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Valley of the Sun RV Park: Starting Point for Arizona Adventure

With 320 days of sunshine per year, Marana, Arizona, is an ideal playground for RVers seeking outdoor adventure under blue skies. Visitors can get the most out of the area, located near Tucson, by staying at Valley of the Sun Mobile Home and RV Park, where reasonable rates, upgraded facilities and comfortable amenities set the stage for excursions to numerous nearby attractions.

Valley of the Sun is a 55-plus park that has all of the basic features seasoned travelers crave. The park’s 80 spaces have full hookups, with city water and sewer. Larger RVs can roll into one of the 70-foot pull-through sites, and folks who like to stay connected to friends and family can tap into the wi-fi signal. A heated pool and shady ramada ensure that guests stay comfortable year-round. Guests can also fire up the poolside barbecue for a post-swim burger.

Feel like mingling with fellow campers? During winter, you can take a spin on the dance floor to live music. More sedate diversions lay in store at the arts and crafts center, where you can get inspired along with fellow campers. The full slate of organized activities includes community breakfasts, bingo, poker night and carry-in meals for the holidays.

Since purchasing the RV park in 2001, the owners have paved all of the park’s interior roads and upgraded the facilities. The remodeled clubhouse and new kitchen ensure that visitors will feel at home while relaxing between day trips. Also remodeled are the restrooms, and the addition of a billiards/card room gives folks a place to show off trick shots or their bridge prowess.

If indoor sports don’t quench your competitive spirit, you can venture into Marana and tee up a ball at one of the two private or one public golf courses. Feeling lucky? Desert Diamond Casino in nearby Tucson beckons with slots, table games, keno and bingo.

Nature lovers can hike along the Santa Cruz River or get an eyeful of the towering saguaro cacti that flourish throughout the river valley. A tour through Saguaro National Park is essential for travelers eager to learn about the area’s hardy flora and fauna. In Tucson, the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum combines exhibits of plant life, animals and natural history for an educational experience that will make you appreciate the region’s unique environment. Check out Pima County’s rich archaeological finds at Tucson’s Old Pueblo Archaeology Center, which sheds light on the Native Americans who inhabited the region for hundreds of years. Biosphere2, an enclosed, self-sustaining habitat operated by the University of Arizona, opens its doors for visitors eager to learn about ecosystems.

Find more contemporary attractions at Tucson’s Pima Air and Space Museum, which houses more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft ranging from colorful, depression-era biplanes to sleek, supersonic bombers. While in Tucson, visitors can walk the quaint historic district or take a table at a trendy eatery. Travel Back in time at Old Tucson Studios, a frontier-town replica that served as the setting for countless movies and television shows.

In February, the world’s top professional golfers descend on Marana for the PGA Accenture Match Play Championship, held at Ritz Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain.

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