Our newest book, which includes Arizona Highways iconic photography and maps, is sorted by region and is written for car-campers and families. Detailed information about accessibilty, amenities and fees is included for each campground.
Most people head to Malibu to catch a glimpse of the stars; however, your best bet is a B&B in Southern Arizona.
By Lauren Proper
Isolated from major cities and bright lights, the Astronomers Inn, a unique B&B in Benson, houses the one-of-a-kind Vega-Bray Observatory. The inn's location makes it possible because the jet streams over Southern Arizona provide ideal conditions for stargazing, allowing visitors some of the most beautiful views in the world. Anytime is a good time to visit, but according to Christina Pease and Dean Salman, who lead some of the private stargazing lessons, October is best because of the cooler weather and clearer skies. [more]
Casa de San Pedro is
located at 8933 S. Yell
Lane, just off State Route
92, in Hereford. For
more information, call
520-366-1300 or visit casadesanpedro.com.
Considering the area attracts 335 species of birds, you could visit Casa de San Pedro for no other reason. But there's more, including lush gardens, a comfortable patio and some of the best food in Southern Arizona.
By JoBeth Jamison
Casa de San Pedro Bed and Breakfast has just 10 guestrooms, but the place is usually hopping with more visitors than owners Karl Schmitt and Patrick Dome have the time or fingers to count. That's because the majority of the guests that flock to this remote getaway are not people, they're birds. [more]
Hacienda del Sol is located at 5601 N. Hacienda del Sol Road in Tucson. For more information, call 800-728-6514 or visit haciendadelsol.com.
What began in 1930 as an elite college prep is now one of the most luxurious places in Tucson to pull an all-nighter.
By JoBeth Jamison
Hacienda del Sol offers pure, old school accommodations. Really.
Tucked into the south-facing toes of the Santa Catalina Mountains, this easily overlooked resort (at least geographically speaking) was built in 1929 and opened in 1930 as an all-girls school. To the few people who actually saw it, this Spanish Colonial-style ranch, spread out on 34 acres of the Sonoran Desert, may well have been mistaken for a mud hut in the middle of nowhere. In truth, it was one of the most elite college preparatory schools this side of the Mississippi — intended primarily for young women who'd spent the majority of their lives on the other side of it. [more]
Hotel Congress is located at 311 E. Congress Street in Tucson. Information: 520-798-1618 or www.hotelcongress.com.
Cozy rooms, great bar, ghosts, gangsters … there are plenty of reasons to spend a night in Tucson's classic old hotel.
By Edie Jarolim
When it opened its doors in 1919, Tucson's Hotel Congress was regaled for its grandeur and praised for its modern comforts. Its fame didn't extend far beyond Arizona, however. Located across the road from the Southern Pacific depot, it was just one of the many upscale lodgings in the West that rode the railroad boom into existence. Not until January 23, 1934, when a fire led to the capture of John Dillinger, did the hotel and the sleepy city it was in grab the nation's attention. [more]
The Shady Dell is located at 1 Old Douglas Road in Bisbe. Information: 520-432-3567 or www.theshadydell.com.
RV parks aren't for everyone, but this park is perfect for anybody wanting a trip back to the days of beatniks and blue highways.
By Robert Stieve
Jack Kerouac never slept here. Well, maybe he did, but there's no record of it. Still, it's the kind of place he would have been drawn to when he was out on the road. Nearby Bisbee and its mixed bag of colorful characters would have caught his eye as well. [more]
The White Stallion Ranch is located at 9251 W. Twin Peaks Road in Tucson. Information: 888-977-2624 or www.whitestallion.com.
Dude ranches are common in Arizona, but only the White Stallion, which has been welcoming guests since 1940, served as the set for Arizona, Winchester 73 and How the West Was Won. The “beer and Cheetos” rides are a little different, too.
By Kathy Montgomery
Riding across the desert at White Stallion Ranch felt like riding into my childhood. The craggy peaks of the saguaro-studded Tucson Mountains looked like cutouts against a still, perfect sky. A red-tail hawk launched itself overhead. Longhorn cattle crossed my path. [more]
DiningWhether you find yourself famished in Flagstaff or starved in Sonoita, there are many great spots to find a bite in Arizona... [more]