From copper to kitsch, many of Arizona’s former mining towns are finding new life as go-to destinations for emerging art and vintage shopping. Artists Sam Woolcott and Poe Dismuke operate the Sam Poe Gallery in Bisbee, a town notable for its celebration of the quirky and unique.
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There might be more well-known spas in Arizona, but few are as unique as Aji Spa & Salon at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort in Chandler. Named after Aji Mountain, one of the Gila River Indian Community’s most sacred spots, Aji is an authentic American Indian spa, featuring treatments inspired by local tribes. Arizona’s climate made the state famous as a wellness retreat, a label that continues to this day thanks to Aji and others like the following:
Along with its hoppy cohorts in Flagstaff, Mother Road Brewing Co. helped the Northern Arizona town earn fame as the Craft Beer Hub of the Southwest. Throughout Arizona, there are more than 85 breweries; rivaled only by the 40-plus vineyards vying for the state’s favorite fermented drink. Not to be outdone by their spirited cousins, Arizona's local coffee scene is also pretty strong, and growing – with nearly 50 roasters, to date.
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Small towns have a charm all their own, and Arizona’s are no different. Once mining boom towns, many found new life as art hubs or vintage must-stops. Others, like Tombstone, fully embraced their Old West heritage with family friendly re-enactments and museums. Road-trippers, take note: You’ll find a number of car- and bike-friendly small towns, including Kingman, Williams and Winslow, along the iconic Route 66.
Our restaurants will leave you satisfied, no matter the cuisine. Tucson, with its emphasis on locally sourced ingredients and heritage grains, is the only UNESCO World City of Gastronomy and home to a James Beard-award-winning hot dog (it’s that good). Even smaller towns like Cottonwood and Sierra Vista are making names for themselves and finding perfect partners for their diverse dishes in neighboring vineyards.
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Arizona has 325 days of sun and enough adventure to occupy any outdoor enthusiast on each one. Whether mountain biking in Sedona, horseback riding at a dude ranch among the cactus, or hiking any of the 800-plus miles along the Arizona National Scenic Trail, you’ll have plenty to keep your feet moving. Just don’t forget to take in the view. We have lots of those, too.
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