Arizona Outdoor Adventures

Arizona is known as the Grand Canyon State, but its attractions for visitors range far beyond that awe-inspiring sight. Home to spectacular blooming deserts, raging rivers, and The Petrified Forest, it also enjoys a vibrant urban scene with cities like Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tucson, where tourists will find James-Beard-award-winning restaurants, incredible museums, quirky boutiques, world-class golfing and 15 Major League Baseball teams that hold spring training in Arizona. Worldwide vacation ownership network Diamond Resorts International® has more than 370 managed and affiliated properties around the globe, including 15 in Arizona. Diamond Resorts Reviews has taken a closer look at three of these locations that provide uniquely Southwest experiences for travelers: Varsity Clubs of America – Tucson; Scottsdale Villa Mirage; and Rancho Mañana Resort.

With its painted blue sky and surrounded by the rugged peaks of five mountain ranges, Tucson is graced with unlimited natural beauty and activities like hiking, biking, climbing and horseback riding. Located in the metro area near the University of Arizona, the Varsity Clubs of America – Tucson is decorated to reflect its proud sports heritage. The spacious, all-suite accommodations include sofa beds, kitchenettes, flat-screen TVs and DVD players, and free WiFi. Other on-site amenities include an outdoor pool and a hot tub, game room with pool table, a state-of-the-art fitness center and an outdoor BBQ area for relaxing with family and friends. Nearby, a number of golf courses await, with a variety of municipal and championship styles.

Scottsdale draws in visitors year-round with its never-ending sunshine, youthful energy and desert-chic vibe that teems with art, culture and outdoor adventure in the Sonoran Desert. Diamond Resorts Reviews loves Scottsdale Villa Mirage for its location as a comfortable hideaway, while still being fully accessible to the city’s offerings. The refined studio suites offer kitchenettes, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, iPod docks and pull-out sofas, plus patios or balconies. Suites with one or two bedrooms add fully-equipped kitchens and separate living spaces with fireplace as well as in-room washers and dryers for convenience. The resort-style amenities include an outdoor pool with snack bar, kid’s splash pad, tennis courts, putting green and a fitness center. Other facilities include a coffee shop and a lounge/bar.

The Rancho Mañana Resort is set in the high desert of Arizona, outside of the Phoenix/Scottsdale area where the authentic Western lifestyle has been preserved in the desert foothills of Cave Creek (pop. 5,000). Immerse yourself in the Western spirit, shop at the outdoor flea market for collectibles, or explore the art galleries and museums. Diamond Resorts Reviews is impressed by the endlessly breathtaking mountain views that surround the property. The secluded retreat features elegant and spacious two-bedroom accommodations, each with a fully-equipped kitchen, two full master suites and authentic Western décor. All rooms offer balconies, patios or terraces, as well as fireplaces and private whirlpool tubs. The adjacent Rancho Mañana Golf Club is an added draw, while the outdoor heated pool and hot tub beckon with sun-drenched relaxation. An on-site gourmet restaurant serves Native American and Southwestern cuisine, and there’s also a cocktail lounge for unwinding.