Upper and Lower Navajo Falls provide eye-candy appetizers on the final stretch to Havasu Falls – still show-stopping despite the 2008 floods that shattered its travertine tracery.The chain-grappling clamber to Mooney Falls makes the plunge into its powder-blue lagoon more satisfying.
Second St., Winslow, 928-289-2573), decked relatively subtly with lipstick-red seats and an Elvis portrait. Route 66, Flagstaff, 928-774-2466), where you’ll spot more mid-century staples: Jukebox? Experience what it was like to bed beside a sleeping Shiva at this museum south of Tucson, which preserves the country’s last remaining Titan II intercontinental ballistic missile.
If an overnighter’s too much for your nerves, they also offer fascinating one- to five-hour tours. Duval Mine Rd., Sahuarita, 520-625-7736, 6 Eat a saguaro. The saguaro’s pulpy, tomatillo-shaped fruit evidently makes for a pleasing tea when mingled with rose hips and the like.
Additionally, the Tohono O’odham use the fruit’s berry-like seeds and ruddy pulp to make a traditional smoky-sweet syrup called bahidaj sitol – ideal for glazing meat or drizzling over fruit.
Take a specialist-led excursion down the Colorado River with Arizona Raft Adventures and Grand Canyon Expeditions, or give geologist Wayne Ranney a ring – he’ll help you decode the Canyon’s rocky palimpsest on one of his personally-led adventures.
azraft.com, gcex.com, 3 Do a Back to the Future tour of Route 66. Pima healer Belen Stoneman is part medicine woman, part massage therapist, part cultural ambassador for her Akimel O’odham people.
You don’t need a De Lorean to travel to 1955; just pop into these retro diners on the Mother Road. Go full-throttle poodle skirt at Twisters 50s Soda Fountain (417 E. Then take it into turquoise trim and extra-malt overdrive at Mr. Andy Devine Ave., Kingman, 928-718-0066, mrdzrt66diner.com). Her thoachta (healing) sessions at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass’ Aji Spa begin with a couch consultation. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, 602-225-0100, 5 Spend the night at the Titan Missile Museum.
Ease into the era with breakfast at Dar’s Route 66 Diner (107 W. She’ll intuit your body’s balance of earthly elements, massage you with nose-tingling creosote balm, release your body’s negative emotions, then discuss your spiritual state and perhaps foretell your future. In this underground silo, Cold War-era Air Force members had their fingers poised over the key that would unlock atomic armageddon.
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