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Want to sneak in a trip to cooler temps before summer is over? Here are four fun festivals and events happening around the state next month!

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A Day Trip to Remember: Sedona, AZ

by Shea Homes Arizona on October 2, 2015

Hello Weekend! This is the third in a series meant for the Phoenician weekender looking for a little day trip adventure.

Known for its striking red rocks and desert scenery, Sedona is one of Arizona’s most unique towns. Sedona attracts visitors from all over the world, and for those lucky to enough to live in the Phoenix area, it’s only a two-hour drive, making it the perfect day trip. Whether you’re looking for art, adventure, or spiritual enhancement, you are sure to find something to enjoy while spending the day in Sedona.

Slide Rock:
Slide Rock, Sedona, AZ Photo Credit: Bill Morrow from

For some fun in the sun before it cools off too much, Slide Rock is definitely a spot you won’t want to miss! Open every day, all day, it is a great place to cool off with family and friends. Slide Rock has been named one of Arizona’s 10 best state parks and attracts numerous people every day of the week. Seven miles north of Sedona, the sandstone has been beat down by the water, forming natural slides to ride down and be carried into pools of water throughout the river. The summer admission fee is $20 per vehicle Monday-Thursday, and $30 on the weekends. So grab your friends, your water shoes, and your sunblock, and get ready for a great day! [read more…]


A Day Trip To Remember: Prescott, AZ

by Shea Homes Arizona on July 31, 2015


Hello Weekend! This is the second in a series meant for the Phoenician weekender looking for a little day trip adventure.

This day trip is a blast from the past as you walk the streets of the old west and make memories for years to come. Home to the World’s Oldest Rodeo, historic downtown, hiking trails and scenic lakes, Prescott houses the perfect combination of history and nature. Only an hour and 45 minutes north of Phoenix, it’s a great way to beat the heat and experience a different side of Arizona.

Watson Lake:

Watson Lake

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Located four miles from Prescott, Watson Lake Park offers activities any visitor is sure to enjoy. Whether it’s just for a day or you choose to stay overnight, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Watson Lake offers camping, fishing, kayaking, hiking, boating, recreational activities, canoeing, rock climbing, etc. Summer hours at the lake are from 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. This is a great getaway outside of the city if you’re looking to spend the day in nature.

Downtown Historic Area:

Prescott Courthouse

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Prescott is home to just over 40,000 people and has some impressive accomplishments for a small city. Honored with a top 10 ranking of public spaces in the U.S., the Prescott Courthouse plaza is just one of the many great venues in the downtown historic area. It is home to three of Arizona’s most valued museums, annual art and music festivals, the famous Whiskey Row, restaurants, and plenty of shopping. This day trip has a small town vibe with big things to offer.


A Day Trip to Remember: Page, AZ

by Shea Homes Arizona on July 17, 2015

At Shea Homes Arizona, we love Arizona! And Phoenix isn’t the only town that has a lot to offer the Phoenician Weekender. Today’s blog post is the first in a series of day trips around the state we love. We hope it will inspire your adventurous side.

A day trip to Page, AZ is a true dawn until dusk venture from Phoenix, but not one you’re soon to forget. Page is located in Northern Arizona and has more than a few landmarks in its midst. The drive is approximately four and a half hours from Phoenix with a view of the Grand Canyon available to the west on the drive up (you might even see some wild horses running around if you’re lucky).

The two main attractions of Page are Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend. You have to travel slightly off the grid to get to both of them, but Page is the closest town. If you find yourself hungry before you begin your adventures, there is a restaurant called ‘Big John’s Texas BBQ’, just off of the highway. It might not look like much on the outside, but this is arguably some of the best BBQ in Arizona.

Antelope Canyon


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Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon 20 minutes outside of Page that has been shaped over time from running water forming this mysterious, beautiful gorge in the Earth. Standing on the ground looking upwards, the walls reach anywhere from 100-130 ft. There is both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, but Upper Antelope is more popular to tourists because it’s easier to access and it is also larger. Because Antelope Canyon is on Navajo land, participating in a tour is required in order to visit the landmark. Tours usually last about an hour and a half which is more than enough time to walk the entire canyon to the end and back.

Horseshoe Bend


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Horseshoe Bend is a meander of the Colorado River off of the Grand Canyon and is located just four short miles southwest of Page. After millions of years of running water and tectonic movement, we are left with the remarkable structure that is Horseshoe Bend. Tours are not required to visit but are available to the traveler who might be interested in learning more information. It is possible to hike, take a helicopter ride, and also raft or kayak through the river, making it great for both sightseeing and also for exploring.