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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Google rafts the Grand Canyon

Google has taken its all-seeing eyes on a trip that few experience: the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.The search giant partnered with the advocacy group American Rivers to showcase views of nearly 300 miles of whitewater rapids, towering red canyon walls and rich geologic history.

Location: Arizona; Grand Canyon;

Subject: internet; technology; virtual travel

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Ribbons of colour, hidden deep in the desert

I was smitten the moment I saw a photograph of the striated rocks of the Wave. Imagine sandstone rocks as smooth as marble in layers of butterscotch, cream, beige and burnt orange. This is what hikers find at Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs, 18 kilometres west of Page, Ariz., on the border of Utah. The area was nicknamed by photographers because of its swirling carved canyons which rise up like domes and recede like waves. Its real name is Coyote Buttes and the area is one of the most photographed in the West. It's also considered one of America's crown jewel hiking spots.

Location: Arizona; Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs;

Subject: series; tourism; travel

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The best golf holiday for you and your tee-hating family

I'm the only one in my family who plays, or even likes, golf. But my wife and two teenaged daughters are still eager to join me on my getaways. They've figured out that where there's good golf, there's good vacationing.

Location: Arizona; Scottsdale;

Subject: golf; tourism; travel

Saturday, March 2, 2013

A warm desert escape - complete with private goldfish

When Canadian weather is at its worst, an escape to the sunny Sonoran Desert and the arid beauty of Arizona's mesa is in order. Head to the palm-lined streets of Phoenix and you'll find Hotel Palomar, a new boutique hotel that combines both urban pleasures and stunning views of South Mountain Park.

Location: Arizona; Phoenix;

Subject: hotels; review; tourism; travel

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

DAILY DEAL / DESERT IT ALL FOR THE DESERT

Free nightsWestJet Vacations is offering a third, fourth or fifth night free at a range of hotels in Phoenix. Every third night is free when you book the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa and Sheraton Desert Oasis; every fourth night is free at the Arizona Biltmore, Arizona Grand Resort, Hospitality Suite Resort and Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Spa; and every fifth night is free at JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale and JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. For more information, visit westjetvacations.com.

Location: Arizona; Phoenix;

Subject: hotels; tourism; travel

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

SPLURGE / STERLING SCOTTSDALE

Scottsdale, Ariz., is a place with its own style, and you'll be tempted to buy a piece of it as soon as you arrive. But instead of collecting cheap turquoise, head downtown to the Heard Museum of American Indian Art. The choices are many, but my pick would be a Debbie Silversmith sterling silver concho belt. The granddaughter of Navajo jewellery maker Kenneth Begay, Silversmith incorporates her granddad's famous swirls in her gorgeous contemporary designs. About $3,000. heardmuseumshop.com

Location: Arizona; Phoenix; Scottsdale;

Subject: jewellery; shopping; tourism; travel

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Beautiful ruins

A road trip to the Four Corners region of the Southwest offers a window into native American culture, from ruins older than any other man-made structure in the United States, to glimpses of contemporary life amid the Navajo and Hopi. Named for the spot where the boundaries of four states - Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona - intersect, the area is also home to surreal landscapes like the Painted Desert and Monument Valley.

Location: Arizona; Colorado; New Mexico; United States; Utah;

Subject: aboriginal rights; culture; history; native people; tourism; travel

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Arizona's cocktail scene grows up with the 'three-hour margarita'

Like many other areas of the U.S. Southwest, just a few years ago Phoenix's de facto cocktail was the margarita, or perhaps a patrician gin and tonic to sip by the golfing green.

Location: Arizona; Phoenix;

Subject: arizona cocktail week; events; tourism; travel

Thursday, November 10, 2011

DAILY DEAL / TEE OFF IN ARIZONA

Free golfTour provider Simply Escape is including free unlimited golf in Arizona in conjunction with a four-night package for $999 plus $130 in air taxes. The offer is available for new bookings through Dec. 31 and includes return Air Canada flights to Phoenix from Toronto, airport transfers, four nights at The Wigwam Resort, free unlimited golf on any of the resort's three courses, hotel taxes and resort fees. Extra nights and alternate Canadian gateways are also available at higher prices. For more information, visit simply escape.ca or call 1-888-439-2929.

Location: Arizona;

Subject: golf; tourism; travel

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

DAILY DEAL / WARM UP IN ARIZONA

30% offCanadians often find bargain prices in Arizona during the hot summer months, but winter is usually a different story. However, Pointe Hilton Resorts in Phoenix has a ''Buy Now, Play Later'' offer aimed at Canadians for both Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort and Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort and available for travel from Dec. 1 through March 11. If you book at least 21 days in advance, you receive an additional 30 per cent off the resort's best available rate. This special rate must be booked by phone at 1-800-944-4381 using the promotion code CAN2. For more information on the resorts, visit pointehiltonsquawpeak.com.

Location: Arizona; Phoenix;

Subject: hotels; tourism; travel

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Seeing red

Any road trip through Arizona requires a visit to the great gulch - a stop at the south rim of the Grand Canyon to gawk at the incredible width, depth, breadth and well, grandness of it all.

Location: Arizona; Grand Canyon National Park;

Subject: tourism; travel

Monday, July 18, 2011

THE RETREAT / THE POWER OF FLOWERS

The TreatmentUntil my visit to Phoenix's Joya Spa with resident organic alchemist Katie Hess, I didn't put much stock in ''happy elixirs.'' Certainly not enough to merit a 60-minute spa session. Joya quickly established itself as one of Scottsdale's top spas in America's most competitive ''feel good'' zip code due to its fluid definition of what constitutes a spa treatment. To initiate my flower-essences consultation, Ms. Hess shows me pretty horticultural pictorials - the ice breaker - before going into the therapeutic bit - asking me to characterize my past relationship with fear and mood swings.

Location: Arizona; Scottsdale;

Subject: review; spas; tourism; travel

Thursday, July 14, 2011

DAILY DEAL / GOOD WEATHER GUARANTEE (OR EAT FOR FREE)

No sun, no billThe Arizona town of Yuma claims to be one of the world's sunniest spots, with sunshine 350 days a year. The weather is so reliable, in the early 20th century the town's hotels offered free board every day the sun didn't shine. Now, as Arizona celebrates its centennial, the community is bringing back the historic offer beginning Aug. 1. The new ''free board'' campaign will provide meals at participating restaurants for guests of participating hotels. An officially sunless day will be declared by 5 p.m. Hotels then will validate and date-stamp certificates good for a free meal in the next 24 hours at a variety of restaurants. For more information, go to visityuma.com.

Location: Arizona; Yuma;

Subject: hotels; marketing; tourism; travel; weather

Monday, June 6, 2011

RAFT THROUGH / THE GRAND CANYON

EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNTArizona River Runners has opened the books for spring 2012 hiking trips in the Grand Canyon at 2011 prices. A 12-day special, April 2 to 13, travels 360 kilometres through the Grand Canyon, beginning at Lee's Ferry and ending at Diamond Creek for $2,695 (U.S.) a person. A six-day version, April 2 to 7, starts in Marble Canyon and features more hiking opportunities, including a stop at Phantom Ranch and a climb up to the South Rim. This sells for $1,295. A seven-day/six-night itinerary, April 7 to 13, starts with a brisk hike from South Rim, Grand Canyon, to the Colorado River for $1,695. For more information, call 1-800-477-7238, e-mail: info@raftarizona.com or visit raftarizona.com.

Location: Arizona;

Subject: hiking; rafting; tourism; travel

Monday, April 4, 2011

THE RETREAT / THE PHOENICIAN, SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ.

Scottsdale, once a sunny haven for rich retirees and golf buffs, is now associated less with tanned geriatrics and more with Frank Lloyd Wright, anti-aging facials and cosmetically enhanced cleavage. Originally a fertile farming community, Scottsdale retains the charm of a small town - stress can't thrive on the 18th hole or any sweet spot where the sun shines more than 330 days a year. The ways to get pummelled, peeled and primped in this town are endless. One of the city's classic feel-good palaces is The Phoenician, the go-to spa to get your Scottsdale glow on.

Location: Arizona; Scottsdale;

Subject: hotels; review; spas; tourism; travel

Monday, March 21, 2011

THE RETREAT / MII AMO SPA, ARIZONA

The treatment

Location: Arizona;

Subject: review; spas; tourism; travel

Thursday, February 10, 2011

DAILY DEAL / GRAND CANYON'S WINTER WONDERLAND

$85The Grand Canyon's South Rim draws crowds during the summer holidays, but this time of year is a different story. Grand Canyon National Park Lodges offers a winter rate of $85 a night plus tax at Maswik South and Yavapai West Lodges, and $110 a night plus tax at Maswik North and Yavapai East Lodges. Adventurers taking the park's most popular hike, Bright Angel Trail, will notice a warming trend as they descend from the rim to the canyon floor where there is typically a 10-degree temperature difference. The rate is available through March 10 excluding Feb. 19 to 21. The rates are valid for single or double occupancy, and children under 16 are free. For more information, visit www.grandcanyonlodges.com.

Location: Arizona; Grand Canyon;

Subject: tourism; travel

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The water in the Grand flows toward money

This is the second in a two-part journey down the Grand Canyon.Grand Canyon guides have developed the peculiar habit of sleeping on their rafts, carrying pads that fit snuggly over the coolers, and little tents that can be erected in the rare case of rain or bugs. It seemed odd to us northern river-runners, all neophytes in the desert environment. We were accustomed to hunkering in four-season tents during endless coastal downpours, so at first we slept on the sandy banks, 16 friends scattered among the dunes. But an 18-day journey offers plenty of time for things to play on your mind, and the concept of sleeping aboard the raft itself seemed so novel, and well, so cool, that eventually, near the middle of the trip, I gave it a try.

Location: Arizona; Grand Canyon;

Subject: boating; series; tourism; travel

Friday, December 3, 2010

DAILY DEAL / GRAND CANYON IS GRANDER WITH SNOW

36 % OFF

Location: Arizona; Grand Canyon National Park;

Subject: tourism; travel

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Grand Canyon has been on my must-see list forever. But I hear it can be a real zoo. What's the best way to see it without the crowds?

concierge@globeandmail.comYou don't want your deep breath, all-Zen Grand Canyon moment to be preceded by fisticuffs over a parking spot. This marvel of nature can get crowded with four-million-plus visitors flocking there every year. But there are ways to escape the masses.

Location: Arizona; Grand Canyon;

Subject: tourism; travel

Saturday, April 3, 2010

LAST GIANTS STANDING

Stretching toward a subdued autumn sun, an army of saguaro cacti wave at me with their massive prickly arms. Their eerily human-shaped shadows blot patches of the rocky trail as hues of orange, crimson, purple and blue paint a psychedelic sunset across the western half of Saguaro National Park, the most diverse desert ecosystem in the world.

Location: Arizona; Saguaro National Park; Tucson;

Subject: ecology; environment; parks; tourism; travel

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Big thrills come with bigger health risks in the Grand Canyon

Frank Poole worked out at a gym and hiked around his Mississippi home carrying a weighted pack for months in preparation for his trip to the Grand Canyon.But it wasn't long after Poole started hiking on a popular canyon trail that he was struggling to breathe. Several hours later, he was at Flagstaff Medical Center in northern Arizona, where doctors determined that the 75-year-old had suffered a heart attack.

Location: Arizona; Grand Canyon;

Subject: travel; tourism; hiking

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

HOTEL NEWS: TALK ABOUT A ROOM WITH A VIEW

The iconic stone formations of Arizona's Monument Valley will be the view from the rooms at the aptly named View Hotel - the first to be built on Navajo Tribal Park land - when it opens this September, 50 years after the founding of the tribal park. The 90-room hotel will use environmentally friendly low-flow water devices, extra insulation, energy-efficient windows and fluorescent lighting. Until now, the nearest lodging to the most dramatic rock formations in Monument Valley has been Goulding's Lodge, just outside the park.

Location: Arizona;

Subject: travel; tourism; hotels

Saturday, April 12, 2008

1WEEK2TRAVELLERS2,160KILOMETRES300LITRESOFGAS$2,000: Recession road trip

A road trip can be like a good book. Each stretch of blacktop is like a skillfully developed plot line. Each curve holds the promise of fresh drama. All of which makes a multiday drive around the Four Corners region something like the great American novel of road trips.

Location: United States; Colorado; Arizona; Utah; New Mexico;

Subject: travel; tourism; historic sites; chronology; list

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Hold the enlightenment

I'm hiking in Boynton Canyon near Sedona, Ariz., and the woman behind me is berating her husband for not telling her to wear hiking boots, speaking to him in a voice that hints at ongoing bitterness.

Location: Sedona; Arizona;

Subject: travel; tourism

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