Arizona Stops on the Way

Desert Haven at Salt River

Find dozens of ways to learn, play and eat at the Salt River Indian Community.

Baskets and pottery at the Huhugam Ki Museum at Salt River
Baskets and pottery at the Huhugam Ki MuseumCourtesy of Discover Salt River

Located on the eastern border of Scottsdale, Ariz., you’d never guess you’re in a city when you visit the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and their Talking Stick Entertainment District. It’s filled with small-town charm.

At the Huhugam Ki Museum, you can learn about the Salt River Pima and Maricopa people who live in and manage the 52,600 acre sovereign community and how their culture shapes the world around you. Then, visit the USS Arizona Memorial Gardens where you can learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor and even see a real piece of the USS Arizona boat house up-close.

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After you’ve absorbed enough history for the day, check into Great Wolf Lodge. Kids of all ages will get a kick out of the indoor water park along with mini-golf, an arcade and eight on-site restaurants.

If you’re looking for a memorable experience when it comes time for dinner, head to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. This immersive dinner theater features knights on horseback fighting their way to win the queen’s championship.

“Be sure to bring your appetite,” says Discover Salt River tourism specialist, Lauressa Thomas. “You’ll feast on tomato bisque soup, roasted chicken and more and it’s all delightful!

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament at Salt River
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament at Salt RiverCourtesy of Discover Salt River

Looking for something a little quicker to leave you more time for fun? East Coast nostalgia runs high at one of only two White Castle locations in the Western United States. This is the spot for the cult melt-in-your-mouth, square sliders.

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