Great Weather Makes For Great Trips!


Erica Kendree, Columnist

Spring Break is just around the corner and so are many exciting trip possibilities. This time of the year, the weather is pleasant, so why not spend it outside? There are many exotic places in Arizona that are only a two to four hour drive away. Grab your family and friends and have a relaxing day. It’s time to get out your calendars and plan the dates for your fun-filled break.

Fossil Creek

This attraction is near Strawberry, AZ and is part of the Coconino National Forest. Fossil Creek includes hiking, horseback riding, fishing, swimming, and great scenery. The creek gushes 20,000 gallons a minute at the bottom of a 1,600 foot canyon. Fossil Creek is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike for its relaxing and scenic views. Many people come out to sunbathe, hike, wade, and birdwatch. From Phoenix, it takes an estimated 1 hour and 50 minutes by car. To learn more information call (928) 527-3600.

Fossil Creek- a "Jewel in the Desert"

Photo Courtesy of Coconino National Forest Recreation, Copyright 2014.

Wild West-Rawhide

Rawhide Western Town offers family fun such as attractions, rides, and games. There is a wide range of activities such as panning for gold, riding donkeys, and attending a petting zoo. Many tourists walk the streets of Rawhide while looking at the western inspired shops.  It is only an estimated 30 minute drive from Phoenix. To find more information visit or call 480-502-5600.


Photo Courtesy of Rawhide, Copyright © 2014.

Sedona Red Rock Jeep Tours

Take a ride through the scenic red rock formations of Sedona. Get a taste of the old west by listening to the history and facts about Sedona. You get a view of the beautiful rock formations as you ride around the mountain range. From previous experience, it is a great trip and it will have you wanting to go back. It only takes an estimated 1 hour and 50 minutes by car from Phoenix. For more information call (928) 282-6667 or visit

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Dolly Steamboat

The Dolly is a primary attraction for tourists visiting Arizona. The steamboat cruises the inner waterways of the beautiful Canyon Lake. While on the Dolly, you may see bald eagles, bighorn sheeps, and unique birds. Learn more about the Superstition Mountains while relaxing on the big, luxurious steamboat. They also offer a  twilight dinner cruise every Saturday night. From Phoenix, it takes an estimated 1 hour by car. To learn more about the Dolly call 480-827-9144 or visit

Photo Courtesy of Dolly Steamboat, Copyright © 2014.