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Day-Tripping into Cave Creek and Carefree
When you live in the Terravita community, you are only minutes away from all types of wonderful day-trips...

Terravita Day-Trip Ideas: Cave Creek & Carefree

When you live in the Terravita community, you are only minutes away from all types of wonderful day-trips. For instance, the unique towns of Cave Creek and Carefree are only about ten minutes away from your home! These two towns alone are filled with culture and offer several different options for activities and experiences!

 


 
Cave Creek
For centuries, Cave Creek has managed to retain its Old West character and charm. The town features saloons, western shops, rodeo events, art galleries, southwestern jewelry shops, specialty stores and live music throughout the year. Consider swinging by Western Delights to take a look at the store's stunning selection of hand-crafted jewelry usually made by Arizona artists. For a huge selection of Southwestern furnishings, accessories and eclectic Southwestern gift items, head to Valerie's Furniture & Accents. If you need some genuine
 
cowboy gear, the Cave Creek Cowboy Company carries a wide array of cowboy boots, hats, leather jackets, belts, purses and hand bags. Apart from the endless shopping, more than 30 restaurants that range from fine dining to cowboy cookouts peacefully coexist in Cave Creek. Also be sure to visit Buffalo Chip Saloon--one of the most well known and authentic saloons in the city!

Cave Creek also features several trails perfect for hiking, biking, and horseback riding. Rangers in the area lead a variety of hikes (many are free!) and host activities and events for visitors. From fall to spring, visitors can
 
take a horseback riding tour to experience the southwestern way of traveling. All of the trails are excellent choices and range from easy to somewhat difficult. The most popular and challenging is the 4.8-mile Go John Trail, which hikers, bikers, and horseback riders are all welcome to explore.

Carefree
While Cave Creek certainly has its own unique appeal, Carefree tends to
 
be better known for its sophisticated beauty. Upscale amenities like spa facilities and tennis courts fill the city with a sense of exquisiteness. In the luxurious shopping centers of downtown Carefree, you will find quaint boutiques, art galleries, and delicious restaurants. Occasionally you can explore the buzzing farmer's markets that tend to make the streets colorful and lively. In the very center of the town, your eyes can transfix themselves upon the largest sundial in the country. Small gardens, interesting shops, and mouthwatering cafes are sprinkled around this area as well.
       
Carefree also hosts art festivals and seasonal entertainment events often, allowing both residents and visitors to mingle and celebrate Carefree's unique culture. This year, the fall season begins with the 21st Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival presented by Thunderbird Artists. The event takes place on Friday, October 31, which is a great time of the year for a day trip! Attendees can expect a variety of pottery, photography, jewelry, paintings, select fine crafts, food and wine at this kickoff event. If you love Christmas time, Carefree will also hold its 8th Annual Carefree Christmas Festival in the winter. Every year, this festival makes the holiday spirit truly come alive.
  
If you haven't visited Cave Creek or Carefree yet, you're only minutes away! The wonderful thing about Terravita's gated community is that it keeps you safe, but you're still very much free to
 
leave and explore. Cave Creek and Carefree are both great towns to discover outside of Terravita, and once you visit them, they will hold a special place in your heart.