.
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Rockin' R Ranch - Mesa

Tradition is alive and well at Rockin' R Ranch as gunfights and stage shows illuminate the spectacular setting of this reincarnation of the Old West. Don't miss the world-famous "Rockin' R Wranglers" during your visit, and be sure to check out the shops and sample the fresh biscuits too.
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Phoenix Zoo - Phoenix

With more than 1,000 animals and a wide-variety of exhibits, the Phoenix Zoo offers an exciting world of recreation for the entire family.
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Castles and Coasters Amusement Park - Phoenix

From roller coasters to water slides, the Castles and Coasters Amusement Park satisfies the cravings of thrill-seeking adventurers. Hop on the old-fashioned carousel or challenge your friends to a game of miniature golf while you're there.
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Rawhide Wild West Town - Scottsdale

Authentic is an understatement when describing Rawhide Wild West Town in North Scottsdale. Saddle up on a gnarly mechanical bull known as 'The Widdowmaker', sit back and enjoy the ride on the back of a movie-star Camel featured in "The Mummy", or strike it rich while gold panning for fool’s gold at this one-of-a-kind desert attraction.
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Oasis Water Park - Phoenix

Dive into one of the nation's largest resort water parks featuring a massive wave pool, relaxing river, and three intense slides anchored by an eight-story high tower.
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Big Surf - Tempe

The surf's always on in Tempe. Cool off in the two-million gallon wave pool or try more than 15 slides at Big Surf.
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Night Life

Alice Cooper's Town - Phoenix

Rock has never tasted so good. Visit Alice Cooper's Town and you'll get your fill of home-style barbeque, live music, and cool drinks at this famous rocker's exciting bar and grill.
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Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre - Mesa

Check out awarding winning theatrical performances such as The Buddy Holly Story or The Sound of Music at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Mesa, just minutes from Scottsdale, Phoenix, and Tempe.
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Axis Radius - Scottsdale

Enter the realm of intense music, delicious food, and top-notch drinks at Axis Radius in downtown Scottsdale. An upscale cigar bar complements the fine dining atmoshpere of the first-class restaurant.
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The Improv in Tempe - Tempe

See some of the nation's best improvisational comics such as Joe Rogin and Richard Lewis at the Improv in Tempe. Choose from a wide variety of entrees as well from the restaurant menu.
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Hard Rock Cafe - Phoenix

Quench your thirst for rock and roll at the Hard Rock Cafe. Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the Hard Rock features Steve Nicks' black cloak and Elton John's cactus suit in its cool collection of memorabilia.
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Sugar Daddy's Blues - Scottsdale

Sugar Daddy's Blues has earned its reputation as the premier location for great food, dancing, and drinks. A variety of items adorn the menu and regular live musical performances entertain guests in a casual environment.
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Chandler Fashion Center - Chandler

The Chandler Fashion Center is an urban village featuring nearly 200 shops and restaurants in an indoor/outdoor setting conveniently located near I-10.
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Rain Bird - Scottsdale

See the finest Native American paintings, sculptures and jewelry from the Southwest and beyond at Rain Bird in Scottsdale. The gallery features works from nationally-known artists such as Joyce Dant and Marianne Millar.
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Desert Sky Mall - Phoenix

With over 100 stores, including a bilingual movie theatre, the Desert Sky Mall reflects the diversity of West Valley culture and presents all guests with an enjoyable shopping experience.
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The Poisoned Pen Mystery Bookstore - Phoenix

Specializing in crime fiction, The Poisoned Pen Mystery Bookstore is a truly unique independent dealer of new, used, and collectible books. Author signings, book discussions, and other events are frequently held at the store.
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Arizona Mills - Tempe

Visit Arizona's largest mall and find several popular stores such as Kenneth Cole New York, Last Call from Neiman Marcus, and Off 5th Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet. Restaurants and theatres are conveniently located amidst the collection of fine stores.
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Arrowhead Towne Center - Glendale

Nearly 200 retailers and restaurants welcome your at the Arrowhead Towne Center along with a 350-seat outdoor amphitheater featuring regular live concerts. You can even take a ride on the indoor carousel between stores!
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