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Route 66 Celebrates its 95th Anniversary

The allure of Route 66 has never faded since it was designated in November 1926. This iconic American highway is famous the world over, as visitors flock to it, to drive on it, by the millions every year. Still to […]

NCAA Final Four & Super Bowl Back To Phoenix

Phoenix received its first ever NCAA Men’s Final Four basketball championship in 2017. It was a huge  success and Phoenix once again put on  a world class event for all to see. In July  (2018), the NCAA announced that in […]

The Four Worst Words In Travel? “Damn! She’s Right Again.”

It was a dark and rainy flight. The turbulence was so bad over the Atlantic the lights were mostly out and meals could not be served. The hard landing at Lisbon’s Portela Airport caused bags and duty free to burst […]

The Americans

The United States dollar took another pounding on German, French, and British exchanges this morning, hitting the lowest point ever known in West Germany. It has declined there by 41% since 1971, and this Canadian thinks it’s time to speak […]

This Is One Historic Fish History

Labeled “TOP SECRET” it was one of the most secretive missions of the Second World War, and one of the most interesting. Even today, most senior banking officials in Canada had no idea this mission ever occurred. This is an […]

Arizona’s Traditional “SixC’s”: Copper, Cattle, Citrus, Cotton, Climate and Canadians!

One million Canadians visit this state each year and as hospitable as Arizonians might be — we come for the climate. We also leave over $1 billion behind… some of it falling out of our pockets as we frantically search […]

The Footprint Center

Phoenix, America’s 6th largest city, presents a plethora of possibilities for its visitors and residents. A cosmopolitan city with buildings rising from the Sonoran Desert like the mountains that surround it, the metropolis reawakened after centuries of dormancy from its […]

What Is The Old West Sauce Story?

The Old West Sauce & Salsa Co., founded in the rich heritage of America’s fabled southwest, is proud of its southwestern roots and reputation for producing superior salsas, hot sauces, BBQ sauces, rubs, and drink mixes, all of which are […]

Tragedy Over the Grand Canyon

Saturday, June 30th was a bright sunny morning at Los Angeles International Airport where two transcontinental airliners were awaiting their final clearance to commence their outbound flights. On runway 25 was Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight #2 that was scheduled […]

OdySea in the Desert

Everyone who visits Scottsdale and the Valley of the Sun is always searching for that “Very Special Experience.” Memories (and photos) that are likely to last a lifetime. Search no further … for this major desert attraction is a one-of-a-kind […]

An Icon’s Roots in Arizona

Arizona served as background for many of John Wayne’s great films, such as the tall sandstone buttes of Monument Valley seen in The Searchers, but the popular actor left much more in the state than a film legacy. A man […]

The Five C’s of Arizona

Many ask, “What are the Five C’s of Arizona?” And it’s certainly a great question, with the answer being that they are perfectly represented in the simple illustration found in the center of the Great Seal for the State of […]

Mountain Camelback Climbing

Well, many who visit the Valley every year clearly have not. Climbing Camelback Mountain (or any other mountain) must be taken seriously. It’s a dangerous endeavor, even when it’s not 115 degrees, and if you are not well equipped for […]

Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park

WOW, UNBELIEVABLE and simply AWESOME … WHAT AN EXPERIENCE are just some of the comments offered by those who have visited The Wildlife Zoo Aquarium and Safari Park. It’s simply a fun place for you to enjoy, or take the […]

Murder Mystery In Scottsdale – The 1978 Murder Of Actor Bob Crane

In the summer of 1978 actor Bob Crane, who had starred in the popular 1960s TV series Hogan’s Heroes, was in Scottsdale for a four- week performance in Beginner’s Luck at the Windmill Dinner Theater. On June 29 a co-star […]

Flagstaff – Rides The Rails

Over 100 freight and passenger trains pass through Flagstaff every day. Like Northern Arizona University, Lowell Observatory, Snowbowl, Black Bart’s Steakhouse and December snowstorms, the railways remain a major transportation route, and is an important part of the culture in […]


In every corner of the state, there are special places that everyone should visit at least once. In Flagstaff one such venue is Black Barts Steakhouse, Saloon and Musical Revue. It has been a local landmark, and family owned and […]

Explore the Many Sides of Arizona

Arizona is known for its diverse landscape, from the breathtaking depths of the Grand Canyon to the majestic red hillsides of Sedona. But even with all its natural beauty, there’s so much more to the Copper State than what literally […]

Welcome To Our Great State Of Arizona

On behalf of the Grand Canyon State, WanderAZ magazine extends you a warm and hearty welcome.  Welcome to Arizona! Arizona remains a world-class travel destination. In 2019, the state had almost 49 million overnight visitors breaking another record for the […]

Tantrum Wines of Willcox

In the decades since Dr. Gordon Dutt wrote a cleverly masked grant proposal to conduct a feasibility study on wine grape growing. We have seen the quiet, but steady rise of Arizona wine. From being served at the White House […]

The Blue Water Grill – Voted Phoenix’s # 1 Seafood Restaurant

The Blue Water Grill is now at their new home after more than 20 years serving customers the world over on the Camelback corridor. They are now located at 1525 East Bethany Home Road at 16th Street just off Highway […]

Med Aire – Covers You World-Wide

For more than thirty-five years, MedAire has delivered the best possible remote medical, security and operational support to clients in the air, on land and at sea. At the core of MedAire are our medical, security and logistics experts. In […]

The Allure Of America’s Route 66

The famed pianist and composer Bobby Troup wrote the iconic hit song; “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.” As a former pianist with the renowned Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Troup headed west with millions of other World War II veterans. He […]

Downtown Phoenix – A Revitalized City Core Brings Life To Core Brings Life To Downtown

Knowing Phoenix and Its Attractions America’s 5th largest city that presents a wide array of possibilities for visitors and residents alike. A cosmopolitan city with buildings rising from the Sonoran Desert, just like the mountains that surround it. The metropolis […]

Out of Africa Wildlife Park

While many animal attractions boast of getting up close and personal, none can claim the immersive nature of Out of Africa with its African-like sanctuary; one that respects the animals with spacious natural habitats and provides you with an unforgettable […]

Haboobs & Monsoons: Weather Events Can’t Forget

Arizona offers travelers to the region with many fond memories, museums, fine dining, great shopping and superb golf. However, two events that can be slightly more daunting (and likely not forgotten) are two major weather events that local residents experience […]

The Grand Canyon Railway

In the late 1800s a stagecoach ride from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon cost $15 and also took a rough 8 hours. With a meal and a bed in a tent that cost an additional $1 apiece. However, all that […]

Arizona Snowbowl

Arizona’s Premier Winter Destination During the winter, a snowy wonderland emerges from the desert. Just north of Flagstaff, the San Francisco Peaks and extensive pine trees seemingly appear from nowhere against the miles of rugged desert that surround them. In […]

If ‘Traveling While Stupid’ was Against the Law–I’d Still Be In A Spanish Jail!

I’ve always considered myself a keen backpacker, a respectful traveler, a very appreciative hitchhiker (I buy lunch or a drink!) Even as a senior citizen I still hitchhike in safe places like Portugal, Madeira and The Azores. But after much […]

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is bounded by the cities of Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa and Fountain Hills and encompasses 52,600 acres, with 19,000 held as a natural preserve. With two distinct backgrounds and […]

Arizona Road Trip: What to Do and See in Sedona

Off on an ad-van-ture? Road trips are really a way to reconnect with yourself, and there’s no better way to travel. You get to choose your own company, enjoy the little things on the way, and the best part is […]

Spotlight Feature For Twin Arrows Casino

In 2013 a fabulous new venue opened just 20 minutes east (on the I-40) of Flagstaff. Twin Arrows Casino Resort. Operated by the Navajo nation, this awesome venue is the only AAA FOUR DIAMOND casino resort in Northern Arizona.   Navajo […]

A RARITY IN THE DESERT – In Cave Creek, AZ to be Exact.

Arizona is known for many things. Abounding desert landscapes, historic western heritage, world-class golf, superior hospitality and of course our very own Grand Canyon, regarded by many as one of the 10 Wonders of the World.  The Rare Earth Gallery […]

Webb Simpson Finds The Winner’s Circle At The People’s Open For 2020

The 2020 Waste Management Phoenix Open has come to an exciting end with thousands of golf fans once again pushing off the Super Bowl to see who would be crowned The People’s Open Champion. After finishing in second place to […]

Museum of Northern Arizona

We have all heard the expression: “It’s a one-of-a-kind experience,” but in the case of Flagstaff’s Museum of Northern Arizona, this venue should not be missed. Museum of Northern Arizona Mission  The mission of the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) […]

Celebrity Theatre Spotlight

Phoenix’s Celebrity Theatre is one of the Valley’s most unique and historic landmarks.  Celebrity Theatre History The Celebrity Theatre opened in 1963 and for more than 50 years, this theatre in the round, with its revolving stage, state-of-the-art sound system […]

Would Arizona Benefit From An AeroMetro?

Imagine a 300 MPH TRANSIT SYSTEM running between Tucson and Las Vegas twice a day — stopping at AZ’s larger Municipal Airports along the way. An “AeroMetro” is different from conventional Airline “hub and spoke” flight operations. Quick and Affordable […]

Winding Waterways of the Desert

Our Canal Origins Many visitors to the Valley are intrigued (as they look out their airplane window) by the many winding water canal systems they see as they fl into Sky Harbor International Airport. The canals seem to be everywhere, […]

Grand Canyon Facts You Didn’t Know

The Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and one of the most beautiful and most recognizable places in not only Arizona or the U.S., but throughout the globe. However, despite its popularity, there is […]

Greatest Show On Grass!

The Waste Management Phoenix Open The Waste Management Phoenix Open (WMPO), is presented by the AK-Chin Indian Community, and is part of the PGA Tours FedX Cup. This annual golf tournament represents one of the most sought-after events in the […]

The Hualapai Nation: Survival and Thrive at Grand Canyon West

The Hualapai Nation: How These Indigenous People Survived and Thrive at Grand Canyon West Unlike the National Park on the South rim, Grand Canyon West is not federal land — it is situated upon the Hualapai Reservation. While the views […]

The Grand Canyon West and Understanding the Hualapai Nation

The Meaning Behind the Places of Grand Canyon West Knowing leads to understanding the Hualapai Nation The Hualapai people regard Grand Canyon West as more than an attraction. The Canyon and the Colorado River are living entities infused with conscious […]


Snowbowl is an alpine ski resort regarded as one of the iconic destinations in Northern AZ. Fresh snow, crisp blue skies, and views to the Grand Canyon and beyond. At Snowbowl, winter is more than just a season – it’s […]


The world’s largest fire fighting museum located in Phoenix, a short drive from most every part of the Valley. It is incredible, unbelievable, exciting, historic and awe-inspiring. Exploring Hall Of Flame Museum Young and old alike will marvel as they […]

The Bluewater Grill – Bethany Home Road and 16th Street Phoenix

At this local landmark, known for serving the best seafood in Phoenix. In the restaurant business one normally looks at the number of years to determine its popularity. For the Bluewater Grill they have been serving patrons from all over […]


If you are looking for the most unique adventure where you can participate in “many experiences” of a lifetime, then a visit to Grand Canyon West is a must while visiting with us.  Grand Canyon West Grand Canyon West (GCW) […]


In every corner of the state, there are special places that everyone should visit at least once. In Flagstaff one such venue is Black Barts Steakhouse, Saloon and Musical Revue. It has been a local landmark, and family owned and […]


AS ANNOUNCED: Canada is reopening its borders with the United States for all persons who have been fully vaccinated. Beginning Monday August 9th, after an agonizing 16 months, citizens and permanent residents of the United States will be allowed to […]


Arizona’s # 1 ZOO. A local landmark for over 30 years is the West Valley’s Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park. It has Arizona’s largest collection of exotic and endangered animals (6,000), 600 different species, tons of rides, a […]


This is an Old Town Scottsdale landmark for over 20 years. Built from an historic 75-year-old Scottsdale adobe home, which Jim and Chad Flaum have proudly owned since 2001. Knowing Old Town Tortilla Factory We are talking about a down […]

KACTUS JOCK – Downtown Scottsdale

Everyone has that special person, or persons back home, that they want to bring something back too. Sure, lots of trinket stores exist across the Valley, but only Kactus Jock’s has the quality merchandise, and the largest selection of “everything […]

Arizona: A Guide to the Grand Canyon State

Across the state you will experience authentic local cuisine, superb wineries, local brew houses, world renowned museums and art galleries, to world-class shopping and dining, superb golfing, historic ruins, western culture and awesome venues and attractions. You must also visit […]

Traveling to Arizona Post-COVID

With everything that has happened over the past year, people are left shell-shocked. The COVID-19pandemic has affected every part of our lives, from grocery shopping to schooling. Travel is one of theindustries that were completely shut down to protect the […]

Things To Do For Kids In Phoenix, AZ

Although mentions of Arizona conjure up majesty of the Grand Canyon, there are plenty of other things to do in this great state. Phoenix, the bustling capital, isn’t just desert and cacti – from museums to amusement parks, it’s full […]

Top 5 Restaurants to Visit in Arizona

From Mexican and Italian cuisine to classic American steak, Arizona’s bustling restaurant scene covers it all. In many ways, Arizona can be described as a food lover’s paradise because of the sheer number of restaurants available to choose from. Whether […]

Greetings From Arizona The 48th State

Arizona Arizona, was the last of the contiguous, the Lower 48, to fill in the American map. On February 14, 1912, with its wild and lawless frontier days behind it, Arizona joined the Union after surviving Civil War skirmishes, gunfights, […]

Arizona’s Natural Wonder

The Grand Canyon The Grand Canyon is one of America’s most visited national parks and one of nature’s most surreal and sublime creations. Grand Canyon National Park had 5.5 million visitors in 2015, ranking number 2 among U.S. national parks […]


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