One perfect day in Yuma, AZ

Spend a day in Yuma where you'll find good eats and gorgeous gardens in this revamped river town

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  • Andrea Gomez Romero

    Top of the Kress restaurant in Yuma, AZ

    Top of the Kress restaurant in downtown Yuma features an ice-coated bar and sexy rooftop lounge.

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Wander a garden: The old town dump is now West Wetlands Park, home to a castle-themed playground and Hummingbird Garden, where you can spot five kinds of hummers. Make for the ramada to take in the blooming penstemon, desert marigold, and desert willow. 2200 W. Water St.; 928/373-5243.

Bet on a sure thing: At locals' fave Lutes Casino, go for the Especial sandwich. It's equal parts cheeseburger, hot dog, and awesomeness. $; 221 S. Main St.; 928/782-2192.

Drinks with a killer view: What's cooler than the ice-coated bar at Top of the Kress, Yuma's sexiest downtown haunt? How about live R&B acts, DJs, stand-up comedy, and a rooftop lounge with views of the city. $5 cover Fri-Sat; 284 S.Main St.; topofthekress.com

Make it a weekend: The Spanish-style Best Western Coronado Motor Hotel is draped with bougainvillea and shaded by palm trees. From $80; bwcoronado.com

Discover Yuma's artsy side: Find you new pie plate at Colorado River Pottery. Jan Bentley draws inspiration for her durable stoneware from the area's centuries-old Hohokam petroglyphs. Closed Sun; 67 W. Second St.; 928/343-0413.

Tomkins Pottery deals in everything from dillweed-patterned trays and honey pots to raku ground squirrels. Don't leave without checking out the vast tabletop selections. Closed Sun; 78 W. Second St.; 928/782-1934. 

Peek in the window of the North End Artists Co-op, and you might spy a local ceramicist molding a water pitcher or Day of the Dead figurine. Open Sat only; 254 St. Main St.; 928/373-5202.

 

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