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explore Adventure Time to Play Piestewa Peak 17 51 # 101 Camelback Mountain # Scottsdale Papago Park # 202 10 Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Phoenix Tempe Mesa 10 South Mountain Park # 202 Best Hikes in the Valley of the Sun Accessible parks, peaks, and preserves in and around Phoenix provide a playground for everyone. By Tara Titcombe ILLUSTRATION BY EVA VÁSQUEZ A year and a half ago, I traded the towering hardwood trees of central North Carolina for the sandstone mountains and saguaro cactuses of Phoenix. I’ve found that the only thing better than staring in awe at the mountains is looking down at the vast city — the sixth largest in the country — from the top of them. And I quickly discovered that the rugged outdoors here is best experienced on the area’s myriad hiking trails. No matter your preferences or fitness level, there’s a trail that’s right for you. I still remember the first time a mountain made me dizzy. I wasn’t even climbing it. I was driving on I-10 through Phoenix. Staring out at the peaks surrounding me, my eyes widened and I felt my stomach flutter. My only thought: I can’t believe I live here. # Papago Park For Families Just east of the Phoenix airport, Papago Park is a special place. On my first visit, my jaw dropped. The park’s massive sandstone buttes arrayed with FEBRUARY 2013 31

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of US Airways - February 2013

US Airways - February 2013
Table of Contents
CEO Letter
From the Editor
Did You Know?
Making It Happen
Hot Spots: Best Literary Pilgrimages
Wine & Dine: Top Chefs on This Year's Trends
Wine & Dine: Comfort Food
Great Escapes: Secret Mexican Hideaways
Adventure: Best Hikes in the Valley of the Sun
Gear Up: Romantic Gestures
Destination 48: Phoenix
Travel Feature: La Magnifica Costa del Pacifico
US Airways Feature: Sky-High Sips
Best of Living: Scottsdale Saddles Up
Special Section: Chateau on Central
Best of Living: The Reef Residences at Atlantis
Williamsburg: Rediscovering the Revolutionary City
Arts Spotlight: Ovation
Special Section: Kentucky
Riding Lessons: Miller School of Albemarle
The Arts of Orange County
Must Read: Pandora's Lunchbox by Melanie Warner
Great Dates
Readers Resource Index
Your US Airways Guide
Video Entertainment
Audio Entertainment
U.S. and Caribbean Service Map
International Service Map
Airport Terminal Maps
US Airways Fleet/Customs & Immigration
Passenger Info/Contact US Airways
US Airways MarketPlace®
Giving: US Airways' Do Crew
Window or Aisle?

US Airways - February 2013