Shares00Share with your friendsYour NameYour EmailRecipient EmailEnter a MessageI read this article and found it very interesting, thought it might be something for you. The article is called Mountains & mining towns: Things to do in Phoenix this fall and is located at https://www.cheaptickets.com/blog/2011/10/cheap-phoenix-hotels-mountains-mining-towns-things-to-do-in-phoenix-this-fall/.CaptchaSubmit vmoloneyOctober 18, 2011 Leave a comment Ain't no mountain high enough: Hike Pinnacle Peak Park for views of the valley and desert. Credit: Friends of Pinnacle Peak Park. By Janet Bazan Contrary to popular belief, strolling pumpkin patches and apple orchards aren’t the only things to do this fall. Head 2,700 miles west of New England to find one of the most brilliant color parades around: the trails in Phoenix. With temps hanging out around 76 degrees, the city sports so much to enjoy outdoors. Start by taking a hike – literally. Considered one of National Geographic’s best hiking cities, Phoenix bursts with everything from steep summit climbs to secluded, meandering valley walks and everything in between. Use this handy map to plot your hikes in and around the Valley. My personal favorite: Pinnacle Park in north Scottsdale. Soak in panoramic views of the surrounding desert from the highest point – about 2,889 feet above the Valley. Expect an easy-to-moderate hike for the trail, which is about 3.5 miles roundtrip. Venture east to hit the AZ88/ Apache Trail, only an arm’s length of the Valley and about 145 miles roundtrip. If you start from the Apache Junction end, take Highway 60 east (from Phoenix) to Idaho Road, then follow the signs to AZ 88 (Apache Trail). Besides the towering Superstition Mountains on your right, the first attraction of note is the Goldfield Ghost Town, about 4.5 miles from Apache Junction. Walk down Main Street, explore the many shops and buildings, tour the mine, visit the Superstition Mountain/Lost Dutchman Museum, pan for gold, take a narrow gauge train ride or witness an old west gun fight. And to think … this is only a teaser for spring. Related resources Cheap Phoenix flights Cheap Phoenix hotels Cheap Scottsdale hotels Janet Bazan is a market manager for Arizona and New Mexico for Orbitz Worldwide. Tagged: Tips & advice Bio Latest Posts vmoloney Latest posts by vmoloney (see all) My cheap Arizona hotel crush: The Montelucia - August 3, 2012 Boardroom meets bedroom in a Fort Lauderdale suite - July 20, 2012 Beignets to churros: The best bites at Disneyland - May 29, 2012 Related Posts No related articles.