Wednesday, March 28, 2007

An all-new alphabetic romp through the state

[Source: Gary A. Warner] -- A pizza parlor called the best in the country. The home of the next Super Bowl (and likely new Dodgers spring-training headquarters). The resurrection of an old Scottsdale hotel favored by Bing Crosby into a hip, retro hangout. We thought it time for an all-new A to Z, a play off the postal code for our neighbor to the southeast. Along with the new, there's plenty of old and even ancient to check out. We're taking a quirky approach, so don't look for G to be Grand Canyon or P to stand for Phoenix. So sit back in the shade, slip on the sunglasses or a cowboy hat and enjoy a jaunt across the ancient and modern, the classic and crazy, of Arizona.

Apache. The Navajo have a larger reservation. The Hopi and Zuni are more known for their art. But the name Apache still has a special resonance in Arizona. Geronimo, the legendary Apache leader, was born near present-day Turkey Creek. Fort Apache Historic Park is home to exhibits on both the Indians who lived in the area and the troops sent to enforce Washington's will on the tribe. Some of the fort's buildings date to 1870. Information: 928-338-4525.

Ballooning. You can sail over Phoenix or Tucson, but the most picturesque flights are in Sedona. There are a handful of companies that can give you an airborne view of the famous Red Rocks. Sunrise flights are especially beautiful. Expect to pay at least $170 per person. A good place to start your aerial exploration is with recommendations from the Sedona Chamber of Commerce at www.visitsedona.comor 800-288-7336.

Colorado River. Fans know it simply as "the River" and flock to the water at Page, Parker, and Lake Havasu. When the heat hits triple digits, the partying really gets going with houseboats up north and watercraft of all kinds on the stretch that separates California from Arizona. A good Web site is [Note: To read the full article, click here.]