Autumn is already in full-swing, while winter is set to arrive fairly soon. Fortunately, for those of us who live in Arizona, these two seasons are a little milder then they would be elsewhere in the country. As such, there is still plenty of time to explore the natural beauty that the Grand Canyon State has to offer. Here are just a few relaxing getaways in Arizona to plan a trip to this year.
The Grand Canyon
Speaking of the Grand Canyon State, no list of Arizona attractions would be complete without a mention of one of the world’s natural wonders: the Grand Canyon itself. While crowds can pile up for this national attraction during the summer months, things tend to die down a bit in the fall and winter. Plus, you don’t have to deal with the sweltering heat, either.
Chiricahua National Monument
While the Grand Canyon might be Arizona’s most famous national monument, it certainly isn’t the only monument located here. Arizona residents will also enjoy the Chiricahua National Monument. Dubbed the “wonderland of rocks,” Chiricahua National Monument is home to some of the most fascinating rock formations found anywhere in the world.
Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge
If you’re a big bird enthusiast, then the Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge is undoubtedly the place for you. Each year, a variety of different avian species migrate to Arizona to escape the harsher winters up north. One of the best places to spot these birds is along the riverbank at this wildlife refuge.
If you happen to be relaxing near the Tucson area anytime soon, then be sure to stop into Quebedeaux Mitsubishi! We’ll provide you with the ideal vehicle for your tranquil travels.
While the Southwest does not get the same autumn experience as Americans further north, we have a lot to be thankful for as the harvest comes in. Consider these harvest festivals to explore in Arizona to get in the season’s spirit.
Pumpkin Days & Corn Maze – This fall festival in Glendale runs from November 1st through November 5th. According to OnlyInYourState.com, the event at Tolmachoff Farms is an annual tradition. If you really want to experience everything fall, consider heading here for corn mazes, a petting zoo, and a pumpkin patch.
Celebraciones de la Gente – Visit this event in Flagstaff to get a closer look at the Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos. On October 21st and 22nd you can experience the fun and traditions of this holiday with food, music, dancing, and Mexican hot chocolate.
Arizona Harvest Fest – On November 12th, Chandler will be holding a fall festival to celebrate the end of the season. This festival is perhaps best known for its open-air market that lets you get a head start on your holiday shopping. It also has a beer garden and live entertainment.
Here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, we really enjoy celebrating the fall season. Come see us if your vehicle needs a tune-up before a tour of area fall festivals.
October is one of the best months of the year for festivals and events, thanks to fall starting, Halloween, and much more. Here are some of the most exciting October Events in Tucson.
One of these events is the Mexican Baseball Fiesta, which will take place at the beginning of October, on the weekend of the 5th through the 8th. This event brings together favorite teams from Mexico’s Pacific Coast minor league baseball league in a series of games against players from Major League Baseball teams.
In mid-October, from the 13th to the 15th, check out the Tucson Meet Yourself event, a massive outdoor food court that celebrates the Arizona-Sonora folk and ethnic communities by displaying and selling their food and art.
Film Fest Tucson will take place the following weekend, starting on Thursday the 19th and continuing through the 22nd. Featuring films from Arizona’s history as well as new independent films, this festival celebrates the city’s long history of filmmaking.
For Halloween, check out the 22nd annual Pumpkin Festival and Corn Maze, which will take place every Saturday and Sunday throughout October, or check out one of the many film and music events being held at The Screening Room, the Rialto Theater, and the Fox Tucson Theater.
To find out more about October events in Tucson, give us a call at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi!
If you live in Arizona, you know that this is one of the most interesting states in the whole US, with rich history and all kinds of things to do. Enjoy these Arizona fun facts and trivia and learn things you never knew about our state!
The most abundant mineral found in Arizona is copper, which might not surprise you, since the roof of the Capitol building is covered in it! The copper on the Capitol building’s roof is equivalent to 4,800,000 pennies.
Arizona has been the home of a number of famous historical figures. Ceaser Chavez, the famous labor leader, was born in Yuma, and 1964 presidential candidate Barry Goldwater was from Phoenix. Frank Lloyd Wright even built his architectural studio in Phoenix in 1939.
Arizona is known for its beautiful natural landmarks like the world-famous Grand Canyon, but it’s also home to a range of unique manmade objects. One such object is the world’s largest solar telescope, which can be found in Kitts Peak National Observatory in Sells, Arizona.
Another notable fact about Arizona is its incredible Native American presence. The oldest Native American settlement in the US, Oraibi, was founded by the Hopi, who are especially famous for growing multicolored corn. Of all the states in the US, Arizona has designated the largest percentage of its land as Native American lands.
Quebedeaux Mitsubishi is fortunate enough to be located in one of the most beautiful states in our country. There are so many natural wonders in Arizona that you could go to one a month and still not see them all in a year. Here are some of our favorite Arizona road trip destinations.
You’ve probably seen pictures of this otherworldly canyon. Its smooth, sweeping walls and the shadowy lighting have a distinct look. You’ll find Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona.
Coal Mine Canyon
This big, open canyon provides a breathtaking view that any traveler could appreciate. Tucked away discretely between Tuba City and Kykotsmovi, it’s easy to miss, but you’ll be sorry if you did.
Of course the Grand Canyon is on our list of must-see Arizona spots. But that’s a big place, and if we had to pick a special corner within the canyon, it would be Havasu Falls. Beautiful blue waters and an energetic, mystical waterfall are the perfect break from the red rocks of the canyon.
Lake Havasu State Park
Arizona has more to offer than its many beautiful canyons. A getaway with tropical undertones lies within state borders at Lake Havasu State Park. Palm trees and white sand run along the Colorado River and Lake Havasu for a sweet taste of paradise.
What’s better than a swimming pool on a super hot summer day? Consider a natural swimming hole to keep you cool. Lucky for those of us at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi and the rest of the Arizonans, there are plenty of natural spots perfect for this very purpose. Here are three Arizona waterfalls that will do the job and give you something beautiful to look at.
This oasis of a waterfall is located within the Grand Canyon. Access it via a long hike, which will warm you up and get you in the mood for a dip, or get there by kayak. Whichever way you choose, you’ll be glad you made it out to this hidden gem.
Fossil Creek will require you to obtain a permit in advance for your visit, but it’s worth the extra step. This is a favorite swimming spot among Arizonans, and once you dip your toes in this beautiful water you’ll see why.
The waterfalls at Slide Rock State Park are modest, but that’s perfect for someone looking for a quieter, more peaceful option. The water here is cool and refreshing, and the park is just outside of Sedona so you can hop over to town when you’re finished for a bite to eat.
Boating isn’t the first thing you imagine when you think of the dry deserts and sprawling canyons of Arizona, but you’d be surprised to find that there are tons of lakes and rivers in the state that offer some of the most fun boat adventures you’ll find anywhere. Here are the best Arizona boat adventures to check out this summer.
The Saguaro Lake has the Desert Belle, a big ferry that cruises around the river and even features music on weekend nights. You can also get on a tour boat in Lake Havasu City and tour the Colorado River or take a twilight dinner cruise on Canyon Lake. If you’d rather steer the boat yourself, though, there are plenty of lakes and rivers for that too.
Go kayaking in the Colorado River at Black Canyon and see the emerald green cove, or rent a paddleboard and take it out on Lake Powell, a beautiful lake surrounding by towering rock. For a more urban experience, take a pedal boat for two out on Tempe Town Lake. And of course there’s no better way to spend your weekend getaway than with the water to wine tour on the Verde River, located near the Alcantara Vineyard.
Arizona is a beautiful state, and there are tons of campgrounds where you’ll discover things you never expected. Whether you’re an Arizona native or you’re just visiting, here are some of the best Arizona campgrounds to check out this summer!
One campground is Bear Canyon Campground, which is located on Bear Canyon Lake and surrounded by trees for a secluded experience. If you’re looking for a spot on the water, another option is Hilltop Campground, which is on Lynx Lake in the Prescott National Forest.
The Dairy Springs Campground in Coconino National Forest is near Lake Mormon and is teeming with plenty of gorgeous hiking trails. Coconino is actually home to quite a few beautiful campgrounds, like Pine Flat Campground near Oak Creek and Manzanita Campground.
Christopher Creek Campground in Tonto National Forest is on a first-come first-serve basis and is located on the Mogollon Rim. If you want to stay at the Grand Canyon for a while instead of just taking a day trip, camp overnight in Grand Canyon National Park at the Desert View Campground, which has 50 available sites.
Now that summer is here, it’s time to have some fun! Here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, we love living and working in Tucson. Here are some great June events in Tucson that you should consider attending.
National Trails Day. On June 3rd, celebrate America’s greatest recreational trails with a visit to Mt. Lemmon in Coronado National Forest. You can also explore other local areas including Catalina State Park, Oracle State Park, or Fort Bowie National Historic Site.
Spacefest VIII. From June 8th through the 11th, the JW Marriot Starr Pass Resort will host the annual reunion of NASA Apollo astronauts, astronomers, space scientists, authors, and fans. Ticket costs range from $20-$30 per day (children 12 and under are free).
Mexican Food Festival. On June 17th, just in time for Father’s Day weekend, head to the best 23 miles of authentic Mexican food in the state. This area includes the City of South Tucson, lower midtown, and downtown. In addition to enjoying the great food, there will be food demonstrations, live music, and more.
Salute to the Buffalo Soldiers Days. This fun festival is hosted by the city of Tombstone and runs from June 23rd through June 25th from 8am to 5pm each day. There will be street entertainment, food, a parade, and more.
Which of these summer events are you planning to attend?
Spring is officially just a few weeks away, but here in Arizona we’re already enjoying ideal weather. That means it’s time to head outdoors now before temperatures reach triple-digits in a few months. Here are some great outdoor events near Tucson in March that you should consider adding to your calendar.
March 3-5 – Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention: Wander the streets of Old Tucson and you’ll feel like you’ve actually stepped back in time; arrive in a costume for even more fun. There will be train rides, concerts, street performers, and so much more.
March 1-April 2 – Arizona Renaissance Festival: Go back to the 16th century and watch jousting knights, watch actors perform live on stage, explore over 200 artisan stands, eat as many turkey legs as you can, and have a day filled with fun.
March 1-April 30 – Presidio Museum Walking Tours: This museum recreates the original Presidio, which encompassed about 11 acres of what is currently downtown Tucson. With these tours, you can get a more in-depth look at what daily life looked like in the late 1700s.
March 11-12 – Tucson Festival of Books: If you love books, be sure to head to this festival that will host more than 350 authors for panel discussions, presentations, and more. There will also be a special program for visitors of all ages.
Here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, we are looking forward to heading outdoors this month and having some fun.