Monday, November 3, 2008

Going to Phoenix?

My latest adventure led me to Phoenix, Arizona. The very first thing I did upon my arrival is rent a car. I think renting a car is one of the most important things one must do while vacationing, especially in Phoenix and its surrounding areas. The Phoenix area is so vast that jumping in a car and just going is really the most efficient way to go.

My first stop was at the amazingly bizarre Mystery Castle. Although it is not really a castle, it is certainly a unique structure and Boyce Gulley built it in 1930, after he found out he had tuberculosis. Built on a high piece of land, the castle offers some of the most beautiful and breathtaking panoramic views I’ve ever witnessed. If you time it right, you might actually get a quite informative tour, hosted by the builder’s very own daughter.

My next stop was the fascinating Desert Botanical Gardens. Now, usually beautiful flowing gardens isn’t exactly the first thing you think of when you think of the desert plant life, but the botanical gardens boasts some of the most awesome displays of flora that Phoenix has to offer. Not only will you be in awe, you will also learn about how the plants adapt to the desert environment and the conservation efforts being made by the gardens. This is truly a spectacular place to visit.

There are countless other sites to see while visiting Phoenix. So, jump in your rental car and explore this wonderful area for yourself.


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