Share the DETOURS Experience at IPW 2016

Our DETOURS team is on the road in New Orleans, LA this week to connect with our friends in the travel industry at IPW 2016 powered by U.S. Travel Association. The travel industry’s premier international marketplace is not a typical trade show – it’s three days of fast paced networking of 6,000 of travel buyers, suppliers and media from more than 70 countries. IPW 2016 runs from June 18 – 22 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

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DETOURS is thrilled to have both locations represented at IPW 2016: DETOURS of Arizona at booth 2477 and DETOURS of Nevada at booth 2646. We will be sharing about all the amazing experiences available in the American Southwest from the National Parks like Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon to stunning landmarks like the Hoover Dam and Monument Valley departing from Phoenix/Scottsdale and Las Vegas.

Follow our IPW 2016 journey on social media by searching #detoursaz and #detoursnv. Comment with your favorite American Southwest destination!

Five Best Arizona Canyons To See This Summer

Arizona is often known for its sunny weather and beautiful desert but there are many more topographical features to love about the 48th state. Arizona is home to dozens of canyons and here are five to enjoy this summer:

    1. Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon (Pixabay)

Antelope Canyon (Pixabay)

Antelope Canyon is one of the most photographed slot canyons in the world. As stunning as it is mysterious, Antelope Canyon is divided into two canyons: Upper Antelope Canyon, often called ‘The Crack,’ and Lower Antelope Canyon referred to as ‘The Corkscrew.’ Antelope Canyon is located on Navajo grounds just east of Page, AZ.

Antelope Canyon was formed by the erosion of a geological formation called Navajo Sandstone. The erosion is mostly caused by flash flooding especially during monsoon season. The ray of light often seen in photos of Antelope Canyon is particularly bright in the summer usually around lunchtime.

Navajo sandstone at Antelope Canyon (Pixabay)

Navajo sandstone at Antelope Canyon (Pixabay)

From Las Vegas, there are overnight Antelope Canyon tours available. Departing from Phoenix/Scottsdale, there are single day or multiple day options.

 2. Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly is a National Monument on the Navajo Nation Reservation in Eastern Arizona. In this expansive park you will see Native American ruins and the famed Spider Rock spire. Summer is an excellent time to visit Canyon de Chelly because the Visitor’s Center offers free guided hikes each weekend.

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We suggest booking a private tour for Canyon de Chelly as a Navajo guide is required to join you in the canyon. Call 866.438.6877 or email info@detoursplatinum.com to book now.  

3. Oak Creek Canyon

Slide Rock State Park (Sedona - Tourism Media)

Slide Rock State Park (Sedona – Tourism Media)

Sometimes called the canyon cousin to the Grand Canyon, Oak Creek Canyon is a river gorge nestled between Sedona and Flagstaff. Slide Rock State Park is located at the mouth of the canyon and is an excellent place to cool off in the hot summer months. Slide Rock is named for it’s natural water slide formed by the slippery rock bed at the base of Oak Creek Canyon. Don’t forget your water shoes!

  4. Canyon Lake

Canyon Lake, Arizona, looking north on February 6th, 2005 (By w:User:Neepster | Wikicommons)

Canyon Lake, Arizona, looking north on February 6th, 2005 (By w:User:Neepster | Wikicommons)

So Canyon Lake isn’t technically a canyon but it’s definitely worth a look while visiting Arizona. Canyon Lake is a reservoir that was formed when the Salt River was dammed in the early 1900s.

Visitors most often talk about the unusual rock formations and hidden coves at this lake. Another favorite is an afternoon float on Dolly the Steamboat. Perfect for water-skiing, fishing, picnicking or just leisurely summer sightseeing, Canyon Lake is a highlight of Arizona’s Apache Trail.

5. Grand Canyon

View from Yaki Point, Grand Canyon (National Park Service)

View from Yaki Point, Grand Canyon (National Park Service)

Of course we have to mention the Grand Canyon when talking about Arizona canyons! Often considered one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon expects over 5 million visitors this year, many of them in the summer while on vacation. We highly recommend taking a guided tour so you don’t have to worry about parking and waiting in line.

Grand Canyon South Rim (Pixabay)

Grand Canyon South Rim (Pixabay)

There are many viewpoints to choose from at the Grand Canyon, but the South Rim has the deepest and widest views of the canyon. Many guided tours can show you the best viewpoints depending on the time of day.

Maverick Helicopter at the Grand Canyon

Maverick Helicopter at the Grand Canyon

If you are feeling adventures, a helicopter ride is an excellent way to stay cool and get a unique perspective of the grandeur of the Grand Canyon. Our friends at Maverick Helicopters offer a memorable way to see the Grand Canyon with a 45 minute helicopter tour from the South Rim.

There are many more canyons to see in Arizona – which one do you want to visit most? Comment and let us know!

Local Food Tour, City Tour Shine During Travel & Tourism Week

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National Travel and Tourism Week is May 1st through May 7th so it’s the perfect time to highlight some of our favorite things about Arizona including a local foodie trail and a city tour that features the best of Scottsdale and Phoenix. Carl Grupp, President and CEO of DETOURS, is featured in today’s guest blog. 

DETOURS is proud to align with Arizona’s tourism industry in celebrating the array of benefits our industry delivers to our communities especially during National Travel & Tourism Week. From jobs to tax revenues to meaningful memories, travel makes a positive impact on all of us.

So how does DETOURS tell the story of Arizona’s tourism industry? Just recently, our friends at Visit Mesa launched the Fresh Foodie Trail™, a self-guided culinary route filled with food delights and education. To make the trail more accessible to visitors, DETOURS will be providing tours for visitors who perhaps didn’t rent a car or locals who simply want to sit back and enjoy the day without distraction.

Visit Mesa's Fresh Foodie Trail Map. (Image: VisitMesa.com)

Visit Mesa’s Fresh Foodie Trail Map. (Image: visitmesa.com)

The creation of Arizona’s Fresh Foodie Trail™ Tour was perhaps an opportunity to show-off a bit. The region has such terrific culinary story to tell and it really begins with our strong agritourism roots. Many of the key players are found in and around the cities of Mesa and Queen Creek, with a picturesque backdrop of mountain ranges and the unique Sonoran Desert, so it allowed for a comprehensive experience to be provided in a truly enjoyable way.  This was a fun tour to develop and I know it will be an even more interesting tour for our guests to take part it in.

Queen Creak Olive Mill. (Image: VisitMesa.com)

Queen Creak Olive Mill. (Image: visitmesa.com)

The Fresh Foodie Trail™ underscores the importance of travel and tourism in Arizona. “Visitors – and their dollars – are the lifeblood of many communities across the country. In fact, many municipal and state budgets, especially those which are reliant upon sales tax revenue, simply aren’t sustainable without important dollars,” says Marc Garcia, President & CEO of Visit Mesa. “The long and short of it is… visitors and their dollars enhance the quality of life for residents and the yield on the taxes they pay is far more efficient than the taxes we pay.”

True Gardens Urban Farm. (Image: TrueGardens.com)

True Gardens Urban Farm. (Image: truegardens.com)

DETOURS also offers guided tours of the Valley of the Sun – it’s a great way to explore some of the signature points of the Metro Phoenix area. Departing daily, the Scottsdale/Phoenix City Highlights Tour treats guests to sights of famous architecture, modern art, and desert views. One of my favorite parts of the tour is exploring Old Town Scottsdale and its wonderful galleries and boutiques. The half-day format leaves plenty of time in your day to visit other aspects of our city or simply enjoy the pool back at your resort.

Downtown Phoenix.

Downtown Phoenix.

Rachel Sacco, President and CEO of Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau explains that “We have the opportunity to enjoy the world-class amenities outside our doors – our resorts, restaurants, golf courses, museums and more – right alongside the 9 million visitors that flock to our sunny destination each year.” The DETOURS Scottsdale/Phoenix City Highlights Tour is perfect for visitors and locals alike.

Our Scottsdale/Phoenix City Highlights Tour is popular year-round and I do recommend reserving your seats in advance. It’s easy to book tours directly on our website; where we occasionally feature special offers too. Your local travel advisor or resort concierge can also assist you with arrangements on DETOURS.

Book your Arizona Fresh Foodie Trail™ Tour now by emailing info@detoursplatinum.com.

Book your Scottsdale/Phoenix City Day Tour online or call 1.866.438.6877.

Carl Grupp

President & CEO of DETOURS

 

Grand Canyon South Rim Meetup A Success

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In honor of National Park Week and Earth Day, DETOURS held an InstaMeet at the Grand Canyon National Park South Rim last weekend. An InstaMeet is a group of social media followers with a common interest meeting up to take photos and hang out together. Our group shares a passion for the outdoors, especially National Parks!

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Our meet up started around lunchtime on Saturday April 23rd (also Worldwide InstaMeet 13 Weekend) just outside the El Tovar Lodge with amazing views of the Grand Canyon. We played National Parks trivia and gave away free DETOURS t-shirts to everyone who stopped by.

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Follow us on Instagram to stay updated on the next DETOURS InstaMeet. But you don’t have to wait to book your trip to the Grand Canyon – DETOURS has daily tours to the Grand Canyon National Park so book now. Comment with suggestions on a location for our next meet up!

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Celebrate National Park Week At The Grand Canyon

Did you know that according to the National Park Service, there are 22 National Parks in Arizona? April 16th to April 24th is National Park Week and DETOURS will be joining in to celebrate the national heritage of the hundreds of national parks found in the United States. All parks are offering free admission and DETOURS will be honoring discounted rates* to the Grand Canyon South Rim so locals and visitors alike can experience one of the most recognized landmarks in the world. Use the discount code NPW when you book your tour to the Grand Canyon South Rim online. 

Here are our top three National Parks in Arizona to visit this time of year:

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By John Kees – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

The obvious choice for National Parks in Arizona, the Grand Canyon is the 15th oldest National Park stretching 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and over a mile deep. Some of the most popular views at the Grand Canyon are from the South Rim are at the Desert Watchtower and Moran Point. DETOURS will be hosting an InstaMeet at the Grand Canyon South Rim on Saturday April 23rd as part of our recognition of National Park Week. Follow us on Instagram for details. 

  • The Petrified Forest
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By User:Moondigger – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5

Located near Holbrook, Arizona, the Petrified National Forest gets its name from large areas of fossilized trees. Petrified trees are formed when trees are buried under many layers of minerals or volcanic ash and eventually turn to stone. The Petrified Forest is one of the most unique and beautifully preserved areas of Arizona.

  • Saguaro National Park
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Many know the American southwest for it’s majestic saguaro cactus that can grow over 70 feet tall. The saguaro cactus is protected by the Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona, just east and west of Tucson. When you visit this park, you can also see petroglyphs left by the prehistoric Hohokams.

Which National Park do you want to visit most? Comment below and tell us!

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Unique Geologic Destinations In Arizona: Part 2

In the most recent article, you learned about two of the most gorgeous geological destinations in Arizona—Coal Mine Canyon and The Vermillion Cliffs, specifically The Wave at The Vermillion Cliffs. It’s true, these are two of the most beautiful, natural destinations in Arizona, and you won’t want to miss them, but they are certainly not the only fabulous geological destinations. As you are planning your hiking, photography, or outdoorsy trip to Arizona, you will also want to make sure to visit Painted Desert and Antelope Canyon. Here is everything you need to know about these two destinations.

Painted Desert

Painted Desert

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Unique Geologic Destinations In Arizona: Part 1

The great state of Arizona is home to many unique man-made attractions including some of the best shopping malls, golf courses, and museums celebrating Arizona’s diverse history, but what many people also need to understand about Arizona is that it is chalk full of distinctive geological destinations that will take your breath away. If you are an adventurer, a landscape photographer, or just a lover of the great outdoors, here are two geological destinations you must see when in Arizona.

Coal Mine Canyon

 Coal Mine Canyon

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Where to Find the Best Indian Ruins in Arizona

Find Ancient Indian Ruins Throughout Arizona

Ancient Indian ruins are scattered throughout Arizona and visitors can find them all over. From the most remote and rugged landscapes in the state, to right next to the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport, there’s no shortage of choices. With so much variety a visit to Arizona wouldn’t be complete without seeing how ancient peoples survived and thrived in these harsh lands.

Navajo Nation Ruins

The Navajo Nation stretches throughout parts of northeastern Arizona, southeastern Utah, and northwestern New Mexico. This semi-autonomous area is home to the Navajo people… and a variety of ancient Indian ruins.

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Canyon de Chelly

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Top Things You Must See In Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona is one of the nation’s best-kept secrets as far as tourist destinations go. When you think of vacations in the sun, you often think of places like Miami, Honolulu, or San Diego, but to forget about cities in Arizona like Scottsdale is a huge mistake. When planning your fun or family vacation to Scottsdale, Arizona, here are some things you absolutely must put on your agenda.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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