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Home Adventure Travel Ideas Activities Modes of Travel Travelin' Grandma in Arizona

Travelin' Grandma in Arizona

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Travelin' Grandma
...hits the road with mum in tow.

    If you can trek to Arizona during the winter and early spring months with family, with friends, or, as I did, in a 27-ft. motorhome with my 91-year-old Mom, you’ll no doubt find a number of things to see and do on the high desert that shouldn’t be missed. You can not only explore the local area but you can also plan other not-to-miss loops in the region. By staying put for awhile and getting acquainted with the local folks you’ll find the best cafes, restaurants, and bakeries as well as the best scenic drives, museums, art galleries and shopping, parks, golf courses, and the like.  
    From our spot on the high desert in Wickenburg (2,000-ft. elevation and population about 5,000) at Palm Drive Trailer Park we met a number of new friends visiting from various states located due north as well as folks from other states who now live at the park year round. For example, Shirley and Clarence go to Sandpoint, Idaho for the summer and then return to their double wide modular home in the park in October. Jean and Jerry moved to Arizona from Colorado some 35 Take it from Myrna, cornerstone Bakery has the best lemon scones and huge cinnamon rolls!years ago and now that Jerry is retired from dentistry, they’ve down-sized and last year moved into a double wide here in the park. Friends Allen and Rosa from Estacada have a single wide at Cactus Ranch RV Park located just 10 miles south of Wickenburg where they come in early November returning to Oregon in March or April.
    From these and other new friends here’s our current list of the best places in the local area: circa 1950s Screamer’s Drive In (on Wickenburg Way/Highway 60 at west end of town) for great hamburgers, hand cut fries, booth seating and take-out; Anita Cochina’s (57 North Valentine, 928-684-5777, downtown) for tasty Mexican fare, best seating is in the smoking area; Basha’s Grocery (downtown on Tegner/ Highway 93 just north of the traffic light) for fresh salads and deli items, freshly cooked potato chips, and a good bakery as well as fresh meat counter, fresh fruits and veggies, wide selection of liquors, and prescription services; The Gold Nugget Art Gallery (274 E. Wickenburg Way, 928-684-5849), near Anita Cochina’s) for excellent southwestern art, pottery, and sculpture; An Antique Store (272 E. Wickenburg Way, 928-684-3357, near the art gallery) for selection of used books, used paperbacks, antiques, and collectibles; Desert Caballeros Western Museum (21 North Frontier Street, 928-684-2272, located at corner of Tegner and Wickenburg Way, downtown) for splendid exhibits, western paintings, and history about the region; circa 1895 Santa Fe Rail Depot, now Wickenburg Chamber and Visitor Information Center (216 North Frontier Street, 928-684-5479, www.wickenburg, the best place to get maps and current local information.
    Best places outside Wickenburg: Ranch House Restaurant (23225 Broadway Street/Highway 89, 928-427-6522, in Yarnell located about 20 miles northeast and at 4,000-ft. elevation) for fabulous breakfast and lunch fare with hefty portions surrounded by a collection of historic license plates and colorful kitchen memorabilia; Cornerstone Bakery (also in Yarnell at 191 Broadway Street, open Tuesday through Saturdays) for incredible bakery fare such as lemon scones and huge cinnamon rolls as well as delicious homemade soups and sandwiches amid a homey atmosphere; Houston’s Restaurant (2425 E. Camelback in Phoenix, 602-957-9700 and, closer to Wickenburg, off Highway 101 at 6113 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, 480-922-7775) for melt in your mouth hamburgers and great desserts; Zinc Bistro (15034 N. Scottsdale Road at the corner of Greenway Parkway, 480-603-0922) for elegant and delicious French fare, outdoor dining, and superb service.
    Three Not-to-miss side trip loops from Wickenburg: Prescott and Sedona, (go north on Highway 89 from Yarnell veering onto Highway 89A from Prescott to Sedona) for spectacular red rock country and great restaurants and art galleries, www.sedonachamber. com; Grand Canyon National Park (go north on Highway 89 from Prescott to Williams and north on Highways 64 and 180) for awesome south rim vistas, Bright Angel Trail, and visitor services, and www.grand; and, travel a section of Historic Highway Route 66 (access the scenic two lane road west of Williams off I-40) that goes from Seligman to Kingman. Before returning to Wickenburg via Highway 93 stop for breakfast or lunch at The Kingman Airport Café, (6000 Flightline Drive, 928-757-4420 open 6:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. Tuesday – Sunday)
--Myrna Oakley just returned to Oregon from wintering in Arizona, stay tuned for further adventures on the road. She authors two travel guides, Oregon: Off the Beaten Path and Washington: Off the Beaten Path.


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