Come to the land of the giant cactus forests towering, rocky hills and wildflowers sprouting alternating despite the heat of the sun. You will feel like you are walking on a trail takes you back to the distant past of the city visiting Old Town Scottsdale, Mystery Castle, Mission San Xavier del Bac …
1. MontezumaCastle National Monument
National Monument Montezuma Castle is one of the most ancient houses are preserved in North America, it is formed directly on the limestone, like the sculptures in stone. This is a 1,000 year-old ruins, once home Sinagua Indian farmers. Montezuma Castle appears on the majestic cliffs, with an irrigation system was abandoned built by prehistoric Indians, giving them a fertile ground around Beaver Creek and avoid the annual floods.
In 1906, Montezuma Castle was declared a national monument in the first, since then it has become a popular tourist destination. In addition to the house on the cliff, monuments, a limestone pit is said to be the rest of the irrigation system Sinagua. Montezuma is still very sacred place for some Native American tribes. Located in Northern Arizona Montezuma takes about 90 minutes north of Phoenix and 45 minutes south of Flagstaff.
2. Mystery Castle
This mysterious castle is located in the foothills of South Phoenix South Mountain Park, was built in 1930 by Boyce Luther Gulley for his daughter, Mary Lou Gulley. After being diagnosed with tuberculosis, Gulley unexpectedly leaving his wife and daughter and moved to Phoenix, Arizona. This is one of the destinations with the mysterious story attracts all visitors. Castle made entirely of stone and brick, combined with cement, sand has 18 rooms, 13 fireplaces, a chapel and a dungeon. With historic treasure built into each room, the house quickly became a popular tourist destination, is regarded as one of the 33 sites represent the best of Phoenix. The castle is open from 11h00 – 16h00 and Thursday – Sunday from October to June each year.
3. MissionSan Xavier del Bac
Located near Tucson, Mission San Xavier del Bac is a Catholic church was built between 1692 Eusebio Francisco Kino Father, a missionary in Spain. At that time the area was an Indian village, though Kino Indians not only had he called to build the church and named after San Francisco Xavier. Church should be rebuilt after 1770 due to the destruction from Apache attacks. This is a unique thing of Mission San Xavier del Bac, because it is one of the few representations of Arizona led by Francis still exists to this day. In addition, the church is regarded as the oldest ancient architecture in Europe in Arizona still intact, is one of the Spanish architectural characteristics.
4. Old TownScottsdale
From central Phoenix travelers by bus to Old Town Scottsdale, to admire the town is also the cultural center with restaurants, shopping and nightlife to enjoy colorful. In addition, you should also manually to the local stalls to buy jewelery, works of art are sold here. Visit the galleries and an outdoor sculpture museum and the Contemporary Art Museum of city history is the place to learn about local culture best. Walking around town, visitors will hear the story of the Old West characters have been riding the horse through the town and shops selling Western instruments.
By: Travel Great