Top Five Things to See and Do in Phoenix Arizona

Heard Museum Corn Maiden SculpturePhoenix, Arizona is the sixth largest city in the United States. There are many things to do and see in Phoenix but we narrowed it down to the five “must-do’s” for your visit to the Valley of the Sun. If you are in Phoenix during the hot summer, try indoor activities or, at least, do your sightseeing early in the morning or after sundown.

Heard Museum
The Heard Museum, located in central Phoenix is world-renowned for its Native American history and art. But the Heard is also a living, vibrant cultural center. You can enjoy the huge annual Indian Market in March or take advantage of some special events like Easter and Thanksgiving meals prepared with a Native American flair. The Heard is located in a beautiful part of town with vintage homes and palm-lined streets. Official Website – Article: Heard Museum Indian Market

Desert Botanical Garden
If you are in Phoenix, you’ll want to get up close and personal with the Sonoran desert. An easy way to do this is to visit the urban Desert Botanical Garden. You’ll see giant Saguaros,Desert Botanical Garden wander paths with views of the city and, if you watch the calendar, come across the butterfly display or a jazz evening .  The Botanical Garden is always adding more plants, offering more interesting events and enticing visitors year-round to experience the desert. Official Website  – Article: December Luminarias

Scottsdale Art Walk
While Scottsdale used to be a separate city to the north of Phoenix, it is now considered part of the Phoenix area. Scottsdale has its own ambiance… part wild west and part upscale arts community. Be sure and visit the old town gallery area off First and Scottsdale Roads. On Thursday evenings enjoy an Art Walk from 7pm to 9pm.  Start by making your way to along Main Street and Marshall Way in Scottsdale Downtown. Here’s a map to get you started. You’ll find traditional art galleries, modern art and Native American arts. Most galleries serve refreshments and so the streets take on a very social atmosphere. Official Website

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West
Architect Frank Lloyd Wright built Taliesin West in the desert. Taliesin West was architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and school in the desert from 1937 until his death in 1959 at the age of 91.

When you see Taliesin West, you will understand Frank Lloyd Wright’s style of organic architecture. The walls are made of cement embedded with desert stone found on the property. The buildings are low,  tucked into the brow of the McDowell Mountains.

When you visit Taliesin West, you’ll have a choice of tours. You will be able to go inside the buildings and experience the views and desert living that Frank Lloyd Wright and his students experienced many years ago. There are even night tours. Official Website

Dolly Steamboat on Canyon LakeApache Trail Day Trip
While you are visiting Phoenix, you’ll want to spend at least one day outside the urban setting. A great way to get out of town is to head east and visit the Apache Trail. You can drive yourself or take a guided tour. On your way, there are several stops you’ll want to make.

 Goldfield, 4.5 miles north of Apache Junction, on Highway 88, isn’t a real ghost town, but it is chock full of mining history, replica buildings and fun. You can tour a real mine, wander through the quaint town, visit the saloon or shop for Arizona souvenirs.

The Apache Trail, or AZ 88, is a historic wagon road linking Apache Junction with Globe. You’ll ride, along winding roads, through the Superstition Mountains and the Tonto National Forest.

A great destination on this trip is Canyon Lake, an amazing place right in the middle of the Superstition Mountains. The lake is bound by 28 miles of cactus-studded shoreline with small water-filled rocky canyons to explore. The best way to see the lake is on the Dolly Steamboat tour.  Finish up your trip into the Superstition Mountains by having lunch at Tortilla Flat. Tortilla Flat is a fun little wild west town with scenic restaurant, gift shop and ice cream store. Official Website  –   Article: Small Group Apache Trail Tours

Phoenix – Your Destination in the Sun
You may come to Phoenix for golf, baseball or the ever-present winter sunshine. But while you are there, for whatever reason, there are things you must venture out to see. Most hotel concierges can give you information on day trips and outings and suggest guides. There is a good light rail system that may take you to some of the sights.

More Information
Phoenix Visitors Bureau
Scottsdale Visitors Bureau

Photo Credit: Elizabeth R. Rose

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