Music Instrument Museum deserves (at least one) encore appearance

    The Music Instrument Museum is “number one” among Phoenix area museum attractions on Tripadvisor.com. In December I had the opportunity to find out why. It’s like a Disneyland for music lovers; one could easily spend the entire day here, and still wanting more.  I suppose if you absolutely hate music, maybe one day […]

Arizona road trip to historic Skull Valley

Whenever I’d return from a trip to Prescott, friends frequently would remark: “Have you ever gone up the back way? It’s a nice drive up the back way.” I had no idea what they meant. Which ‘back way?’ There are possibly dozens of ‘back ways’ to Prescott when you consider all the forest service roads, […]

Mall shopping in Chandler? Stop by city’s historic home

If you’re shopping at or near Chandler Fashion Center this holiday season, you may want to take a break from the busy stores and stop by the McCullough-Price House, one of Chandler’s historic homes. Now a museum, the McCullough-Price House may offer a calm change of pace for the hurried holiday shopping scene. Huge shade […]

Besh Ba Gowah: park visitor tips, random facts

During its days of population, Besh Ba Gowah, an archeological park in Globe, had about 400 rooms. It’s impossible to get an accurate number of rooms because excavation during the 1940s may have bulldozed perimeter areas of the original settlement. No results were published after a five-year excavation project during the 1930s because of the […]

Pinal County Historical Museum fascinates visitors

Celebrate Arizona’s Centennial with a visit to the fascinating Pinal County Historical Museum in Florence. And I use the term, “fascinating” because at the museum, it could cover any one or more related words to captivate our interest: extensive, macabre, unique, bizarre, ornate, tragic, comprehensive, amazing, weird or unbelievable. Arizonans have long associated Florence with […]

Be a tourist in your town: Arizona Railway Museum

I’ve driven back and forth along Arizona Avenue and McQueen Road in Chandler for the last few years and never paid much attention to the small blue sign, pointing to the Arizona Railway Museum. Last Saturday afternoon, my husband and I decided to stop. The Arizona Railway Museum, located at 330 East Ryan Road, comprises […]

Tuzigoot tour: In the steps of the Sinagua people

Sometimes when I visit a historical monument, I’m reminded of the adage: “to understand people, walk a mile in their shoes” (or moccasins, sandals). It’s a good way to get the most out of my visit – to imagine how life must have been during that era. I thought about that on my recent return […]

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