Jerome, once the ‘Wickedest Town in the West’ according to the New York Sun in 1903, is now a haven for artists and tourists alike. This mining town was built on the side of Cleopatra hill, rising one mile above sea level, with 50 mile panoramic views of stunning Arizona landscapes. However, Jerome wasn’t always such a peaceful town. Once a booming mining town, Jerome was home to over 15,000 residents, but soon dwindled down to a total of 300 residents by the mid 1900’s. Fires swept through the town, mines ran dry and people had no choice but to leave in hopes of finding a financially secure future. Leaving behind schools, restaurants, jails, and more, Jerome soon gained the ghost town reputation.
Today, tourists can visit the Gold King mine, ClubHouseHospital, Chief Surgeon’s house, Lawrence Memorial Hall, Sliding Jail, DouglasMansionState Park, and for those who dare overnight reservations can be made at the haunted Grand Hotel. For wine enthusiasts, surrounding wineries offer diverse cultivated flavors from local vintners. The Old Jerome High School has been modified into artist’s studios where they can create and display original works. During the 1st Saturday of each month the town hosts an Art Walk, showcasing local and regional talent. Live music, food vendors, handmade crafts make the monthly event enjoyable for all ages. Jerome is a small town with a big history. Come explore the sites, enjoy a “Haunted Hamburger” and experience this tucked away retreat. Detours can provide custom transportation in our luxury vehicles, along with private guided tours of the town. For more information or to book a tour please click here!
Pack your cowboy boots and head on down to Tombstone Arizona with DETOURS. Discover why Tombstone truly is the ‘The Town Too Tough To Die’ with the best tour guides in all of the southwest. Learn how a boom-town mining city was once a thriving central hub and homestead to some of the toughest and roughest rustlers of the Wild West. Visit the OK Corral and relive the infamous gunfight between the notorious characters of the late 1800’s, Doc Holiday, the Earp brothers, and the McLaury Clan.
Thirsty patrons can mosey on up to Big Nose Kate’s Saloon and set their elbows down on the very same long bar as Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday once did. Be sure to grab a mason jar of Big Nose Kate’s local treat, prickly pear jelly. For those a little more daring, a visit to the haunted Bird Cage Theatre is a must. In 1882 the New York Times reported that “the Bird Cage Theatre is the wildest, wickedest night spot between Basin Street and the Barbary Coast”. With over 120 bullet holes decorating the interior of the building its no wonder how the night spot earned its rough reputation. Stop on by the Boothill Graveyard where you can visit the resting place for a majority of the town’s original inhabitants and outlaws who fell victim to gunfights, hangings, and just plum bad luck. Experience the west like never before with gunfights, stage coach rides, abandoned mine tours and more. Now is your opportunity to come see what all the talk of the town is about with Arizona’s premiere tour company, DETOURS!
Have you ever dreamed of waking up watching the sun peak over the Sandstone spires in Monument Valley? Now take that dream one step further and view Monument Valley from the clouds in your own Hot Air Balloon. The Monument Valley Balloon Festival is truly a breathtaking experience, held once a year in late February. This year the event starts on February 24th and runs until the 26th, providing guests with the perfect weekend getaway. During the 3 day event there will be live entertainment, face painting, food vendors, dancers, speakers and more! To make the most of your Monument Valley Balloon experience, Detours recommends you plan to stay for at least one, if not two, nights. There are numerous reasons to visit Monument Valley, you can visit for the towering rock formations, majestic views, or cultural celebrations, but thats not all. For adventure seekers, Monument Valley is home to unbelievable hiking, trail rides, back packing and jeep tours as well. Detours Platinum takes the stress out of planning the perfect multi-day tour and can guarantee the best stress free tour for you and your party. With customized itineraries, expert tour guides and luxurious transportation, its no wonder Detours is known for providing five star experiences. For more information about Platinum Tours and the Monument Valley Balloon see attatched links!
Break out the sunscreen, crack open a bag of peanuts and spend the afternoon watching your favorite teams play ball! Yes, spring training is here once again and everybody is in full swing and gearing up for another great season in the valley of the sun. If you would like to have a private tour going around to the Ballparks which host the Cactus League for spring training, you can book a Detours Platinum Tour with a fully customized itinerary to suite your schedule. Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe have a lot to offer both locals and visitors when the games are not in session. Hop on a comfortable customized Detours van and see the city and sights like never before. Touring Arizona’s hot spots in Old town Scottsdale, Downtown Phoenix and hidden gems in-between, the City Highlights Tour is the best way to see it all in one day. Stop off for lunch at the Farm at South Mountain and bite into the freshest produce in town or satisfy your sweet tooth with the Tin Roof Sundae at the iconic Sugar Bowl. Pick up a sombrero and check out the large selection of southwestern commodities under one roof at the Mexican Import Shop in Old town, or for those history buffs walk through the Little Red Schoolhouse at the Scottsdale Historical Museum. [The City Tour begins around 10am and returns between 3pm and 4pm and includes bottled water, lunch of your choice and park entry fees. Beat the heat, climb on board and let Detours of Arizona show you a whole new side of the city!
Need to escape from your everyday routine and get back to nature? Sedona is the place to do just that! Enjoy a weekend get away in the Red Rock country hiking through the lush Coconino forest, exploring the natural vortexes, watch the Arizona sunrise from a hot air balloon, stargazing into a crisp night sky and more. Award winning restaurants, resorts and art galleries are the perfect way to relax and unwind in the peaceful town of Sedona. Detours of Arizona offers day trips to Sedona, stopping at Montezuma’s Castle, Bell Rock, Chapel of the Holy Cross, Oak Creek Canyon and more. The Sedona single day tour is a great way to grab a breath of fresh air and experience the beauty and history Sedona has to offer all in one day. For those who have a bit more time an overnight stay in Sedona is must. After a full day of touring Sedona’s landmarks let your fabulous Detours guide check you into your hotel and recommend some fabulous evening activities, restaurants and sights to see. Grab a bite at Elote Café or go to Shugrues Hillside Grill and try the delectable ahi focaccia sandwich. Detours of Arizona also offers Platinum tours for guests who wish to have a fully customized touring experience. Let Detours of Arizona take you on a trip to remember to Sedona; one of the most beautiful towns in the southwest!
Arizona is turning 100 years old on Valentines Day, February 14th 2012. What better way to celebrate than by taking a City Tour with Detours of Arizona. The tour provides guests with a great opportunity to visit the best sights and attractions of the fastest growing county in the US. Stops on the tour include Old Town Scottsdale, South Mountain, Downtown Phoenix, Arizona’s State Capitol and more. On February 14th guests are invited to be part of Arizona’s proud history. From 10am-2pm the Senate lawn will be showcasing over 60 exhibits dedicated to the past, present and future of Arizona. Live bands and entertainment will be in abundance making this an event fit for all ages. Explore the State Capitol building, with a copper roof equivalent to 4,800,000 pennies. Take a stroll through the largest city park in the world at South Mountain while admiring a stunning view of the city in the near distance. Enjoy lunch at The Farm at South Mountain and taste some of the best locally grown produce in all of Arizona. With expert tour guides, full of knowledge and vibrant personalities, your tour is sure to be one to remember!
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