Its almost high season in the desert both for tourists and temps and a host of new distractions in Nevada and Arizona promise to liven summer travels. Whether youre casino or canyon-bound, we found three Southwestern attractions to tack onto your next vacation.
Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix
The 3,000 pieces currently on display at Phoenixs new Museum of Musical Instruments range from the iconic (John Lennons piano) to the wacky (a 27-foot-wide mechanical jazz orchestra from 1930s Antwerp) to the intricate (a meticulously detailed bowed lute from the Uighurs in Central Asia). Conceived by the former chairman of Target Corporation Robert J. Ulrich, the 190,000-square-foot property opened April 24 and already boasts 12,000 instruments in its collection. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for kids.
SkyJump, Las Vegas
As if Vegas nonstop cocktail of gambling, glitz and libations werent thrilling enough, SkyJump launched a bungee jump from the top of Stratosphere Tower, Sin Citys tallest building. At 829 feet, the leap holds the title for worlds highest commercial decelerator, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Jump packages start at $99.99.
Bicycle Rentals, Grand Canyon
Give those weary feet a rest this summer and consider pedaling around the Grand Canyon. For the first time, the national park is offering on-site bike rentals (including wheeled trailers for the littlest cyclists). Dont expect to speed down any steep drops, as the canyons inner trails are off-limits, but riders do get to circle the rim, from now until fall. Adult rentals, through Bright Angel Bicycle Rentals, start at $10 for the first hour and top out at a $30 for all-day access.