Arizona Travel Clubs

Arizona Travel Clubs
From the Grand Canyon to the South Mountain Preserve, Arizona has plenty of scenic landscapes that can please tourists and natives alike. The geography of Arizona offers a veritable rainbow of climes, from snow-capped mountains to dry desert regions. Many travel clubs operating out of Arizona organize local events for their members, opening up a side of the state that many have never seen before. Entertain yourself by visiting a travel club-sponsored event, or even by becoming a member.

Arizona Outdoor & Travel Club

The Arizona Outdoor & Travel Club (AzOTC) is a nonprofit dedicated to biking, camping, hiking and other outdoor activities across Arizona. The AzOTC schedules multiple events weekly that are open to all club members; nonmembers may attend for a small fee. All scheduled activities are rated through a difficulty grading system. AzOTC monthly general meetings are open to the public. Annual membership fees range from $25 for individuals to $50 for families.

Arizona Outdoor & Travel Club
P.O. Box 5465
Scottsdale, AZ 85261
azotc.com/index.htm

TJ's Travel Club

TJ's Travel Club for Seniors specializes in senior travel across Arizona and the Southwest. TJ's Travel Club was founded in 1984 by Dr. Jeff Reed, a former gerontologist who started the club for the spouses of his terminally ill patients. Every month, TJ's Travel Club offers about 15 one- to three-day trips for members. Six or seven extended cruises are also offered for members every year. Annual membership fees are $30 per year for one household.

TJ's Travel Club for Seniors
(480) 497-2478
tjstravelclub.com/index.html

Friend's Hiking Club

Operating out of Tempe, Friend's Hiking Club has been organizing hiking excursions since 1996. Club activities include hikes, canoe trips, kayak trips and camping. Club events are listed on the group's website and are rated from easy to difficult. Nonmembers may take part in events for a $3 fee. Membership fees for Friend's Hiking Club are $15 annually for an individual, or $25 for a househould.

Friend's Hiking Club
530 W. Broadway Road
Tempe, AZ 85282
friendshiking.com/index.htm

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club

The Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club organizes multiple day-hikes across Arizona every month and several weekend camping trips throughout the year. The group began as the Motorola Hiking Club in 1996, changing its name in 2003 when Motorola layoffs severed sponsorship ties for the group. The Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club offers carpooling assistance for anyone interested in the hiking events. Annual dues for membership are $25 for single members and $35 for families.

Arizona Trailblazers Hiking Club
azhikers.org/index.html

Desert Adventures

Desert Adventures is a travel and social organization operating out of Phoenix catering primarily to Arizona's gay and lesbian community. Desert Adventures organizes multiple events every month, ranging from local scenic tours, local hikes and dinner events. Group social meetings are held on the first Tuesday every month at Phoenix's Community Church of Hope on North Seventh Avenue at 7:30 p.m. Membership fees are $25 annually; nonmembers can attend events for a small fee.

Desert Adventures
4121 N. Seventh Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85013
desertadventures.org

Arizona Adventurers

Arizona Adventurers offers hiking trips and recreational activities for a predominately Jewish clientele. All events offered through Arizona Adventurers are proposed and organized by group members. Common events include day-hikes, softball games, rock climbing, kayaking and biking. Annual membership fees are $5.

Arizona Adventurers
(480) 747-9679
arizonaadventurers.org/index.php

Article Written By Steve Brachmann

Steve Brachmann has been working professionally as a freelance writer since 2007. Hailing from Angola, N.Y., his work has been published in "The Buffalo News," SUNY-Fredonia's "The Leader" and on various websites. He is currently attending the State University of New York-Fredonia to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in acting with a communication minor.

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