Sitting in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, you might not expect much from a city like Phoenix. Yet the sprawling capital of Arizona is home to world-class museums, diverse restaurants featuring local ingredients, and nature preserves with miles upon miles of hiking and biking trails. With its clear, sunny skies, unusual landscapes showcasing giant saguaros, a cultural scene that includes street muralists and indigenous artists, and a vibrant food and drink scene that’s always innovating, th...
If you’ve come all the way to Phoenix from another point in the world, then you absolutely must take a day to visit the Grand Canyon, the natural wonder of the world Arizona is known for. Formed by a geologic erosion in the desert, showcasing different rock layers, the canyon’s sheer size at 277 miles, up to 18 miles in width and depths of a mile, overwhelms visitors. But it is its beauty rather than its size that makes it memorable. The changing colors of the rocks combined with their sharp ...
FROM WORLD-CLASS museums to historical places, trails in the mountain preserves within the city limits, parks, cafes and restaurants, Phoenix has a lot to offer. But if you want to escape the run-of-the-mill attractions, here are a few interesting spots that are frequently overlooked.
1. Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve
The Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve is an archaeological site in North Phoenix, unvisited even by most residents. This is a good place to learn about ancient times, and about t...
Most of us think of cozy beds and warm rooms after a day of playing in the snow. But those who love winter and unconventional lodgings would gladly trade memory foam mattresses and high-thread-count sheets for a night in an ice hotel that looks like Elsa’s frozen palace. Built by snow architects and artists, ice hotels are ephemeral and make for a very cool experience. Here are seven of the craziest ice hotels from around the world where you can spend a frosty night.
In the Shadow of Popocatépetl and the Murals of Cacaxtla
By Emese Fromm
“Permission from the volcanoes was required in order to live in Xochitécatl,” the inscription read on the spiral pyramid I was standing on top of.
Volcanoes, dormant or active, surrounded us, and we were standing on top of a shorter, extinct one, enjoying a visit to one of the oldest archaeological sites in the Puebla-Tlaxcala Valley of Mexico.
Wherever you go in Hungary, you’re likely to find a hollow funnel cake called kürtőskalács, or chimney cake. The thin, sweet bread is covered in butter and granulated sugar before being roasted to a golden brown for just the right crunchy to soft ratio. The first known recipe dates back to Countess Maria Mikes in 1784, but, according to legend, kürtőskalács were around for centuries before that and once saved a city under siege from starvation.
With summer coming, and temperatures soaring into the 100s, Phoenix is slowly becoming an oven. Not necessarily just because it’s in the middle of the desert, but the combination of heat and concrete – streets, walls, buildings – traps the heat. It’s sort of the joke of the city, but you can fry an egg on the asphalt during the hottest days.
One of our favorite spots in Northern Arizona, Walnut Canyon National Monument showcases and protects ancient cliff dwellings left behind by their former inhabitants. Though these ancient homes of the Sinagua are the highlight of a visit, the high desert geological formations of the Canyon are just as big of a draw.
Named for the black walnut trees growing on the bottom, Walnut Canyon is a steep, 400-feet deep, twenty miles long and a quarter mile wide canyon.
Surrounded by hundreds of red rock formations, and home to a great number of art-filled boutiques, Sedona is known one of the most beautiful small towns in the US. I certainly agree, it is beautiful, though it comes with a price: too many tourists. So why am I also writing about it, knowing that everyone else does?
Well, Sedona is still a good destination for a day trip from Phoenix. Though we don’t visit often any more, we still enjoy hiking on some of the trails in the red rock country, tha...
You don’t choose a college based on its looks, but if the place where you’re planning on spending most of your time for the next four (or more) years is stunning, it can only be a good thing. After all, your campus is your home away from home, so choosing one that’s gorgeous, as well as well-rated, is a surefire way for you to have the time of your life. From amazing natural surroundings to breathtaking architectural pieces, here are 11 beautiful college campuses in the US that are sure to be...
Hungarians have a saying for every occasion, sayings that might sometimes differ from region to region, but most are very similar. Hungarians don’t live only in Hungary. A lot of them live in Transylvania (now part of Romania), where the language is even more colorful than in the mother country.
This list covers some of the most common sayings, used both in Hungary and beyond.
A Journey through Time
As I walked through the lava flow at Sunset Crater National Monument, I remembered the first time we had come here. Surrounded by sharp black rocks, I had felt like I left Earth and found myself on another planet. It was over twenty years ago, on my first vacation with my present-day husband (then just a new boyfriend).
ARIZONA is home to beautiful and rugged scenery, desert and mountain landscapes, natural bridges and spectacular caves, ancient archaeological sites and old mining towns. The 32 state parks were set aside to protect some of these places. Here are nine of them.
The Mayan ruins at Xel-Ha share a name with the Riviera Maya’s water park, but this attraction goes back to 600 AD and is a little less crowded.
While Arizona is known as the Grand Canyon State, there is much more to experience in its 114,000 square miles: Busy cities and desolate washes, low deserts to high pine-filled mountains, black lava flows to red rocks and pastel deserts, ancient ruins to thriving modern Native American communities.