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Phoenix Arizona 2010

by Joan Cole


Central Phoenix and South Mountain Mesa, Usery Mountain, and Superstition Mountains Northwest Valley and Scottsdale

Central Phoenix and South Mountain

Monday Night we have dinner with Sunny

Start the day with the Desert Botanical Garden or the Phoenix Zoo.

G - Desert Botanical $15 / $13.50 / $5 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. | 7 a.m. for members, wed & sun 1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008 Trip Advisor Reviews

F - Phoenix Zoo Adults $18, Children $9 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (daily) 455 North Galvin Parkway Phoenix, AZ 85008 Trip Advisor Reviews

Do we care to see the Mystery Castle?

E - Mystery Castle What When Where Trip Advisor Reviews

In the afternoon, do a downtown museum

B - Arizona Mining & Mineral Museum Over 3,000 minerals, rocks, fossils and mining artifacts are on exhibit. Highlighting the collection are the colorful minerals from Arizona's copper mines. Among the spectacular individual specimens on display are an eight-foot specimen of native copper, a large quartz geode - each half weighing 240 pounds, rocks from the first Moon landing, and a fragment of Meteor Crater's meteorite weighing 206 pounds. Exhibits of special interest encompass cases devoted to the lapidary arts featuring cabochons made of minerals from throughout Arizona, faceted gemstones, carved semi-precious bowls and spheres, well-known Arizona specimen localities, displays on mineral crystal systems, habits, causes of color, fulgarites, and fluorescent minerals. Monday - Friday 8:00 - 5:00 Saturday 11:00 - 4:00 Museum Only. 1502 West Washington, Phoenix; 1 mile west of downtown. Trip Advisor Reviews Call and see if Tim can get the Webelos Scout activity tour: "It's offered most weekday afternoons after 2:00 p.m. or most any Saturday." Shirley Coté 602-771-1611 Print the activity sheet and bring along

C - Wells Fargo History Museum Monday-Friday 9-5 and admission is FREE 145 W Adams St (Parking garage located off 1st avenue) Trip Advisor Reviews

D - Museo Chicano The Chicano Museum in Phoenix is Arizona's first Latino museum. Artwork that highlights the Chicano heritage is the highlight of Museo Chicano. Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. 147 E Adams St Trip Advisor Reviews

Mesa, Usery Mountain, and Superstition Mountains

Mesa is an hour from El Mirage according to Mapquest. If we want to go all the way to Tortilla Flat, that's another hour yet. Unless we really want to do it, we are probably better off doing Goldfield than Tortilla Flat. I definitely want to visit Kay's Mountain. Can't do Mesa Museum on Monday.

Arizona Museum of Natural History (Mesa Southwest Museum) The Arizona Museum of Natural History is your place for dinosaurs that roar and much more. The valley’s only natural history museum has the best dinosaurs in town, a history courtyard where visitors pan for gold, a native peoples’ gallery includes a replica village and pottery. Where else can you see a flash flood cascading down a three-story mountain inside a museum? See Tom the soft-shelled turtle and a live Gila monster. Experience a real territorial jail, pan for gold in the History Courtyard, and wend your way through the Lost Dutchman’s Mine. 53 N. Macdonald Mesa, AZ 85201 Phone: 480-644-3283 Open: Tuesdays - Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays Closed (One block north of Main Street in downtown Mesa. Take US 60 or 202 to Country Club Drive, go to Main Street, and proceed one-half mile east to Macdonald)

Kay's Mountain What When Where Trip Advisor Reviews

Goldfield Ghost Town What When Where Trip Advisor Reviews

Tortilla Flat What When Where Trip Advisor Reviews

Northwest Valley and Scottsdale

Tuesday or Wednesday

Deer Valley Rock Art Center Located in the Northwest Valley, the center comprises over 47 acres of pristine desert, a hill of basaltic boulders covered in upwards of 1,500 ancient petroglyphs, an ethnobotanical garden, a museum, native wildlife and, in the spring, copious wildflower blooms. 1/4 mile petroglyph trail. 9 am - 5 pm Tuesday to Saturday 12 pm - 5 pm Sunday. 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Glendale AZ approximately 2 miles north of Highway 101 and 2 miles west of I-17. From Sun City/Peoria/Glendale: Take Loop 101 North to 35th Ave. Turn left on 35th Ave. Turn left on Deer Valley Road. Go about 2 blocks and take the fork in the road that goes to the right. Architecture: Archinect Travels Episode 4

Musical Instrument Museum Guests are given wireless headsets to wear throughout the museum. As they approach different displays, they can hear the instruments being played, either solo or as an ensemble. Photographs and video familiarize guests with the unique sounds of each musical culture, allowing them to share a common experience. A unique Experience Gallery invites guests of all ages to touch, play, and hear exotic instruments from cultures around the world. Monday - Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Thursday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Adults 18-64: $15.00 Seniors 65+: $13.00 Youths 6-17: $10.00 The museum is located in north Phoenix, on the southwest corner of East Mayo Boulevard and North Tatum Boulevard, just south of Arizona Loop 101. (right off of Route 101 exit 31 Tatum Blvd) 4725 East Mayo Boulevard | Phoenix, AZ 85050 480-478-6000 Trip Advisor Reviews

Taliesin West What When Where Trip Advisor Reviews