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First-rate journeys in the 48th state

Grand vistas? Check. Funky restaurants? On the list. Wild and woolly history? You got it. Arizona marks the centennial of its statehood, so we scoured the state and found five score places for your "must" list.

February 12, 2012

Arizona Biltmore. This 720-room resort dates to the late 1920s, when Albert Chase McArthur, a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright's, dreamed up this place and appropriated the master's textile-block design scheme. At 10 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, there are 60- and 90-minute tours for $10 (free for hotel guests). 400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix; (602) 955-6600; www.arizona biltmore.com CR

Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale. Yes, it's your basic chain hotel, but it stands near the convergence of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley. Family friendly, with a big pool too. 4415 E. Paradise Village Parkway S., Phoenix; (602) 765-5800. CR

Barrio Cafe. Outside, colorful murals. Inside: top-flight food. This restaurant is big with the power-lunch crowd. Try the azul filete -- a $28 journey to nirvana. 2814 N. 16th St., Phoenix; (602) 636-0240. Dinner main dishes, $20-$28. CR

Matt's Big Breakfast. This restaurant has a kitchen the size of a Mini Cooper, but the meals are big, greasy and tasty. Breakfast entrees $4-$6.50. 801 N. 1st St., Phoenix; (602) 254-1074, www.matts bigbreakfast.com HM

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 News Desk 1 inches; 35 words Type of Material: Correction
Arizona sights: An article in the Feb. 12 Travel section about 100 things to see and do in Arizona referred to the pies at Pizzeria Bianco as "deep dish." The pizzas there are thin crust.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday, February 19, 2012 Home Edition Travel Part L Page 3 Travel Desk 1 inches; 30 words Type of Material: Correction
Arizona sights: A Feb. 12 article on 100 things to see and do in Arizona referred to pies at Pizzeria Bianco as "deep dish." The pizzas there are thin crust.

St. Francis. For forward-looking dining, locals head to this family-owned restaurant for interesting takes on salmon, grouper, calamari and chops. 111. E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; (602) 200-8111, www.stfrancisaz.com CE

Pizzeria Bianco. Waits can reach three hours at this deep-dish haven. Avoid the long lines with a Tuesday dinner or a late lunch. 623 E. Adams St., Phoenix; (602) 258-8300, www.pizzeriabianco .com. Open Tuesdays-Saturdays. CE

Alice Cooperstown. Local resident Alice Cooper owns this sports bar filled with baseball and music memorabilia, in the shadow of where the Suns and Diamondacks play. 101 E. Jackson, Phoenix; (602) 253-7337, www.alicecoo perstown.com. CE

Musical Instrument Museum. The piano John Lennon used to compose "Imagine" is on display at this stunning museum. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix; (480) 478-6000, themim.org. CE

Phoenix Art Museum. The stylish, two-story museum has much to offer art lovers, with air-conditioned rooms adorned with works by Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, Georgia O'Keeffe and Claude Monet. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; (602) 257-1222, www.phxart.org. HM

Heard Museum. Joining a tour here is like walking into a high school history lesson on Native Americans. Colorful kastina (also called kachina) dolls, sand-cast silverware, hand-woven wedding shawls, water jugs and red-clay pottery line the glass cases. 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; (602) 252-8840, www.heard.org. HM

South Mountain Park/Preserve. Hike to the summit on Holbert Trail and you will be accompanied by curious jack rabbits and shaded by bushy small-leafed Palo Brea trees. Along the way, examine 600-year-old Hohokam pictographs. 10919 S. Central Ave., Phoenix; (602) 495-0222 or (602) 534-6324, www.phoenix.gov/PARKS/southmnt .html HM

Spring training tix. Games in the Phoenix-based Cactus League run March 2-April 3; Tickets.com, or Ticketmaster, (800) 745-3000. CE

Scottsdale

Boulders Resort. Set amid rock formations north of Scottsdale, this is where Fred Flintstone would stay if he won the lottery. 34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree; (888) 579-2631, www.the

boulders.com CE

Sanctuary at Camelback. This serene boutique resort on the edge of a mountain offers world-class amenities in a setting you'll never forget. 5700 McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley; (800) 245-2051, www.sanctuaryoncamelback .com CE

Hotel Valley Ho. About seven years ago, this 1956 hotel was retooled to the tune of $80 million, and the result is a bold mid-centurion with a big, groovy pool. 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale; (480) 248-2000, www.hotelvalleyho.com CR

Don & Charlie's. One of the hottest spring training hangouts for Angels fans who frequent neighboring Tempe Diablo Stadium. Ballplayer sightings are frequent at this retro rib joint. 7501 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; (480) 990-0900, www.donandcharlies.com. Entrees from $10.95. CE

Greasewood Flat. Just when you think the entire Phoenix area was built this morning, you stumble on this Old West hangout: food and music in a bunkhouse setting. 27375 N. Alma School Parkway, Scottsdale; (480) 585-9430, greasewoodflat.net CE

Golf. Arizona reportedly has more golf courses than Scotland. TPC Scottsdale, site of the Phoenix Open, is the signature course. 17020 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; (888) 400-4001, www.tpc.com/tpc-scottsdale CE

Cactus League. Scottsdale is holding its inaugural Spring Training Festival, Feb. 25 and 26, featuring film clips, symposiums and autograph sessions. www

.springtrainingfestival.com CE

Scottsdale ArtWalk. This weekly event has been drawing big crowds for 30 years, from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays on Main Street. www.scottsdalegalleries.com CE

Taliesen West. In high season (November-April), the 90-minute tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and studio costs $32. In the off-season, the price drops to $24. 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale; (480) 627-5340, www.franklloyd wright.org CE

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