Travel Classics West 2008
Pre- & Post Conference Tour Ideas
Embrace the Outdoors
With more than 325 days of sunshine each year, it is no wonder Arizona has become a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. From high-octane thrills to moderate soft adventure, everyone has the opportunity to experience from its best vantage point--outdoors!

Play in Scottsdale's backyard where hiking trails span mountain ridges and centuries of time. Hot air balloon rides soar over saguaros, desert washes and scurrying coyotes. Jeep tours plunge into rugged backcountry, proving the Wild West is still alive and well.

Take a beautiful fall hike in one of Southern Arizona's incredible State Parks. Picacho Peak State Park, between Phoenix and Tucson, was a landmark for early explorers and home to one of the most western battles fought in the Civil War. Catalina State Park, just north of Tucson, offers a wide variety of hiking options in the incredible Santa Catalina Mountains.

Take advantage of the solitude of the off season at Grand Canyon National Park, enjoying the beautiful fall weather and scenery by foot, by air or by train via the historic Grand Canyon Railway.

Receive a comprehensive introduction to the region's flora and fauna in the Valley of the Sun at the Desert Botanical Garden or in Tucson at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Spin your wheels with a mountain bike ride through the desert hills of Scottsdale, the towering pine trees of the White Mountains or the red rocks of Sedona.

Answer the call of the wild at the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory in Bisbee, where visitors are invited to participate in a variety of activities designed to promote the conservation of bird species in southeastern Arizona and meet the growing need for ecotourism development.

Take a ride through one of Arizona's other amazing canyons on the Verde Canyon Railroad, and roll through the remote wilderness of the Verde Canyon, which is renowned for its towering red rock pinnacles and clean, green waters.
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