The Grand Canyon is the grandest canyon. It is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and deserves every accolade heaped upon its magnificence. While it is undoubtedly Arizona’s premier attraction, there are other canyons across the state worth exploration by those who take the time t…

Although particularly noted for its vastness (the canyons), wide-open spaces (the deserts) and big stuff (saguaro cacti), Arizona also offers a few items of a smaller scale that are worth noting. Some are off the beaten path; others are right out there in plain sight.

The Valley of the Sun is one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation, and when newcomers arrive they inevitably begin exploring their surroundings and often ask “what is that thing?” Here are some answers to those inquiries.

There was a time when the railroad depot was an exciting spot to visit. They were places where locomotives filled the air with steam and loud belching sounds, while strangers peered from the windows of passenger cars. They also had a lot of ambiance. The sound of the telegraph key, clicking …

Between palm trees and a patch of bare land on the north shore of Hawaii’s most populous island, Oahu, stands a giant wooden carving of the head of a Native American. The carving is the final giant head in a collection of massive sculptures created by Hungarian-born artist Peter Wolf Toth.

As travel restrictions gradually loosen and life resumes to some degree of normalcy, many thoughts will once again turn toward travel and far-off places, like Greece. My wife Lyn and I went there, and the journey was quite enlightening. Expecting to find solitude, I envisioned running barefo…

Arizona’s Native American ruins are among the most picturesque in the country. Over the years, hundreds of thousands have visited their sites, staring in awe at what these builders were able to construct, and left wondering what happened to those who once lived there. Among them are my three…

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During a travel writing career that has covered more than 40 years, I have been borne from one destination to another by motor vehicles, sailboats, cruise ships, the backs of large animals, tour buses, jet planes and other forms of transportation.

Winter is here, and that means one thing: Out-of-state friends asking questions about unusual items and edifices that have taken up permanent residence in the Valley. And I, having taken up permanent residence in the Valley more than a half-century ago, am ready with the answers.

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Over the years, I have collected many enjoyable Christmas memories. One of my favorites is the day when I – dressed as a holiday elf – met Nicole, an 8-year-old homeless girl.

During a trip to Washington, D.C., I had the opportunity to tour the National Mall. It is a magnificent tribute to America’s greatness, from the towering Washington Monument at one end to the powerful and compassionate likeness of Abraham Lincoln at the other.

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When I first started playing golf quite a few years ago, the game was more often the butt of jokes rather than the prestigious sports competition it is today, with its million-dollar payoffs and extended television coverage.

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The Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix is gearing up for its 93rd consecutive year. The chorus started in 1929 and is the oldest musical performing group in Arizona. I sang with the Orpheus off and on for 33 years and made several international tours with them. A concert on one of those trips st…

There are times, due to a lack of foresight and clear thinking, when a seemingly good plan becomes a bad idea. As an example, I cite my recent endeavor for visiting all five of Utah’s national parks. Utah is close by, so it seemed like a logical adventure. Then, while checking my map, I obse…

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Northeastern Arizona is separated from the Hawaiian Islands by more than 3,000 miles, a vast body of water, climate, humidity, and many geologic, geographic and cultural differences. But they have one thing in common: The Curse of the Rocks. Whether the curse is real or not is the stuff that…

Whenever my journeys led me to a state capital, my first destination was usually the state capitol. 

Every time I daydream while driving west along Apache Boulevard in Tempe, then turn north on Mill Avenue, I get a weird sensation that my sweet tooth needs attention. It’s nothing serious, just a fleeting thought that a big slice of cake would fulfill this imagined need.

More than a century ago, Arizona was peppered with small towns where people toiled to carve out a hardscrabble living from a rich but unyielding land. Most were mining towns. They were never large population centers, but they had names and post offices, saloons and churches, mercantile and g…

Although I had to use them frequently during my days as a travel writer, airports are not very high on my list of favorite places. But I have learned to tolerate them because…well, if you’re going to fly, you’re going to wait. And, sometimes, wait and wait and wait. I guess it’s all part of …

All of my early Christmas celebrations were spent on the frigid plains of North Dakota, where the festivities commonly involved long underwear, stocking caps with ear flaps, woolen shirts, the scent of freshly cut pine trees, the fragrance of warm apple cider, school kids with squeaky voices…

August 14 came and went relatively unnoticed for the most part, but it was a special day for a specific group of heroes. These are the Navajo Code Talkers, who played a major role in winning decisive battles during World War II. Although they were instrumental in the victories, their feats w…

When welcoming first-time, out-of-state visitors into my Arcadia home, I’m always ready for one almost-sure-to-be-asked question:

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There are times when what initially appears to be an inconsiderate act turns out to be a gesture of kindness. One such circumstance occurred recently during a visit to Devils Tower, a spectacular landmark in the wilds of northern Wyoming.