Explore Sedona and Scottsdale!
While you are here for the symposium, plan extra time to explore Sedona and Scottsdale and the surrounding area!
Some of these opportunities are arranged by the symposium (you’ll sign up when you register for the symposium), and some are opportunities for anytime you’re in the area.
*** Add any of these events below to your registration here!
Trip to Sedona: September 13
Add-on at registration. Cost: $130
Go on a tour of Sedona, Nate American ruins, Montezuma Castle National Monument, and the Red Rock country, with a tour guide describing the beautiful landscapes and cliff dwellings. Learn more on the tour operator’s website here. Sign up for the tour as an add-on when you register for the symposium.
Or call Detours American West directly, 480-633-9013, for tour options. They are offering 10% off any of their day tour options for our Symposium attendees!
Trip to the Sonoran Desert, September 13
Enjoy the vast and truly spectacular Sonoran Desert in one of the most unique, off-read opportunities of a lifetime. Allow Arizona Territorial Adventures to help you experience the sights, sounds and history of a landscape that holds a beauty and mystique all its own.
Throughout the course of our tour, we’ll take you off the beaten path in an open-air Jeep to witness the desert in a completely new way. You will hear how different Native American nations survived. The ways in which plants and animals were used in a very harsh environment. How the early U.S. Calvary established its presence in the Southwestern region of our country.
Book your tour now before Walker Remington, your Guide, runs out of space, (480) 215-0027!
Thursday, September 13th: Morning tour begins at 8am. Afternoon tour begins at 1pm. Water and soda is provided.
Adults (kids 13 and older): $85
Kids (6 and older): $75
Tour lasts approximately 3 hours!
Details here: http://www.arizonaterritorialadventures.com/index.html
Desert Botanical Gardens: September 14-16
Explore & pay on your own. Cost: $20
The Desert Botanical Garden is home to one of the world’s most spectacular living collections of the world’s desert plants. Unusual plants including giant cacti, century plants and others in a natural setting create a striking visual treat. The Garden’s living collections include more than 4,000 species and approximately 27,650 individual plants for which scientific records are kept. In addition to providing a stunning display, these plants provide scientists from all over the world with information and material for various research projects.
In 2010, the Garden’s living collections of plants in the cactus and agave families were designated as National Collections of these plants by the North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA). This designation highlights the overall excellence of the Garden’s collections of these marvelous desert plants.
Hot Air Balloon Rides: September 13-16
Reserve a spot on your own. Fees at Sunrise: $149 or $169 with hotel pickup. Fees at Sunset: $179 or $199 with hotel pickup
The hot air balloon rides are at sunrise and sunset. Reserve your spot here.
Pilots will begin the inflation process, giving you the opportunity to become an involved, “hands on” crew member as the gentle giants come to life. You may also choose to observe inflation and take pictures as the sun rises or sets over the hills of the Sonoran Desert. After liftoff, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Sonoran Desert while floating across the sky. After landing, indulge in our Sonoran Sunrise Gourmet Breakfast for the sunrise experience, or Saguaro Sunset Charcuterie at sunset as a post-flight celebration. Includes Prickly Pear Cactus Mimosas, Arizona mesquite smoked turkey breast, assorted fine cheeses, seasonal fresh fruit, local Hickman’s eggs, and uniquely crafted croissants. The breakfast or dinner cost extra.
Musical Instrument Museum: September 13-16
Explore on your own. Fee: $20
The Musical Instrument Museum continually adds to and enhances over 360 exhibits, representing every nation on earth. Throughout the year, the museum turns a spotlight on individual countries through engaging and family-friendly events. The museum has a variety of fascinating collections:
- A magical journey around the globe. MIM’s collection is presented in Geographic Galleries that focus on five major world regions.
- MIM’s Mechanical Music Gallery features a selection of musical instruments such as player pianos, mechanical zithers, and cylinder music boxes that, by definition, “play themselves.”
- See, hear, and feel the vibes of instruments played by musical icons including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley®, Pablo Casals, John Lennon, “King” Sunny Adé, Taylor Swift, Clara Rockmore, Maroon 5, and many others from around the world.
- MIM’s unique Experience Gallery invites guests of all ages to touch, play, and hear a changing array of instruments from many different cultures.
- The Target Gallery complements the museum’s permanent collection with exciting and informative traveling exhibitions and special engagements
- MIM’s Conservation Lab gives guests a behind-the-scenes glimpse at collection maintenance and preservation.