Ever since Clark Gable and Carole Lombard checked in at the Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix has been billed as the playground of the rich and famous. The city is dotted with luxurious hotels, indulgent spas, and championship golf courses. At the same time, there are offbeat charms galore, ranging from the Mystery Castle perched on a steep hillside in Phoenix’s South Mountain Park to the Tovrea Castle with its “wedding cake” layout as it rises from a cactus-covered hillside in three tiers. Awaken your childhood love for fire-fighters with a visit to the Hall of Flame that houses scores of old fire trucks, equipment, and the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes. Among other attractions of this city are the Deer Valley Rock Art Center with more than 1,000 examples of ancient rock art, as well as the boulder-covered Papago Park with Hunt’s Tomb, the final resting place of the state’s first governor. The Orpheum Theater, a fully restored, beautifully detailed 1929 Spanish Baroque building, is known to host concerts, musicals, ballets, and special events.
Desert Botanical Gardens
Casa Grande Ruins, Montezuma Castle, Tonto & Tuzigoot
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