Planes, Trains, and Football in Arizona


It’s that time of year again when College football is off to a forceful start, but it will all come to an end sooner than expected.  This is also the time when you should start thinking about your end of the year family or friend vacations.

Arizona is a great destination, specifically, Tucson and Tempe! These places are where you can find: Planes, Trains, and Football!

Start your trip out in Tucson, it’s in the middle of the desert, and the residents make decorating a cactus look easy!  You have to see it to believe it, and since I’m from the Midwest, where we decorate pine trees, I was shocked!

davis-monthan_afb_aerial1Tucson has a couple places that really stood out to me.  The first being: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.  It is truly a place where “larger than life” is an understatement.  The best way to tour the base is to schedule a tour in advance.  They do not do small tours, so bring your friends.  My favorite part of the base was all the history I learned and the airplane graveyard.  There is nothing else like it, and pictures don’t do it justice!!

Old TucsonThe next place to visit while in Tucson is: Old Tucson Studios.  Have you ever seen a John Wayne movie and wondered where it was filmed?  In a lot of cases, this is the place!  It has also been the destination for some scenes in more current movies like; Three Amigos and Tombstone!  It’s a great attraction where you can dine, shop, see shows, and get set tours.  They also have a train ride, horseback trail rides, and a place to pan for gold!  Tickets for adults are $16.95 which includes the shows and tours.  Everyone in the family will have the opportunity to have a good time!

Fiesta bowl block partyNow that you’ve spent a few days in Tucson, it’s time to migrate 2 hours north to Tempe, and ring in the New Year at the Fiesta Bowl Block Party! You and 150,000 other people will bring in the New Year in style.  For a $20 ticket, you get access to over 40 band performances on 11 different stages, and a chance to see fireworks at 3 different times during the night.  Vendors line the streets with New Year’s party favors, food, and collectible items.  For all attendees who are over 21 years old, stroll into any of the numerous bars for your favorite beverage, and take it “to-go” and enjoy the festivities!  The streets will be a sea of people, and in some cases, you may feel like a sardine, but the overall experience is worth every penny!!

Last on my list of things to do: Stick around Tempe for the Fiesta Bowl Football game, on January 4th, played at the University of Phoenix Stadium.  The crowd will be large and loud, but the fun will be larger!  Tickets are on sale now, for $150 and up, and going quick!  If those kinds of prices are a little too steep, you can always go to the first Coldstone Creamery location or one of Arizona’s largest malls; Arizona Mills.  Just don’t forget to bring your jacket.  Temperatures in December and January range from the 40’s to the upper 60’s.

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5 Responses to “Planes, Trains, and Football in Arizona”


  1. 1 thaiindytravel September 8, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    it’s such a nice place to go

  2. 3 Angelina September 8, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    I’ve been to Old Tucson! I was there in the dead heat of summer and the dry heat didn’t agree with me and I fainted – a lot 🙂

    • 4 Kristyn September 8, 2009 at 4:04 pm

      Angelina,

      You should visit there again in the fall. The whole month of October is a special event called “NightFall”. If you get there on the right day (Oct. 29th), You can catch the hip hop superstar, Flo Rida!!

  3. 5 karen s September 8, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Hay Kristyn I was in Arizona when I was 17. we went to a little town called Rawhide. It was way cool. Everyone was dressed up in western outfits and at high noon there was a gun fight on main st. wow they started in the saloon, broke throw the window, out in the middle of the st. and BANG!!! one guy got shot. but the scaryest part was when we saw a rattler in one of the shops and they rang a big bell, all the cowboys came runing with large shovles to kill the snake! They got it but I was long gone by then,and I had enough of the old west for one day. Oh ya when I was 17 it was 1972 hee hee


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