FAM tours


October 22 – 26, 2016 • Westin La Paloma • Tucson, Arizona

Recap | Agenda | FAM tours | Summit Attendees | Gallery | Networking Activities

Jump to: Sunny Arizona pre-FAM Itinerary | Tucson post-FAM tour


Sunny Arizona pre-FAM Itinerary for Family Travel Summit

Destinations: Chandler and Tempe
Dates: October 19-22, 2016
Limit: 10 pax
Media Only

Itinerary is subject to change based on availability and weather.

Welcome to Sunny Arizona!

Minutes from Phoenix, Chandler and Tempe are hip, urban enclaves that are perfect for active visitors and families. Chandler has a lively downtown culinary scene, picturesque parks, indoor play centers for kids and sunny golf courses. Tempe is a progressive university town with family-friendly attractions, boating and Sonoran Desert hiking. Both offer easy access to fun-filled festivals, cultural events and museums, diverse dining options and shopping.


Thursday – October 19, 2016

Afternoon: Scattered Arrivals to Chandler hotel – plan to arrive by 2 p.m.

Meet and greet at host hotel with your Sunny Arizona FAM guides: Kimberly Janes and Toni Smith

3:00 p.m.: Visit Gallery of Scientific Exploration at ASU Tempe Campus

The Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB 4), on the ASU Tempe Campus, includes the Gallery of Scientific Exploration, outfitted with kiosk-style interactive exhibits and large-format, high-definition monitors that display video from Earth-observing satellites and robotic probes of other worlds. This first floor gallery invites visitors to explore earth and space sciences through digital media, public lectures, visible laboratories and interactive displays. The Marston Exploration Theater is a venue for high-definition documentary movies with earth and space science themes and 3-D planetarium-style shows (although on a flat screen). The Gallery of Scientific Exploration also features the meteorite display on the second floor, drawn from the extensive collection of ASU’s Center for Meteorite Studies.

ASU Tempe Campus
781 E. Terrace Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85287
Phone: (480) 965-5081

Website: https://sese.asu.edu/public-engagement

4:30 p.m.: Depart for the Chandler Farmer’s Market and Walking Tour of Downtown Chandler

Entertainment DC ArtWalkTake a stroll through the Chandler Farmer’s Market while enjoying a historic walk through Chandler’s original town square featuring eclectic art galleries, trendy boutiques, and a variety of award-winning local eateries. Downtown Chandler is also home to a monthly art walk and many quirky and fun events including the Chandler Indian Market, Downtown Chandler’s Rock the Block Party, The Tumbleweed Tree, The Great American Barbeque and Beer Festival, Jazz Festival, Cinco de Mayo Chihuahua Races and many more!

6:00 p.m.: Dinner in Downtown Chandler – The PERCH Pub & Brewery

Enjoy a unique dining experience at this fashionable yet inviting, craft nano-brewery located in Downtown Chandler. In addition to its upscale pub fare, locals celebrate The PERCH for its lush, exotic bird-filled garden and rooftop bar – offering unique views of Downtown Chandler.
232 S. Wall Street
Chandler, AZ 85225
Phone: (480) 773-7688

Website: http://perchpubbrewery.com/

Depart for host hotel

Friday – October 20, 2016

8:00 a.m.: Depart for Breakfast at Hangar Café in Chandler

Located just off of the tarmac at Chandler Municipal Airport and nestled in the corner of a large aircraft maintenance hangar, is a hidden gem – a cozy, old-school diner serving a delicious variety of breakfast and lunch entrees with a one-of-a-kind view. Whether you opt for the huevos rancheros, breakfast burrito, omelet or the chicken-fried steak you’ll have a great view of the many general aviation planes coming in and taking off at Chandler Municipal Airport.

1725 E. Ryan Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
Phone: (480) 899-6965

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Hangarcafechandler

10:00 a.m.: Visit SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery Center and Tilt Studio at Arizona Mills (after a brief intro, you will be able to explore on your own)

SEA LIFE Ziva emailArizona Mills® is the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in Arizona. The center features name-brand outlets and value retailers at knockout prices plus great dining and entertainment options.

5000 S. Arizona Mills Cir.
Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone: (480) 491-7300

Website: www.arizonamills.com

Dive into SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium! Discover thousands of creatures, walk through the amazing 360-degree ocean tunnel and marvel at 30 incredible displays. It’s the perfect stop for family fun!

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center is where families with children aged 3 to 10 can enjoy a world of creativity, color and building fun in the ultimate indoor LEGO playground. Get hands-on with the thousands of LEGO bricks in themed build and play areas where kids’ imaginations can run wild with the endless possibilities that LEGO offers.

Tilt Studio is a family entertainment center with a unique combination of FOOD, FUN and ‘FRESHMENTS in a safe, clean and welcoming environment. Guests will enjoy “FUN at FULL BLAST!” with a dynamic roster of 150+ interactive video and redemption games. a mouthwatering menu of American cuisine, and a full assortment of beer, wine and cocktails.

12:30 p.m.: Lunch at Culinary Dropout

Savory nosh, crafted cocktails and the next big names in local music have found a new home in this glamorous gastro-pub located at First Street and Farmer Avenue in Downtown Tempe.
149 S. Farmer Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 240-1601

Website: www.culinarydropout.com

2:00 p.m.: Boating at Tempe Town Lake

Tempe Town Lake, located adjacent to Downtown Tempe, provides a two-mile recreational haven for kayaking, sailing, rowing, jogging, skating or picnicking. The heart of Tempe Town Lake is historic Tempe Beach Park. The park provides five miles of pathways and ample room for festivals or events, such as Ironman Arizona, various charity walks, Oktoberfest and the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival. At Tempe Boat Rentals, everyone in the family can enjoy recreational boating at its best. Select from a variety of watercraft: kayaks, pedal boats, electric boats, stand-up paddleboards and more.

Mill Ave. and Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 303-9803 (Tempe Boat Rentals) or (480) 350-4311 (lake info)

Website: www.boats4rent.com or www.tempe.gov/lake

3:15 p.m.: Return to host hotel to relax and refresh before dinner at Rawhide.

5:15 p.m.: Depart for Dinner and Town Activities at Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse

Rawhide WestEndofTownArizona’s largest Western-themed attraction in Chandler is accessible from everywhere. Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse at Wild Horse Pass on the Gila River Indian Community is a legendary Arizona Western frontier town complete with Main Street, gunfights, stagecoach and train rides, burro rides, mechanical bull and climbing wall, petting ranch, gold pannin’, shootin’ gallery, unique retail shops, sundown cookouts, and our new town pass.

I-10, Exit 162 Wild Horse Pass
Phone: (480) 502-5600

Website: www.rawhide.com

Depart for host hotel

Saturday – October 21, 2016

Breakfast on your own at the hotel

8:30 a.m.: Depart for Bird Walk and Solar System Walk at Veteran’s Oasis Park

Veterans Oasis Park 001Veterans Oasis Park is considered one of the premier birding spots in the Valley with its recharge basins, riparian areas, 5-acre lake and abundance of native vegetation. This 113-acre park is a natural draw to birds of many varieties from tiny Burrowing Owls to stunning Vermilion Flycatchers; over 150 species have been seen at the park! The first Saturday of the month, November through April, Desert Rivers Audubon Society leads family bird walks around the water recharge ponds at the park. Typical tours last approximately 45 minutes and loaner binoculars and bird bingo cards for the kids are provided.
4050 E. Chandler Heights Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85249
NE Corner of Chandler Heights and Lindsay Rd.

Website: www.desertriversaudubon.org/ and www.chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=682#VeteransOasisPark

10:15 a.m.: Depart for Playtopia at Tumbleweed Park

Playtopia is a free, 2.5-acre playground and picnic section of the City’s Tumbleweed Park. It features several play zones with themes based on Chandler’s heritage. Playtopia is an ideal place for endless imaginative play, and attracts families from all over town. The Playtopia parking lot is located south of Germann Rd. on Hamilton Street, one-quarter-mile west of McQueen Rd. Look for the colorful barn ramadas.
2250 S. McQueen Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85286
Phone: (480) 782-2727

Website: www.chandleraz.gov/default.aspx?pageid=666

11:00 a.m.: Visit Kids That Rip Family Action Sports Center in Chandler

Kids That Rip Family Action Sports Center, also known as KTR is a 60,000 square foot that is perfect for active kids and families. The facility features dedicated areas to train on parkour, ninja warrior, as well as trampolines for jumping. The facility also features an obstacle course, and a large park area for skateboarding, scooters and BMX. Kids That Rip also features a cafe with family friendly offerings and quick and easy snacks to keep you going.

1050 E. Pecos Rd.
Chandler, AZ 85225
Phone: (480) 718-5872

Website: www.ktr-centers.com

12:00 p.m.: Lunch at American Way Market Cafe

This gem of a restaurant is a ‘re-purposed’ addition to Merchant Square Antiques and celebrates vintage craftsmanship, antiques and great food that honors tradition. From their smokehouse favorites to their select sandwiches and handcrafted salads – you’re in for a real treat!
1509 N. Arizona Ave.
Chandler, AZ 85225
Phone: (480) 772-1877

Website: americanwaymarket.com/

1:30 p.m.: Return to hotel for free time

4:00 p.m.: “Rock the Presidents” presented by Childsplay at Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) is an iconic venue providing exceptional arts experiences to the community and region. Enjoy a diverse assortment of entertainment options including dance, music, theater, comedy, visual arts and much more.
Childsplay is Arizona’s professional theatre company for young audiences and families performing September – May in the Tempe Center for the Arts and in schools around the state. Gearing up for the election season, “Rock the Presidents” is a high-energy, multi-media rock musical takes a non-partisan look at what it means to be president!
Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ, 85281
Phone: (480) 350-2822 (box office)

Website: www.tempe.gov/tca or www.childsplayaz.org

5:30 p.m.: Return to the hotel for free time before dinner

7:00 p.m.: Depart for dinner at Thirsty Lion Gastropub at Tempe Marketplace

Tempe Marketplace is a vibrant open air, pedestrian friendly shopping center with over 100 retail, dining and entertainment offerings. Enjoy unique water features, outdoor fireplaces, live music every Friday and Saturday night, bright lights and more as you shop, dine, party and play.

Dinner will be at Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill
Thirsty Lion combines the traditional values of European and American pubs to create a place where friends and family can celebrate life and enjoy handcrafted food, beers and cocktails.
2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 966-9338

Website: www.tempemarketplace.com and

Depart for host hotel

Sunday – October 22, 2016

Breakfast at host hotel

9:30 a.m.: Transfer to Westin La Paloma in Tucson for the Family Travel Summit


Tucson post-FAM tour for Family Travel Summit

Destination: Tucson and surrounding areas in Southern Arizona
Dates: October 26-28 or 29, 2016
Limit: 20 pax, both Travel Trade professionals and Media are invited (limited to 10 media)

Deadline to register: September 15, 2016. Itinerary is subject to change based on availability and weather.

Get Outdoors and Out-of-this-World in Tucson!

Join Visit Tucson for a whirlwind tour will take participants to the most unique outdoor, fun, and trailblazing attractions in Southern Arizona.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

12:30 p.m.: Check out of Westin La Paloma and meet in the lobby

1:00 p.m.: Depart from Westin La Paloma for a tour of BioSphere 2

Biosphere 2 at NightThere’s only one Biosphere 2! “One of the 50 must-see wonders of the world!” Visitors from around the world journey here to explore Earth’s largest living research center studying the environment and the future of our planet. A uniquely built indoor trail system allows visitors to explore the tropical rainforest, savanna, coastal fog desert and million-gallon ocean — all within Biosphere 2’s 6500 panels of glass! Knowledgeable tour guides take you on this adventure and present the history, current programs, research and unprecedented vision using this engineering marvel. Also, don’t miss our feature films, multimedia displays, bookstore and cafe.

4:00 p.m.: Depart for evening trail ride

Horseback riding is an authentic way to explore Tucson’s Old West heritage and is as much a part of the American West as sunsets and saguaros. In Tucson and Southern Arizona, we will saddle up to experience a beautiful glimpse of the Sonoran Desert landscape during a sunset ride.

6:00 p.m.: Check into Host Hotel

7:00 p.m.: Dinner at host hotel

Thursday, October 27, 2016

8:00 a.m.: Breakfast at host hotel

9:00 a.m.: Depart to Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - Desert Museum Docent With KidsThe quintessential Sonoran Desert experience … an unforgettable fusion zoo, botanical garden, natural history museum, aquarium and art gallery. Recently named TripAdvisor’s #5 U.S. Garden! Walking paths meander through various Sonoran Desert habitats showcasing 230 animals, 16 individual gardens, 1,200 plant species, and 56,000 plants. Highlights include the hummingbird aviary, Reptile, Amphibian, and Invertebrate Hall, Warden Aquarium and several live animal presentations including Raptor Free Flight where native birds of prey fly so close you can feel the brush of feathers.

12:00 p.m.: Lunch at the Desert Museum

1:00 p.m.: Depart to Old Tucson

Old Tucson Stage CoachOld Tucson, Where the Spirit of the Old West Comes Alive, is southern Arizona’s premier venue for Western family fun! This venerated film location features historic tours, live stunt shows, saloon musicals, living history presentations, trail rides and more. Great food, shopping, games and rides for the kids.

2:30 p.m.: Depart to Caris Mirror Lab

Have you ever seen a telescope mirror that is three-stories in diameter? Experience how they make the largest and most challenging giant telescope mirrors in the world, right on the University of Arizona campus, on the eastside of the UA Football stadium. Learn how innovative engineering, pioneering optical technology and unparalleled manufacturing techniques are used to produce the next-generation of monolithic honeycomb mirrors that will be revolutionizing astronomy and exploring deep into outer space to produce cutting-edge scientific research.

5:00 p.m.: Tour of downtown Tucson

Visit Tucson building with streetcarDowntown Tucson has been a focus of history for centuries. It lies directly on the longest continuously inhabited site in the U.S. The earliest documented residents are the mysterious Hohokam, a tribe that vanished hundreds of years ago. The area has seen Spanish Conquistadors and missionaries, Mexican and U.S. armies, Wild West legends, and modern heroes and villains. Come explore the centuries concentrated in Downtown Tucson.

6:30 p.m.: Mexican dinner at El Charro

Established in 1922, El Charro Café of Tucson, Arizona is The Nation’s Oldest Mexican Restaurant in continuous operation by the same family. Featuring traditional Northern Mexico-Sonoran style and innovative Tucson-style Mexican Food, El Charro Café is truly as Gourmet Magazine wrote: “A Taste Explosion”

8 p.m.: Return to host hotel

Friday, October 28

Plan for departure from Tucson Airport after 2pm on Friday to participate in the first part of the day. Plan for one more night and departure from Tucson Airport on Saturday October 29 to participate in the full day of activities.

7:30 a.m.: Breakfast at the host hotel

8:30 a.m.: Depart to Sabino Canyon National Recreation Area

sabino-canyonExperience the beauty of one of the most unique Southwestern desert canyons on a Sabino Canyon tram ride. Sabino Canyon is a natural desert oasis located in Tucson’s Coronado National Forest and is home to spectacular desert landscapes and abundant wildlife. During the winter and summer rainy seasons, pools of water form in rocky outcroppings that wind up among hillsides resplendent with palo verde trees, cholla and prickly pear cactus and graceful groves of ocotillo.A narrated, educational 45-minute, 3.8 mile tour into the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

10 a.m.: Depart to Pima Air & Space Museum

(12 p.m.: Airport drop-off for afternoon departures)

12:30 p.m.: depart to Kartchner Caverns State Park

Kartchner is a rare cavern that offers visitors a look at the entire family of cave formations: stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, cave popcorn, shields, columns, totems, drapery, bacon and the massive 58-foot-tall Kublai Khan column in the Rotunda Room.

3:00 p.m.: depart to Tombstone

Tombstone - Street Performers 2About 70 miles southeast of Tucson is the “town too tough to die,” where Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp fought the Clantons at the famous OK Corral. Fuel up at Big Nose Kate’s Saloon or Longhorn Restaurant, and pop in to some of the town’s quaint shops and galleries, including The Shady Lady’s Closet for Western attire and Arlene’s for Native American jewelry, pottery, and rugs. Relive the exciting times of the Old West with historical tours, shoot-outs, reenactments, and a walk through Boothill Graveyard

7:00 p.m.: dinner and night at host hotel

Saturday, October 29

Scattered departures from Tucson International Airport