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Verde Canyon Railroad: Arizona’s Other Grand Canyon

Verde Canyon Railroad: Arizona’s Other Grand Canyon

August 15, 2011 1 Comment Central Arizona’s Verde Valley is a hidden treasure. With the Verde River as a natural water source, the region was settled in the late 19th and early 20th century when rich veins of copper were found in the local mountains. Although today the Verde Valley is best known for the resort town of Sedona, Clarksdale’s ...

 

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Law and Order? Tombstone Courthouse, Arizona

Law and Order? Tombstone Courthouse, Arizona

August 11, 2011 No Comments Tombstone, Arizona, is inextricably linked to the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. More than perhaps any other gun battle, that one is seen as representative of the lawless Western frontier. It elevated Marshal Wyatt Earp to mythic hero status in legend and lore, despite the fact that at the time, most of the townspeople sympathized ...

 

Gunfights of Tombstone, Arizona

Gunfights of Tombstone, Arizona

August 9, 2011 No Comments Tombstone, Arizona, is known as the “Town too Tough to Die” for its remarkable ability to survive against all odds, but many of its residents were not so lucky. The town’s history is marked by short, violent lives that ended with mining accidents, disease or gunfights. Today, well-trained historical reenactors replay some of the most ...

 

The Good Enough Mine Tour: The Source of Tombstone’s Wealth

The Good Enough Mine Tour: The Source of Tombstone’s Wealth

August 8, 2011 No Comments Like most Old West boom towns, Tombstone Arizona popped up seemingly overnight. Prospector Ed Schieffelin struck silver in the Apache-controlled mountains of southeast Arizona in 1877. As soldiers at nearby Camp Huachuca had assured him that all he would find was his own tombstone, he named his initial claim “Tombstone.” That strike turned out to ...

 

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Tombstone, Arizona: The Town too Tough to Die

Tombstone, Arizona: The Town too Tough to Die

August 8, 2011 No Comments I am a huge fan of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, a living history center focusing on the Revolutionary War era. I love the experience of walking the historic streets as reenactors draw me into the lives of the people who founded this country. Consequently, when Dad and I decided to visit the American Southwest, Tombstone, Arizona ...

 

The Bird Cage Theater: A True Time Capsule of the Old West

The Bird Cage Theater: A True Time Capsule of the Old West

August 7, 2011 No Comments Tombstone, Arizona is a lot of fun. Both professional reenactors and local residents wander the streets in full Wild West regalia, joining the tourists at the Crystal Palace for a cold beer or simply relaxing on a bench watching people pass by. Historic tours and staged gunfights bring the feeling of the Old West to ...

 

The Thing? Mystery of the Arizona Desert

The Thing? Mystery of the Arizona Desert

July 10, 2011 No Comments My love affair with travel began as a small child. Dad was in the Navy, so Mom and I frequently made the journey between Norfolk, Virginia and her parents’ home in Lakeland, Florida. When I was nine, Dad got a civilian job with the Department of Defense. Whenever we could, Mom and I accompanied him ...

 

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5 Top National Parks for Families

5 Top National Parks for Families

June 2, 2011 No Comments National Parks have delighted families for generations with their natural beauty. Offering so much to see and do, these parks are a wonderful venue for families to bond, learn and grow together in the splendor of nature itself. The parks below (listed alphabetically) are 5 of the best national parks in the United States, and ...

 

Top 10 Family Resorts on the West Coast

Top 10 Family Resorts on the West Coast

May 16, 2011 No Comments  Below is our top ten list of family vacation resorts on the West Coast of the United States.  Listed alphabetically, any one of these wonderful family vacation spots will appeal to even the most discriminating travelers.  California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington state are included in this list.  Everything from the resort’s accommodations and family features, restaurant options, on and off site recreational activities, child ...

 

Grand Canyon – The Peak of Nature’s Force, Fury and Calm

Grand Canyon – The Peak of Nature’s Force, Fury and Calm

November 24, 2010 No Comments   Few landscapes on the planet have the capacity to take your breath away like the Grand Canyon. Once you have visited this truly grand natural wonder, most everything else you’ve witnessed up to that point in your life will probably pale in comparison. At least, that has been my experience. Any tourist could reel off the physical dimensions of the ...

 

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