Putting yourself first has never been easier.
“I need a vacation.” When was the last time you uttered those words? With the pressures we all face in everyday life, chances are it wasn’t too long ago. In times like these, a self-care trip is the perfect solution — and, for that, Arizona is ideal. Quick, non-stop and direct flights to one of two international airports put all the wonder of The Grand Canyon State within easy reach.
With more than 325 days a year of sunshine, there’s no better place to lose yourself in some unforgettable outdoor adventure. Hiking, biking, boating, horseback riding, camping and skiing are just a few of the amazing activities to choose from. But here are a few of our very favorite activities.
For centuries people have sought out the mineral-rich waters of Castle Hot Springs for bathing, healing, socializing and spiritual intentions. The unique water is rich in lithium, magnesium and bicarbonates, which help lift your mood, calm your mind and ease aching joints and muscles. Today, this once-remote location is a luxurious, all-encompassing resort experience. Guests enjoy farm-to-table meals, activities such as yoga and meditation, and adventures that include farm tours, guided hikes, archery and e-bikes. But the real star of the show is the mineral hot springs that cascade into three pools of varying warm temperatures. The warm waters are also used to heat the main resort pool and are piped to Spring Bungalows to fill private soaking tubs.
Will paddle for wine? The Water to Wine Kayaking Tour in Sedona is heaven for people who love the outdoors even more when there’s wine involved. This easy, breezy trip takes you by inflatable kayak down a gorgeous scenic stretch of the Verde River, ending at Alcantara Vineyards for an outdoor food and wine-tasting treat.
Sounds relaxing to be sure. But if your idea of an escape includes a healthy dose of adrenaline, Sedona has the off-road adventure of a lifetime. Exclusive to Pink Jeep Tours, the Broken Arrow Tour is as extreme as it gets. For two hours, your Jeep will crawl over and atop Sedona’s iconic red-rock formations covering miles of rugged desert terrain. The ride is a one-of-a-kind way to experience some of the most extraordinary landscapes on the planet.
But why merely explore Sedona by land and water? For a view unlike any other, take to the skies on a balloon adventure. You’ll watch the sunrise over majestic Red Rock Country, enjoying an awe-inspiring 360-degree view of Sedona’s natural wonders.
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Ideally positioned in Chicago’s enticing River North district within a beautifully restored 1920’s Art Deco structure, Freehand Chicago is surrounded by shops, museums, galleries and restaurants. The holiday season is the perfect time to visit — snowy cityscapes and glittering lights set the scene for shopping along the Magnificent Mile and State Street. Leisure time offers the opportunity to bask in the brisk winter air while ice skating in Millennium Park at McCormick Tribune Ice Rink. Complimentary ice-skating lessons are offered each weekend and on some winter season public holidays.
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