Dodgers and Angels Hit the Desert

Ready for an early start to America’s favorite pastime? There’s no place like warm and beautiful Arizona — where 15 major league teams play in the legendary Cactus League every March. Held in some of the most unique stadiums in the country, Spring Training baseball attracts both casual fans and baseball enthusiasts to root for their favorite teams.

If the Dodgers are your favorite, visit Glendale and watch them play in the largest stadium in the Cactus League, Camelback Ranch. This ballpark boasts 3,500 lawn seats and a center field pavilion area that’s a great place to grab lunch and enjoy some sunshine. Hoping to catch the Angels as they spring into action? Visit Tempe and watch them play at Diablo Stadium, which showcases old-time baseball charm and breathtaking views of Tempe Butte, better known to locals as “A Mountain.”

Fun after the game
After the home stretch, Arizona’s restaurants and nightlife are waiting and ready to offer experiences for all tastes. From authentic Mexican restaurants in Phoenix to fine dining in Scottsdale, it’s easy to find a restaurant that suits your palate. Sip on a prickly pear margarita, indulge in Navajo fry bread and revel in the open-air atmosphere. 

After dinner, endless options await. Enjoy live music? Arizona has plenty of places where you can see the latest local talent, as well as major stages frequented by chart-topping acts of all types. The Greater Phoenix area offers a wide array of venues, including large theaters and stadiums, as well as intimate blues bars and jazz lounges.

Recovery time
There may be no crying in baseball, but pampering is a must. Arizona’s spas are some of the best in the world, offering visitors luxurious treatments in inspiring, unforgettable settings. From body wraps that make use of local ingredients to the latest treatments from around the world, no luxury is spared within the ultimate relaxation destinations of the Grand Canyon state.
Lauded by publications like Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat, Arizona’s spas vary greatly in setting and services. Whether you choose an Asian-inspired setting filled with Zen fountains, a Spanish-style retreat featuringtraditional Mediterranean treatments or something else entirely, it’s the ideal way to refresh and rejuvenate. 

Shop around
Win or lose, an outstanding shopping experience always awaits in Arizona. From chic-and-sleek upscale retail to old-fashioned trading posts and bargain-filled outlets, you’ll never be at a loss for amazing selections.

One-of-a-kind boutiques and shops — replete with traditional Native American wares and “made in Arizona” collectibles — are just a few of the offbeat and enticing shopping options you’ll find. If you’re hoping for a shopping experience that’s anything but ordinary — and more Southwestern than standard — you’ve found the right place.

Hit the fairways
Looking to practice your swing? Arizona’s golf courses are as diverse and scenic as the state’s famed landscape. Ranging from desert target-style courses to lush green fairways, nearly every type of course can be found within a short drive from the Phoenix area.

With more than 300 golf courses across Arizona, you’re sure to find a welcome addition to your sports-loving vacation — as well as a tee time that fits both your schedule and your sense of adventure. With perfect weather and unrivaled atmosphere, Arizona offers the complete sports vacation experience this spring.

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