The Wave

Editor's note: It gives me great pleasure to introduce Dan Warren, our newest writer here at The Royal Tour. I've known Dan since kindergarten, traveled with him on several occasions, and am lucky to consider him one of my closest friends. I know you'll love hearing his perspective on travel and the world. His index…

Petrified Forest and the Best $10 Ever Spent

Editor's note: I, too, have spent time at Petrified Forest National Park, and it's fun for me to follow another writer's story, in this case our resident park expert, Christian. Mine can be found here, for comparison's sake. To read more of Christian's adventures, click here. I’m fortunate to have been to Petrified Forest National…

The Most Musical Museum

Who says turning 39 means having to always be an adult? The question runs through my head as I unabashedly bang a large drum in the experience gallery here at the Musical Instrument Museum, an incredible modern institution in north Phoenix. I smile, my beating getting louder as I attempt to accompany the group of…

The Best Restaurants in Phoenix

I lived in Phoenix from 2004 to 2006 while working at Arizona State University, and the dining scene was almost exclusively made up of chain restaurants. Finding a good, independent option at which to eat was a struggle. Shortly after I left the city to move to the Bay Area, my best friend, Daniel Warren,…

The Ultimate Guide to Southern Arizona!

The northern half of Arizona is known as having the interesting places to see. The Grand Canyon, Sedona, the Painted Desert, these are the destinations that call to visitors from around the country and the world. However, southern Arizona, mostly flat desert, is also a wonderful place to explore. To start with, the southern portion…

Desert Beauty in Saguaro National Park

Some national parks immediately impress you with their sheer grandeur. Yosemite and Glacier come immediately to mind. Others are more subtle, like the old growth floodplain forest of Congaree or the rocks and unique foliage of Joshua Tree. Saguaro National Park, just outside Tucson, Arizona, falls into the second category. The beauty of the desert…

Tombstone: The Town Too Tough to Die

If ever the name of a place could conjure up specific imagery, Tombstone, Arizona is such a place. The town, a silver boomtown in the late nineteenth century, has been sensationalized in books, songs, and films as a rough and tumble western outpost, with its entire history summed up by a singular event: the gunfight…