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Arizona’s Second Best

By Linda Tancs

It’s unlikely that any attraction could possibly best the Grand Canyon in Arizona, but where else will you see a bridge with vintage lamps comprising melted cannons from Napoleon’s army?  That bridge is London Bridge (yes, that London), the 1831 version that was exported and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City.  Why?  Because the old gal couldn’t handle London’s growing traffic, and the Colorado River resort town wanted a conversation piece.  Spanning an artificial canal, the bridge is accompanied by an English Village off London Bridge Road, where you’ll find a visitors’ centre.  The bridge is the state’s second most popular tourist attraction behind the Grand Canyon.

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Very Superstitious

By Linda Tancs

Located east of Phoenix, Arizona, the fabled Superstition Mountain is aptly named considering the history and folklore of the region.  Perhaps best known as the alleged site of the richest gold mine in the world, treasure hunters still descend on Apache Junction in search of the Lost Dutchman Mine.  You’ll find interesting memorabilia at nearby Superstition Mountain Museum, where exhibits include the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine maps, gold samples from local mines and Native American artifacts.

A Monumental Meetup

By Linda Tancs

Who says you can’t be in two places at once?  At the Four Corners Monument in Arizona, you can do that and more.  Four Corners marks the only spot in the United States where four states intersect:  Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.  Located on the Navajo Nation, the monument’s year-round visitors’ center offers demonstrations of Navajo culture.

Tacos in Arizona

By Linda Tancs

Two dollar tacos, anyone?  That’s not the only draw at the Arizona Taco Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona this weekend.  Located at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on Saturday and Sunday, you will see 30 plus teams duke it out in categories like chicken, beef, pork and seafood tacos along with sidecarts including salsa and guacamole for a prize purse of $10,000 overall.  You can expect the usual events to return, such as lucha libre wrestling, the famed tequila expo, live surf music and cooking demonstrations, along with events for the kids to round out a family fun day.

Carefree in Arizona

By Linda Tancs

Most spa resorts assert bragging rights over their gastronomy.  At Arizona’s Carefree Resort and Conference Center, they encourage you to eat some dust.  As in offroading.  Or maybe trailriding.  How about cattle driving?  Of course, there’s always the desert and hummer trail tours.  You get the idea.

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Visit Tucson

By Linda Tancs

Will Rogers once remarked that a trip across Arizona is just one oasis after another.  That peaceful vision was decimated in Tucson during the recent massacre.  But in true Arizona fashion, this big city with a small town feel will bounce back.  And you can help.  Visit the “real southwest,” as the convention bureau says.  A 7-day bus pass will get you around town easily.  What better way to navigate the upcoming Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase beginning on 29 January and continuing through 13 February.  That’s just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Remember, diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

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Hoover Dam Celebrates 75 Years

By Linda Tancs

The Hoover Dam, located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas on the Arizona/Nevada border, was a landmark at its inception 75 years ago in 1935, when it was built to control the flow of the Colorado River and generate power.  Now this tourism staple has another dimension to offer visitors:  a concrete arch bridge bearing the distinction of being the largest in the Western Hemisphere.  Built for national security reasons, the imposing bypass bridge offers enviable panoramic views at an elevation of 900 feet.  In addition to a sidewalk on the north side of the bridge for optimum viewing of the dam, the project will ultimately include a parking lot, trail, and interpretive plaza.

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