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Great Arizona family vacations will often include the Grand Canyon, but there are other great things to see and do in this beautiful state.
Here are a few...
Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona
This observatory is home to the telescope used by Pervical Lowell to observe Mars in 1894.
They have a visitor's center with exhibits, and you can view constellations and the stars thru the great telescopes.
Stargazing at it's best!
To plan a visit, check out www.lowell.edu
After leaving Flagstaff, you'll want to plan a stop in Williams, Arizona. Route 66 is the main street of this town, and there are lots of attractions to hold your interest.
London Bridge, Lake Havasu City, Arizona
That is right - London Bridge is in Arizona.
You'll actually find it in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
London has had many bridges, and this one was built in the 1840's across the Thames River in London, England. It was transported and reconstructed here in Lake Havasu in the 1960's.
Mystery Castle, Phoenix, Arizona
The Mystery Castle is in Phoenix, AZ.
This home was built out of found materials - telephone poles, car parts, all sorts of materials. Let's consider it recycling at it's best! It has 18 rooms and is three stories tall. stone, adobe, automobile parts, salvaged rail tracks from a mine, telephone poles, etc. It includes a chapel and a dungeon.
The builder had moved to Arizona in 1930 because he had TB. He built the castle for his daughter, and after his death she found out about it and moved there with her mother. A touching story about a father wanting to create something special for his daughter.
Truly a unique property, made from unusual materials.
Arizona family vacations wouldn't be complete without a visit to a wild west town (see Gammons Gulch below), but it also wouldn't be complete without a trip to Tombstone.
Near Tucson, Tombstone is the old stomping ground to western legends like Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp.
Tours of the town are available, including tours given in an old-fashioned stage coach.
You'll want to visit the O.K. Corral, the Bird Cage, and Boothill cemetery. Some sites many not be authentic, but still have a great feel and will add western flavor to your trip.
The Tombstone, Arizona website can be found at www.tombstoneweb.com.
Gammons Gulch, Benson, Arizona
About 60 miles from Tucson in southern Arizona (and near Tombstone) you'll find Gammons Gulch.
What is it?
Gammons Gulch is a Western movie set and museum. We haven't been there, but friends say it is worth the trip!
There are several other attractions in the area too that you can take advantage of on your Arizona family vacation.
For more info visit: www.gammonsgulch.com.
The Peanut Patch, Yuma, Arizona
If your travels take you to Yuma, Arizona, you can visit the Peanut Patch to learn all about peanuts and how they are processed.
You'll get to watch peanuts become peanut butter, watch peanut brittle being made, and view peanuts being dry-roasted.
You'll never look at a PB&J sandwich the same way again!
The Peanut Patch is at 4322 E County 13th Street, Yuma, AZ. Visit their website at www.thepeanutpatch.com.
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