In the late 1800s, the bustling town of Oatman, Arizona, was overflowing with miners who hoped to stake their claim on some of the millions of dollars in gold and silver from the surrounding mountains. The town was named after a Mormon teenager named Olive Oatman who, as the locals tell it, was captured by Apache warriors, sold to a Mojave tribe, and eventually freed after five years of captivity.
In 1961, the Cuban Missile Crisis was the topic of every news broadcast and the headline in every newspaper. Americans lived in fear of a potential missile strike. Even John F. Kennedy, the then-President of the United States, fell prey to the constant worry of an attack. The POTUS decided to take action, creating an underground bunker in the Grand Canyon, Arizona with supplies and food for over 2,000 people to live in (relative) comfort for at least a month.
Every good road trip needs to involve a stop at a kitschy, oddball, and often really fun, roadside attraction. Flintstones Bedrock City Arizona was that attraction for many travelers for the past 40 years. First opened in 1973, the Flintstones-themed amusement park and RV campground has undergone many changes.
Located just two hours from Las Vegas, and about five hours from Phoenix, the Grand Canyon’s West Rim in Peach Springs, Arizona, owned and operated by the Hualapai Native American tribe, attracts nearly a million visitors each year.
Right between the Goldfield and Superstition Mountains, just east of Phoenix, there’s a unique gold-mining town that’s frozen in time. “Goldfield” is one of America’s best reconstructed ghost towns and a dazzling nugget of desert entertainment you do not want to miss.
For anyone who grew up in the 6th largest city in the United States during the last 60 years, ice cream is inseparable from the name Sugar Bowl. When the Sugar Bowl ice cream parlor and restaurant first opened its doors in Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1958, it awakened a widespread frenzy.