RVers tend to have an adventuresome spirit. At any given time, there’s a recreational vehicle owner somewhere trying something new. It might be a fried pickle at the Hills Café in Austin, Texas or it could be figuring out how to walk on water using an inflatable walk on water ball at an out of the way lake in Florida. For RVers looking to indulge their eccentric, adventurous side on a road trip through Arizona, there are plenty of stops to make along the way. To name just a few:
Tombstone, Arizona: For those who were never quite capable of ditching the need to be a wild west cowboy, the chance to indulge those gun slinging fantasies has finally arrived. Tombstone, Arizona is a living, breathing Wild West town. Everyone remembers the stories of Doc Holliday and the Earps, but not nearly as many can say that they’ve been to the OK Corral and seen a gun fight in person.
Oatman, Arizona: A literal ghost town, Oatman is home to less than 200. When is the town’s annual bed race? That would be January. Looking instead to enjoy a High Moon Sidewalk Egg Fry? Plan the arrival for July. No matter what, travelers will get to indulge their eccentricity in Oatman. Eccentric travelers may even leave town feeling a little bit boring after running into some of the locals.
Apache Junction, Arizona: The Renaissance is alive and well at the annual Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace. Twelve stages of live entertainment, an outdoor circus, a Medieval arts and crafts fair, jousting tournaments, and all day feasting fulfill the King’s decree that pleasure and celebration are the only orders of the day.
Mesa, Arizona: Monsterland is an intense and disturbing Hollywood horror museum on Main Street in downtown Mesa. Travelers with a lingering obsession with Freddy Kruger or bloody zombies in chains will feel right at home. That is, they’ll feel right at home until they realize they’re totally terrified. Those looking for a more local and historic “spook” should come in October for the annual Ghost Tour and Downtown Walking Tour. Knowledgeable volunteers provide historic tales of ghosts and goblins related to important city sites like the tunnels and the old Territorial jail cells. The tour is sponsored by the Mesa Historical Museum.
Goodyear, Arizona: The Fireland Faerie Festival is an annual event each November that encourages attendees to participate by wearing their own costumes. The festival celebrates all things mythical and magical and offers a wide variety of attractions: music, food, fun, artisan wares, Faerie Queen’s costume parade, Queen Mab’s Bad Faerie Ball and more.
Travelers still unsure of Arizona’s ability to appease their eccentric side should rest assured that this is but the top of the iceberg. Arizona is chock full of an amazing variety of unheard of sites and intriguing entertainments. Festivals, tours, museums, ghosts, gunslingers…and that’s only in five Arizona towns. Imagine how much more crazy it can get when the rest of the state is thrown into the mix.