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Take a Ride at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

If you are looking for a fun outing with the kids or just feel like being a kid again yourself, you need to visit McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in the heart of Scottsdale! I love this place.

The newest attraction is a 10,000-square-foot building that has model railroads and hands-on activities. You can actually visit it for free. Watching the trains and looking at the meticulously designed villages is a trip back to your childhood and a real imagination trip for the …

Experience the New Butterfly Wonderland

Last week I decided to take my grandsons out to the latest great attraction in Scottsdale, Butterfly Wonderland.

I am now a lifetime member because I know it is a place we will visit often! It is not only educational, but an ideal place to spend a hot summer afternoon. It has the largest butterfly atrium in the country!

You can also experience a wonderful 3D movie, the Butterfly Emergence Gallery, and The Conservatory — a glass atrium housing …

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

For years, as a young person, I would drive across McDowell Road to get to the Beeline Highway to go to Saguaro Lake, without ever realizing that I was on the reservation. Trust me when I say that was quite some time ago! It wasn’t until last week that I intentionally took a trip of less-than-five miles and traveled what felt like 100 years back in time to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Reservation.

Being on the reservation is like visiting another country, with its …

Taliesin West: Inspirational, Breathtaking, Awesome

I recently took my first 90-minute Insights Tour of Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and architecture school. Visit the website for wonderful details of the tours. The pictures and words don’t do it justice; you have to go there to really experience it.

The Garden Room

Not only is the tour informative, but the tranquil feeling of the buildings …