Day Trips in Phoenix

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Out of Africa

It may seem impossible to imagine, but nearly 2 hours outside of Phoenix there's a small piece of Africa. Out of Africa Wildlife Park is an animal preserve that offers visitors a unique zoo-like experience. Animals such as tigers, giraffes, bears and hyenas make this preserve their home. Visitors can even enjoy an exciting safari where zebras or giraffes might come close enough to touch. In addition to the safari, travelers can feed a tiger and watch several thrilling animal shows. It will cost $32 to enter the park and there is an extra fee to feed a tiger. Out of Africa Wildlife Park is open 7 days a week from 9:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Since this day trip will take several hours, travel time needs to be managed wisely.

Montezuma Castle

Montezuma Castle, one of the best preserved prehistoric landmarks in the world, is located an hour and a half north of Phoenix. The 5-story, 20-room dwelling that was built in the 12th century was built into a recessed cliff wall that is 100 feet about the Verde Valley. The park, in which the castle is located, is open daily from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5 to see the castle from afar and visit the museum.


Prescott, Arizona, more than 2 hours from Phoenix, was the first territorial capital of the state and holds much of that history today. A major draw to the city is the more than 500 nationally registered historic buildings. Several museums are worth a visit and the architecture of the city will help you understand what Prescott was like 100 years ago. Of course, Prescott is built on more than history and has evolved into a very modern city. Visitors are attracted to the city's large mall great boutiques. Whiskey Row is a wonderful place to find a mix of old and new shops and almost anything you want in the way of shopping.

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