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11-27-2008, 09:26 AM
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Hey Id like to thank some of you for providing me with info about Phx. I had an awesome trip and loved the city. The game against the Blackhawks was Awesome..wicked seats. Went everywhere in the city someone could go in a week and loved it. Scottsdale is quite uppity as compared to most. Some of those houses on the mountains blew my mind...Sedona was awesome. Won a little money at Casino AZ. ate at a bunch of nice restaurants. laid out at the pool and drank my face off. Found it quite funny to hear people saying its winter and that seasonal products were away when it was 88....Also found out that i would never ever get in a vehicle again with my Father in law. worst driver ever. took 3 years off my life with him driving on the 10 after the game. Does not understand that you cant cross 4 lanes of highway doing 55 when everyone else is doin 75-80. lucky we are alive.

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Does anyone know where motorcycle parking is located on game nights?

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there are a few spots in the gametime parking area really close to the complex. they're between the handicap spots and the sidewalk for the arena.

right in the center of this map.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...00956&t=h&z=20

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12-31-2008, 12:26 AM
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Honeymoon in Arizona

In the past 24 hours, my fiancee and I have been presented a gift by one of her friends to stay in her condo in Tucson for two weeks after we get married this July 25.

We are very excited about this, especially because we are tight on money and this saves a heck of a lot of money, leaving us only needing plane tickets and a rental car. We probably won't stay the full two weeks in Arizona, but I'd say we'd probably spend a good 10 days for sure. We'd fly out from Ohio either late the 25th or sometime the 26th and return the middle of next week.

So far, these are the plans we have:
  • Try to catch a Phillies-Diamondbacks game, the only home series during our honeymoon
  • Visit Tombstone
  • See the Grand Canyon
  • Possibly sneak up to Vegas for a day

Are there other things that we should seriously consider doing? Keep in mind that we're not made of money, and I also don't want to spend every day on the road becayse we'd probably like to keep some time reserved for staying in Tucson and relaxing and other "honeymoon" activities... (wink wink nudge nudge)

Also, what's the best way to get Diamondbacks tickets and making sure I get decent seats? You guys would know the market out there better than I do.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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12-31-2008, 01:01 AM
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In the past 24 hours, my fiancee and I have been presented a gift by one of her friends to stay in her condo in Tucson for two weeks after we get married this July 25.

We are very excited about this, especially because we are tight on money and this saves a heck of a lot of money, leaving us only needing plane tickets and a rental car. We probably won't stay the full two weeks in Arizona, but I'd say we'd probably spend a good 10 days for sure. We'd fly out from Ohio either late the 25th or sometime the 26th and return the middle of next week.

So far, these are the plans we have:
  • Try to catch a Phillies-Diamondbacks game, the only home series during our honeymoon
  • Visit Tombstone
  • See the Grand Canyon
  • Possibly sneak up to Vegas for a day

Are there other things that we should seriously consider doing? Keep in mind that we're not made of money, and I also don't want to spend every day on the road becayse we'd probably like to keep some time reserved for staying in Tucson and relaxing and other "honeymoon" activities... (wink wink nudge nudge)

Also, what's the best way to get Diamondbacks tickets and making sure I get decent seats? You guys would know the market out there better than I do.

Thanks in advance for any help.
I assume by your avitar this is a no brainer; fly out of CMH (Columbus) Very Cheap compared w/ Cincinnati (where I am from)

Must do the Grand Canyon (try for the north side, less crowded, I would suggest that you hike the bright angle trail, stay at Phantom Ranch (Get reservations ASAP) and hike out the next day.

Maybe try for a Suns game if the timing works w/ theirs and your schedules etc.

RIDE THE NEW LIGHT RAIL, it will take you to magical places.

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Maybe try for a Suns game if the timing works w/ theirs and your schedules etc.

RIDE THE NEW LIGHT RAIL, it will take you to magical places.
Magical already grafttied places, like Mesa.

Also, I think he said July, so the Suns won't be an option.

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Magical already grafttied places, like Mesa.

Also, I think he said July, so the Suns won't be an option.
& Magical like the Christown Mall

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12-31-2008, 01:37 AM
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  • Try to catch a Phillies-Diamondbacks game, the only home series during our honeymoon
  • Visit Tombstone
  • See the Grand Canyon
  • Possibly sneak up to Vegas for a day
If you are going to the Grand Canyon (which I am not that big a fan of), you should check out Sedona and Flagstaff since they are going to be on your way anyway. They both present unique parts of Arizona that you might not expect.

Tombstone is very overrated. Old Tucson was pretty interesting before the fire, but it has really lost its luster.

If you are going to be starting in Tucson anyway, please check out the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. It really is amazing. You should put aside several hours to spend there checking out all of the amazing things they have to offer in addition to the short drive from most of Tucson. My girlfriend had little appreciation for the Arizona desert until I took her there, now I cannot visit without taking her there. It is that interesting.

The Air & Space Museum is also pretty cool. They have a lot of different aircraft worth checking out including multiple B-52s, an F-14, multiple MiGs, an SR-71 and a previous Air Force 1. Those are just the big names, there are a lot more aircraft worth seeing.

Colossal Cave is cool if you have time. As well as Mount Lemmon.

While in Tucson, there are a lot of good spots to hang out if you link to drink. East of the University there are good spots on Speedway. There are also good spots downtown.

I am sure I am forgetting some good points of interest. I will try to reply if I remember any more.

Basically, there is a lot to see all over Arizona. It really is a lot more than a big, desolate desert with only Phoenix and its suburbs in the middle. I am often sad when I tell people I am going to be trekking about Arizona (which I do about once a year) and people expect I will only be visiting cities around Phoenix when in reality the only reason I bother with Phoenix is to see a hockey game.


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12-31-2008, 02:26 AM
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Possibly sneak up to Vegas for a day
From where you're at in Tuscon, it's probably closer to head to San Diego than Vegas. Just my $.02.

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Are there other things that we should seriously consider doing?
Visit Sedona. Seriously. It's a great town to go and visit for the day.

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we'd probably like to keep some time reserved for staying in Tucson and relaxing and other "honeymoon" activities... (wink wink nudge nudge)

I don't get it.


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Also, what's the best way to get Diamondbacks tickets and making sure I get decent seats? You guys would know the market out there better than I do.
Well, first they have to go on sale.

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On the day you go to Tombstone, you should make it a point to check out Kartchner Caverns and Bisbee. They are all in the same area and can easily be visited in a day. I think Tombstone is worth the visit just because..well..so much bad ass history happened on that little street! Though I feel you'll actually enjoy the caverns and Bisbee (be sure to check out the street with all the art shops) slightly more.

Oh and I second the idea of checking out San Diego, perfect time of the year to hit up the beach! Considering you're trying to be wise with your money, I'd avoid Vegas.

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I will second Kartchner Caverns. Good one I forgot.

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OT: Coming to Phoenix for a Hockey Game

Hey,

I'm coming to Phoenix for the Tampa Bay Lightning game on Jan 8th, and was hoping for a little bit of advice.

I land around noon the day of the game and am only staying for the night, and flying out in the morning.

I haven't booked a hotel yet.

A couple of questions.

Should I stay out near Glendale where the rink is or near the Airport?

Where are the cool bars/nightlife for post game fun (I'm in my mid 20s)?

Also, I haven't got seats to the game yet. I see that they are really cheap on StubHub.com. Is this the best place to get tickets, or are there lots of seats from scalpers? Is it easy to buy upper deck tickets and then just walk down to empty seats in the lower bowl (don't hate me for that).

Can anyone recommend what a good plan would be?

Thanks for the help.

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Ifyou're worried about traffic getting to the airport, then i'd get a hotel near there. If you're gonna go out and party after the game, then just get a room at westgate if you dont mind fighting traffic friday morning (and i honestly dont know how bad it would be)

My personal favorite bar is Hell's Half Acre right outside the arena, it's not a very lively place at all....but that's how i like it

I would just buy a cheap upper level seat from a scalper...or an upper level seat at the box office the night of, and head downstairs

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Ifyou're worried about traffic getting to the airport, then i'd get a hotel near there. If you're gonna go out and party after the game, then just get a room at westgate if you dont mind fighting traffic friday morning (and i honestly dont know how bad it would be)

My personal favorite bar is Hell's Half Acre right outside the arena, it's not a very lively place at all....but that's how i like it

I would just buy a cheap upper level seat from a scalper...or an upper level seat at the box office the night of, and head downstairs
They're pretty strict about upstairs people sitting in lowers. I have friends who have tried and gotten caught. Most of the nice ushers like my friend brian don't care where in the lowers you sit as long as you have a lower ticket and you dont sit in the first 2 rows or any toyota sections.

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Hey,

I'm coming to Phoenix for the Tampa Bay Lightning game on Jan 8th, and was hoping for a little bit of advice.

I land around noon the day of the game and am only staying for the night, and flying out in the morning.

I haven't booked a hotel yet.

A couple of questions.

Should I stay out near Glendale where the rink is or near the Airport?

Where are the cool bars/nightlife for post game fun (I'm in my mid 20s)?

Also, I haven't got seats to the game yet. I see that they are really cheap on StubHub.com. Is this the best place to get tickets, or are there lots of seats from scalpers? Is it easy to buy upper deck tickets and then just walk down to empty seats in the lower bowl (don't hate me for that).

Can anyone recommend what a good plan would be?

Thanks for the help.

Charlie
Just go to the box office before the game and buy whatever seats you want, it's not like the game will be even close to sold out. No need to mess with stubhub junk (unless it's substantially below face value).

If you stay out by the rink you won't have many party options, I suppose you could go to that Cadillac Ranch place, it looks to be happening fairly regularly. Otherwise you're better off staying in the East Valley, specifically Old Town Scottsdale. That area will be beyond jumping on a Thursday night and basically heaven for someone in their mid 20's! Not to mention Old Town is also much closer to the airport.

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Otherwise you're better off staying in the East Valley, specifically Old Town Scottsdale. That area will be beyond jumping on a Thursday night and basically heaven for someone in their mid 20's! Not to mention Old Town is also much closer to the airport.
Without question, Old Town is where you'll want to stay if you're looking for bars/clubs. Might be the top spot in the world for that stuff.

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Been reading through the last few pages of this thread and getting some good ideas about places to eat and such.

I am coming to PHX on Jan 10th and staying until the 14th. I will be staying downtown near the convention center. Any good places to watch hockey on the Center Ice package? I want to keep tabs on my Blue Jackets while I am there. Any suggestions would be great. Also, how difficult is it to get to the arena or to the "old town" area that was written about in some earlier posts. I won't have a car.

Thanks for the help!

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Been reading through the last few pages of this thread and getting some good ideas about places to eat and such.

I am coming to PHX on Jan 10th and staying until the 14th. I will be staying downtown near the convention center. Any good places to watch hockey on the Center Ice package? I want to keep tabs on my Blue Jackets while I am there. Any suggestions would be great. Also, how difficult is it to get to the arena or to the "old town" area that was written about in some earlier posts. I won't have a car.

Thanks for the help!
How difficult will depend on your situation. You're not particularly close to either place but if you have a rental it's not hard to get there.

'A' is roughly where you'll be staying:

To Old Town Scottsdale

To the arena

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Without a car you are pretty much going to need to take a cab to Scottsdale and absolutely to the arena. Public transportation here is the worst I've ever experienced in a major city and that includes outside the U.S. There is NO public transportation after 10 PM in the city of Phoenix except for the new light rail (which oddly enough coincided with the elimination of all other transit after 10 PM) which will take you to Tempe which has a few hot spots on Mill Avenue.

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Without a car you are pretty much going to need to take a cab to Scottsdale and absolutely to the arena. Public transportation here is the worst I've ever experienced in a major city and that includes outside the U.S. There is NO public transportation after 10 PM in the city of Phoenix except for the new light rail (which oddly enough coincided with the elimination of all other transit after 10 PM) which will take you to Tempe which has a few hot spots on Mill Avenue.
Actually the light rail closes early.

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Sinurgy there isn't a Cadillac Ranch at Westgate, but there is a Saddle Ranch...not sure the difference. I would stay at the Renaissance right there by the Arena b/c thats where the lighting will likely stay and how cool would that be to bump into Vinny at the ice machine at 2am. Traffic shouldn't be that big a deal, 1 hour tops from Glendale to the Airport during rush hour.

If you need just the one ticket I have an extra it's yours.

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Without a car you are pretty much going to need to take a cab to Scottsdale and absolutely to the arena. Public transportation here is the worst I've ever experienced in a major city and that includes outside the U.S. There is NO public transportation after 10 PM in the city of Phoenix except for the new light rail (which oddly enough coincided with the elimination of all other transit after 10 PM) which will take you to Tempe which has a few hot spots on Mill Avenue.
Thanks for the info. What is the downtown/convention center area like? Any fun down there? Anyone know of a specific "hockey" establishment that would have Center Ice?

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Thanks for the info. What is the downtown/convention center area like? Any fun down there? Anyone know of a specific "hockey" establishment that would have Center Ice?
not a ton...yet... there is a great new restaurant/ bar named HANNEYS on the SW corner of 1st street and Adams. Would not have CI or any TV's for that matter, but great food and cocktails.

Stoudemire's on Jefferson and 1st Street, has TV's and subscribes to CI but you may have to beg a bar tender to have them put a game on, and you wouldn't stand a shot at watching hockey if their was a Suns game going on across the street.

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Sinurgy there isn't a Cadillac Ranch at Westgate, but there is a Saddle Ranch...not sure the difference. I would stay at the Renaissance right there by the Arena b/c thats where the lighting will likely stay and how cool would that be to bump into Vinny at the ice machine at 2am. Traffic shouldn't be that big a deal, 1 hour tops from Glendale to the Airport during rush hour.

If you need just the one ticket I have an extra it's yours.
The Renaissance is a bit pricey. There is a Hampton Suites right near the arena that is much cheaper. It doesn't have a spa or fancy restaurant, but the rates are reasonable and you get a free breakfast.

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Thanks for the info. What is the downtown/convention center area like? Any fun down there? Anyone know of a specific "hockey" establishment that would have Center Ice?
When the Coyotes played at America West, we used to go to Jacksons on 3rd before and after the games. They had plenty of TV's and my have CI.

Cooperstown is a fairly cool place to go. It's Alice Cooper's place. If you're into rock, there's tons of pretty cool memorabilia.

TGI Fridays in Chase Field is pretty cool. It's in the outfield and has nice views. Not much of a bar and only a few TVs, but nice views.

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