Christine Kinsella Bailey has been writing for over 10 years; her work—both fiction and non-fiction—has appeared in various publications, including Phoenix magazine, Arizona Bride, and The SiNK literary journal. Her most recent work, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona and Central Arizona Great Destinations: A Complete Guide, was released in November of 2007. Reach Christine online at www.christinekbailey.com.
Excerpt from “Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sedona and Central Arizona Great Destinations: A Complete Guide” by Christine K. Bailey:
In a state where climate is considered a commodity, it is no surprise that Arizona attracts more than 25 million visitors each year. From border to border, our state boasts one natural wonder after another—the Petrified Forest in the Painted Desert, the Grand Canyon, Organ Pipe National Forest, Kartchner Caverns, and Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, to name only a few. Even residents of Arizona—a whopping 33 percent of Arizona’s tourists each year—travel the state on weekends searching for something new to do and see. And they are never disappointed. Art galleries, museums, historic sites, resorts, restaurants, natural parks, monuments, and shops stretch from the Arizona-Mexico border north through Tombstone, Bisbee, Tucson, Coolidge, Casa Grande, Chandler, Tempe, Glendale, Payson, Yuma, Prescott, Sedona, Camp Verde, Flagstaff, Winslow, Lake Havasu, and Page—and this list is but a sampling of the cities and towns and landmarks, each rich with history, culture, and geographic charm, nestled among the foothills, mountains, and deserts that cover the state.