Things to Do in Mesa

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Look forward to cultivating and celebrating creativity, filling your closet, and soaking up the sun in Arizona’s third-largest city. In Mesa, our bountiful harvest is one that we proudly share with our visitors throughout the year. Here, fresh experiences and a treasured heritage of family farms and long-standing festivals combine to create the Fresh Foodie Trail®. Serving as the culinary gateway to Greater Phoenix, the neighboring farms and Agritourism attractions in and around Mesa provide a continuous bounty of seasonal goods for visitors to enjoy. These popular foodie-driven experiences keep visitors coming back for more and can only be found in City Limitless®. Download the Arizona Agritourism Guide to see the stops along the trail and plan your tour now. Mesa, Arizona is neighbors to the Tonto National Forest and visitors to this desert oasis take advantage of being incredibly close to one of the nation’s largest playgrounds. Tonto is the fifth largest forest in the United States and one of the most-visited forests in the country. There are three lakes and two rivers in Mesa that allow for desert boating, paddleboarding, kayaking, and water skiing. Head to the Outdoor Exploration itinerary and Adventure Explorer Desert Guide to learn about the new interactive Geo Tagging experience, where visitors can collect stickers that honor their quest throughout Mesa’s Sonoran Desert trails. Art is big here: The Mesa Arts Center is the largest arts and entertainment park in the Southwest, with four theaters, galleries, exhibition rooms, and classrooms that encourage creativity. Wander downtown’s streets to see more than 200 public art sculptures as well as a number of local restaurants and shops. Bikers rumble through downtown the first Friday night of every month for Motorcycles on Main, and pedestrians browse the shops the next week during the monthly Second Fridays event. Don’t…

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Interesting Facts About Chandler

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FUN FACTS Architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Dr. A.J. Chandler had drawn up plans for a second San Marcos Resort in 1930, “San Marcos in the Desert,” but the resort was never built due to the Great Depression The City also uses water from 22 wells operating in the City.  Chandler’s oldest drinking water well is the Erie well, which has been in service since 1948. Over that time, it has produced an estimated eight billion, 614 million (8,614,000,000) gallons of drinking water. Since it’s opening in 1989, more than 2 million people have walked through the doors of the Chandler Center for the Arts.  The Center is jointly owned by the City of Chandler and the Chandler Unified School District, which provides the students with the opportunity to perform in a world-class theatre.  Minnesota Vikings Quarterback, Donovan McNabb has made his home in Chandler. Have you ever heard of Folley Park?  This park was named after Zora Folley, a former City Councilmember who was also a former heavyweight boxer who fought Muhammad Ali. The gray water produced by Chandler high-tech companies like Intel, who just recently opened FAB 32, provides the water for all the lakes of Ocotillo. A southwest tradition for over 50 years, the annual Tumbleweed tree is constructed from 1500-2000 tumbleweeds, 1200 lights, 65 pounds of glitter, and 25 lbs. of paint. Natural Pest Solutions With incredible climate and lifestyle opportunities, Chandler has seen a recent increase in the number of people moving to the area. As a result, the number of residences has grown over the past few years. This growth has created a demand for different residential services that cater to their needs, offering solutions for both residential and commercial properties.  One business example is this quality Chandler Pest Control Company that provides great…

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The Great Outdoors of Apache Junction

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The Superstitions, said to hold undiscovered gold, are the soul of Apache Junction, with trails that’ll take you back in time. Locals call the jagged mountains southeast of Phoenix the “Supes.” The iconic range is home to some of the state’s most photographed trails as well as the Weavers Needle formation, Peralta Canyon, and the fabled Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine. As the legend goes, an immigrant discovered gold in the Superstition Wilderness, revealing it on his deathbed. Tons of gold has been unearthed in the region, but none verified as his. Along the Apache Trail, you can take a mine tour and pan for gold at Goldfield Ghost Town, a recreated boomtown that’s great fun for the whole family. You can also ride Arizona’s only narrow-gauge railroad, catch a mock gunfight, visit the Superstition Mountain Museum, or, if you dare, take a ride on the Superstition Zipline. But it’s gold of another kind – celebrated Sonoran Desert sunrises and sunsets – that draw most visitors. This is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts thanks to the wide-open vistas and lush desert vegetation that is especially gorgeous in spring when the cacti and wildflowers are in bloom. Whether you’re hiking, horseback riding, or off-roading, you’ll want to continue on to Tortilla Flat. Once a stage stop, today the cantina serves a mean bowl of chili. Natural Pest Solutions With incredible climate and lifestyle opportunities, Apache Junction has seen a recent increase in the number of people moving to the area. As a result, the number of residences has grown over the past few years. This growth has created a demand for different residential services that cater to their needs, offering solutions for both residential and commercial properties.  One business example is this quality Apache Junction Pest Control Company that provides great services…

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Scottsdale 2019: Best of Scottsdale, Arizona

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About Scottsdale With its acclaimed resorts, dining, shopping, and nightlife, Scottsdale offers everything you’d expect from a premier vacation destination, plus something delightfully unexpected – the stirring beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Scottsdale’s lush desert landscape offers nearly endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Watch the sunrise from the gondola of a hot air balloon. Explore rolling mountain foothills on a hike in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Or unleash your inner cowboy and saddle-up for a Western-style horseback ride. Just make sure your cell phone is fully charged so you can capture the desert’s breathtaking scenery and technicolor sunsets. Prefer your adventure with an urban edge? Head for Old Town where art galleries and boutiques cozy up to some of the state’s most popular chef-driven restaurants. Old Town also boasts award-winning craft breweries and wine-tasting rooms, as well as two of the city’s most popular museums – Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. And anchoring Old Town’s northern edge are Scottsdale Fashion Square, the Southwest’s largest shopping destination, and the city’s Entertainment District, a mecca for high-energy nightlife. No matter how you slice it, Old Town Scottsdale is just about the most fun you can have in one square mile! Beyond Old Town, you can discover the beauty of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture at Taliesin West, hear Paolo Soleri’s melodious bronze wind bells at Cosanti, and stroll among thousands of colorful species at Butterfly Wonderland. Scottsdale also is home to world-class events, including the Waste Management Phoenix Open, Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction, Cactus League Spring Training and the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show. And when you’re ready to relax and enjoy some Scottsdale-style self-care, the city’s renowned resort and day spas are standing by with pampering treatments that blend Sonoran Desert-inspired indulgences and Native…

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Get to Know the Uniqueness of Calgary

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Get To Know Calgary Welcome to Calgary, a city rich with beautiful landscapes, picturesque skylines, and urban vibrancy, the city has a dynamic array of experiences that allow both visitors and Calgarians endless opportunities for adventure and to live in the moment.  With community spirit at its core, Calgary is a young, energetic and diverse city full of shareable experiences. We encourage you to share your memories, with us and with others, by tagging @tourismcalgary and #CaptureCalgary where you can on social media. Whether you’re here to experience the energy that takes over the city during the Calgary Stampede or wind-down and relax from a bucket list outdoor adventure in the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, we’re glad you’re here and we hope you enjoy your time! The Culture in Calgary Our common purpose is making life better every day. The word “life” has a dual meaning: existence (people’s lives), and verve (energy, creativity). We make a difference by contributing to people’s well-being – their comfort, security and satisfaction with life in our city – and ensuring a high standard of quality of life for our residents. We also make a difference by bringing “life” to new ideas, creativity, and innovation to our work, and energy and enthusiasm in our approach to public service. Calgary’s Best Neighbourhoods  There are more than 180 residential neighborhoods in the City of Calgary. Most of us know only a few of them well — where we live, where we work, maybe a couple of others that we visit frequently. But it’s hard to know a lot about all of them, so we’ve tried to do some of the heavy liftings and provide a bit of insight into a variety of Calgary’s best neighborhoods. From the inner city to the city limits, the very small (Roxboro has…

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An Overview of the Canadian City Surrey

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Get to know Surrey Surrey is a city in the province of British Columbia, Canada, located south of the Fraser River and north of the Canada–United States border. It is a member municipality of the Metro Vancouver regional district and metropolitan area. Mainly a suburban city, Surrey is the province’s second-largest by population after Vancouver and the third largest by area after Abbotsford and Prince George. The seven neighborhoods or “town centers” the City of Surrey comprises are: Fleetwood, Whalley, City Centre, Guildford, Newton, Cloverdale, and South Surrey. Attractions The Museum of Surrey is affiliated with CMA, CHIN, and Virtual Museum of Canada.[citation needed] It reopened as the Museum of Surrey on September 29, 2018, after a renovation which added 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) to the previous 24,000-square-foot (2,200 m2) building.                                        The historic Surrey Municipal Hall complex includes the Cenotaph in Heritage Square, the Surrey Museum, and Cloverdale Library. The Surrey City Centre Public Library located at Whalley/City Centre is the second largest library in terms of size in Metro Vancouver. “REMEMBRANCE” by André Gauthier (sculptor) in Heritage Square, is an oversized bronze statue depicting a World War I kneeling soldier, helmet in hand, in remembrance of his fallen comrades. Business & Economic Development  Business in Surrey is bold, innovative, competitive and thriving. For three years in a row, the Real Estate Investment Network named Surrey the best place in British Columbia to invest. Surrey was also recognized as the Clean Energy Association of BC “Community of the Year” in 2011, for their integrated approach to sustainability and energy conservation.  Surrey is, in fact, one of the largest industrial centers within British Columbia, with a burgeoning high technology, clean energy,…

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Get to Know the City of Kamloops

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About Kamloops Kamloops is ideally located in the heart of British Columbia’s sunny Southern Interior and is easily accessed by road, air, and rail.  The word Kamloops is the English translation of the Shuswap word Tk’emlúps, which means “where the rivers meet”, and has been the home of the Tk’emlupsemc, the “people of the confluence”, for centuries. Kamloops is a great community that nurtures growth. As Canada’s Tournament Capital, we foster a grassroots philosophy of inclusion, accessibility, and sports development. Incorporated as a city in 1893, Kamloops has transitioned into an urban city while maintaining its western hospitality. Kamloops takes pride in its vibrant arts community. Year-round locals and visitors alike enjoy professional and emerging art galleries and displays throughout the city. Amateur and professional theatre, music festivals, and established and emerging arts and culture organizations and events are held annually in our public venues. Did You Know… Kamloops has the highest number of golf courses per capita in Canada The Kamloops Bike Ranch is the largest municipal bike park in Canada Kenna Cartwright Nature Park is the largest municipal park in British Columbia The Kamloops Longboard Park has over 350 meters of track There are 82 parks in Kamloops, covering 1,350 hectares There are 100 freshwater lakes within 1 hour 4 wineries have been established in the Thompson Valley since 2012 Kamloops has 5 very different breweries Key Industries & Economic Sectors of Kamloops The city of Kamloops’ economy is strong and diverse. Forestry, mining, retail, and agriculture have always anchored the economy of Kamloops as core, or driver, industries. Today, the emerging areas of technology, bioenergy, sustainable industry, and tourism are strengthening our economic base and contributing to the city’s dynamic growth. With its well-established transportation networks, infrastructure and growing university, Kamloops are attracting and supporting an ever-increasing…

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