Phoenix is a fascinating city in the American southwest. This Arizona gem has fabulous Tex-Mex cuisine, abundant nature and wildlife, wonderful outdoor adventure opportunities and many historical sights. Read on to discover the top ten reasons to visit Phoenix this year.
Top Reasons To Visit Phoenix
Get Lost in the Wilds of the Desert
Explore the Desert Botanical Garden, where you can see over 50, 000 desert plants, wildflowers, and many species of cacti. The garden has five thematic trails that explore the topics of Desert Living, Plants, Wildflowers, Conservation, and People of the Sonoran Desert. Reservations are required for all visitors to the Desert Botanical Garden.
Relax in a Tiny Oasis
Papago Park is a great retreat from the city. At this quiet and scenic place, you can go fishing or hiking. The adventurous can climb up to the Hole in the Rock and take in the breathtaking views of the Phoenix skyline. Visitors can also visit the nearby Phoenix Zoo or play at Papago Golf Course, plus much more.
Go Tubing on Salt River
Take a jaunt to Mesa and cool down at the Salt River. This 200 mile river provides the water supply to the greater Phoenix area and creates many of the local lakes including Saguaro Lake, Canyon Lake, Apache Lakeand Roosevelt Lake. As you float down the river, you will see the awesome desert landscape and even some wild horses!
Absorb the Phoenix Culture
The city of Phoenix is the epicenter of Southwestern United States culture. Check out the vibrant street art at Roosevelt Row or see a performance at Ballet Arizona or the Phoenix Symphony. The city hosts a number of fine museums such as the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Musical Instrument Museum, the Penske Racing Museum, plus many more.
Hike and Explore the Canyons of the Sonoran Desert
You may have seen the Sonoran Desert previously in the many old western movies filmed here. The landscape is every bit as breathtaking as it looks and is a must see. This stunning landscape is full of saguaro cacti, blooming barrel cacti and the breathtaking red rocks.
Have A Zen Experience
Phoenix has many resorts and spas so tourists can relax and indulge themselves. Aji Spa, offers facials, classic full body massages, and much more in Native American themed surroundings. Guests can also spend some quality spa time at Premier Luxury Resort at the posh The Phoenician.
Feel like A Cowboy on the Apache Trail
Pretend that you are actually back in the era of the old west frontier when exploring the historic Apache Trail. This popular spot in nearby Mesa is named after the local Apache Indians, who once traveled this route. Along this 40 mile route, notice the magnificent scenery that includes sparking lakes, gorgeous mountains, and dense forests.
See the Art and Culture of Native American People
You can view the art and culture of the Native American people at the Heard Museum. This museum is known for its extensive collection of kachina dolls, jewelry, textiles, pottery, and basketwork, as well as traditional and contemporary Native American art. Guests can take a walk outside and see the beautiful sculpture garden and have a snack at the outdoor café.
Have Some Fun at Old Town Scottsdale
Just outside Phoenix, you can have a wonderful time in Old Town Scottsdale. While here guests can stroll and shop along the western style walkways. Shoppers can buy gifts at one of the many kitschy shops here. Art lovers will want to visit the amazing Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art while in town. Dining delights in Old Town include Chula Seafood and the historic Old Town Tortilla Factory, plus many more.
Indulge in the Fabulous Phoenix Food Scene
Phoenix is a wonderful foodie’s oasis in the desert. The city has restaurants that serve up everything featuring cuisines from around the world. For spectacular Mexican fare, try a churro from Cocina Madrigal. To get some great southwestern and barbeque stop by Bobby-Q and sample the best mac and cheese in the valley. For a local favorite, try the PBJ & Bacon Burger at Rehab Burger Therapy.
Come explore the reasons to visit Phoenix this year!
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