Arizona has one very unique asset that draws tourists the year round: a cooperative climate suitable for sports enthusiasts, site seeing and enjoying a sunny clime without trudging through mounds of snow or slipping on ice. There’s one other hidden treasure ahead in Arizona which is the Cactus League Spring Training 2016. The winter months are often endlessly bleak, especially for baseball fans. In the northeast, even spring training is still at least three months off. Why wait for spring to enjoy America’s number one sport, Especially when travel arrangements to Arizona are plentiful in winter months and quite reasonable?
Tourism in Arizona is more like returning to a childhood home where you are welcomed with all the attractions that create lifetime memories and nostalgia. There’s nothing like the roar of the crowds at the Cactus League Spring Training. In 2014, there was a record breaking 1.68 million fans that flocked to Arizona to catch the Cactus League Spring Training teams in action at the brand new Cubs Park. In the Phoenix area, 15 teams played spring training games that year. Teams included the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, San Francisco Giants, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals. Loyal baseball fans might want to check the Cactus League Spring Training Schedule 2016 before making travel arrangements to Arizona. The schedule can be found at http://www.springtrainingonline.com/features/master-schedule-cactus.htm.
Even if baseball isn’t at the top of your itinerary of things to do and see in Arizona, the Cactus League Spring Training 2016 Schedule is sure to place high on the list. Everyone who has ever visited Arizona knows golfing is second to none among US states. For golfers, the top courses are impeccably maintained and a more picturesque golf setting is difficult to imagine. This shouldn’t surprise tourists to Arizona. Most discover the beauty of the lush green hills and valleys from the minute their plane lands or they cross over the state line by car, train or bus. Not even the famous landscape photographer could capture the scenic sights in Arizona that never fail to thrill tourists. This is one of the reasons hikers flock to Arizona. Coupled with ever cooperative weather and a treasure chest of hiking trails like Camelback Mountain for hikers who want a true hiking challenge or the outstanding Grand Canyon Rim Trail advanced hikers prefer. For less challenging hiking, there is Schnebly Hill or Pinnacle Peak. After an exciting day at a Cactus League Spring Training 2016 game, a day of hiking is great antidote to spectator sports.
While the world loves Arizona’s Grand Canyon and Grand Canyon National Recreation area, there are many other attractions not to be missed. Artists and photographers thrill to the wondrous colors in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Tourists find this one of Arizona’s most breathtaking sights. There is also the famous Hoover Dam, a marvelous tribute to engineering design. Whether tourists prefer Phoenix, Tucson, feel the magnetic pull of Scottsdale or choose to venture off the beaten path to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, be sure to plan an itinerary that includes the most important tourist sights. Some tourists are true architectural buffs and feel San Xavier del Bac built in the 1700s; El Presidio Historic District or the Mexican Baroque style of St. Augustine Cathedral increases their knowledge of architecture.
Adults and children always enjoy the Old Tucson Studios, a fascinating Western town in true “make believe” tradition. Tucson is also home to the Tucson Children’s Museum built in 1901. East of Tucson off Highway 10 is the legendary Colossal Cave Mountain Park that some believe has buried booty from a stagecoach robbery. Most tourists choose the stagecoach rides, butterfly garden, hiking opportunities or the horse trails. Arizona doesn’t disappoint when it comes to that iconic Arizona desert scenery. There’s nothing like the spires of cactus in Catalina State Park to remind tourists of Arizona’s history and its western style. Intersperse scheduled Cactus League Spring Training games with the bounty of things to do in Arizona that just might require an extended stay. Most tourists to Arizona find a week isn’t enough, especially when the Cactus League Spring Training begins.
All visits to Arizona are not complete without a bit of night life. Phoenix, Tucson and most of the major Arizona cities all offer a well rounded offering of food, entertainment, music and fun. Most romantics want to spend time together in one of the most scenic sites like the night tours at the Desert Botanical Gardens in the heart of Phoenix. Others prefer a candlelight dinner in one of Arizona’s upscale restaurants, followed by a stop at the Crescent Ballroom for a night of dancing. Save the other evenings for listening to various styles of music from blues to R&B. Adventurous tourists take in the Davis Circle of Illusion venue for exciting magic acts and a wide range of performing artists.
Perhaps, it’s the rainbow colors that are so prevalent throughout Arizona that inspires the artistic side of this state. There are plenty of art galleries in Phoenix and many Arizona cities. For ballet entertainment, there’s the Arizona Ballet Theater with regular performances. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster for any of the ballet performances scheduled. Opera fans will love the performances in Phoenix and Tucson of the Arizona Opera at 1636 North Central Avenue in Phoenix. Take in a symphony at the Symphony Concert Hall or Phoenix Symphony. This is artsy Arizona tourists look forward to after a day at the Cactus League Spring Training grounds. It’s the perfect balance between the sports and entertainment world Arizona offers in true Arizona style.
With tickets to the Cactus League Spring Training 2016 in hand, fun is not far behind. Food is always important to tourists and Arizona is certainly the place to enjoy a broad range of cuisines. Arizona does indeed have an Arizona cuisine that manages to satisfy every palate. Arizona pizza is definitely part of this state’s signature menus.
There are plenty of breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurants in every city. Dining al fresco is the norm in Arizona, owing to the amazing weather. Tourists find that Arizona chefs don’t feel the need to compete with menus in other major US cities. By offering the freshest and most tantalizing menus is a variety of cuisine styles, tourists have much to choose from. Grilled foods are one of the most irresistible items on menus in Arizona restaurants, most of whom have received four or more stars for quality and presentation. By combining ambiance and atmosphere, tourists find Arizona restaurants the perfect way to satisfy their hunger.
Snowflakes may fall elsewhere. In Arizona, the Cactus League Spring Training 2016 has already scheduled the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Angels. Plan to visit Arizona with a power packed itinerary and escape Old Man Winter.
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