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The Wildflower Walk at the Lost Dutchman State Park is a beautiful and close in place to visit. If you are into photography, bring your camera. There will be plenty of beautiful vistas of poppies in hues of orange and yellow. Last year, I took this walk and shared some of my photos in this post: Lost Dutchman State Park. I will plan to go again this year sometime in March as the Superstition Foothills begin to bloom. Located just east of Mesa, Arizona at Highway 88, this is definitely worth the trip. For more details, you can logon to azstateparks.
Another place close by, is located in Sedona, Arizona. If you've not been to Sedona, you are truly missing out. Red rocks, red mountains, and beautiful, beautiful scenic views. From Phoenix, you would head north on the I-17, and then exit on 89A which takes you right through Sedona. If you were to continue on this highway, through Sedona, you would end up in Flagstaff at the top of about 17 miles of a zig-zag mountain climb. Breathtaking! Along the way, you would pass by a popular state park, Slide Rock. I've shared pictures from Sedona, Jerome and Slide Rock as well. Just click on the link. Also available in Sedona, are Hot-air balloon rides. Check out the information at: NorthernLightBalloon and RedRockBalloonAdventures.
The third place to visit is The Grand Canyon....there is a trail requiring the visitor to be physically fit called the Grandview Trail. For those of us not quite as athletic, spend the day strolling along the paved Rim Trail, and be sure to bring your camera for a snapshot of the beautiful sunsets and vistas. Here's a link to find more information on visiting the Grand Canyon.