Recent Arizona property reviews
"This home was exactly as described. The property was well maintained and had some recent updates that made for an enjoyable stay. Drew was readily available for any questions or concerns we had during our month long stay. It was a convienent location for traveling thoughout the Pheonix area. My only negative comment is the staff from the SunLakes were not very welcoming. However, the staff at the other three associations were very friendly and happy to have us use their ammenities."Guest: lbarbara Date of Stay: February 2013 Review Submitted: March 4, 2013View listing
"Totally relaxed is how I would describe my vacation. There was nothing lacking in the amenities. From toiletries to coffee. Everything was thought of to make the stay as welcoming and enjoyable as could be. The cleanliness of the house was also very appreciated. You can tell there is pride in ownership with these owners. The location is in close proximity to everything and with the great highway systme commuting was very easy. I would deffintely stay again and recommend it to others."Guest: Amazing Date of Stay: April 2013 Review Submitted: May 6, 2013View listing
"This was our first trip to Scottsdale and we will be back. The location, McCormick Ranch, Villages is well known and deserves its reputation with easy access to all destinations via the AZ 101 loop, extensive green spaces and tennis courts in view. The apartment has everything you need, from breakfast on the sunlit balcony to relaxing on the sofas, and using the computer hookup station in the den/3rd bedroom. John is highly organised and an excellent manager of his family winter home. He was always available to help in a timely fashion despite being President of his company and spending a lot of time travelling. Much of the furniture is beautiful natural wood and I would advise taking the damage insurance if you bring children. Thank you John for making our vacation such a good one."Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: November 2013 Review Submitted: December 24, 2013View listing
"We had an absolutely amazing time at this wonderful home! Everything was exactly as described. It was clean and well cared for. Every morning started with a swim in the heated pool and our kids loved eating their breakfast at the table in the pool! There were pool toys available, which the kids enjoyed. Besides missing the refreshing pool, I am also going to miss sleeping on the best bed I have ever slept on, in the master bedroom! If I could have taken that bed home, I would have! The home is located in a great area that is very quiet and definitely feels safe. Finally, the day we arrived, was our daughter's 5th birthday. Sitting on the island waiting for her, was a birthday card and a bag of birthday M&Ms from the owners! Talk about a great way to start off a vacation and to make our little girl feel so special! I definitely recommend this home to others....you won't regret it and we can't wait to come back!"Guest: Teresa Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 29, 2014View listing
Arizona Travel Tips
No trip to Arizona would be complete without a visit to the Grand Canyon, yet this Southwestern state packs a whole lot more of a punch than that. With a vibrant nightlife in Phoenix, red sandstone formations in Sedona and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona is meant for the adventurous.
One of the seven wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon lives up to its reputation of utmost sublimity. A whopping five million people visit the canyon each year to hike the trails and ride mules through through the gorge. The South Rim presents vistas of the Colorado River bending through the bottom, although you can avoid the tourist crowds at North Rim where the evergreen forests take over. At its peak, the park reaches 9,200 feet above sea level. It consists of the major ecosystems that make it a stomping grounds for biological diversity. Eighty-nine mammal species, more than 373 species of birds, 47 reptile varieties, and 17 fish species live in the park. As the sun sets, you’ll be sure to see the shades of red change over the layers of stratification. It is one of those breathtaking natural structures that when you stand on the edge of the precipice, there is nothing but an awe-stricken feeling that’ll tingle up your spine.
The biggest city and capital of Arizona, Phoenix is a place where the sun shines hot and a lot. To get your day started, head down to the Desert Botanical to check out more than 50,000 desert plants along five thematic trails. For contemporary art, the Phoenix Art Museum not only offers a palette of international variety, but presents live performances, festivals and independent art films.
Baseball fans, be sure to catch a Diamondbacks game in the first baseball facility to come equipped with a retractable roof. It can close within five minutes! You won’t want to miss a taste of true Southwestern horseback riding on an insightful tour at Western Destinations. It’ll make you feel like you’re on the set of "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," or at least something close to it.
Hot Air Balloon Rides: You’ve always said you wanted to do it, you’ve even dreamed of it once, and now it is finally your chance to take to the skies. Skim the clouds on 2 Fly Us Hot Air Balloon in Deer Valley Airport. It is perfect for romantic couples.
If you’re looking for a fun activity for your kids, bring them to the Phoenix Children’s Museum for hands-on science and medical exhibit, and the waterworks area on the first floor. In downtown Phoenix, dine among the greats at the award-winning Teeter House for killer Japanese food that’s so elegantly prepared it could also be considered art.
Situated in Pima County, Tucson boasts a wealth of things to do. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a must-visit if you’re looking to see amazing natural wildlife and aromatic botanical gardens. It combines a zoo with a natural history museum that’ll keep you occupied for hours.
Critically acclaimed as “The Best Show In Tucson,” Carnival Illusion Visit provides a magical experience, and the tricks and surprises will leave you floored. The tickets have been known to sell out months in advance, so book yours as soon as possible.
All-star musicians and tone-deaf friends who appreciate music, visit the Musical Instrument Museum that highlights instruments from around the world as well as a 299-seat theater that hosts a variety of jazz, world, classical and contemporary artists regularly.
Love the thrill of going fast? Bring yourself and your speed-demon kids to one of the largest air and space museums in the world at the Pima Air & Space Museum. Airplane buffs and fast-speed geeks alike will love it.
To free your rogue side, hike up Camelback Mountain for a tough, yet rewarding, climb. Lastly, for eats, swing by Vivace for tasty casual dining, or Cafe Poca Cosa to top off the day with a house margarita and Mexican seafood.
Renowned for its bright red sandstone and endless activities, Sedona is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the state. There are a string of great hiking trails that each exude their own personality and natural beauty. Some of the favorites are Cathedral Rock, an iconic geologic formation that offers spectacular views from the top, the Bell Rock Pathway, a 3.5 mile hike for the more laid back hikers, and the A.B. Young Trail, which boasts 5 miles of switchbacks for the experts.
Sip of a taste of local flavor as you tour through the wineries, learn about the historic settlers that made the town what it is today at the Sedona Heritage Museum or admire the bizarre energy vortexes that send the branches of juniper trees twisting to their tops all over town. Sedona is an outdoor playground all-year round that you don’t want to miss.
The terrain might be mainly desert, but there’ll be no drought of activities on your sunny, stunning and fun-filled Arizona vacation.