With all the snow and chilly weather, it’s time to begin planning those springtime getaways to revive the senses and warm the soul!

For anyone seeking a spring fling in warmer climates, Chandler, Arizona, is a perfect destination.

Leave your heavy coats and snows shovels behind and discover the secret beauty of the rugged Sonoran desert as it springs to life with colorful wildflowers in brilliant shades of yellow, magenta, orange and pink. 

Chandler is a great choice for an Arizona getaway, minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), Chandler is a warm and inviting destination that combines Arizona’s frontier history and Old-World charm with diverse culture, a high-tech economy and modern-day luxuries.

Whether you prefer a hot air balloon adventure or a day around the pool, revel in sunny blue skies and warm desert breezes carrying the scent of wildflowers.

A must-see Chandler hotspot is Downtown Chandler – a vibrant community filled with award-winning local restaurants, eclectic galleries and fun boutiques. Chandler’s downtown has experienced a dynamic revitalization and boasts an Arizona winery, a microbrewery and an Irish Pub all thrown in for fun!

Anchored by Arizona’s original golf resort, the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, Downtown Chandler is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and has become an arts and cultural hub with numerous art galleries, the Chandler Center for the Arts, a museum, unique events and an art walk held the third Friday of each month.

Chandler’s unique annual events include the one-of-a-kind Classic Car & Hot Road Show in February, the Ostrich Festival and the Great American BBQ and Beer Festival in March, the Jazz Festival in April and the ever-popular Chihuahua races as the highlight of the Cinco de Mayo celebration in May.

chandler2.pngFamilies will enjoy bragging rights to folks back home huddled in front of a fireplace as they take part in a variety of fun activities in the great outdoors.

All ages are sure to enjoy a visit to Rawhide, a re-created 1880s Wild West ghost town featuring stagecoach rides, shootouts, stunt shows, gold panning and more! Or perhaps a trip to the Veterans Oasis Park to see Sonoran wildlife – featuring more than 50 species of birds – and explore the 4 1/2 miles of hiking and biking trails along an urban fishing lake.

While in Chandler, you are sure to enjoy the more than 330 days of sunshine and plenty of recreational activities, including Cactus League Spring Training and world-class shopping and dining. A stay in Chandler will put you in arm’s reach of everything fun under the sun.

For more information or for your free destination guide, check out www.visitchandler.com.

(Brought to you by the Chandler Office of Tourism.)