Explore and celebrate the beautiful offerings of AZ in 2013

by Shea Homes Arizona on January 11, 2013

Make 2013 the year that you explore Arizona and see how culturally and climate diverse our beautiful state is! Start the year off right with healthy eating, fun celebrity concerts and visiting one of the seven natural Wonders of the World!  Whether with friends, family or your personal trainer…these Top 5 Best Things to Do in Arizona are great for all ages.

The Grand Canyon – What better way to celebrate Arizona than to visit Arizona’s most incredible and well known landmark?  Though the views are picturesque from either the north or south rim, the National Park Service offers guided tours, mule trips, cabins and campgrounds to help you get a closer look at the beauty. Prices and hours vary for each activity. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm.

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show – Find your inner treasure hunter and travel down South to one of Tucson’s most renowned events.  The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, now the largest gem and mineral show in the United States,  is held in the heart of downtown to display rare collections from private museums around the world.  The event is held at the Tucson Convention Center the weekend of February 14-17.  Tickets are $10.00 and $17.00 for one and two-day tickets, respectively.  For more information, visit www.tucsonaz.gov/tcc or www.tgms.org.

Skiing – Enjoy Arizona’s winter season and head up north to Sunrise Ski Resort where over 50 inches of snow has fallen.  Ski, snowboard or even sled down the various mountains Sunrise offers and then warm up with a cup of cocoa from “The Summit” or a glass of wine from the Black Diamond Bar.  Apache and Sunrise Peaks are 100% open and Cyclone Peak is 98% open.  One-day lift tickets cost $28-$51. If skiing isn’t your thing, check out the 2013 Winter games featuring dog sledding competitions on Jan. 26th and 27th. If you would rather head to Flagstaff, Snowbowl is celebrating its 75th season and has some great events and discounts. One-day lift tickets cost $35-$63.  Visit Sunrise’s website at www.onthesnow.com and Snowbowl’s website at www.arizonasnowbowl.com.

Eat Healthy! – We all know the most common New Year’s Resolution is to exercise, eat healthy and lose weight.  Here is a list of some of the healthiest restaurants to fill your tummy and slim down at the same time.

True Food Kitchen – Organic and nutritional ingredients to make up the healthier version of dishes you may recognize.  Located at Biltmore Fashion Park and Scottsdale Quarter.

Calistro California Bistro – This fresh restaurant prides itself on a farm-to-table philosophy.  Located at Hilton Village, 6107 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale.

Nourish – Healthy eating for the unhealthy mind-set.  If you’re stuck on hamburgers and French fries, Nourish will give you just that, only with gluten and soy –free ingredients.  Located at Optima Camelview Village, 7147 E. Rancho Vista Drive, Scottsdale.

Live music!– The first two months of 2013 are bringing some big names Arizona.  Lady Gaga bring her outrageous outfits to US Airways Center on Wednesday, January 23rd and Pink will be here on Wednesday, February 13th.  If you are looking for a different genre of music- The Who is playing at Jobing.com arena in Glendale on Feb. 6. Tickets for shows vary according to seating but most practically cost between $50 and $300. Visit www.ticketmaster.com for ticket information.

What are your favorite things to do in Arizona? Share them with us in the comments section on the blog or Facebook. Whatever your choice is, get out and enjoy this beautiful state we live in, and if you haven’t seen our “Celebrate Arizona” video yet, check it out today!

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