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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.
The Yuma Crossing Park is an interesting place to visit for a couple of hours.
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.
The Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park was the primary storing and distribution center for Army supplies in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Depot distributed goods to all Army posts in Arizona, Southern California, New Mexico, Utah, and Western Texas. There are five original buildings still standing with many exhibits inside detailing the life of the early supply post. The site is also home to the Yuma Visitors' Information Center.
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 Salsa, mild 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
Julieannas 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
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 is 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 budgeted 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. Restaruant 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.