Travel Classics Writers Conference October 2009 in Scottsdale, Arizona

Travel Classics West 2009
Pre- and Post-Conference Familiarization Tours

Dynamic Destinations

Scottsdale is a world-class travel destination with more than 60 resorts and hotels, nearly 200 area golf courses, luxurious spas, mouth-watering restaurants, internationally renowned arts and culture, premier events, beautiful year-round weather, and a multitude of outdoor adventures and activities, all located in the magnificent Sonoran Desert.

In neighboring Phoenix, the fifth largest city in the United States, you'll find everything from outstanding hotels and creative dining options to exhilarating adventure, breath-taking golf courses, shopping and nightlife. Downtown Phoenix is a hub of activity with a burgeoning art scene, the addition of an Arizona State University campus and more along the new light rail transportation system.

You better have your "Howdy" ready for Wickenburg. An hour's drive northwest of Scottsdale, this quintessential Old West town is Arizona's dude ranch capital. These folks wear spurs and their hats aren't accessories. The town is rugged and proud yet charming and rich with culture. Visitors get into the saddle and off their cell phones. They ride into the sunset or perhaps into a mining museum, or a true cowboy bar.

There's an energy brewing in Glendale. The region has been catapulted into the spotlight with its new sports and entertainment district playing host to the NFL's Arizona Cardinals, the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes and two MLB teams during Spring Training. With a historic shopping district, myriad parks and robust line up of special events, you'll find a unique blend that makes Arizona's West Valley a little bit of everything.

The Prescott area's got it all! Part of the charm of Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley is the mingling of Old West and the mid-west This area is a hub of state history, tradition, art and culture and just 90 minutes north of Scottsdale and 95 miles from Grand Canyon National Park. Amid the largest stand of ponderosa pines in the world, Prescott boasts 800 buildings in the National Register of Historic Places and lakes, parks and trails ripe for exploration.

AZ Communications Group is offering a group press trip for journalists on assignment. The Arizona Rocks tour will feature Hopi, Page, the Navajo Nation and Williams and include highlights such as Hopi's ancient Walpi Village, Monument Valley, Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon, the Grand Canyon and historic Route 66. Participants would depart Scottsdale for the tour on Sunday, Oct. 18 and all ground transfers in Arizona, meals, attractions and lodging will be provided. Participation is limited.
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