March is the time for madness around college basketball, and part of this is the annual West Coast Conference tournament, held at the Orleans Arena in the heart of Las Vegas. Here, fans can get up close and personal with all their favorite Left Coast teams as they vie for the conference championship and an automatic bid to the first round of the NCAA tournament. For a different hoops experience, catch one of Cirque du Soleil’s seven shows on the Strip. While you’re there, explore the sights and sounds of Las Vegas Boulevard and venture 30 minutes east to the Hoover Dam for a tour of one of the country’s engineering marvels.
Springtime in the desert brings hot sun and dry air—perfect conditions for outdoor activity and adventure. Saddle up and explore Tucson’s inviting trails with local guides. While you can book a family ride, unload your wagon at a nearby dude ranch for the ultimate experience. The family-owned White Stallion, 30 minutes outside of downtown, is one of the two largest dude ranches in the country, and the horse program is second to none with various riding options, educational opportunities, family-specific rides, and a weekly ranch rodeo. Additional amenities include astronomy classes with telescopes, country and western line-dancing and lessons, and watercolor classes.