Yuma is on Interstate 8, about 2 hours and 40 minutes east of San Diego, and 2 hours and 30 minutes west of the town of Casa Grande at the intersection of Interstates 8 and 10 between Phoenix and Tucson.
Warning Yuma is located at a freight train stop; the last before California. This results in a lot of transients in the small conservative town. The police, in line with other places in Arizona, are quick to arrest 'loiterers.' If you are traveling with a backpack and don't look like a college student, be prepared to be rousted and harassed.
Yuma International Airport  is served by United Airlines, providing service to Los Angeles, and US Airways, providing service to Phoenix.
Amtrak's Sunset Limited  Los Angeles - New Orleans route has a stop in Yuma.
Yuma is full of clean and well maintained parks trough out the city. These parks are diverse and have there unique architecture and landscapes. Some of these parks even have monuments or plaques with the cities rich history. The following are notable parks in the city:
A park inspired by the children's book of the same name written by Alice Mclerran about her upbringing in the city of Yuma. Before visiting the park it is highly encouraged to acquire some basic knowledge of the parks origin for maximum enjoyment.
The Yuma Territorial Prison Park, keeps intact much of the history of Arizona's first prison. From 1876 to 1909, this was the primary detaining facility for many of Arizona's convicted. Due to State budget constriants, the park was scheulded to close in 2010. Private donations totalling more than $70,000 were raised and the park is now open and leased to a local agency. New exhibits have since been added as well as initiating work on deferred maintenance. One memorable feature of the park are the old west style, inhumane prison cells in a dark spooky cave.
Yuma is a good place to get Mexican food if not accustomed to the region. Here are a couple of good suggestions:
Chili Pepper (928) 783-4213 <--Take out #. Addictive Mexican Food. Kind of a fast food place, but homegrown. Great choice for a quick lunch, or early dinner. Closes at 8PM.
Mi Rancho (928) 344-6903 Slightly soft taste as far as Mexican goes. Mild Salsa.
El Papagallo (928) 343-9451 Slightly more expensive than most Mexican food, but good none the less. Hot or mild salsa available. They charge per glass for refills.
Chretin's (928) 782-1291 Very vivid taste. Mild Salsa
Higher Class restaurants include:
Hunter Steakhouse (928) 783-1260 Great dinner salads. Also, great steaks.
AH SO Sushi & Steak Great Teppanyaki grill, and sushi bar. Regular seating available. (928) 329-7443
Julieanna's Patio Cafe, 1951 W. 25th St., (928) 317-1961
Ciao Bella (928) 783-3900
River City Grill (928) 782-7988
Crossing Restaurant 2690 S 4th Ave., (928) 726-5551, crossingcatering.com
Brownie's Restaurant, 1145 S 4th Ave, Yuma, AZ, (928) 783-7911, Home-style breakfasts are their most popular items.
Nice places for a romantic evening:
The Yuma Grill (928) 782-5815 Very secluded place with good food. People who live in the city think it's just for guests of the hotel, but it is open to everyone; also the reason why it is quiet. By the Yuma Palms Mall behind the Shilo Inn.
Maxi's Mexican Food (928) 783-1260 In a bad location (hard to find), but has great food. Almost always slow. Good for a budget date.
This quiet hotel is less than a mile from the airport and the Marine Corp Airstation Base. Low rates for families of all budgets. Restaurant and bar on premise has live entertainment throughout the week. Handicap rooms, Suites, Single rooms with King beds and double rooms with Queen beds, Non-smoking and smoking rooms available. Pet Friendly hotel. Nearby malls and golf courses.