Travel Classics West 2009
Pre- and Post-Conference Familiarization Tours
Arizona's Native Roots
Out and about in the state, you can explore the Hopi and Navajo Nations as part of AZ Communications Group's group press trip for journalists on assignment. The Arizona Rocks tour will include Hopi's ancient Walpi Village, Shonto and the first new hotel on Hopi in 50 years. On the Navajo Nation you'll experience Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon, the Navajo Interactive Museum and Navajo National Monument. 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.
Just 90 minutes from the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, Enchantment Resort pays homage to the Native American culture and indigenous rituals that are unique its area. Resort programs like the Apache Teaching class and Spirit Dance experience allow guest to explore the ancient traditions.
You don't have to get out of town to immerse yourself in an authentic cultural experience. The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, located just 11 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on the Gila River Indian Reservation, offers an insightful tour led by Cultural Concierge, Ginger Sunbird Martin. You'll learn about the history and experience the culture first-hand from Ginger, who is a member of the Gila River community.
In downtown Phoenix, the internationally acclaimed Heard Museum is one of the best places to experience the varied cultures and art of Native Americans of the Southwest. Another exceptional opportunity to view Native American art is at Scottsdale's Heard Museum North, a satellite of the prestigious facility. At the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, experience Native American architecture by viewing a Hohokam Indian ruin and exploring an interpretive trail featuring the archaeological site.
Designed to resemble a Native American pueblo, the Smoki Museum was built in 1935 of native stone and wood from Prescott. The museum was constructed by the Smoki people, a group of Prescott citizens organized in 1921 and dedicated to the preservation of Native American ceremonies and dances.