This northern part of Arizona is especially great for taking out-of-town visitors to see. One of the most beautiful and serene places in the northern part of the state has to be the quaint town of Pinetop, located about 20 miles outside of Showlow.
Pinetop offers many things for adults and children to see and do year round. The weather is absolutely perfect in Pinetop during the spring and summer months. The hiking trails in this area are endless with many having a look-out viewing point of the sprawling Ponderosa pines. Pinetop also has a number of specialty shops where bicycles can be rented by the day so you can explore the many trails. There are plenty of picnic areas that are fully equipped with Barbeque pits and tables. The Pinetop community is big on fishing and offer some of the best big mouth bass and rainbow trout in the state.
Many of the local restaurants in Pinetop will even clean and cook the fish you catch and serve it to you right there at your table. You will also find great shopping in Pinetop from southwestern treasures to shabby chic mementos. This town is known for their bountiful shops filled with all kinds of second hand treasures and special finds.
Another beautiful place to visit in Arizona has to be the “Botanical Desert Garden” located next to the Phoenix Zoo. This is a photographers dream with hundreds of plant life and many kinds of desert wildlife. The garden is open year-round and has several special events during the Christmas season.
You can’t leave Arizona without stopping by Rawhide in historic downtown Scottsdale. This restaurant is an Arizona trademark in itself. Rawhide sits on large acreage and offers old gold mine tours, gold panning, horse back riding, and numerous specialty gift shops. Rawhide is known for putting on some of the best holiday events in town and serves one of the meanest steaks in Scottsdale.
You can’t miss seeing the “Wildlife Zoo” and Arizona’s first and largest aquarium between here and San Diego. The Wildlife Zoo is famous for the extensive list of exotic animals it takes in from all parts of the world. You will find everything from kangaroos to giraffes as well as opportunities to feed baby animals. The zoo features several live shows throughout the day, showcasing the different types of animals they care for. This is an all-day adventure of pure fun.
The “Hall of Flame Museum” located in Mesa features a huge warehouse full of vintage fire trucks, fire gear and loads of memorabilia. Kids love visiting the Hall of Flame Museum as they can dress-up in the fireman’s gear and can climb on and investigate some of the vintage fire trucks.