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Old 12-08-2008, 07:16 PM   #1
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Glendale/Phoenix suggestions: McBeast goes to da Fiesta Bowl

Sooo if someone were going to be in the Phoenix area early next year, say the first week in January, for some little football event,....

Would anyone have any suggestions on where to stay for a night or two?

Sights to see? Places to eat?

We would also be looking for suggestions on places to stay in Southwestern New Mexico or Southeastern Arizona for the trip to and from the Fiesta Bowl.
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Old 12-08-2008, 10:34 PM   #2
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I haven't stayed here, but I've eaten at the restaurant located here (Kai restaurant). It's a Sheraton resort, located on the Gila River Indian reservation, fairly close to Tempe. There's a golf course there too.

http://www.wildhorsepassresort.com/

Just outside Tucson are two places I'd visit.
1) Saguaro National Park
2) the Arizona Sonora Desert museum (internationally recognized as one of the best zoos in the world).
http://www.desertmuseum.org/

If you want a more scenic route into AZ from NM, try US 60 out of Socorro, NM. You'll go through some gorgeous areas, and pass some of the Very Large Array radio-telescopes (http://www.vla.nrao.edu/) which my brother supports. US 60 is much more scenic IMO than I-40.


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Old 12-09-2008, 10:36 AM   #3
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Herb,

Thanks for the input.

We will actually be using IH10 through most of Texas and into NM, but then we are looking at taking some lesser hiways, probably US70 and US60 (we probably don't get on 60 until just outside the Phoenix metroplex).
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Old 12-09-2008, 11:26 AM   #4
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Fiesta Bowl

Thinking about heading down there myself for the game.

Could get interesting if we park next to each other!

GO BUCKS!!

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Old 12-11-2008, 02:29 PM   #5
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Great time to go to the Valley of the Sun, Greg.

Some pleasant hikes with great views:
Squaw Peak, Phoenix city park, NE central Phoenix
Camelback Mountain, Phx city park, E central Phoenix (get to Echo Cyn parking area off Tatum/McDonald early or wait in line to park)
Pinnacle Peak area, Scottsdate city park (a bit removed, north of the "city")

Other attractions:
Papago Park in Tempe, red granite dome formations
South Mountain park, highest mountain in the Phoenix area, which one can drive most way up
Desert Botanical Gardens in Tempe
Mill Avenue night life in Tempe, right by the University
Town Lake in Tempe
Saguaro Lake and lower Salt River Cyn, SW of Phoenix
Superstition Mountains near Apache Junction
Phoenix Zoo, Tempe
Phoenix Art Museum: http://www.phxart.org/
Heard Museum: http://www.heard.org/Page.aspx?pid=183

Grinds:
Chuck Box, Tempe (walking distance from Mill Ave) and Phoenix, the ultimate burger: http://www.thechuckbox.com/
Macayos Mexican, various locations including Tempe
The Monastery in Mesa is a fun concept: http://www.realfunbar.com/monastery%20mesa.htm

Overnighting:
The Cochise Stronghold is a very beautiful area not far off the 10 east of Tuscon: http://www.cochisestronghold.com/
Oak Flat USFS campground at Queen Creek, SE of Apache Junction off the 60: http://www.hikercentral.com/campgrounds/114119.html
(I recall a mild offroad trail to get up to a secluded area designated for primitive camping)

I haven't lived there in awhile, but do hit some of these spots when I visit. Have a blast, and watch out for speed control cameras on the freeways. = 0

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Lactic,

I had to spend a couple of nights in Columbus this week, but I made it home safely. I wasn't sure if I should be sporting colors or not, so I kept it low key. The hotel clerk and a few folks at the meeting I was attending knew and we had a couple of football conversations.
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Greg, shouldnt you be headed the other direction say, toward Miami? Oh wait, BCS, doh !!
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BC,

I think you missed part of that story... it wasn't the BCS that was our problem, it was the fifth tie breaking rule for a 3-way tie in the Big 12.

Yes, it relied on a BCS number, but it was a Big 12 Rule.
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oh, right, that silly three way tie thing. And then Colt misses the Heisman today, that hurt...
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The journey West begins tomorrow after a trip to the library and a couple of to-do list items.

I am not decided on where to stay, it may just come down to what is easiest.
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