Roughly 250 miles southeast of Las Vegas — four hours, mostly by freeway — Flagstaff offers a cool alternative to summer in Southern Nevada. For a city of just 70,000, the famed gateway is itself an attractive destination with more than enough to see, do, eat and drink on any weekend in any season.
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The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a great mountain biking location.
Perched among the tops of pine trees blanketing Onyx Peak, I stand on a metal platform. There’s no way down the platform nested on a single, steel trunk. No stairs. No ladder. But there is a way down.
Communities throughout Cerca country boast fairs and festivals filled with food, music and fun family activities during August.
Through Oct. 18, Cedar City, Utah: Utah Shakespeare Festival. This season’s plays include “Twelfth Night,” “The Comedy of Errors” and “Measure for Measure.” Matinee and evening performances. Dark Sundays. 800-752-9849. www.bard.org .
If one can avoid becoming frustrated with the construction delays on the way to Cedar City, Utah, it’s worth the effort, especially for those attending the Shakespeare festival this summer. Just don’t go there thinking you’ll find a mini Manhattan.
After a tasty dinner of enchilada pie packed with sliced zucchini, yellow squash and bison meat, two touring bicyclists — Elizabeth from Utah and Nancy from California — strolled from their campsite at Bryce Canyon National Park to the canyon rim for a peek at the sunset.
Aside from the numerous bike trails, the thriving art community at the Utah-Arizona border has much to offer for those looking to get out of Las Vegas for a weekend trip.
April 10-12, Reno: Reno Jazz Festival. This event features competitions, clinics and more than 300 performances by amateurs and professionals. UNR campus. 775-784-4046. www.visitreno.com .
Many couples head to Sedona for romance, but we opted for a family getaway during our recent visit to this charming city in Arizona’s high desert.
Wind your way through Jerome, Ariz., and you might feel like you’ve reached the edges of the Earth.
Spring break destination Lake Havasu City has plenty of toned down offerings the rest of the year.
Though the ground may still be white in many parts of Cerca country, expect a celebration of the green as St. Patrick’s Day is observed with parades, food and drink.
As part of the state’s sesquicentennial celebration, the Strozzi VFW Post 12108 in Beatty is hosting the Bullfrog Historical Mining District Poker Run from May 2 to 4.
Winter is just another season for celebrating across Cerca country as many areas sponsor festivals filled with cold-weather activities.
Everybody can use a little peace and quiet.
Before my first visit to Laughlin 22 years ago, I told the employer who was sending me there that it was described to me as “just a couple of casinos in the middle of the desert.” His response was to point out that you could describe Las Vegas the same way.
There’s something for everyone in Prescott, a classic Arizona frontier town, with its lively mix of national forests and Old West saloons.
Celebrate the holidays in a variety of festive ways in Cerca country.
Although Albert Johnson wasn’t a hardy person, the “castle” he built in the northern part of Death Valley National Park has become synonymous with Death Valley, albeit under someone else’s name.
When we paddled into a side branch of Lake Powell’s Face Canyon, we finally escaped the hot sun and rising desert wind.
While summer vacations may be over, there are still plenty of activities and beautiful places to experience in Cerca country.
There are two paths you can go by, as Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant so famously sang. Of course, he was lyricizing about a stairway to heaven and not a roadway from Las Vegas to Ely.
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