“When you walk in Jerome, you’ll never walk alone, ‘Cause the ghosts dance all around you”

It’s not too long before Halloween is upon us and what better way to enjoy the frightful night then to spend it in one of America’s most haunted towns.  Jerome once created futures for many miners but soon succumbed to the ways of gamblers, drunks and prostitutes in the early 1800’s, and through the ups and downs eventually led to the decline of this little town, creating the ghost town it is known for.  In recent years, this old mining town has become a haven to the artist community with a multitude of galleries and boutique restaurants lining the winding roads bringing this town back to life.

While Halloween for many is just one night a year, for the town of Jerome, Halloween can become a year-long event in a town that embraces their local history.  This Ghost Town truly comes alive during the month of October when they celebrate and re-tell of the hauntings that joyfully plague this town.  During this month you can attend the fundraiser ball at Spooks hall and partake in ghost walks where the towns folk re-enact the good ole’ mining days.  However keep an eye out for the miners and drunk gambling ghosts that can be caught roaming the streets among the living.

Jerome is home to many bars and restaurants like The Asylum and The Spirit Room.  Names like that, it’s no wonder why this town is partial to the spirits that remain and what better way to visit this old mining ghost town that sits 5200 ft. about the Verde Valley then with a private tour.  At Detours AZ, you can enjoy in a Private Platinum Tour where you can build your own spooky adventure or use our experienced and knowledgeable guides to help create a frighteningly fun time.  A private tour of this town is one that will surely make your friends jealous.

The New Hot Spot

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For years, Death Valley, California had been ranked in second place for the hottest place on Earth, but as of September 13, 2012 it has officially become the hottest location in the world. Death Valley, which is located in eastern California in the Mohave Desert and is also the record holder for the lowest and driest area in North America, has been given the new record of “Hottest Place on Earth” due to recent findings of inaccurate temperature readings in El Azizia, Libya.

 

In 1913, Death Valley was recorded at 134 degrees Fahrenheit and held the record for hottest location until it was broken in 1922 by El Azizia, Libya with a record shattering temperature of 136 degrees. However, recent findings show that the analyst who took this measurement in 1922 was inexperienced and was using an outdated measuring instrument. Furthermore, it was determined that he was taking this measurement over an asphalt surface, which would be much hotter than the area’s natural desert surroundings.

 

The formal inquiry into these measurements began in 2010 when a team of thirteen atmospheric scientists from different countries noticed that the readings from El Azizia were inconsistent with subsequent measurements taken at the same location as well as with the temperatures taken at nearby locations. After two years of research, the team determined that the 136 degree reading was invalid, therefore reuniting Death Valley with its rightful record as the “Hottest Place on Earth”.

“This investigation demonstrates that, because of continued improvements in meteorology and climatology, climate experts can now re-analyze past weather records in much more detail than ever before,” said Randy Cerveny, a member of the WMO and professor of geography at Arizona State University.  Meteorologists say that this is as symbolic to them as Mount Everest is to geographers. “The importance of getting the record straight is maybe not just to science, but to modern adaptation to climate change. If you have a correct perception of past extremes, you are more likely to assess recent extremes better, and know whether extreme high temperatures are getting more frequent and so to adapt to them.” 

Come join Detours of Nevada on a journey into the “Hottest Place on Earth”! Experience Death Valley’s amazing natural colors and dramatic mountain ranges along with a stop at Badwater to view the lowest point in the western hemisphere. Visit the Borax Museum at Furnace Creek Ranch and enjoy photo stops at Artist Palate and Zabriskie Point Badlands, along with views of 20 Mule Team Canyon. For more information or to book your tour visit www.detoursnv.com or call (702) 458-0000.

 

 

http://www.usatoday.com/weather/story/2012/09/14/death-valley-now-the-hottest-spot-in-the-world/57775492/1

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/sep/13/el-azizia-libya-title-hottest-place-recorded

Find Some Education in Your Vacation

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School may be back in session but the holidays are rapidly approaching. For most kids, this means extended weekends and school breaks filled with TV, junk food, and energy drinks for those late nights playing Call of Duty on Xbox. But just because school is out for the holidays doesn’t mean the learning has to stop.

Many vacations can provide valuable learning experiences to curious children looking to explore the world around them. These days, more and more families are looking for vacations that will provide their children with valuable facts and information that they may not pay much attention to in a traditional classroom setting. The idea of these “learning vacations” is to engage children with the arts, culture, and history around them to stimulate and promote a positive learning experience. Studies that have found that hands-on learning is the best method of teaching gave way to the development of the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) teaching method, which focuses on open-ended yet highly structured discussions in order to strengthen critical thinking, language, and literacy skills. Many museums and tour companies have taken a deep interest in this idea and are using it as a way to increase awareness and favor in arts and culture here and around the world, all while providing parents with a great new option for their family vacations.

“These tours open kids’ eyes to the world around them and equip them with language for engaging the world,” says Paul Bennett, co-founder of Philadelphia-based Context Travel, which offers specially tailored family tours in more than a dozen cities. “Kids become actively engaged with their surroundings, deciphering, reading, igniting cultural curiosity.”*

Any destination can be a wealth of information: from the rich art and cultural history of Europe, to the geological makeup of the Grand Canyon, or even the fauna and flora in your own backyard for those stay-cationers out there. The options are endless and with the holidays right around the corner, families are gearing up and making their travel preparations. But why waste the opportunity for your children to learn new things?

At DETOURS, our knowledgeable guides are passionate about what they do. With years of touring experience under their belts—or seatbelts we should say, — they are full of fun and interesting facts about all of our DETOURS destinations.  Our entertaining and interactive tours offer great learning opportunities not only for children but adults as well. So why not add facts to fun? This year, take your family on a learning vacation with DETOURS and give your children something they will not only remember forever but will also learn from. Who knows, they might even like it!

For more information and to book you tour, visit our website at www.detoursaz.com or give us a call at (866) 438-6877.

*http://todaytravel.today.com/_news/2012/08/21/13378339-family-tours-cater-to-kids-curiosity?lite

Ironman Arizona

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Are you tough? Can you open the jar of pickles when no one else can? Do you spend hours at the gym building muscle and cardio endurance? Are you tough enough to test your strength in the world’s most difficult competition for the honor of joining an elite few who call themselves Iron Men?

In 1977 among a group of athletes, the debate arose as to whether swimmers, runners, or cyclists were more fit. To settle the debate, it was decided that a race combining the three sports would take place to determine who the real “Iron Man” was. Each person was allowed a support group to provide food, water, and encouragement and competitors were given a paper that listed rules and a course description, and which boasted “Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life!” which became the official slogan and trademark of the competition. Fifteen men lined up on the O’ahu shore the morning of February 18, 1978, and at 7:00am the first Ironman Triathlon began. Gordon Haller, the first of the twelve men that finished, became the first Iron Man, with a finish time of 11 hours 48 minutes and 56 seconds. The following year, with no further marketing efforts, the race attracted 50 competitors ready and willing to test their strength to become the next IronMan.

The Ironman Triathlon is regarded as an honorable and prestigious event in which many people consider themselves victors just for finishing the race, which has a time limit of 17 hours (2 hours and 20 minutes for swimming, 8 hours and 10 minutes for biking, and 6 hours and 30 minutes for the marathon).  Today, the Ironman Hawaii course, which was moved to the BigIsland in 1981, is considered the Ironman World Championship course, in which qualifiers from 28 other Ironman Triathlons compete for spots. The United States is home to nine of these tournaments, including one in our very own Tempe, Arizona. Ironman Arizona kicks off with a single-loop swim in TempeTownLake, followed by a challenging three-loop bike course through the SonoranDesert, and finishes with a run around TempeTownLake and PapagoPark. Visitors and spectators are welcome to come out to watch and cheer on the men and women competing for the title of Ironman.

Traditionally, the Ironman Triathlons are held in conditions which are uniquely punishing for endurance racing; however, this year Ironman Arizona will take place on November 18th, just in time for the mild winter weather, making it the perfect time to visit! The beautiful Arizona scenery comes back to life after a hot, dry summer and residents and tourists alike come out of hiding from the harsh summer while the Phoenix metro-center buzzes back to life. There is truly no greater time to visit the city than winter. From the vast amount of sporting venues, to the high end fashion malls and endless amount of restaurants, Phoenix is the place to be. With DETOURS, you can learn all about the rich history of the area while travelling in comfort and style on one of our custom vans that feature individual captains chair seating. From its founding to its recent centennial birthday and everything in between, you will learn how the Phoenix metro-center came to be the 14th largest in the United States.

For more information and to book your DETOURSCity Highlights tour, visit www.detoursaz.com, or call us at (866) 438-6877.

For more information on Ironman Arizona visit http://ironmanarizona.com/.

End of Summer Getaways

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Are your kids going back to school soon? Are you looking for a great way to end the summer and get some last minute bonding time in before schedules become hectic again? Or maybe you’re just looking for an exciting getaway for the summer. Whatever your needs, DETOURS has the tour for you. Choose from our Grand Canyon and Sedona overnight tours, our multi-day tours that visit various southwestern landmarks, or customize your very own tour with DETOURS Platinum.  Take a ride down the Pacific Coast Highway of California, enjoy the scenic vistas of YellowstoneNational Park, or escape to the snowy mountains of Colorado; if you’re trying to get there, we can take you. You never have to miss a moment when you’re travelling with DETOURS. Our professional guides are passionate about what they do and the places they go, which means that every tour you go on is unique, fun, and informative.

 

Just looking for a day trip? We’ve got that too. DETOURS runs tours daily to the Grand Canyon. Visit Arizona’s most popular attraction along with stops in Sedona and the Navajo Nation. Already seen it? Choose from other exciting tours to Tombstone, the town too tough to die; the Apache Trail, Arizona’s first designated “historic highway” that runs through canyons, lakes, and early Arizona settlements; Phoenix and Scottsdale hot spots, and Sedona. Our custom vans accommodate 10-13 people and feature individual captain’s chairs for personal comfort. Never miss a minute when every seat is a window seat!

 

For more information visit www.detoursaz.com or to book your tour call (866) 438-6877.

Sedona Winefest

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Are you a nature buff? Do enjoy the taste of fine wine? Then the Sedona Winefest is the perfect event for you. The year 2012 celebrates the fourth anniversary of the festival, which is produced by the non-profit organization Sedona Fair, Inc, Gigi Rock Productions, and the Sedona Winefest Board Members. It features wines from a few of the state’s wineries, particularly those of the VerdeValley, the city of Prescott and other southern Arizona regions, and is used as a means to promote the growing wine industry in Arizona. Local food vendors and bands will also contribute to the festival.  The two-day festival, which will occur on the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd this fall, is located on the Sedona Airport Mesa, surrounded by towering red rocks and breathtaking vistas.

Sedona, which is also known as Red Rock Country, is not only home to some of Mother Nature’s most beautiful work, but is a hub for arts and culture alike. In fact, many of Sedona’s residents are artists who take inspiration from their surroundings. It is because of this that the Sedona Arts Center is not only a sponsor of the Sedona Winefest, but also brings exhibits and demonstrations to the festival to help promote local art and artists. Within a few years, board members hope that the Sedona Winefest will become a major event, attracting thousands of people from across the nation.

DETOURS invites you to come out and join the celebration at the Sedona Winefest. Come help support local wineries and artists all while having a great time enjoying locally made wine and the magnificent scenery. Call DETOURS at (866) 438-6877 to customize your Sedona tour. For more information on the Sedona Winefest visit www.sedonawinefest.com.

The Town too Tough to Die

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Tombstone, Arizona: the most authentic western town left in the United States and the best preservation of the history and heritage of the Wild West. Its rip-roaring past has earned it the slogan “the town that never dies” and it was home to many of today’s most famous cowboys and heroes including Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.

It was founded in 1877 when a prospector named Ed Schieffelin ventured out into the dry wilderness of the desert in search of rocks, against all warnings he had been told that the only rock he would find would be his tombstone. He happened to stumble across some silver in a dry wash on a plateau called Goose Flats and once he located the main source of the silver he set up a mine and called it Tombstone. Prospectors soon heard about the vast amounts of silver in the desert and flocked out west, followed by homesteaders, lawyers, cowboys, business men, and gunmen alike, and in 1879 a town was built; they called it Tombstone. By the mid 1880’s the town had gone from a population of 100 to approximately 15,000-20,000, making it the fastest growing city between St. Louis and San Francisco. It was home to over 100 saloons, restaurants, gambling halls, schools, churches, and brothels, but in 1881 a fire broke out and burned down over 60 Tombstone businesses. The town rebuilt and even expanded until a second fire swept through, this time taking out a large portion of the business district. But the town survived and rebuilt once more. Through all of this, mineshafts were continuing to turn out millions of dollars in silver.

As the mining continued through the late 1880’s and into the turn of the century, the mineshafts were dug deeper and deeper in search of more silver, but once they hit a depth of about 520 ft, the mineshafts began to flood from underground water tables. When the cost of pumping out the mines became too high, prospectors looked elsewhere for new places to mine. Coincidently, copper mines were sprouting up in a nearby town called Bisbee, about 25 miles south of Tombstone. Many of the Tombstone residents dispersed and headed down south where they could capitalize on the new copper mines, but not before extricating over $37,000,000 in silver. By the early 1930’s Tombstone had shifted from a bustling miner’s settlement to a deserted ghost town with a population of about 150 people. It had died out almost as quickly as it had begun and finally lived up to its name of Tombstone.

Today Tombstone is home to around 1500 year round residents and some of the Wild West’s most historic locations. The Cochise County Courthouse was built in Tombstone in 1882. It housed the offices of the sheriff, treasurer, and recorder and also included a jail. It remained the county seat until it was outvoted in 1929 and lost to Bisbee. For nearly 50 years, the courthouse symbolized law and order in a small town working hard to get by in such turbulent times.

Boothill Graveyard is the resting place of many famous Tombstone folk, including some of the victims from the famous 1881 Shootout on Freemont Street between the Earps and the Cowboys, a band of outlaws who teamed up to commit various crimes. Boothill, aptly named for all the victims who died with their boots on, was used between 1879 and 1884 until the TombstoneCityCemetery was opened. For years the graveyard was neglected until 1929 when citizens took efforts to preserve it as a tourist attraction.

The famous Gunfight at the OK Corral also took place in Tombstone, though its location was actually in a vacant lot on Freemont Street rather than at the OK Corral. The gunfight was a culmination of personal, political, and family feuds between Wyatt, Virgil, and Morgan Earp along with Doc Holliday, the unofficial lawmen at the time, and the band of Cowboys. Twenty-four seconds and thirty shots later, three members of the Cowboys lay dead, while the lawmen came out with only minor injuries. This event became one of the most famed events in American Old West history.

The Bird Cage Theatre was the epitome of sin in Tombstone. A saloon, gambling hall, theatre and brothel, the Bird Cage Theatre opened its doors on December 25, 1881 and ran 24 hours a day, 365 days a year until closing its doors in 1889. About 140 supposed bullet holes have been found in the walls and ceiling of the old, raucous theatre, proof that the wild times and stories are true.

Today, Tombstone is a hot spot for tourists coming through Arizona. The working town gives guests the opportunity to escape the modern world and experience the Wild West just as it was in the old days. Filled with restaurants, shops, and attractions, Tombstone is a great place to visit no matter what your age, and DETOURS can get you there! Come join us on a tour to Tombstone, Arizona and check out the Historical Courthouse, Boothill Graveyard, The Bird Cage Theatre, and so much more! Plus, enjoy a truly unique stop to the “White Dove of the Desert,” the mission of San Xavier del Bac, a working mission that was built in 1692 and remains one of the region’s best preserved Spanish settlements.

For more information and to book your tour, call DETOURS at (866) 438-6877 and check out our website at www.detoursaz.com.

DETOURS Colors and Canyons

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Come explore the Grand Canyon by land and air with DETOURS Colors and Canyons day tour. A tour unlike any other, you begin by leaving the big city in one of our custom vans (equipped with captains chair seating for individual comfort!) and travelling through the Sonoran Desert— one of the largest and hottest deserts in North America—until you reach your first stop in the beautiful Red Rock Country of Sedona. Enjoy 30 minutes to browse through gift shops, boutiques and art galleries in uptown Sedona while taking in the view of the towering red rocks and cliffs that surround you. Enjoy a delicious lunch provided by one of the local delis to take along as a picnic to the Grand Canyon. Journey through Oak Creek Canyon, with 2000ft of vertical red walled canyon, through the ponderosa forests of Flagstaff that are home to a variety of wildlife from elk to black bear, all while learning interesting facts from your tour guide. Your arrival in the South Rim of the Grand Canyon is where your tour really takes flight!

Hop into a Maverick helicopter and take off from the Grand Canyon Airport for a 45 minute ride over the southern, eastern and northern rims of the canyon. Take in breathtaking views that only 5% of visitors to the Grand Canyon actually get to see! From the wide expanses of ponderosa forest to the marble-colored canyon walls and turquoise running waters, you’ll soon learn why the Grand Canyon is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. With an excellent and knowledgeable staff of pilots and wrap around windows that allow for optimum viewing, there is really no better way to see the canyon than by helicopter with Maverick.

The rest of the time spent in the Grand Canyon will give guests the chance to have lunch, relax, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. After the three hour guided tour through the canyon, the final stop before heading back is an authentic Navajo Trading post. Located in Cameron, the trading post is situated in the Navajo Nation, the largest reservation in the United States covering over 27,000 square miles. Here you can shop around for unique and authentic Navajo treasures including hand woven rugs, pottery, and art. Pick up any gifts, snacks, or frozen treats and hop on the van to begin your journey back into the big city with memories to last a lifetime.

For more information and to book your tour visit www.detoursaz.com.

Make this summer one to remember by checking Lake Powell off the bucket list. With temperatures rising well into the 100’s it is safe to say theArizona summer has arrived and won’t be leaving anytime soon. Break out the sunscreen, pack up your family and friends and head North to the Arizona-Utah border.  With 2 visitor centers, 5 marinas, 5 star lodging, restaurants, campgrounds and over 186 miles of shoreline to explore say hello to an endless summer of fun and adventure.

Spend a day boating to and hiking around RainbowBridge National Monument, which is the largest natural bridge on earth spanning over 275 feet wide and 290 feet high. Be sure to bring your camera, the sites are amazing! Adventurists can rent jet skis or kayaks and travel to the hidden crevasses and coves unavailable to regular boat traffic. Enter remote side canyons and take in the stunning views of towering canyon walls reflecting vibrantly upon the still water. Guided land and air tours are available during the daylight hours and then watch the Arizona sunset and the stars shining bright in clear night sky. LakePowellis truly a place like no other and a great way to escape the summer heat. Sandybeaches, cool water, stunning red-rock scenery and so much more set the stage for a memorable get away. For more information about LakePowelland trip planning contact DETOURS for your custom summer getaway!!!