01 November . 2017
With the popular rise in “staycations,” residents of Estrella can experience fun-filled family adventures without having to leave the state. With its rich history, Arizona is home to a wide variety of exciting experiences from visiting unique geological formations to touring rumored ghost towns. Here are a couple ideas to help you get started exploring the Grand Canyon State, all easily enjoyed in a day.
One of the first four National Monuments declared by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, Montezuma Castle is located in Camp Verde, Arizona. Built and used by the Sinagua people between 1100 and 1425 AD, Montezuma Castle is built on the side of a cliff, more than 90 feet above ground and adjacent to Beaver Creek. Spanning nearly 4,000 square feet across five stories, Montezuma Castle is an excellent example of early engineering and masonry. The cultural site can be accessed from a short, one-third mile paved trail from the monument’s parking lot.
Pima Air and Space Museum
Get up close and personal with the world’s largest non-government funded aerospace museum, in Tucson, Arizona. With more than 300 historical aircrafts on display, the 80-acre museum features multiple hangars that allow guests to view experience aviation history from retired military jets to presidential and VIP airplanes. The museum also features helicopters and even aircrafts from NASA!
Experience an out-of-this-world adventure with Meteor Crater, the world’s best-preserved meteorite impact site on Earth. Traveling at 26,000 miles an hour and more than 150 feet wide the meteor made impact 40 miles east of Flagstaff some 50,000 years ago. The collision created a crater nearly 4,000 feet wide and more than 560 feet deep. Visitors can take tour-led hikes along the rim and guests of all ages will enjoy the Interactive Discovery Center that provides a unique look at the history of Meteor Crater.
Travel back to the Wild Wild West at Tombstone, Arizona. Established in the late 1800s, Tombstone became one of the last boomtowns from the days of the American frontier. In its prime, the mining town produced more than $50 million worth of silver and was home to saloons, gambling halls, a bowling alley and even an ice cream parlor. Nowadays, guests can step back into time and experience the town’s rich history with restored restaurants, shopping,
Adventure awaits just beyond Estrella and if you’re having too much fun, these trips can be extended into weekend adventures.
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