Around Town

Search or browse our database of thing to do around town, which includes local vendors referred by Meridian residents (RV repair, pet grooming, sun shades, etc.).

Arts & Entertainment

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The Phoenix Symphony Phoenix Upcoming concerts, tickets, seating charts, special events, artists for The Phoenix Symphony. http://www.phoenixsymphony.org
Superstition Mountain Museum Apache Junction Explore the artifacts, history and folklore of the Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction and the surrounding region. Hours, admission, events. http://www.superstitionmountainmuseum.org
St. Anthonys Greek Orthodox Monastery Florence Monastery accepts visitors daily to tour the grounds. Over-night stay available. Groups are welcome; call in advance. Directions, hours, proper attire, Service schedule. http://www.stanthonysmonastery.org/visitorguide.php
Phoenix Art Museum Phoenix Popular exhibitions featuring artists such as Rembrandt and Annie Leibowitz along with the Museum’s collection of more than 17,000 works. Directions, hours, events. http://www.phxart.org
Mesa Arts Center Mesa Performing arts, theater, art gallery, and concerts. Calendar, tickets, free events, classes, directions, parking and tours. http://www.mesaartscenter.com
Heard Museum Phoenix One of the area’s first cultural attractions. Native American artwork, pottery, books, textiles, and jewelry. Find volunteer, tour and exhibit information. http://www.heard.org
Chandler Center for the Arts Chandler Cultural landmark in the East Valley. Broad range of performances including Broadway shows. Events calendar, tickets, box office hours, and directions. http://www.chandlercenter.org
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Coolidge About one hour from Phoenix. Learn about the ancient Hohokam culture and the rich history of Casa Grande Ruins. Directions, Hours, Fees, and Events. http://www.nps.gov/cagr/index.htm

Casinos

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Sol Casinos Tucson Two locations: Casino of the Sun and Casino Del Sol. Slots, tables, bingo and poker. World-famous amphitheater. Directions, dining, entertainment. http://www.solcasinos.com
Gila River Casinos Arizona Three locations: Chandler and Laveen: Wild Horse Pass; Vee Quiva; Lone Butte. Gaining and entertainment. Directions, events, dining and promotions. http://www.wingilariver.com
Fort McDowell Casino Fort McDowell Only 24 miles from Phoenix. Gaming including machines, tables, live keno, porker tournaments. Directions, entertainment and dining. http://www.fortmcdowellcasino.com
Cliff Castle Casino Camp Verde In the heart of northern Arizona. Slots, blackjack, and poker. Steakhouse, bowling, live entertainment. Directions, dining, events. http://www.cliffcastlecasino.net
Casino Arizona Scottsdale Two locations. Features gaming and entertainment. Directions, entertainment, dining, promotions, and calendar. http://www.casinoarizona.com

Driving Tours & Scenic Roads

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Apache Junction Art Festival of the Superstitions Apache Junction Fine-art booths, attractions, food and entertainment. Date, times, directions, schedule of events. Annual event in November. http://ajartfestivalofthesuperstitions.com
Route 66 Historic Back Country Byway Arizona Last and best-preserved segments of the original Route 66. Explore attractions, nature, and restaurants along one of America's first transcontinental highways. Detailed driving tour itinerary available. http://www.arizonaguide.com/places-to-visit/arizonas-west-coast/route-66-historic-back-country-byway
Coronado Trail Scenic Road North Central Arizona http://www.arizonascenicroads.com
Apache Trail Historic Road Phoenix State Route 88, 42-miles of desert splendor. Combination of paved and dirt roads. Trail leads to a ghost town, gold mine and a lake. Photo tour, build your itinerary. http://www.arizonascenicroads.com

Festivals and Events

Title Region Description Contact
Walk 'n Roll Dog Walk Tempe Annual walk to raise donations and awareness for Power Paws Assistance Dogs, a non-profit organization providing skilled assistance dogs to adults and children with disabilities. Held in January. http://www.walknrolldogwalk.org
Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Festival Tucson Two-day festival of art, music, performance, food and arts activities. Held on the Northwest Campus of Pima Community College. Annually in March. Free. Directions and times. http://www.saaca.org/events-artsculturalfest.html
Glendale Jazz and Blues Festival Glendale Local and national bands play smooth jazz and soulful blues. Beer gardens, food, and shopping. Annual in April. http://www.glendaleaz.com/events
Glendale Glitters Spectacular Weekend Glendale Annual holiday tradition (November). Lights illuminating twelve blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale. Entertainment, food, hand-crafted holiday gifts, and carriage rides. http://www.glendaleaz.com/events
Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts Fountain Hills Nearly 500 artists and artisans. Gourmet food and live entertainment. Free admission and parking. Directions and hours. Annually in November. http://www.fountainhillschamber.com/Events/FestivalofArtsCrafts.aspx
Festival of the West Scottsdale Western Music Jamboree, Extreme Cowboy Race, Log Home Show, Film Festival, Cook Off. Annual event in March. Schedule, tickets, maps and directions. http://www.festivalofthewest.com
Festival in the Desert Phoenix Annual event offers live music, art and food. March 2010. Tickets, line up, vendors, directions and parking. http://www.jwfestivalinthedesert.com
Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival Carefree Over 165 artists and in excess of 5,000 original masterpieces of fine art. Great wine, live entertainment, savory food. Annual in November. http://www.thunderbirdartists.com/festivals/Carefree_Nov09.htm
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson Auction Company holds it's world-famous car event in Scottsdale annually in January. Classic and collector cars. Week long. Directions, admission and parking. http://www.barrett-jackson.com/events/scottsdale/schedule
ArtsFest at La Encantada Tucson Featuring some of the nation’s finest artisans set in one of the most upscale shopping centers in Southern Arizona. Annually in November. Free. Times and location. http://www.southernazfestivals.org/artsfest.html
Arizona State Fair Phoenix Food and entertainment. Shows: gun, car, antique, craft and home. Contest judging. Annual in October/November. Calendar of events, admission, directions and parking. http://www.azstatefair.com
Apache Junction Art Festival of the Superstitions Apache Junction Fine-art booths, attractions, food and entertainment. Date, times, directions, schedule of events. Annual event in November. http://ajartfestivalofthesuperstitions.com

Recreation

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Yuma Arizona Yuma Ranked one of the top places to live in the U.S., Yuma offers recreational activities and cultural attractions: parks, museums, pre-historic sites, river tours, and hiking. http://www.visityuma.com
Tombstone Arizona Tombstone Known as the World's Most Famous Western Town, Tombstone offers museums, historical sites, galleries, narrated tours, and shows. Details and directions. http://www.tombstonechamber.com/Attractions-and-Tours
South Mountain Park/Preserve Phoenix Trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking for all ability levels. Trail guide, parking information, and hours. http://www.phoenix.gov/parks/hikesoth.html
Saguaro Lake Arizona Year-round boating, fishing, swimming and water skiing approximately 30 miles east of Phoenix. Camping information, services, fish types, and directions. http://www.go-arizona.com/Saguaro-Lake
Queen Creek Olive Mill Queen Creek Arizonas only working olive farm & mill. Tours, gourmet marketplace and upcoming events. Directions, hours and tour fee. http://www.queencreekolivemill.com
Phoenix Mountains Preserve - North Phoenix Hiking trails ranging from easy to moderate to strenuous. Open, undeveloped desert areas. Directions, hiking map, trail guide, and programs. http://phoenix.gov/PARKS/hikenort.html
Papago Park Phoenix Hiking trails, archery range, fishing lagoons, picnic area and ramadas for reservation. Also Governor George W. P. Hunt's tomb shaped like a pyramid. http://www.phoenix.gov/PARKS/papago.html
Page Springs Vineyards and Cellars Cornville Tasting room and vineyards open daily. Wine Club, recipes, where to buy, photos, directions and hours. http://www.pagespringscellars.com
Kokopelli Winery & Bistro Chandler In Historic downtown Chandler. Wine tastings, winery tours, lunch daily, live Jazz/Blues, retail wine sales. Second location in Surprise, AZ http://www.kokopelliwinery.com
Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon Directions, operating hours, fees and reservations, river trips, hiking information for the Grand Canyon National Park. http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm
Garden Valley Trail Apache Junction East of Apache Junction in the Superstition Mountain Wilderness Area. A cactus garden trail; season October through April. Skill level is moderate. Trailhead is First Water. Directions and map. http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGS494-044
Estrella Mountain Regional Park Goodyear Second largest park in the Maricopa County park system. Trails for mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding. Park hours and events. http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/estrella
Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix One of the worlds finest collections of desert plants. Nationally and internationally renowned. Events, exhibits, tickets, tours, Patio Cafe, Garden Shop. http://www.dbg.org
Cave Creek Regional Park Cave Creek Located north of Phoenix in the upper Sonoran Desert. Hiking trails: Easy, moderate and difficult. Guided hike at no charge. Maps and events. http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/cave_creek
Canyon Lake Apache Junction Boating, fishing, swimming and water skiing; 28 miles of shoreline. Lake offers walleye, largemouth bass, yellow bass, rainbow trout, and bluegill. Directions, fees, and services. http://www.go-arizona.com/Canyon-Lake
Camelback Mountain Phoenix Easier hiking trails around Camelback's base and two summit trails for strenuous climbs. Trailheads are open from sunrise to sunset. Hiking map and trail guide. http://www.phoenix.gov/parks/hikecmlb.html
Boyce Thompson Arboretum Superior A collection of Sonoran Desert species: plants and animals. Gardens. Gallery. Open daily. Special events, hours, directions. An hour from Phoenix. http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu
Apache Trail Jeep Tours Goldfield Guided-tours. Select from a variety: 4x4 Adventures; Apache Trail; Gold Panning; Hiking Treks; Full Day Journeys. Prices, directions, Trail Masters, and photo gallery. http://apachetrailtours.com

Restaurants Near Meridian RV Resort

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Waldos BBQ Mesa Lunch and dinner specials including chicken, ribs, apple wood chops. Enjoy Waldo's BBQ sauces: Original, Jerk, Louisiana or Mustard-Vinegar. Award winning peach cobbler, hot apple crisp, and Chef Ben's bread pudding. http://www.waldosbbq.com
Tortilla Flat Restaurant & Saloon Tortilla Flat Authentic remnant of an old west town in the midst of the Superstition Mountain Range. A stage stop in 1904; has stood the test of time as a world famous watering hole. Real saddles serve as bar stools. Enjoy the biggest burgers, hottest chili and wash it all down with the coldest brews or a Wild West sarsaparilla. http://www.tortillaflataz.com
Texas Roadhouse Mesa Hand-cut steaks award winning ribs, fresh-baked bread, and made from scratch side items. Enjoy the highest quality-freshest ingredients, large portions, at a great value. Dine early and choose from 10 value-priced dinners. http://www.texasroadhouse.com/store-sites/restaurant-detail/az-mesa
Red Lobster Mesa Lunch and dinner. Wood-fire grill entrees, fresh fish, menu specials, and desserts. Closet location: 6149 East Southern Avenue 85206 http://www.redlobster.com/locator_VE/results.asp
Olive Garden Mesa Lunch and dinner. Italian specialities. Chicken, seafood, classic recipes, filled pastas, pizza, soup & salad. Closet location: 6201 E. Southern Ave, 85206 http://www.olivegarden.com/menus/
Old Country Buffet Mesa Find a reliably delicious line-up of freshly prepared comfort foods. Beverages and desserts are included in the low price. Senior savings for guests over 60. Closest location: 6625 East Southern Avenue 85206 http://hosted.where2getit.com/buffets/
Mining Camp Restaurant Apache Junction Experience an early mining camp cook shanty with "all you can eat," (Family Style Dinners right to your table). Enjoy heaping platters of golden brown roast chicken with stuffing and gravy, oven baked ham and world-famous barbecue ribs. http://www.miningcamprestaurant.com
Mammoth Steakhouse & Saloon Goldfield Appetizers and famous Mammoth Burgers, with the juiciest steaks and coldest drinks you'll ever lay yer hands on! Historic 1890s Ghost Town. Authentic decor of vintage old west artifacts including Old West stagecoach from the historic town of Tombstone, Arizona. http://www.goldfieldghosttown.com/mammoth/events.htm
Los Gringos Locos Mexican Grill & Cantina Apache Junction Fresh, friendly and festive. Best fajitas In town, margaritas, Mexican beers. Daily specials, live patio entertainment, and take out. Menu, map, coupon, and online virtual tour. http://www.azeats.com/LosGringosLocos/default.htm
Feedbag Restaurant Apache Junction Family-friendly restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Menu items include egg dishes, pancakes, sandwiches, burgers and the popular barbecue ribs. http://www.yelp.com/biz/feedbag-restaurant-apache-junction
Chili's Mesa Burgers, fajitas, ribs, sandwiches, soups and salads. Menu and directions. Closet location: 1951 S Signal Butte Road http://www.chilis.com/menu/default.asp?Unit_ID=001.005.1243&tierID=64&tierName=T5&menuType=Dine+In&menu=1
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill Mesa Casual dining serving burgers, sandwiches, chicken, salads, 2 for $20, Pick 'N Pair Lunch, fajitas, pasta. Hours and Carside To Go service. Closet location: 6259 East Southern Avenue 85206 http://www.applebees.com/MenuLanding.aspx?cl=087037

Sports

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Phoenix Suns Phoenix Official website of the Phoenix Suns NBA team. Tickets, schedule, seating chart, news, players and promotions. http://www.nba.com/suns
Phoenix Coyotes Phoenix Official website of the Phoenix Coyotes NHL team. Tickets, schedule, team, stats, news, promotions, directions and parking information. http://coyotes.nhl.com
Greenfield Lakes Golf Club Gilbert A variety of golf for all levels of players. Lighted driving range and professional golf instructors available. Directions, rates, special events. http://www.greenfieldlakesgolfcourse.com/
FBR Open Scottsdale Professional golf tournament known as "The Greatest Show on Grass." Event raises millions for Arizona charities. Held annually in January/February. Tickets, FAQs, directions and parking. http://www.phoenixopen.com
Dobson Ranch Municipal Golf Course Mesa Golf Digest has ranked Dobson as the number one municipal course in Arizona. Directions, green fees, course layout, and pro shop. http://www.dobsonranchgolfcourse.com
Desert Mirage Golf Course Glendale Play, take lessons, buy or rent equipment. Directions, course details, tee time deals, book online, golf academy, and events. http://www.desertmiragegolf.com
Coyote Lakes Golf Club Surprise Year-round, championship 18-hole golf course in the West Valley: Directions, fees, course, tournaments, golf shop, restaurant. http://www.coyotelakesgolfclub.com
Continental Golf Course Scottsdale Blocks from Old Town Scottsdale, it's known as the "Fun Place to Play." Course info, rates, tee time specials, and golf academy. http://www.continentalgc.com
Bear Creek Golf Course Chandler Created by the Nicklaus Design Group; 36-hole inland links with a long and short course. Practice and Learning Center. Book online, web specials, video. http://www.bearcreekaz.com
Arizona State Sun Devils Tempe The official athletics website of Arizona State University. Men's and women's sports, schedules, tickets, and stats. http://thesundevils.cstv.com
Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona The official website of The Arizona Diamondbacks: Schedule, Tickets, News, Roster, Stats, Chase Field http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com
Arizona Cardinals Glendale Official website of the Arizona Cardinals NFL team. Tickets, season schedule, stadium, statistics, standings, news, events, directions and parking. http://www.azcardinals.com
Apache Creek Golf Club Apache Junction Turf-style desert course with transitional areas framing the fairways. Directions, rates, tee times, lessons, and events. http://www.apachecreekgc.com

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Volunteer Center of Pinal County Apache Junction Center connects people of all ages, experience & skills with volunteer opportunities. List of groups needing volunteers. http://www.volunteercenterpinal.org
Senior Corps Arizona Senior Corps connects over 55s with those who need them most. Become a mentor, coach or companion to people in need, or contribute to community projects. Search by interest and zip for opportunities. http://www.seniorcorps.gov
Park Steward Volunteer Program Phoenix Lead by the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, volunteers actively monitor and maintain the areas of land. Volunteer opportunities, benefits, and application. http://phoenix.gov/PARKS/steward.html
Junior Achievement of Arizona Arizona http://www.jaaz.org
Hope Women's Center Arizona Serving women making life decisions in Apache Junction, Mesa, Gilbert, and surrounding communities. See current volunteer opportunities. http://www.hopewomenscenter.org
Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona Arizona Volunteer to help this organization as they build affordable homes in partnership with families in need. Learn about volunteer opportunities. http://www.habitatcaz.org
FBR Open Golf Tournament Scottsdale Volunteer for the world's largest attended golf tournament to help everything run smoothly. Volunteers also needed for the Concessions Committee. https://www.egolftourney.com/egolf/site/volunteer/volunteerinformation.aspx?iTourneyID=816
Apache Junction Main Street Program Apache Junction Support the Program's mission to beautify, build and improve the core business district through volunteerism. http://www.ajmainstreet.com
RV Sunshades Casa Grande Window, Awning and Tire Screens 520-280-8778 http://www.rvsunshades.com
RV Doctor Apache Junction RV Repair 480-983-8086
Ridin Shiny Phoenix Mobile RV Wash 480-201-7768
Prestige Mobile Autobody Apache Junction RV Auto Body Repair 480-584-7933
Mountain View Kennel Apache Junction Pet Sitting 460 S Colt Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85219 480-288-2959
Hot Shot Mobile Wash Apache Junction Mobile RV Wash 1320 N Plaza Dr, Apache Junction, AZ 85120 480-288-8745
Great Clips For Hair Mesa 480-396-1751
Companion Pet Clinic Gold Canyon Vet Care, 7 Days a Week 480-671-1403
Clippe Joynt Mesa Pet Grooming 480-982-0260
ASAP Mobile RV Service Phoenix On-Site RV Repair 480-703-6571 http://www.asapmobilervservice.com/
Apache Tails Pet Salon Apache Junction Pet Grooming 480-671-7099
A.J. RV Service & Supplies Apache Junction RV Repair, Parts, Service 480-982-4826
Phoenix Suns Phoenix Official website of the Phoenix Suns NBA team. Tickets, schedule, seating chart, news, players and promotions. http://www.nba.com/suns
Phoenix Coyotes Phoenix Official website of the Phoenix Coyotes NHL team. Tickets, schedule, team, stats, news, promotions, directions and parking information. http://coyotes.nhl.com
Greenfield Lakes Golf Club Gilbert A variety of golf for all levels of players. Lighted driving range and professional golf instructors available. Directions, rates, special events. http://www.greenfieldlakesgolfcourse.com/
FBR Open Scottsdale Professional golf tournament known as "The Greatest Show on Grass." Event raises millions for Arizona charities. Held annually in January/February. Tickets, FAQs, directions and parking. http://www.phoenixopen.com
Dobson Ranch Municipal Golf Course Mesa Golf Digest has ranked Dobson as the number one municipal course in Arizona. Directions, green fees, course layout, and pro shop. http://www.dobsonranchgolfcourse.com
Desert Mirage Golf Course Glendale Play, take lessons, buy or rent equipment. Directions, course details, tee time deals, book online, golf academy, and events. http://www.desertmiragegolf.com
Coyote Lakes Golf Club Surprise Year-round, championship 18-hole golf course in the West Valley: Directions, fees, course, tournaments, golf shop, restaurant. http://www.coyotelakesgolfclub.com
Continental Golf Course Scottsdale Blocks from Old Town Scottsdale, it's known as the "Fun Place to Play." Course info, rates, tee time specials, and golf academy. http://www.continentalgc.com
Bear Creek Golf Course Chandler Created by the Nicklaus Design Group; 36-hole inland links with a long and short course. Practice and Learning Center. Book online, web specials, video. http://www.bearcreekaz.com
Arizona State Sun Devils Tempe The official athletics website of Arizona State University. Men's and women's sports, schedules, tickets, and stats. http://thesundevils.cstv.com
Arizona Diamondbacks Arizona The official website of The Arizona Diamondbacks: Schedule, Tickets, News, Roster, Stats, Chase Field http://arizona.diamondbacks.mlb.com
Arizona Cardinals Glendale Official website of the Arizona Cardinals NFL team. Tickets, season schedule, stadium, statistics, standings, news, events, directions and parking. http://www.azcardinals.com
Apache Creek Golf Club Apache Junction Turf-style desert course with transitional areas framing the fairways. Directions, rates, tee times, lessons, and events. http://www.apachecreekgc.com
Waldos BBQ Mesa Lunch and dinner specials including chicken, ribs, apple wood chops. Enjoy Waldo's BBQ sauces: Original, Jerk, Louisiana or Mustard-Vinegar. Award winning peach cobbler, hot apple crisp, and Chef Ben's bread pudding. http://www.waldosbbq.com
Tortilla Flat Restaurant & Saloon Tortilla Flat Authentic remnant of an old west town in the midst of the Superstition Mountain Range. A stage stop in 1904; has stood the test of time as a world famous watering hole. Real saddles serve as bar stools. Enjoy the biggest burgers, hottest chili and wash it all down with the coldest brews or a Wild West sarsaparilla. http://www.tortillaflataz.com
Texas Roadhouse Mesa Hand-cut steaks award winning ribs, fresh-baked bread, and made from scratch side items. Enjoy the highest quality-freshest ingredients, large portions, at a great value. Dine early and choose from 10 value-priced dinners. http://www.texasroadhouse.com/store-sites/restaurant-detail/az-mesa
Red Lobster Mesa Lunch and dinner. Wood-fire grill entrees, fresh fish, menu specials, and desserts. Closet location: 6149 East Southern Avenue 85206 http://www.redlobster.com/locator_VE/results.asp
Olive Garden Mesa Lunch and dinner. Italian specialities. Chicken, seafood, classic recipes, filled pastas, pizza, soup & salad. Closet location: 6201 E. Southern Ave, 85206 http://www.olivegarden.com/menus/
Old Country Buffet Mesa Find a reliably delicious line-up of freshly prepared comfort foods. Beverages and desserts are included in the low price. Senior savings for guests over 60. Closest location: 6625 East Southern Avenue 85206 http://hosted.where2getit.com/buffets/
Mining Camp Restaurant Apache Junction Experience an early mining camp cook shanty with "all you can eat," (Family Style Dinners right to your table). Enjoy heaping platters of golden brown roast chicken with stuffing and gravy, oven baked ham and world-famous barbecue ribs. http://www.miningcamprestaurant.com
Mammoth Steakhouse & Saloon Goldfield Appetizers and famous Mammoth Burgers, with the juiciest steaks and coldest drinks you'll ever lay yer hands on! Historic 1890s Ghost Town. Authentic decor of vintage old west artifacts including Old West stagecoach from the historic town of Tombstone, Arizona. http://www.goldfieldghosttown.com/mammoth/events.htm
Los Gringos Locos Mexican Grill & Cantina Apache Junction Fresh, friendly and festive. Best fajitas In town, margaritas, Mexican beers. Daily specials, live patio entertainment, and take out. Menu, map, coupon, and online virtual tour. http://www.azeats.com/LosGringosLocos/default.htm
Feedbag Restaurant Apache Junction Family-friendly restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Menu items include egg dishes, pancakes, sandwiches, burgers and the popular barbecue ribs. http://www.yelp.com/biz/feedbag-restaurant-apache-junction
Chili's Mesa Burgers, fajitas, ribs, sandwiches, soups and salads. Menu and directions. Closet location: 1951 S Signal Butte Road http://www.chilis.com/menu/default.asp?Unit_ID=001.005.1243&tierID=64&tierName=T5&menuType=Dine+In&menu=1
Applebee's Neighborhood Grill Mesa Casual dining serving burgers, sandwiches, chicken, salads, 2 for $20, Pick 'N Pair Lunch, fajitas, pasta. Hours and Carside To Go service. Closet location: 6259 East Southern Avenue 85206 http://www.applebees.com/MenuLanding.aspx?cl=087037
Yuma Arizona Yuma Ranked one of the top places to live in the U.S., Yuma offers recreational activities and cultural attractions: parks, museums, pre-historic sites, river tours, and hiking. http://www.visityuma.com
Tombstone Arizona Tombstone Known as the World's Most Famous Western Town, Tombstone offers museums, historical sites, galleries, narrated tours, and shows. Details and directions. http://www.tombstonechamber.com/Attractions-and-Tours
South Mountain Park/Preserve Phoenix Trails for horseback riding, hiking and mountain biking for all ability levels. Trail guide, parking information, and hours. http://www.phoenix.gov/parks/hikesoth.html
Saguaro Lake Arizona Year-round boating, fishing, swimming and water skiing approximately 30 miles east of Phoenix. Camping information, services, fish types, and directions. http://www.go-arizona.com/Saguaro-Lake
Queen Creek Olive Mill Queen Creek Arizonas only working olive farm & mill. Tours, gourmet marketplace and upcoming events. Directions, hours and tour fee. http://www.queencreekolivemill.com
Phoenix Mountains Preserve - North Phoenix Hiking trails ranging from easy to moderate to strenuous. Open, undeveloped desert areas. Directions, hiking map, trail guide, and programs. http://phoenix.gov/PARKS/hikenort.html
Papago Park Phoenix Hiking trails, archery range, fishing lagoons, picnic area and ramadas for reservation. Also Governor George W. P. Hunt's tomb shaped like a pyramid. http://www.phoenix.gov/PARKS/papago.html
Page Springs Vineyards and Cellars Cornville Tasting room and vineyards open daily. Wine Club, recipes, where to buy, photos, directions and hours. http://www.pagespringscellars.com
Kokopelli Winery & Bistro Chandler In Historic downtown Chandler. Wine tastings, winery tours, lunch daily, live Jazz/Blues, retail wine sales. Second location in Surprise, AZ http://www.kokopelliwinery.com
Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon Directions, operating hours, fees and reservations, river trips, hiking information for the Grand Canyon National Park. http://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm
Garden Valley Trail Apache Junction East of Apache Junction in the Superstition Mountain Wilderness Area. A cactus garden trail; season October through April. Skill level is moderate. Trailhead is First Water. Directions and map. http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=HGS494-044
Estrella Mountain Regional Park Goodyear Second largest park in the Maricopa County park system. Trails for mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding. Park hours and events. http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/estrella
Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix One of the worlds finest collections of desert plants. Nationally and internationally renowned. Events, exhibits, tickets, tours, Patio Cafe, Garden Shop. http://www.dbg.org
Cave Creek Regional Park Cave Creek Located north of Phoenix in the upper Sonoran Desert. Hiking trails: Easy, moderate and difficult. Guided hike at no charge. Maps and events. http://www.maricopa.gov/parks/cave_creek
Canyon Lake Apache Junction Boating, fishing, swimming and water skiing; 28 miles of shoreline. Lake offers walleye, largemouth bass, yellow bass, rainbow trout, and bluegill. Directions, fees, and services. http://www.go-arizona.com/Canyon-Lake
Camelback Mountain Phoenix Easier hiking trails around Camelback's base and two summit trails for strenuous climbs. Trailheads are open from sunrise to sunset. Hiking map and trail guide. http://www.phoenix.gov/parks/hikecmlb.html
Boyce Thompson Arboretum Superior A collection of Sonoran Desert species: plants and animals. Gardens. Gallery. Open daily. Special events, hours, directions. An hour from Phoenix. http://arboretum.ag.arizona.edu
Apache Trail Jeep Tours Goldfield Guided-tours. Select from a variety: 4x4 Adventures; Apache Trail; Gold Panning; Hiking Treks; Full Day Journeys. Prices, directions, Trail Masters, and photo gallery. http://apachetrailtours.com
Walk 'n Roll Dog Walk Tempe Annual walk to raise donations and awareness for Power Paws Assistance Dogs, a non-profit organization providing skilled assistance dogs to adults and children with disabilities. Held in January. http://www.walknrolldogwalk.org
Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Festival Tucson Two-day festival of art, music, performance, food and arts activities. Held on the Northwest Campus of Pima Community College. Annually in March. Free. Directions and times. http://www.saaca.org/events-artsculturalfest.html
Glendale Jazz and Blues Festival Glendale Local and national bands play smooth jazz and soulful blues. Beer gardens, food, and shopping. Annual in April. http://www.glendaleaz.com/events
Glendale Glitters Spectacular Weekend Glendale Annual holiday tradition (November). Lights illuminating twelve blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale. Entertainment, food, hand-crafted holiday gifts, and carriage rides. http://www.glendaleaz.com/events
Fountain Festival of Arts & Crafts Fountain Hills Nearly 500 artists and artisans. Gourmet food and live entertainment. Free admission and parking. Directions and hours. Annually in November. http://www.fountainhillschamber.com/Events/FestivalofArtsCrafts.aspx
Festival of the West Scottsdale Western Music Jamboree, Extreme Cowboy Race, Log Home Show, Film Festival, Cook Off. Annual event in March. Schedule, tickets, maps and directions. http://www.festivalofthewest.com
Festival in the Desert Phoenix Annual event offers live music, art and food. March 2010. Tickets, line up, vendors, directions and parking. http://www.jwfestivalinthedesert.com
Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival Carefree Over 165 artists and in excess of 5,000 original masterpieces of fine art. Great wine, live entertainment, savory food. Annual in November. http://www.thunderbirdartists.com/festivals/Carefree_Nov09.htm
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson Auction Company holds it's world-famous car event in Scottsdale annually in January. Classic and collector cars. Week long. Directions, admission and parking. http://www.barrett-jackson.com/events/scottsdale/schedule
ArtsFest at La Encantada Tucson Featuring some of the nation’s finest artisans set in one of the most upscale shopping centers in Southern Arizona. Annually in November. Free. Times and location. http://www.southernazfestivals.org/artsfest.html
Arizona State Fair Phoenix Food and entertainment. Shows: gun, car, antique, craft and home. Contest judging. Annual in October/November. Calendar of events, admission, directions and parking. http://www.azstatefair.com
Apache Junction Art Festival of the Superstitions Apache Junction Fine-art booths, attractions, food and entertainment. Date, times, directions, schedule of events. Annual event in November. http://ajartfestivalofthesuperstitions.com
Apache Junction Art Festival of the Superstitions Apache Junction Fine-art booths, attractions, food and entertainment. Date, times, directions, schedule of events. Annual event in November. http://ajartfestivalofthesuperstitions.com
Route 66 Historic Back Country Byway Arizona Last and best-preserved segments of the original Route 66. Explore attractions, nature, and restaurants along one of America's first transcontinental highways. Detailed driving tour itinerary available. http://www.arizonaguide.com/places-to-visit/arizonas-west-coast/route-66-historic-back-country-byway
Coronado Trail Scenic Road North Central Arizona http://www.arizonascenicroads.com
Apache Trail Historic Road Phoenix State Route 88, 42-miles of desert splendor. Combination of paved and dirt roads. Trail leads to a ghost town, gold mine and a lake. Photo tour, build your itinerary. http://www.arizonascenicroads.com
Sol Casinos Tucson Two locations: Casino of the Sun and Casino Del Sol. Slots, tables, bingo and poker. World-famous amphitheater. Directions, dining, entertainment. http://www.solcasinos.com
Gila River Casinos Arizona Three locations: Chandler and Laveen: Wild Horse Pass; Vee Quiva; Lone Butte. Gaining and entertainment. Directions, events, dining and promotions. http://www.wingilariver.com
Fort McDowell Casino Fort McDowell Only 24 miles from Phoenix. Gaming including machines, tables, live keno, porker tournaments. Directions, entertainment and dining. http://www.fortmcdowellcasino.com
Cliff Castle Casino Camp Verde In the heart of northern Arizona. Slots, blackjack, and poker. Steakhouse, bowling, live entertainment. Directions, dining, events. http://www.cliffcastlecasino.net
Casino Arizona Scottsdale Two locations. Features gaming and entertainment. Directions, entertainment, dining, promotions, and calendar. http://www.casinoarizona.com
The Phoenix Symphony Phoenix Upcoming concerts, tickets, seating charts, special events, artists for The Phoenix Symphony. http://www.phoenixsymphony.org
Superstition Mountain Museum Apache Junction Explore the artifacts, history and folklore of the Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction and the surrounding region. Hours, admission, events. http://www.superstitionmountainmuseum.org
St. Anthonys Greek Orthodox Monastery Florence Monastery accepts visitors daily to tour the grounds. Over-night stay available. Groups are welcome; call in advance. Directions, hours, proper attire, Service schedule. http://www.stanthonysmonastery.org/visitorguide.php
Phoenix Art Museum Phoenix Popular exhibitions featuring artists such as Rembrandt and Annie Leibowitz along with the Museum’s collection of more than 17,000 works. Directions, hours, events. http://www.phxart.org
Mesa Arts Center Mesa Performing arts, theater, art gallery, and concerts. Calendar, tickets, free events, classes, directions, parking and tours. http://www.mesaartscenter.com
Heard Museum Phoenix One of the area’s first cultural attractions. Native American artwork, pottery, books, textiles, and jewelry. Find volunteer, tour and exhibit information. http://www.heard.org
Chandler Center for the Arts Chandler Cultural landmark in the East Valley. Broad range of performances including Broadway shows. Events calendar, tickets, box office hours, and directions. http://www.chandlercenter.org
Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Coolidge About one hour from Phoenix. Learn about the ancient Hohokam culture and the rich history of Casa Grande Ruins. Directions, Hours, Fees, and Events. http://www.nps.gov/cagr/index.htm
ArizonaGuide.com Arizona The official Arizona travel and vacation guide from the Arizona Office of Tourism: Travel Deals, Where to Go, What to do, What's Happening http://www.arizonaguide.com
Arizona Scenic Roads Arizona Driving tours of Arizona. Discover lesser-known parks and historical areas. Photo tours, interactive maps, and road trip planner. http://www.arizonascenicroads.com
Arizona Bicycle Club Arizona Your source for bicycling information in Arizona. Calendar of scheduled rides, upcoming rides, bike news, and events. http://azbikeclub.com
ABC15.com KNXV-TV Arizona Everything Arizona: News, Weather, Traffic, Sports, and Entertainment http://www.abc15.com

Vendors Referred by Meridian Residents

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RV Sunshades Casa Grande Window, Awning and Tire Screens 520-280-8778 http://www.rvsunshades.com
RV Doctor Apache Junction RV Repair 480-983-8086
Ridin Shiny Phoenix Mobile RV Wash 480-201-7768
Prestige Mobile Autobody Apache Junction RV Auto Body Repair 480-584-7933
Mountain View Kennel Apache Junction Pet Sitting 460 S Colt Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 85219 480-288-2959
Hot Shot Mobile Wash Apache Junction Mobile RV Wash 1320 N Plaza Dr, Apache Junction, AZ 85120 480-288-8745
Great Clips For Hair Mesa 480-396-1751
Companion Pet Clinic Gold Canyon Vet Care, 7 Days a Week 480-671-1403
Clippe Joynt Mesa Pet Grooming 480-982-0260
ASAP Mobile RV Service Phoenix On-Site RV Repair 480-703-6571 http://www.asapmobilervservice.com/
Apache Tails Pet Salon Apache Junction Pet Grooming 480-671-7099
A.J. RV Service & Supplies Apache Junction RV Repair, Parts, Service 480-982-4826